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December 3 - 8, 2019

2019 World Championships

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* either blue notes teams from nations that did not qualify for Tokyo in Aarhus. The top 4 of these nations will qualify here in Auckland. In addition, there is continental qualifying, and unused continental spots will be assigned to the next best placed team at this regatta. Full details

* either blue notes teams from nations that did not qualify for Tokyo in Aarhus. The top 6 of these nations will qualify here in Auckland. In addition, there is continental qualifying, and unused continental spots will be assigned to the next best placed team at this regatta.  Full details

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There is no question that sailing as a sport has a huge environmental footprint. We travel the world by air, sea and road, shipping boats built from exotic materials from continent to continent, all in the pursuit of personal, professional or in the 49er’s case, Olympic glory.
But a handful of World and Olympic champion sailors have been amongst the movers and shakers in sport when it comes to minimising our effect on the planet.

Yago Lange has been one of the most environmentally active and influential sailors amongst the Olympic sailing world in the past year. The Argentinian helped to organise the #Sailors4TheSea beach clean ups at this year’s Trofeo Princesa Sofia in Spain and Volvo Europeans in Weymouth, where over 500 sailors at three venues removed vast quantities of pollution from the Mallorca and Weymouth regatta sites.

49erFX Gold Medallist Martine Grael doing her part at the beach clean up at Trofeo Princesa Sofia.

“Last year training in Buenos Aires with the Austrian team, I found a lot of trash in the river and decided to run a beach clean up. We picked up 3 tons of trash with 100 people in one and a half hours,” Yago comments, when asked what moved him to action. “After watching so much trash all together and many items like plastic bottles or plastic bags that I used to consume, I told myself I should change my relationship with single use plastic.”

In the past year, Lange has been the driving force behind a number of beach and harbour clean up projects, has actively created change amongst the 49er fleet and is working with organisations such as Parley.tv and 11th Hour Racing. “The impact is massive. I am a bit scared of all the things that have happened in such a short time. As well, I am very happy and proud to be part of a big group of sailors who want to protect our playground and nature.”

Lange is just one of many of the world’s elite sailors looking to make a difference. Earlier this week, Olympic and America’s Cup champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke announced Live Ocean, a marine conservation charity with a mission to improve the health of New Zealand’s ocean space, while challenging the rest of the world to ‘pick up their game’.

“The vision of it is about New Zealand being a world leader in ocean health,” comments Tuke, “and we’re going to do that in a number of ways but primarily science, innovation, and little projects as we build up to that bigger picture.”

Our Mission

Today we’re excited to launch Live Ocean, a marine conservation charity with a mission to improve the health of New Zealand’s ocean space.We’ve learnt so much over the past year from so many ocean legends who have shared their knowledge with us.New Zealand can and should be the world leaders in ocean health. Get behind us and follow our journey @itsliveocean on all socials! #liveocean

Posted by Peter Burling on Sunday, November 10, 2019

Earlier in the year, 470 Olympic gold medallist Hannah Mills founded the Big Plastic Pledge, a global campaign aiming to unite athletes and fans from around the world to help tackle the issue of plastic pollution.
“I witnessed first hand the devastating effects of plastic pollution on our oceans and planet,” says Mills. “Every beach, marina and coastal area we visited during that 4 year period [Rio2016 Olympic cycle] was affected and damaged beyond belief. So much of it was single use plastic. It was something I couldn’t ignore anymore, I had to act.”

49er athletes Sophie Ainsworth and Iago Lopez Marra supporting Big Plastic Pledge

The upcoming 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49FX and Nacra17 World Championships, to be held in Auckland and hosted by the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, will host over 400 athletes in one of the most important events in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The event has been listed by Sailors For The Sea as a Platinum Clean Regatta, one of only five in the world, and will feature multiple water refill stations, recycling and compost systems and will function completely paperless, including the entry, registration and measurement systems.

“I already see a massive change around my friends in the sailing community and the voice is coming stronger and stronger, so I hope we can all push for more sustainable events,” says Lange, who wants to see sailors around the world get involved.
“A beach clean up helps to understand the problem and put a group of people together against this problem. You can then analyse the impact you have as a harbour, sailors or class in relationship with single use plastic.”

Yago and Klaus Lange; Reusable water bottles for on the water hydration.

For more information, or ideas on how you can be involved, check out the organisations listed below.

Live Ocean: https://www.facebook.com/itsliveocean/
Sailors For The Sea: https://www.sailorsforthesea.org
Big Plastic Pledge: https://bigplasticpledge.com
Parley: https://www.parley.tv
11th Hour Racing: www.11thhourracing.org

Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is famous for its stunning harbours and sailing culture. It is, without a doubt, a world-class racing and regatta destination.

The downtown competition venue offers quick and easy access to a vibrant city with a celebrated culinary scene, fantastic shopping, and dynamic arts and culture. As well as big city sophistication, Auckland also offers an incredible natural setting; beautiful beaches, volcanic cones, island getaways and expansive parks are never too far away.

Home to sailing champions and the highly anticipated 2021 Americas Cup, Aucklanders and New Zealander’s alike are proud of their sailing heritage. Here, the Championship will enjoy huge support from the public.

Auckland is looking forward to welcoming all athletes, teams and supporters of the 49er, 49er FX and Nacra 17 World Championships.

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ALL coaches viewing medal racing today shall be restricted to the coaches box between the buoys placed 100m to leeward of the start/finish line.

Attachment E

Attachment E for Sunday 8th December

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Notice to Medal Race Competitors

These are the Quarantine areas for Medal Race Competitors.

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PLEASE NOTE CUT OFF START TIMES FOR SUNDAY 8th DECEMBER IN SAILING INSTRUCTIONS 7.2 7.2 On Sunday 8 December there will be no warning signal after 1230 for those taking part in the Final Gold Fleet Races, after 1500 for those taking part in Silver or Bronze Fleet Races and after 1700 for those taking part in Medal Races.

Amendment No. 2 to Support Team Regulations

New Regulation 7.5 added

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Final Series Start Lists

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Fleets

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Sailing Instructions

Updated December 2, 2019.

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Notice of Race

Updated November 14 with Amendments 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

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Jury Policies

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Standard Penalties

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Protest Time Limits

Protest Time Limits for Sunday 8th December.

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Addendum Q

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Support Team Regulation

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Emergency Rule Change 49er - Flutter Patches

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Entry is a 2 step process.

  1. use our manage2sail registration system to enter your racing information.
    1. For new people to manage2sail, you must first create a profile, and then after your profile is complete you should enter the regatta.
  2. proceed to the payment portal to pay for your entry fee. For clarity, the fees on the payment system will change over on the dates in the NOR, so non-payment prior to those dates will mean higher entry fees.


We are pleased to let you know we have an app available for all competitors and supporters coming to Auckland to compete and for those following the regatta back home. Please download for free from the app store, 49er FX Nacra This will be continually updated as we have new information about the regatta. The regatta app will be our main communication tool with the sailors at the event so be sure to read and take notice of any push notifications.

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