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Jan 30 - Feb 3, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 Oceania Championship

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Story by Yachting New Zealand

Sandy Dawson and Ulrika Silfverberg never thought they would find rubbish so fascinating, and rewarding.

The pair can often be found sorting through the bins at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, making sure rubbish has been disposed of correctly, and they’re mostly encouraged about what they find.

Dawson and Silfverberg, along with Debbie Meech, are the mainstays of the green team attached to the Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships. It’s a role they take very seriously and, like the sailors, have targets around what they want to achieve this week.

The world championships is one of only five regattas this year likely to achieve platinum status, the highest possible achievement against a set of criteria created by Sailors for the Sea.

“The regatta organisers decided right at the beginning that they wanted to have a clean regatta and aim for a platinum status,” Dawson explains. “There are not many regattas who have done that level and it’s hard to achieve. We need to meet 70 out of 75 requirements and we are on track. There are a couple of tricky ones but there are other things we are doing over and above.

“We say we are a clean and green country and you have to put your actions where your mouth is and prove it.”

There have been many aspects to the environmental push, from the ghost fishing weekend when rubbish on the seabed in Okahu Bay was picked up by divers to a beach cleanup, compostable cutlery, absence of single use plastics and blue fish embedded beside drains in the boat park to remind sailors about runoff.

“It was daunting at the beginning and you thought, ‘gosh, how am I going to do all of that?’ Silfverberg says. “But you break it down to each item and you realise you can achieve all of that. 

“Nothing has been really hard. It’s actually been quite fun.”

It has helped that the Royal Akarana Yacht Club were totally on board with the idea and considered sustainability when undergoing their club rebuild. They looked to use sustainable materials and any contractors employed by the club need to meet certain standards.

The green team’s message also seems to be sinking in with sailors and coaches, although some are more engaged than others.

“We look in the rubbish bins and they still need to learn to sort the rubbish out and not be lazy about it,” Silfverberg says. “Others go up to the closest bin and throw it in. At least it’s not going on the ground.”

Dawson added: “There’s definitely different levels of take-up. If each sailor can leave with a little more knowledge and improve a little more in their processes, that’s a good thing.”

The green team also hope to create a toolkit for yacht clubs around the country to utlilise. They realise very few could achieve platinum status right now but hope to encourage clubs to set targets of their own.

Yachting New Zealand have also developed an environmental strategy and have some ideas for clubs to be more sustainable.

“It would be really good to create a basic blueprint to make it easier for a club looking for a way to do things,” Dawson said. “There’s no point doing this and then stopping afterwards.”


Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula –
2020 Sailing World Championships, Geelong

Welcome to Victoria, the events capital of Australia and proud hosts of the 2020 Sailing World Championships at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

Visitors to Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula will love its sun-kissed beaches, the world-renowned Great Ocean Road and great food and wine and unique wildlife.

Victoria is home to some of the best regional events in Australia including the Festival of Sails, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, National Celtic Festival and Queenscliff Winter Weekend.

With more local and international visitors travelling to regional Victoria than ever before, these events give us a great chance to showcase our beautiful regions to new people and we’re proud to support them through the $20 million Regional Events Fund.

Since 2014 the Andrews Labor Government has supported more than 180 regional events. These events keep our bars, restaurants and hotels busy and boosts local economies.

That’s why we’re proud to support and stage world class sailing events across the 2020 Sailing World Championships right here in Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula.

I hope you all enjoy this fantastic event and I encourage everyone to explore everything this stunning region has to offer.

 

THE HON MARTIN PAKULA MP Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events

Please forward any queries to the Royal Geelong Yacht Club on: info@rgyc.com.au

Registration

Registration is a two-step process, please follow the below steps:

  1. Use the Manage2Sail Registration System to Register and enter your Racing Information.
  2. Proceed to the Payment Portal to pay your entry fee.

Please refer to the NOR for entry fees and dates they may increase.

Event App

We are pleased to let you know we have an app available for all competitors and supporters coming to Geelong to compete and for those following the regatta back home.

Please download for free from the app store – search ‘2020 49er FX Nacra 17 WC’. 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.

APP STORES:
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Australia Visa Information

Under Australia’s universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival). 

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person’s purpose for visiting Australia.

Please refer to the below Sport Information Sheet for guidance on the visa options that may be most suitable for your event participants. 

If you require a letter of invitation to include with your visa application, please contact the Royal Geelong Yacht Club info@rgyc.com.au.

We recommend getting your applications in early to ensure you have the appropriate documentation well ahead of arrival.

Accommodation Options

The Geelong City area and surrounding suburbs have a huge choice of places to stay, from the luxury of our magnificent waterfront, the indulgences of some of our heritage bed and breakfasts, right down to simple and cheap camping grounds. There is something to suit everyone’s taste and budget and many are conveniently located close to our best attractions and events and are still only minutes from our region’s best beaches. See below link for local accommodation options close to the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

Geelong Accommodation Details

More information can be found at www.visitgeelongbellarine.com.au

Shipping & Logistics

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club is situated in the heart of Geelong and central along the waterfront. The Club will temporarily extend its footprint to create a boat park for the 49er/FX/Nacra 17 World Championships. We will therefore not be able to accommodate Trailers or Containers on site. A separate Trailer/Container compound will be setup at Limeburners Point Boat Ramp on the waterfront approx. 2km from the Yacht Club which will also be the main RIB launching area. Those wishing to store containers at Limeburners Point will need to contact Cargo Live to book and arrange details (there is only space available for approximately 25 containers on site).  Cargo Live is the Official Event Logistics partner and will be managing container storage bookings for the event.

CargoLive Global Events are the logistics experts when it comes to major sporting events. Having been in business for more than 40 years, they have helped hundreds of competitors with all the logistics that goes with competing around the world. From the 2016 Rio Olympic Games to the 2019 Miami world championships, CargoLive have taken care of shipping for both competitors and regatta organisers. They are the main sponsors of the Australian Olympic team and also a supporter of Sailing Australia and other sporting events.

CargoLive will have a dedicated team to assist sailors competing in this year’s World Championships in Geelong and can assist with international shipping, customs clearance, border security and trucking. CargoLive will have staff on the ground at the event to supervise unpacking and packing and will also handle general queries about shipping to make life easy for visiting sailors and teams. If you wish to ship your boats for the next regatta or return home, they can help with it all.

Their dedicated Team can be contacted below,
CargoLive Projects Team
projects@cargolive.com.au  |  +612 9099 0810  (office )

Charter Boats

We have a limited number of Charter Boats available which can be delivered to the Regatta Venue for the event (and any lead up training at the venue). Please contact the Event Chairperson and Australian 49er Association President Chris Manton via email: president@aus9ers.com.au

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Host Club Information
  • When Can we Access the Host Club?
  • Sailing Conditions
  • Amenity/Food and Drink Access
  • Entry Fees
  • Getting Equipment to Australia
  • Charter Equipment
  • Services and Parts
  • Getting Around Geelong
  • What is There to Do in Geelong?
  • Visa
  • Pre-Regattas
  • Car Parking

2020 49er / 49erFX / Nacra17 World Championships

Royal Geelong Yacht Club 25 Eastern Beach Road Geelong, VICTORIA, Australia 3220

Event Schedule

Facilities are available for teams to set-up and train at RGYC throughout January in the lead up to the events. Booking is essential to access club facilities before the 29th January.  If you are interested, please contact the club directly at info@rgyc.com.au to secure your place. *click the image to view larger*