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Jan 30 - Feb 3, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 Oceania Championship

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Hubbards, Nova Scotia, Canada –

All the pent-up pre-regatta tension was set free on a wild and wavy race track on day one of the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships in Nova Scotia, Canada.


  • Multiple nosedives and capsizes in conditions that kicked up to 27 knots with waves of 1.5 metres
  • First-time race wins at a 49er World Championship for Chris Taylor & Rhos Hawes (GBR) and Erwan Fischer & Clément Pequin
  • Dutch World Championships chit-chat their way to a dominant opening day in the 49erFX fleet
  • Good opening day for Finland and Sweden in the Nacra 17 fleet, but no one can touch the Olympic Champions from Italy


St Margarets Bay wasn’t meant to be like this, as local team Georgia & Antonia Lewin (CAN) commented after getting ashore from a challenging and at times wild first day of competition in the 49erFX. “I’m not gonna lie. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen such great conditions with big waves and lots of wind,” said Antonia, the elder of the two sisters. “Today was plenty of fun and I think we’re looking forward to climbing the leaderboard a little bit.” 

Georgia, who steers the Canadian skiff, was hoping for a better start to the regatta, as they sit in 18th place overall, on equal points with their fellow Canadians, Ali Ten Hove & Mariah Millen. “I think we’re both a little disappointed but it’s kind of to be expected a with a lack of practice in strong breeze. Their waves were super close together so we did a lot of nosediving today and had a couple of really close calls but managed to keep the mast above water.

Not everyone was so successful, and even for the skiffs that stayed upright it was tricky to avoid piling into the back of rivals who had just pitchpoled. The Spanish squad were looking tidier than most, with the two-time FX World Champion team of Tamara Echegoyen & Paula Barcelo (ESP) sitting in second after three races while Patricia Suarez & Maria Cantero (ESP) are in fourth. “We remembered a few things today,” smiled Echegoyen, the women’s match racing Olympic Champion from London 2012. “In flat water it’s easy for many teams to go fast but Paula and I love to race in the waves. A lot comes down to technique and we learned a lot from the Alonsos [one of the most experienced men’s 49er teams].” Barcelo admitted it got a bit scary towards the end of the three-race session but the trainee doctor still came ashore with a big, beaming smile after such a testing, exhilarating contest on the water.

For straight-line speed, a lot of teams envy the pace of the tall Swedes, Vilma Bobeck & Rebecca Netzler (SWE). “Yes, we have good speed and that’s a nice thing to have,” said Netzler, but they also suffered a capsize. “I asked Wilma to pull a bit more jib on and all of a sudden, I saw myself in the water and she just let go of the tiller instead. So we capsized to windward but we managed to make up some good ground on the final lap with our speed and picking a better layline into the finish when we overtook a bunch of boats.”

Vilma added: “With the capsize, the good thing is we are good at putting the past in the past, so we move on and we focus on what’s important in the next moment.” It’s a skill that’s easier explained than executed, but it’s standing this new team in good stead as they sit in second place overall. Ahead of them is NED 1, the sail number of Odile van Aanholt who won the 2021 World Championship at a light-airs regatta in Oman eight months ago. Recently teamed up with Annette Duetz, the two-time World Champion and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medallist, van Aanholt proved she is no one-trick pony after dominating three breezy races with scores of 2,1,1. “I was a bit surprised,” van Aanholt admitted. “Sometimes I still get a little tear when I have days like this because it’s heavy breeze and there’s just such a nice energy in this team and there’s so much confidence.”

2022 World Championship August 31st – September 5th, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada © SAILING ENERGY

Van Aanholt is nearly always smiling and she was grinning for much of the way around the gnarly race track. “There were moments when I thought I was having a bit too much fun. I was talking about the beautiful scenery and we had this drone following us around so we got a bit distracted. But on the downwind you really have to focus because you don’t want a pitchpole into the waves. And then on the upwind we felt like we had some time to chat and that was nice.”

Time to chat. Probably not in the vocabulary of most sailors on such a big day. But plenty of war stories for everyone to talk about this evening as everyone seeks shelter from the stormy weather which is expected to blow through by the morning for a gentler day on St Margarets Bay.

