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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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The Japanese 49er team of Leo Takahashi and Ibu Koizumi need a top performance at the 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championship, December 3 – 8 on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, to qualify themselves for Tokyo 2020. 

Bearing this type of weight sounds like it would add pressure to a 20-year-old sailor, but sailors are like surfers, even at the highest level; not too much phases them and there’s a tendency to joke around. 

When asked whether he and Koizumi are at their peak physically going into the
world championship prequel, the Oceania Championship, Takahashi smiles
and says for a laugh: “I hope so….obviously we have been working on our finely-tuned athletic bodies for the last three years. For the last three months we’ve been doing some mental prep, and just working on our processes which has been important.”

Leo Takahashi was the youngest athlete to compete in the inaugural SailGP season. Photo Beau Outteridge for SailGP

Born in Atami, a seaside town in Japan, Takahashi started sailing at nine. Encouraged by his father, a member of the first Japanese America’s Cup Challenger, he quickly began to show talent. 

Though he’s been a member of the Japanese National Team since 2015 and following success at the junior level, was part of the 2017 Youth America’s Cup, representing Japan, Takashi’s hometown is Auckland. This year he was the youngest crew in the inaugural SailGP circuit, his Japan SailGP team finishing second to the Australians. 

Takashi and Koizumi, 23, and a second Japanese team, Shingen Furuya and Shinji Hachiyama, will contest the Royal Akarana Yacht Club hosted Oceania Championship, November 25 – 27, along with 90% of the World Championship fleet. The 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships will run in conjunction with the 49er skiff battle.

Leo Takahashi and Ibu Koizumi competing at the Hempel World Cup Series in Enoshima, Japan © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Given the world championship is their last official selection event for the Japanese Sailing Team going to Tokyo 2020, the pair need every opportunity to line up in full race mode against the best teams in the world. Frontrunner for a gold medal result at the Hyundai World Championship is the hometown hero combination of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL). 

“The World Championship is the final official internal selection event for us,” Takahashi commented on the eve of the fight of his life. “We had part one in Palma, the Europeans in Weymouth, and this one finishes the process off.”

The idea of contesting an Olympic Games was something that first came to Takahashi in 2008 while watching the Kiwi rowers take out the gold medal. He wondered if he could be part of a sailing team that reached the same monumental sporting height.

Back in Japan Takahashi says the vibe is picking up. “Everyone’s really excited. Sailing’s not very known to the country but the whole city of Enoshima is getting excited; sailing is that city’s sport.”

Should they qualify, Takahashi says competing for the host nation would be a huge honour. “Being Japanese is a big thing for us; being able to go to the opening ceremony and have the country’s support would be pretty awesome.”

The skipper says their ideal forecast for the two events is a decent sou’wester, 20-25 knots so they can make the most of the power in their legs. “We’ve had good sou’westers for the last few weeks but we could get anything really in December.”

Takahashi and Koizumi competing on home waters at the Tokyo 2020 official test event. © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

New Zealand based international host broadcaster SidelineApp is offering free live and on demand streaming for the Oceanias and a special subscription price on its World Championship coverage up until November 30. Thereafter the price is 14.95 euros. Coverage includes tracking, 2D and 3D gfx, commentary with analysts and sailing experts, special guests and interviews from the sailing world. 

Racing coverage, with Jesse Tuke as chief commentator, is due to begin at the following times via 49er.org/live.
NZDT – 10:00am Monday 25th
CET – 10:00pm Sunday 24th
ET – 4:00pm Sunday 24th

Users need to create a Sideline account to access the coverage.

Reproduced courtesy of SidelineApp

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.

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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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