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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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Sailing is a sport of taking your opportunities and a big one is dangling in front of the New Zealand crews competing at next week’s Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships.

As many as 19 Kiwi combinations will line up among the 206 crews from 41 countries competing at the world championships at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club in Auckland and many of them are using it as a chance to see how they measure up against the world’s best.

They all got a taste of it today at the Hyundai Oceania Championships, the three-day warmup regatta before next week’s world championships, and a couple of the younger ones banked some good results in the 49er fleet.

Under-23 world champions Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie won their first race and then backed it up with two more scores in the top 10 to leave them in third overall in the 84-strong fleet.

Jackson Keon and Scott McKenzie also won their first race while a couple of ‘youngsters’ by the name of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke carded three solid results to finish the day in seventh.

It helped illustrate the depth in the wider New Zealand 49er squad and the fact the world championships are at home has accelerated the development of many of them.

“It started our campaign and got us out there a lot more than we might have,” Scott McKenzie said. “We have been pushing a lot.

“Today’s results just shows we can do it. Given our skills at the moment, anything is possible.”

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

Keon and McKenzie teamed up about 18 months ago and competed at both Kiel Week and the under-23 49er world championships this year and are aiming to make gold fleet at next week’s world championships.

The long-term target is the 2024 Olympics, although there is no shortage of crews who will be aiming to win the spot in the 49er for New Zealand to compete in Paris, not least of all McHardie and William McKenzie. Needless to say, it will also mean a fair amount of family competition between the McKenzie brothers.

“It’s good having William at home because I can just ask him whatever, although he gets pretty annoyed about it at times,” Scott said.

McHardie and William McKenzie already have plenty of experience on the world stage and, as well as their under-23 world title, also collected silver at the World Cup Series regatta in Genoa and won the Red Bull Foiling Generation world championships.

“We want get on the podium [at the world championships], for sure,” McHardie said. “Definitely the medal race and show New Zealand what we can do.”

The world championships are a rare chance for a number of New Zealand’s top Olympic-class sailors and emerging talent to compete on home waters.

A lot of attention will undoubtedly come on four-time world champions and 2016 Olympic gold medallists Burling and Tuke, as well as Alex Maloney and Molly Meech in the 49erFX. There are also three handy New Zealand crews in the Nacra 17, and all three are all in the top 14 after the first day of the Oceania championships.

Maloney and Meech are fifth in the 49erFX after carding two seconds and a 13th in their three races.

Results from day one are available at 49er.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.

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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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