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Jan 30 - Feb 3, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 Oceania Championship

Final Day Highlights

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Lack of wind on Lake Attersee meant no racing for day two of the Forward WIP 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championships in Austria. 

Olympic sailors, in fact sailors of any breed, know that waiting for the wind comes with the territory. At least this time it offers an opportunity for this global family to catch up with each other – without of course the usual shaking of hands, hugging, kissing and other forms of international greeting. Fist bumps and elbow bumps are the coronagreetings of choice now.

For the 2016 Olympic Champion Cecilia Carranza Saroli it was an early start, out of the door at 6am to follow up with the latest – but hopefully the final – episode in her saga to secure an extension to the visa in her Argentinean passport. It has been hard for the Nacra 17 sailor to stay in Europe for the duration of the summer without breaching the 90-day restrictions. “I was down at the police station early this morning to be back in time for racing,” she explained. “Everyone has been so friendly and I’ve had so many offers of help with trying to solve this situation, and as sailors we like to try to be self-sufficient and to be able to cope with this kind of challenge.”

Considering this extra-curricula challenge had been occupying her thoughts in recent days and weeks, Carranza and her helm Santiago Lange sailed a stellar first day on Lake Attersee on Tuesday to finish the day in second place out of 30 boats, making the best of a very unpredictable race course.

For Iordanis Paschalidis and Myrto Papadopoulou, the delay in racing was certainly not welcome but the delay in the timing of the Olympic Games in Tokyo comes as a blessing to this Greek crew that only teamed up at the start of the year. “We were looking to qualify the country at the World Cup event in Genoa [due to take place in April 2020 but cancelled because of Covid 19],” said Paschalidis, an eight-time world champion in the Tornado catamaran with another world title in the Formula 18 class. “The Nacra 17 is another catamaran – similar in some ways to what I have sailed before – but very different in others. The foiling downwind is a totally different for example. The truth is Myrto and I were not ready for Genoa so it is unlikely we would have made it to to 2020. But the delay to the Games gives us a chance of learning the boat, and learning each other, becoming a team in the way that you need to be if you can succeed at Olympic level.” 

Paschalidis is 53 and Papadopoulou is 19, but even though there is a generation gap they have good rapport and mutual respect for their abilities. Lying 15th overall after day one points to the potential of this crew – but it’s also clear that this team needs regatta practice more than most. Their learning curve is steep and will need to continue like that if the Greeks are to make it to Tokyo.

Even when there is no racing, every day is a learning day for the Greeks. “The atmosphere in the boat park is so great,” said Paschalidis. “It is just the same as in the days of the Tornado. Everyone is so friendly, and you can walk around and look at other people’s boats, you can ask anyone anything and they will tell you what they’re doing and why. It’s a great atmosphere and great to be back on the Olympic scene.”

Despite the flukiness of the wind on day one, with some enormous wind holes on the 49er and 49erFX race courses in particular, some class acts still prove able to sniff their way to the front in seemingly random conditions. There can be few complaints when it’s the 2018 World Champions, Croatia’s Sime and Mihovil Fantela, who lead the 49ers, and the recent winners of Kiel Week, Germany’s Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke, who lead the 49erFX. 

Sweden’s Emil Järudd and Cecilia Jonsson caused a few surprises by taking the lead in the Nacra 17s after three races, but there was nothing random about their performance. This young team seems to have made serious gains in boatspeed and racecraft over the summer of 2020 and look to be serious contenders against the three world champion crews and the reigning Olympic Champions. Everyone is hoping for the wind to come back out to play for day three of competition on Thursday, and for the sailors to test themselves again in this tricky arena.

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

Fleet Assignments

Fleet assignments for 2nd & 3rd Feb click Here

Racing Schedule

To view the Racing Schedule for 3rd Feb click HERE

Sailing Instructions

To view the Change of Sailing Instructions no.1 (30th Jan), please click HERE

To view the Change of Sailing Instructions no.2 (30th Jan), please click HERE

To view the Change of Sailing Instructions no.3 (31st Jan), please click HERE

To view the Change of Sailing Instructions no.4 (31st Jan), please click HERE

Sailing Instructions

Notice of Race


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


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.

Google – Click Here
Apple – Click Here

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*