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Jan 30 - Feb 3, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 Oceania Championship

Final Day Highlights

49er Results
49erFX Results
Nacra17 Results
Host City
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Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke moved further ahead in the 49erFX standings after a stunningly consistent performance on day 3 of the Forward WIP 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championships in Austria. 

Recently selected to represent Germany at next year’s Olympic Games, Lutz and Beucke’s victory at Kiel Week seems to have unleashed a new level of confidence upon this veteran team. Having twice narrowly missed out on Olympic selection in previous 470 and 49erFX campaigns, the knowledge that they are on their way to Tokyo is enabling them to sail with a new-found freedom.

Even after a poor start the Germans were able to work their way through the fleet by correctly spotting the layline for the windward mark while others had overtacked and sailed needless extra distance. The breeze blew quite steadily across the FX course throughout the afternoon, at about 8 to 10 knots from the north. When the right was paying, the Germans went right with the rest of the fleet. But Lutz was early to spot the fact that the right was becoming increasingly hazardous as the wind started to fade on a beautiful, sunny afternoon on Lake Attersee. 

Breaking away to the left-hand side at the right time proved to be a canny move, and sent the Germans on their way to another race victory. Their tally from the day: 1,2,1. Lutz and Beucke sit on 6 points overall, while the Norwegians Helene Næess and Marie Rønningen were the top performers on the other course in the middle of the lake. They are on 11 points overall with a 9-point buffer to the first of the Swedish squad, Julia Gross and Hanna Klinga on 20 points. Just two points further back are another Swedish crew, Klara Wester and Rebecca Netzler.

If you go down to 11th, 12th and 13th place, you find three world-class teams that appear to be struggling together on almost equal points. First of this trio are former European Champions from Denmark, Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Olsen, followed by the reigning World Champions from Spain, Tamara Echegoyen and Paula Barceló, with the 2018 and 2019 World Champions Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz just behind. Time is starting to run out for these crews if they’re to make a move on the podium. Other less experienced crews stand between the veterans and the medals.

49er OPEN: Another good day for the Fantelas

Šime and Mihovil Fantela scored a 3,1,1 from their qualifying group, moving the Croatians slightly further ahead in the overall standings. The 2018 World Champions are 3 points ahead of the fast-improving Dutch crew, Bart Lambriex and Pim van Vugt, who took 1,3,2, from their side of qualifying. The Dutch team, recently selected for Tokyo 2021, were vigorous in claiming early rights on the pin end of the start line and defending that place with pinpoint precision slow-speed boathandling. In third overall are the Italians Uberti Crivelli Visconti and Leonardo Chistè.

It was good to see David Hussl recovered sufficiently from recent illness to be back in the 49er with his helmsman Benjamin Bildstein and the Austrian team improved throughout the day to move to 11th overall. Two places further back are the Danish duo who won Kiel Week last month, Jonas Warrer and Jakob Precht. Unlike fellow Kiel winners Lutz and Beucke, the Danes seem to be struggling to adapt their winning ways to this very different kind of challenge, lake sailing in light and fluky winds.

NACRA 17: Greeks enjoy their moments in the sun while Olympic Champions move to the top

Day 1 of the Nacra 17 competition was all about keeping your wits about you as the wind blew from the south, then the west, then somewhere in between. Thursday’s conditions were much more straightforward, at least in the sense that it was a very one-sided track. What is much less straightforward is how to get to the favoured spot when all 30 boats want to be going the same way. In the 6 to 8 knot breeze, Greece’s Iordanis Paschalidis and Myrto Papadopoulou found their way into 2nd place in the second race of the afternoon. A 26th in the next… maybe the 2nd had been a lucky one-off. 

The final race of the afternoon, they scored their first bullet of the championship. Clearly the 2nd had been no fluke. “We really enjoyed sailing in those conditions,” grinned Paschalidis, multiple Tornado and Formula 18 World Champion. “The Nacra is not so different to other catamarans when you are not foiling. We had some good training here in the days before the competition and we had a good reading of the wind from this direction. We are going to enjoy this moment, we know we have a lot of work to do to match the others in all conditions, but it’s important to remember days like these when they happen.”

Up until the last race of the afternoon, Argentina’s Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli had been the only team to keep all their scores inside the top 10. A 15th place was not the Olympic Champions’ dream finish to the day, but their consistency across seven races gives them 23 points compared with Great Britain’s reigning World Champions on 34 points. John Gimson and Anna Burnet had the most solid day of all, with scores of 2,8,2,5. Another 4 points back are Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti in third overall, just a point in front of arch rivals in their bid for Italian Olympic selection, Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari. Sweden’s young team, Emil Järudd and Cecilia Jonsson, were not as comfortable in today’s very different conditions and slip from the lead down to 6th overall. But they’re still just 11 points back from 2nd place, so there’s still time to make amends and continue their battle for a first ever podium finish at a major Nacra 17 championship.

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*