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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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Words by OCC – Lisa Ratcliff

The proximity of the upcoming 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Oceania and World Championships course area to some of the bushfires currently burning in the southern Australian state of Victoria has stirred the international sailing community to action. Smoke haze from fires in East Gippsland and the state’s north-east have impacted Geelong’s air quality and competitors are all too aware of the devastating fallout from fires now Australia-wide. 

Royal Geelong Yacht Club, located along the shores of the vast Port Phillip waterway, will host the 2020 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championship February 9-15. The Oceania Championships January 30 – February 3 for the three classes will precede the pinnacle event.

As well as supporting individual sailor’s efforts, the international class association is looking at ways to support organisations fighting fires and caring for those affected by loss, and will soon announce a fundraising campaign. Australian 9er President Chris Manton says, “We know by running a major event we’re possibly asking a lot from volunteers and others who may have priorities elsewhere. We are sensitive to this fact and alongside international class representatives we are looking at ways to give back to the local Geelong and Australian community.”

Australian 49er sailor Joel Turner is promoting a Facebook Red Cross fundraiser called ‘International sailors can help Australians who are struggling’. He says, “Thousands of Australians are suffering and here we are going sailing in Geelong and devastation is only a couple hundred kilometres away. Let’s help the locals get through this tough time.” 

Joel Turner (crew) sailing with Tom Needham at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series in Enoshima, Japan.

It has been a hectic holiday season for 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 sailors with 2019 World Championship medals presented in Auckland a month ago, and training immediately resuming for the classes’ 2020 world championships. The class association intentionally paired the two championships to maximise the value for international competitors. Class Manager Ben Remocker said, “Pairing Southern Hemisphere world championships gives the best value to Northern Hemisphere teams in terms of time and money, and summer is a fantastic time of year to be racing in this part of the world!”

Australia’s Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin were back on the water the week following their Nacra 17 bronze medal result in Auckland (video – final Waterhouse/Darmanin race). At the time Darmanin said, “We’ve got a long list of things to do and try, and we’ll be out ticking off what we can. We were happy with starts and speed around the track in Auckland. What’s evident from there is everyone is getting ready to peak; if you make an error you lose places in an instant.”

Lisa Darmanin and Jason Waterhouse celebrate their bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand.

Manton, who played 49er coach and observer at Royal Akarana Yacht Club over the course of the 2019 world championships, says, “The quality and management of the event was, according to competitors, the best in a long time. RAYC had a very big team of volunteers and a brand-new clubhouse facility which made it a pretty special world championship, and the media and broadcasting were as good as the class has seen.

“Looking forward to our worlds, we think sailors will enjoy Corio Bay’s flatwater sailing and minimal chop, even in a big breeze, and course areas just minutes from where crews launch. For those training on the bay prior to the Oceania Championships we invite them to be part of the MacGlide Festival of Sails regatta over the Australia Day long weekend. We’ll provide access to the regatta village with live bands each afternoon and evening, food trucks and stalls, and the company of thousands of keelboat and centreboard sailors in town for the age-old series, when Geelong really spikes in visitor numbers.”

How to follow the 2020 Oceania Championships and World Championships:

Website: https://49er.org/event/2020-world-championship/
Facebook: https://facebook.com/49erSailing  || https://facebook.com/Nacra17Sailing 
Instagram: https://instagram.com/49ersailing  || https://instagram.com/nacra17sailing 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/49ersailing || https://twitter.com/nacra17class 
YouTube: https://youtube.com/c/49ersailing || https://youtube.com/c/nacra17sailing

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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NOTICE TO COACHES

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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Registration

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.

APP

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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