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Jan 30 - Feb 3, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 Oceania Championship

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This is the first international race held on Hungarian waters for the high-performance Olympics classes. The four-day long U23 European Championships in the 49er and 49erFX classes in Balatonfüred ended on the the16th of October. Both classes had Polish winners, with Hungarian-Belgian dual national Arthur de Jonghe, racing under the Belgian flag, taking third place in the 49er class. 33 boats from 13 countries with 66 competitors took part in this junior European tournament.

At the 49er and 49erFX Junior European Championships, which ended on Sunday, 7 and 8 of the 12 races scheduled were completed in typical Balaton weather conditions. The light easterly winds tested the competitors and the organizers alike. The race committee had to work hard on the course to ensure that the championship titles were decided in fair races. The weather was so typical for late summer that on the first day not a single race was completed. The next three days were equally difficult, but at least the racers were presented with some light wind.

The 49er class was won by Poland, with Spain taking silver and the Belgian pair came in third.

“We had very good speed in the light winds. We used to race in 420 before the European Championships and so we are considered very light in this fleet. It was very good for us that there were no windy races. We got better and faster every day and we are very happy to have won with only eight days of previous training in this class,” said the winning pair of Patryk Kosmalski and Tomasz Lewandowski.

Arthur de Jonghe / Nathan van Steenberge (BEL-241) started the final day of racing in third place and finished the day in the same position – although they slipped back to sixth at some point. Arthur is well known in Hungarian sailing circles, having learnt to sail in Hungary and until recently competed in Hungarian clubs and waters from Optimist to 29er. Now, as a dual national, he finished third in the European Championship in Belgian colours, making him the most successful Hungarian competitor. “Our goal before the race was to sail a good average, to be consistently in the top ten, and we achieved that. Our worst position was ninth. Obviously, the fact that I grew up on Lake Balaton made a big difference, but this northeast-east wind was very difficult for us as well. I’m very proud of ourselves. It’s a special experience to win a European Championship medal in local waters,” said Arthur de Jonghe.

The most successful Hungarian team in the 49er class was Roni Oszkár Szabó and Filippo Binetti Pozzi (ESP). They have finished in 12th place of the fleet. Roni Oszkár Szabó started competing in this class six months ago and this was the first time the pair had raced together, so their result is definitely encouraging.

“It was not an easy race, even though the wind direction was surprisingly balanced on the last day, at least compared to the previous days. We managed to have three great races, so I think we can be satisfied with the overall number of races. However, the previous days had been a real test for all of us, starting with the opening day, when the wind was so unfit for sailing that it was not possible to have a race. The second day was no easier, it started well, but then conditions became unstable, and we could only hold one race. But it was the third day of racing that was really testing. We managed to run three valid races, but in extremely difficult, shifty, out-of-sorts winds. It was a day well characterized by the fact that we had to make changes in every race,” said the race PRO Peter Lübeck.

“Despite the difficulties, the race committee was extremely coordinated. They worked together without any breakdowns, had great communication and made the most out of the four days given. It is obvious that they are a close-knit team.”

The Danish expert also praised the organizer club, saying that “the event was characterized by a high level of organization and excellent communication, it was very good to work together”.

The high level of organisation of the competition should also be emphasized, as BYC had only two months to prepare for the European Championships.

In the 49erFX class, which is initially a women’s class, but right now also functions as a mixed double and youth class, a German team won the race, followed by a Polish team and then another German team. This was the result of the class championship. In the 49erFX class, however, only all-female teams can take the European title, Poland’s Marcelina Korszon and Zuzanna Mróz (POL-280) won the gold medal.

“I’m delighted that we managed to run nine out of the 12 races we had planned, despite the unfavourable forecasts. The biggest challenge on the second last day was the extremely uncertain weather and I am pleased that despite this, the 49erFX class was able to validate its European Championship on the day. The hardest part for me was that in addition to setting the course for the 49erFX fleet, I was also the event manager of the whole Championships. I think that the team of 40-50 people who prepared, organized, and ‘ran’ the event did an excellent job, and this was also reflected in the feedback from the coaches and the racers.” – Berta Böröcz summed up the competition.

The competition has a double significance for Hungarian sailing because there has never been an international race organized here at Lake Balaton for the high-performance Olympic classes. And it will also be the very first international race taking place at the brand-new harbour of the Hungarian Yachting Federation.


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

NOTICE OF RACE

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

Registration

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.

APP STORES:
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*