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Jan 30 - Feb 3, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 Oceania Championship

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Dueling training regattas along the Atlantic Seaboard sees a 49er and a Nacra fleet in Santander, an FX and another 49er fleet in Cascais!

Santander, Spain – An Olympic-sized 49er fleet with about half the Tokyo lineup is racing a training regatta in Santander currently. Burling and Tuke (NZL) are in contention for the lead after nine races, beating all of their Olympic rivals and only sitting behind their countrymen Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn. While the world’s hottest sailing pair have won 3 of the nine races, they also have an 11th, 13th, and 8th on the scorecard, from a fleet of 16. This may indicate the kiwi duo haven’t lost a bit of their boat speed, but may not quite be in the racing form once they get mixed up with the pack. The winds have also been light, which typically means more variable scoring.

There is plenty of talent chasing the kiwis for Tokyo glory. Spanish 2020 World Championship runners-up, Diego Botin and Iago Mara, just won the Lanzarote regatta by a landslide and seem to have developed some extra pace while little racing has been going on. This week in Santander they are a single point behind Burling and Tuke. Also chasing in Santander are Ben Bildstein and David Hussle (AUT), the Fantela Brothers (CRO) and Eric Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER), who missed the first day of racing and are therefore not in contention on the leaderboard. Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell (GBR) are not racing in Santander as they’ve exceeded their time allocation in Europe this spring, and are home training with the British squad instead (everyone still enjoying Brexit?)

The preparation for Tokyo continues to be a wild affair for all teams, as the NOR for Tokyo was recently updated with a TBD on the arrival and venue opening date. Here we are in May with little insight on when the Olympic fleets can defend on Enoshima and less than eight weeks to go. The preparation may be hardest for the champs, as Burling and Tuke have left New Zealand and are presumably on the road till Tokyo. With strict quarantine requirements on re-entering NZ, they’ll be chasing around Europe until heading to the games.

After winning back to back world titles in 2019 and 2020, they put their 49er aside to defend the America’s Cup which took the bulk of their focus well into March. With only four months between winning the AC and the start of the games, that alone would put any team under pressure, but they also launched their Sail GP team and just spent 2 weeks in Bermuda (mostly) rigging a GP 50 and then have two more Sail GP regatta between now and the opening ceremony.

Santander Results

Start in Santander
Santander Racing
Santander Racing

Cascais, Portugal – Consolidation of the podium for men and everything open for the women.

On the third day of the 2021 Cascais 49er & 49erFS Championship races the two Olympic class 49er fleets returned to the Guia race area to fulfill, once again, the scheduled races of the day.

Today was the time for men to start the day in Cascais. Since the wind, at the schedule time of the first warning signal, still showed some instability, it forced the Race Committee to delay the first race of the day since it had to move around to find a better place for the demanding Olympic fleet of the 49er class. The men’s fleet completed the trio of the schedule races, as usual, and with the wind blowing in the northwest quadrant building up during the morning from 14 to 18 knots. On the third day of racing, and after 9 races, the podium in the men’s race begins to take on a final form, but as we know, anything can happen. The east coast team from the United States of America, Ian Barrows and Hans Henken remains in the lead but with the first race of the day less successful they let them approach by their compatriots Nevin Snow and Dane Wilson in the General overall. Snow and Wilson today practically reached perfection with a third in the first race of the day and two bullets in the following races. With these results the American teams, who are tied with eighteen points each, are playing a real duel in Cascais. The Brazilian team of Marco Grael and Gabriel Borges fell today to third place.

In the 49erFx class, the ladies went outside after the men. The fleet of 28 boats completed the day’s program in the race course of the guide. Today with the most demanding wind conditions, in the northwest quadrant and blowing on twenties, there have been significant changes in the podium. The Galician team, composed by Tamara Echegoyen and Paula Barcelo, took la roja (Spain) to the highest place on the podium at the end of the third day of the championship. In second place we have new faces on the podium with the rise of the Bavarian team composed of Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke. Closing the women’s podium is the Danish team made up of Ida Nielsen and Marie Olsen.

In total we have 4 continents are represented – America, Europe, Asia and Oceania – in a total of 19 nationalities will sail in the bay of Cascais. The championship will take place in Cascais from the 4th to the 9th of May and 15 races are planned, plus a Medal Race for each class.

This championship has the support of Turismo de Portugal, Visit Cascais, Cascais Town Hall, Portuguese Sailing Federation, Cascais Marina and Vista Alegre. We also have the institutional support of the non-governmental association Sailors For The Sea – Portugal

Results after 9 races:

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*