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Jan 6-11, 2015 - Perth

2015 Oceania Championship

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This is the first ever 49er & 49erFX Oceania Championship, and the event forms part of the Continental 49er Circuit going forward.  Perth hosted the world in 2011 and 2015 is another great chance to sail these fantastic waters.  

The Oceania Championship is the second of two events for sailors to compete in.  There are around 25 to 30 49ers and hopefully around 15 FX’s. This is not counting international teams. International teams are very welcome to take advantage of the great sailing/training/living conditions.

With the Australian Championships (28th Dec – 3rd Jan) and Oceania regatta we have 2 very good regattas for teams to be involved in and we are really excited to be hosting these events.

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Hubbards, Nova Scotia, CAN – Dejected wasn’t the right word for the look on Odile van Aanholt’s face after she missed the Gold Fleet cut at the 2020 Melbourne Worlds. But it was certainly something a little angrier than that. Whatever the emotion, she went on to dominate that silver fleet and took that focus and won the 2021 Worlds surprisingly with a new crew and a smile on her face each day.

Today in the dusty and sunny parking lot along the clear, cool waters of Margaret’s Bay, van Aanholt and Dutch Olympian Annette Duetz are planning on continuing their progression as a new team after winning the European Championship last month in Aarhus, Denmark.

Of the 37 FX teams competing along with the 49er and Nacra 17 fleets this week for the world championships, the Dutch pair can make history.  Duetz (along with Echegoyan/Barcelo, ESP) have a chance to be the first sailor to win three FX worlds titles. Skipper van Aanholt could tie the Spanish and fellow Dutch sailor Annemiek Bekkering with two wins.

“Next level for us is to get better at starts,” said van Aanholt, while she was tidying up her compass on there deck of her FX. She added that in Denmark they were racing real well but always playing catch up. Duetz said it comes down to communication and her skipper said routine is the key focus for this championship.

“I’m quite laid back, but that could get us into trouble,” said van Aanholt. “Our routine now is to set the times for things we do before the start, checking the line, testing settings. There’s a lot you can’t control when you’re fighting against nature. This you do have control of. You take that and it gives you confidence to race.”

Stacking world titles won’t be easy in this fleet with double gold medalists Grael/Kunze (BRA) here and a group of rising stars including China’s Chen/Wang who won the North Americans here last week. Locals Lewin-LaFrance and Tenhove/Millen have had moments of brilliance this season with there latter cracking the top ten at the Europeans.

A daily pattern has developed in the boat park with steady tinkering each morning and regimented on-water training with fresh sea breezes and multiple nations in all the classes sharing coaching resources.

Geeking out on Conditions

St. Margaret’s Bay is the gem of the Canadian Maritimes with reliable sea breezes and a large opening to the North Atlantic. Looking forward to the first day of qualifying this Wednesday, American meteorologist Chelsea Freas is forecasting strong southerlies ahead of a warm front predicted to cross the waters Wednesday night. She said the venue is unique and could dish up some aggressive sailing.

“We’re getting all kinds of local effects, geography up through the hills and these inlets,” said Freas, “so a lot of wind bending around these feature and pressure differences on the different courses.”

Freas’ RIB boat has a carbon mast with instruments and sensors measuring temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind data and GPS location and gathers the data through a B&G interface. She will study various forecasts and combine her observations to help thee sailors prepare for each day of racing.

Three days of qualifying racing starts Wednesday leading up to next Monday’s finals.

Racing at the World Championship runs from August 31 – September 5, 2022 and is best accessed via the website: https://49er.org/event/2022-world-championship/

Daily tracking, results, photos, highlights, and articles will be available from the website. Additionally, Days 3 through 6 (Sept 2-5) will have live broadcast coverage via the CBC Sports App, youtube.com/49ersailing and fb.com/49ersailing.

Here are the daily links:

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Qualifying — Day 3
September 2, 2022 @ 11:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/Fh4zFApLpc0 (49er) or https://youtu.be/GqLQIVgIIEY (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Gold Fleets — Day 4
September 3, 2022 @ 11:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/PoHeOF0XvI0 (49er) or https://youtu.be/aW78tdhUqfk (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Gold Fleets — Day 5
September 4, 2022 @ 11:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/T598V4SwIhQ (49er) or https://youtu.be/Hbvr4L0tRsE (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Gold Fleets — Day 6
September 5, 2022 @ 10:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/PolhasjOgU4 (49er) or https://youtu.be/Z4-zTS-B3lE (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Medal Races — Day 6
September 5, 2022 @ 14:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/pjJxn2cKZ3E (49er) or https://youtu.be/OVPNdM3XJN8 (Nacra17)

Drone Footage from the 2014 Event

2014-15 9er Australian Championships NOR

This event is for 29ers, 49ers and FX. Come to Perth, Western Australia to enjoy flat water, great breezes and beautiful weather. Enjoy the hospitality of the locals and bring in the new year at a great regatta.

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2015 Oceania Regatta NOR

This event is open to 49er and FX. This event will be held on the beautiful Swan River at one of Western Australia's premiere yachting clubs. The sailing conditions on the river are fantastic and the club provides an excellent venue to race and train from. Escape the winter cold of Europe and get quality training and racing in sunny Western Australia!

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Key points to note-

  • Perth is hosting the Youth Nationals this season which finishes on the 10th.  By having our closing day on the 11th, we can promote the medal race and final races to all the youth sailors to come and watch.  The club has a great viewing area to watch racing and is quite a natural theatre. The club on Sunday’s has live music and usually around 300 people attend for the day with great food, drinks and atmosphere. We believe having our medal race on the Sunday and presentations will provide great promotion for our class and racing. Should be a great atmosphere and if the youth sailors support the event there could be at least 500 people to watch the medal race.
  • We are looking to make sure we have a good social calendar as well. We want to attract as many overseas sailors as we can and want to make it worthwhile for them to come all this way. We want them to have great sailing but also a great time away from home. Mindful that their major focus is racing but we want them to feel welcome and enjoy our hospitality.
  • In terms of participation, there should be around 25 to 30 49ers and hopefully around 15 FX’s. This is not counting international teams. We are very keen to have lots of different international teams competing and believe we offer great sailing/training/living conditions. With the Australian Championships (28th Dec – 3rd Jan) and Oceania regatta there are 2 very good regattas for teams to be involved in and make it worth their while to make the trip.