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December 3 - 8, 2019

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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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Story by Yachting New Zealand

Being proactive and taking opportunities was one of the main messages that came out of the Making Waves – Pathways to Performance forum on Thursday night.

About 120 people gathered for the forum, which discussed advancing equal opportunities in sailing and how to make it to the top.

A large number of younger sailors and their parents were among the crowd at the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre and plenty of questions were thrown at the sailors, coaches and industry leaders on the panel, Martine Grael, Lisa Damanin, Erica Dawson, Sally Barkow, Geoff Woolley and Patria Hume.

The event was hosted by LockerRoom editor Suzanne McFadden, who has been a leader in advocating for women’s sport. 

“I found it really enlightening and encouraging because I think the future of New Zealand sailing is in good hands if they are a reflection of what female sailors are achieving on and off the water,” McFadden said.

The 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 Oceania Championships, Auckland, New Zealand / © Matias Capizzano

“I definitely feel like a change is happening [in women’s sport]. Talking to women from other countries, it’s happening there as well and happening in a hurry. We have been waiting for this for a long time but it’s whether we are ready.

“”Not working directly in a sports organisation, I don’t have all the answers, but I think Yachting New Zealand are doing a fabulous job encouraging females to try sailing and to stay sailing, especially with a new strategy.”

Yachting New Zealand developed a Women and Girls in Sailing Strategy recently which focuses on three main aspects: culture, pathways and coaching. 

More and more opportunities are becoming available for females in the sport and those at the forum were encouraged to not only take advantage of those but also recognise the importance of networking.

Darmanin, for instance, told the story of how she landed her job helping to organise events with SailGP because of the people she met when working behind the scenes at the America’s Cup in Bermuda. She called it her “side hustle’ and encouraged all sailors to have something else up their sleeves.

“Sally Barkow also talked about pushing the door open and not being afraid to put yourself out there,” Yachting New Zealand national sports development director Raynor Haagh said. “It’s about doing your homework and being the best you can when competing for positions both on and off the water. 

“There are also mandated changes, like what we saw in the last Ocean Race, and females should look at those as opportunities rather than tokenism. It needs to get to the point where it becomes the norm.”

Those on the panel emphasised the need to enjoy the journey, whether sailing was a career or recreation, and that sailing provides fun, enjoyment and camaraderie.

Yachting New Zealand will look to roll out key parts of the strategy in the coming months and will hold various clinics and forums to develop knowledge and awareness. 

“This is the starting point, not the end,” Haagh said. 

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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  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.


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