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9-15 February, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 World Championship

49er and 49erFX Race Replays

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Nacra17 Results
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Sailing is a sport of taking your opportunities and a big one is dangling in front of the New Zealand crews competing at next week’s Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships.

As many as 19 Kiwi combinations will line up among the 206 crews from 41 countries competing at the world championships at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club in Auckland and many of them are using it as a chance to see how they measure up against the world’s best.

They all got a taste of it today at the Hyundai Oceania Championships, the three-day warmup regatta before next week’s world championships, and a couple of the younger ones banked some good results in the 49er fleet.

Under-23 world champions Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie won their first race and then backed it up with two more scores in the top 10 to leave them in third overall in the 84-strong fleet.

Jackson Keon and Scott McKenzie also won their first race while a couple of ‘youngsters’ by the name of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke carded three solid results to finish the day in seventh.

It helped illustrate the depth in the wider New Zealand 49er squad and the fact the world championships are at home has accelerated the development of many of them.

“It started our campaign and got us out there a lot more than we might have,” Scott McKenzie said. “We have been pushing a lot.

“Today’s results just shows we can do it. Given our skills at the moment, anything is possible.”

The 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 Oceania Championships, Auckland, New Zealand / © Matias Capizzano

Keon and McKenzie teamed up about 18 months ago and competed at both Kiel Week and the under-23 49er world championships this year and are aiming to make gold fleet at next week’s world championships.

The long-term target is the 2024 Olympics, although there is no shortage of crews who will be aiming to win the spot in the 49er for New Zealand to compete in Paris, not least of all McHardie and William McKenzie. Needless to say, it will also mean a fair amount of family competition between the McKenzie brothers.

“It’s good having William at home because I can just ask him whatever, although he gets pretty annoyed about it at times,” Scott said.

McHardie and William McKenzie already have plenty of experience on the world stage and, as well as their under-23 world title, also collected silver at the World Cup Series regatta in Genoa and won the Red Bull Foiling Generation world championships.

“We want get on the podium [at the world championships], for sure,” McHardie said. “Definitely the medal race and show New Zealand what we can do.”

The world championships are a rare chance for a number of New Zealand’s top Olympic-class sailors and emerging talent to compete on home waters.

A lot of attention will undoubtedly come on four-time world champions and 2016 Olympic gold medallists Burling and Tuke, as well as Alex Maloney and Molly Meech in the 49erFX. There are also three handy New Zealand crews in the Nacra 17, and all three are all in the top 14 after the first day of the Oceania championships.

Maloney and Meech are fifth in the 49erFX after carding two seconds and a 13th in their three races.

Results from day one are available at 49er.org

Visit Victoria



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

Day 1 Livestream Replay

Notices to Competitors

  1. 9th Feb 17:00 - Race Committee Standard Penalties view Here
  2. 9th Feb 17:00 - Support Boat Regulations view Here
  3. 10th Feb 13:00 - How to pay any fines view Here
  4. 12th Feb 17:25 - Camera Dummy weights on 49ers view Here

Fleet Assignments

49er Fleet Assignments for Thursday February 13th view Here

Racing Schedule

Revised 19:00 - Racing schedule for Saturday February 15th view Here

Sailing Instructions

  1. 9th Feb 18:00 - Change to SI's Num 1 - Nacra country flags view Here
  2. 12th Feb 17:00 - Change to SI's Num 2 - 49er Schedule & 49er Gold and Nacra Cameras view Here
  3. 13th Feb 19:30 - Change to SI's Num 3 - 49erFX & Nacra Schedule & Cameras view Here
  4. 14th Feb 18:45 - Change to SI's Num 4 - 49er FX Camera & Medal Races view Here

For Sailing Instructions click Here

Notice of Race

NOR (V3.0 18/12/2019 Incorporating Change to NOR No.2) click Here

Question and Answer

  1. 11th Feb 18:30 - Clearing of seaweed from foils view Here


  • Protest time limits view Here
  • Protest Hearing Schedule view Here
  • Protest Hearing Decisions view Here
  • Rule 42 Decisions view Here  
  • Addendum Q view Here

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. All information on the App is unofficial, but will provide additional information to assist sailors at the event.


Google: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.p7611BA

Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/2020-rgyc-49er-fx-nacra-17-wc/id1492394970?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Smoke Pollution

Due to the recent bushfires in south eastern Australia, the Australian Institute of Sport issued the following guidance on smoke pollution and exercise. To read the document, click Here

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. 

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.

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