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Skiff (49er), Men

Date27 July – 3 August 2021
StatusOlympic
LocationEnoshima, Sagami-wan
Participants38 from 19 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best 11 of 12 scores to count for final placement, and advancement to the medal race.. Medal race points count double.

This was the third Olympics at which the 49er skiff class has been contested by men. The New Zealand crew of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke were the defending gold medalists and they had also won silver at the 2012 London Olympics. They were the favorites, having won the World Championships in 2019-20, after also winning that title in 2013-16. Since Rio no other crew had been on the podium at Worlds more than one time.

Ireland and Spain won the first two races, with the Spanish crew of Diego Botín Sanz de Sautuola and Iago López leading after the second and third race. Burling and Tuke got off to a rough start, finishing 12th in race one, and then in the fifth race, while they were in the lead on the first leg, Burling missed his trapeze handle on a tack and fell overboard.

Spain led through the sixth race, but the British pair of Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stuart Bithell took the lead after race seven. New Zealand moved into second after the ninth and 10th stages, as through that point, 10 different teams had won races, but Burling and Tuke moved into the lead after the 11th race and maintained it entering the medal race, although they had only a narrow lead over Great Britain and Spain.

The medal race went to Fletcher-Scott and Bithell with Burling / Tuke in third, and the Spanish crew back in seventh. That decided the medals, in that order. For Burling / Tuke it was a third consecutive medal in the event but a disappointing upset for the favored Kiwi crew.

Fletcher-Scott and Bithell had both competed before at the Olympics, with Fletcher-Scott sailing alongside Alain Sign in the skiff at Rio, while Bithell had won a silver medal in the 470 class at the 2012 London Olympics. They had also won the 2017 World Championships in 49er and won a bronze medal at the 2019 Worlds.

PosPairNOCNet PointsTotal PointsRace #1Race #2Race #3Race #4Race #5Race #6Race #7Race #8Race #9Race #10Race #11Race #12Medal Race
1Dylan Fletcher-Scott / Stuart BithellGBR58 74 2 (2)8 (8)4 (4)1 (1)12 (12)2 (2)2 (2)16 (16)3 (3)9 (9)6 (6)7 (7)2 (1)Gold
2Peter Burling / Blair TukeNZL58 70 12 (12)3 (3)7 (7)2 (2)10 (10)1 (1)3 (3)6 (6)2 (2)5 (5)2 (2)11 (11)6 (3)Silver
3Erik Heil / Thomas PlößelGER70 84 3 (3)13 (13)5 (5)14 (14)2 (2)3 (3)1 (1)7 (7)11 (11)2 (2)14 (14)5 (5)4 (2)Bronze
4Diego Botín Sanz de Sautuola / Iago LópezESP70 85 5 (5)1 (1)2 (2)5 (5)4 (4)10 (10)15 (15)2 (2)5 (5)4 (4)12 (12)6 (6)14 (7)
5Jonas Warrer / Jakob Precht JensenDEN82 97 6 (6)5 (5)10 (10)3 (3)1 (1)4 (4)6 (6)4 (4)14 (14)15 (15)5 (5)8 (8)16 (8)
6Bart Lambriex / Pim van VugtNED87 101 14 (14)2 (2)3 (3)7 (7)6 (6)7 (7)13 (13)14 (14)7 (7)6 (6)7 (7)3 (3)12 (6)
7Jorge Lima / José CostaPOR94 114 11 (11)6 (6)9 (9)6 (6)5 (5)[20] (UFD)5 (5)10 (10)1 (1)11 (11)4 (4)4 (4)22 (OCS)
8Šime Fantela / Mihovil FantelaCRO106 126 4 (4)14 (14)8 (8)13 (12)13 (13)6 (6)14 (14)3 (3)[20] (DQ)1 (1)10 (10)2 (2)18 (9)
9Łukasz Przybytek / Paweł KołodzińskiPOL108 126 9 (9)7 (7)15 (15)18 (18)7 (7)8 (8)7 (7)1 (1)13 (13)17 (17)1 (1)15 (15)8 (4)
10Benjamin Bildstein / David HusslAUT114 131 10 (10)17 (17)6 (6)4 (4)9 (9)9 (9)10 (10)5 (5)16 (16)7 (7)15 (15)13 (13)10 (5)
11Leo Takahashi / Ibuki KoizumiJPN108 125 17 (17)11 (11)13 (13)11 (11)15 (15)11 (11)4 (4)12 (12)4 (4)8 (8)3 (3)16 (16)
12William Phillips / Sam PhillipsAUS111 131 7 (7)4 (4)1 (1)8 (8)11 (11)15 (15)16 (16)[20] (UFD)18 (18)14 (14)8 (8)9 (9)
13Robert Dickson / Sean WaddiloveIRL112 132 1 (1)12 (12)11 (11)13 (13)[20] (DQ)[20] (DQ)8 (8)18 (18)8 (8)3 (3)17 (17)1 (1)
14Sébastien Schneiter / Lucien CujeanSUI123 143 16 (16)10 (10)14 (14)10 (10)3 (3)[20] (UFD)9 (9)9 (9)9 (9)18 (18)13 (13)12 (12)
15Lucas Rual / Émile AmorosFRA134 150 15 (15)9 (9)16 (16)15 (15)8 (8)13 (13)11 (11)15 (15)10 (10)12 (12)16 (16)10 (10)
16Marco Grael / Gabriel BorgesBRA147 167 8 (8)16 (16)12 (12)9 (9)[20] (DQ)[20] (DQ)[20] (UFD)8 (8)6 (6)19 (19)11 (11)18 (18)
17Ganapathy Kelapanda / Varun ThakkarIND154 173 18 (18)18 (18)17 (17)19 (19)14 (14)5 (5)17 (17)11 (11)15 (15)16 (16)9 (9)14 (14)
18Benjamin Daniel / Alex BurgerRSA163 182 13 (13)15 (15)18 (18)17 (17)17 (17)14 (14)12 (12)13 (13)17 (17)10 (10)19 (19)17 (17)
19Will Jones / Evan DePaulCAN179 199 19 (19)19 (19)[20] (UFD)16 (16)16 (16)12 (12)18 (18)17 (17)12 (12)13 (13)18 (18)19 (19)