Written by Andy Rice


2022 World Championship August 31st – September 5th, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada © SAILING ENERGY

The 49er sailors in this world championships are no strangers to big breeze and solid waves, but only one race was sailed on this first day as the fleet sometimes struggled through the choppy and gusty downwind legs.

“We made it through all of our bearaway’s, it was the gybes that got us,” said Japanese crew Tim Morishima. He explained that the steep chop made it nearly impossible to avoid stuffing the bow in the middle of a turn. In one of the 49er fleets all but about eight boats capsized in the single race of the day.

Erwan Fischer & Clement Pequin of France were first in Blue fleet and British sailors Chris Taylor & Rhos Hawes won the Yellow fleet race.

With the last two Olympic Champions absent from this quadrennium, that leaves double bronze medalists Erik Heil & Thomas Ploessel of Germany as one of the teams to watch this week along with current world champs Bart Lambriex & Florian van der Werken of the Netherlands. Both teams finished outside the top ten today.

Full-Send Up and Down in Nacra 17

2022 World Championship August 31st – September 5th, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada © SAILING ENERGY

There was no hesitation in hoisting the gennaker on the Nacra 17 course today for day one of the World Championships despite 24 knots and four to six-foot waves on St. Margaret’s Bay. “We had to send it for all it’s worth,” said New Zealand Nacra driver Micah Wilkinson about his approach to the day’s racing. “There’s never any backing off.”

Americans Ben Rosenberg & Cali Salinas sailing their first worlds together took a slightly more conservative approach. “We really worked at controlling our speed downwind,” said Ben Rosenberg, an American Nacra 17 driver. He and Salinas are missing their university studies to sail in Nova Scotia.

It was the current Olympic champions Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti of Italy, however, who demonstrated the “full-send,” foiling upwind and down, and winning all three races. Wilkinson and crew Erica Dawson had a clear view of the Italian’s technique finishing second in the final race and are sitting in fifth overall.

(drone shot of Tita and Banti (ITA) flying downwind)

“Now it’s kind of about who’s learning the quickest,” said Wilkinson about the fleet’s progression with the new adjustable rudders that allow the boats to foil in more control upwind and down. The loads on boat and sailors are now higher a result of much greater righting moment, taking its toll on both.

“I feel like everyone’s getting closer except for those Italians at the head of the fleet,” said Wilkinson. “We got close to them last time but in the first races they were just launched. They’ve got so much upwind boat speed.”

The Kiwis have been trying to break a pattern that sees three strong Italian teams consistently sailing in the top five at all the major events. Sinem Kurtbay & Akseli Keskinen of Finland and the Swedish pair of Emil Jarudd & Hanna Jonsson, in second and third respectively, had by all accounts epic days on the water with tidy score lines sandwiching them between the leaders and Italian junior world champions Gianluigi Ugolini and Maria Giubilei.

It’s still early days in this world championship, far too soon to identify any performance patterns but the next two days are likely to dish out more diverse weather as the North Atlantic settles down after this ripping frontal passage moves eastward.

Racing at the World Championship runs from August 31 – September 5, 2022 and is best accessed via the website: https://49er.org/event/2022-world-championship/

Daily tracking, results, photos, highlights, and articles will be available from the website. Additionally, Days 3 through 6 (Sept 2-5) will have live broadcast coverage via the CBC Sports App, youtube.com/49ersailing and fb.com/49ersailing. Note tracking will not be working on day 1 as Canadian Customs has not yet released the trackers.

Written by Chris Museler

Here are the daily links:

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Qualifying — Day 3
September 2, 2022 @ 11:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/Fh4zFApLpc0 (49er) or https://youtu.be/GqLQIVgIIEY (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Gold Fleets — Day 4
September 3, 2022 @ 11:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/PoHeOF0XvI0 (49er) or https://youtu.be/aW78tdhUqfk (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Gold Fleets — Day 5
September 4, 2022 @ 11:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/T598V4SwIhQ (49er) or https://youtu.be/Hbvr4L0tRsE (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Gold Fleets — Day 6
September 5, 2022 @ 10:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/PolhasjOgU4 (49er) or https://youtu.be/Z4-zTS-B3lE (Nacra17)

2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, Halifax — Medal Races — Day 6
September 5, 2022 @ 14:00 UTC-3
https://youtu.be/pjJxn2cKZ3E (49er) or https://youtu.be/OVPNdM3XJN8 (Nacra17)

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*