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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
Photos & Video
Notice Board
Event Program
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Two young teams sailed at their best in Lanzarote to earn the final Olympic berths available to European sailors. Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove (IRL) earned a bronze medal in a highly competitive fleet and sailed at a world class level in order to secure their berth in the 49er. Isaura Maenhaut and Anouk Geurts (BEL) had a tighter battle on their hands with teams from five nations in contention for the Olympic berth throughout the week.

The Irish secured third overall in addition to their Olympic qualification. The duo were at an elite level in terms of their speed this week, enough so that they overcame two UFD (over early) in the series. Though they are only in their early twenties, they have a lot of experiences sailing with each other. They move from Opti’s to 420’s and into the 49er. They won the Junior World Championship together in 2018. They have also likely unseated their countryman, Ryan Seaton, who got their Olympic berth for Ireland in both 2012 and 2016. It’s one thing to get the final Olympic berth, and in most classes that would be the pinnacle for a team in that quad. By sailing so strongly and beating out so many world class teams in Lanzarote, the youth Irishmen will not set their heights higher and aim to compete for the podium in Tokyo.

Isaura and Anouk from Belgium are just in their early twenties and only transitioned to the 49erFX in early 2019. They held off teams from Croatia, Finland, Czech Republic, and Sweden, each of whom campaigned for at least the full quad and two of which raced in Rio. Their seventh place finish is truly impressive, as virtually all of the Olympic bound teams attended the regatta. These young sailors sailed Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 as youth, then moved into separate but cooperating Nacra 17 teams in 2017 only to team up into the 49erFX in 2019.

The overall competition was a bit of a Pre-Olympics, with much of the spring racing cancelled in the run up to Rio. Only Alex Maloney and Molly Meech from New Zealand were able to attend of the Oceania countries, and the Asian teams are in Oman preparing for their Olympic qualifier next week, but otherwise the fleets were full of talent.

Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) overcame travel issue and showed they are ready to defend their 2016 Gold medals by winning the regatta by almost 20 points. Five teams could have overtaken them heading into the final day, which has a single fleet race followed by a medal race, but they held strong and extended.

The podium teams were all World Champions in the 49erFX, with the 2018 and 2019 World Champions Annemiek Bekkering and and Annette Duetz (NED) in second, and the 2020 World Champions Tamara Echegoyen and Paula Barcelo in third.

The 49er regatta was won by a landslide by Diego Botin and Iago Marra (ESP). Six race wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds kept their point total exceedingly low, and they have laid down a marker as the team best placed to Challenge Peter Burling and Blair Tuke for the gold in Tokyo. These amiable Spaniards were runners up to the Kiwi’s at the 2020 Worlds in Geelong, and while Pete and Blair have been distracted winning the America’s Cup the Spanish seem to have improved their boatspeed from an already high pace. Pete and Blair will no doubt be motivated and have all the winning experience that can ever be hoped for, but they continue to spend time on their pro-careers in Sail GP. In fact, these two teams will lock horns in a round about way in SailGP, and that may be the only time we see them head to head before Tokyo begins.

The 49er Class would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Organizing Authority in Lanzarote. The Canary Island Federation, with their experienced and hard working staff delivered an amazing final qualifier for these teams. For some sailors, their Olympic journey will now, unfortunately, be over. What all teams want is a fair shot at doing their best, and this regatta, with it’s full compliment of races, multiple wind conditions, and excellent race management delivered on that. Lanzarote has served sailing well this week and we salute you.

Final Results


Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove (IRL) European and African continental qualification regatta for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. 26 March, 2021 © Sailing Energy
Iago Marra and Diego Botin (ESP) European and African continental qualification regatta for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. 26 March, 2021 © Sailing Energy
Isaura Maenhaut and Anouk Geurts (BEL) European and African continental qualification regatta for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. 26 March, 2021 © Sailing Energy
Kahena Kunze, Javi Torres (Coach) and Martine Grael (BRA) European and African continental qualification regatta for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. 26 March, 2021 © Sailing Energy
What it takes to win! European and African continental qualification regatta for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. 26 March, 2021 © Sailing Energy

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*