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9-15 February, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 World Championship

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It was a day of contrasts on day two of the 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Oceania Championships. With breezes at almost the polar opposite to yesterday with a 10-12 knot seabreeze from the north, the fleets headed to the second alloted course areas off the coast of Auckland’s North Shore. These are the same waters which will play host to the 2021 America’s Cup, in which many of the 49er and Nacra 17 athletes will be competing.

The common theme from the first two days of racing has been ‘two good, one bad’. With some noteworthy exceptions, it seems putting three consistent races together is going to make the difference between Olympic qualification and selection, or packing your bags and lamenting what could have been. This comes as no surprise when you look at the caliber of sailors in the three high performance Olympic classes, which play host to some of the tightest racing in world sailing thanks in large part to the 14 Olympic Gold medallists & multiple America’s Cup winners amongst the ranks.

Bucking the trend was Great Britain’s Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface, who once again put down three solid scores to take a healthy lead into the final day of racing. “Yesterday was pretty good. That’s the only time in an international fleet that I have gotten straight firsts, so that was pretty special,” Saxton said with a grin after racing on day two. “We started off with a first today, which was also pretty amazing and then we got a 3rd and a 4th. It was hard to tell what was going to happen. You’d be looking good and then a couple of boats tack and you’re like ooooh”. 

The chasing pack is heavily stacked with past Nacra 17 World and Olympic champions who are proving that old adage of consistency pays. Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS) continued to score top five results, with four time Nacra 17 World Champion Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA), and Rio 2016 Gold medallists Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza (ARG) hot on their heels.

The Nacra 17 fleet saw five different winners from six races held today. The results didn’t include the reigning World Champions from Italy, Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti. While the Italians were seen on the race course and at times leading, they appear to be using the racing as an opportunity for training not finishing any races.

The 49erFX fleet saw more consistent conditions with gainable shifts hard to come by. With this being only their second 49erFX World Championships, Canada’s Alexandra Ten Hove and Mariah Millen stepped out of the gate with a big win in race four and a second in race five. Despite both carrying illness into this weeks oceanias, they put their performance down to the basics. “We got off the line really well which is something we’ve been working on,” reflected Ten Hove. “We were really happy with our speed so being able to hold a lane and keep pace allowed us to pretty much sail where we wanted to, in the direction we wanted to and just manage the fleet well.”

While the Canadians are yet to qualify for Tokyo 2020 their performance is trending in the right direction and the results are following. “There’s six more spots given out at this worlds [Auckland 2019], so we’re fighting to be one of those top countries. Once Canada secures a spot, the Canadian selection will be a combined score from the worlds in Australia and the 2020 Princess Sofia regatta in Palma, Mallorca.

Overnight leaders Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea from the U.S.A. kept their results consistent and were joined atop the leaderboard by Brazil’s Martine Grael and Kahena Kunz, with local favourites Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech, just three points further back.

The 49er fleet shared top honours throughout the day. Six teams scored wins in the afternoon racing but it wasn’t without drama. Australia’s Tom Needham and Joel Turner scored a solid win in race five, which was immediately followed by a disastrous start to race six after being shut out on the pin end of the line at the last minute. In the same race, Poland’s Lukasz Pryzbytek and Paweł Kołodziński were caught red handed on the international live stream trying to relocate the top mark of their course after a misjudged layline and the ill effects of Auckland’s tide saw them 

At the top of the leaderboard, Austrians Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl put down a one-two-two scoreline to launch themselves into first place ahead of Spain’s Diego Botin and Iago Lopez Marra. Climbing the leaderboard and homing in on their fellow countrymen is the reigning Olympic champions of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. They now sit just three points shy of Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie, who are tied on points for third with Dominik Buksak and Szymon Wierzbicki from Poland.

While it is a fair assumption that Peter Burling and Blair Tuke will be heading to Tokyo in July for a shot at a third Olympic medal, their fellow Kiwi’s are not laying down without a fight. As well as McHardie and McKenzie, Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn are giving the New Zealand selectors something to think about; they took out 2019’s Kiel Week featuring the full complement of Olympic campaigners including Burling and Tuke.

Live coverage featured a homage to the Olympic sailing class the Finn, with modern foiling multihulls and high performance skiffs replaced with the 1940’s designed single hander on TracTrac’s 3D graphics. 

With the teams split into gold, silver and bronze for tomorrow’s finals racing, viewers can tune in to all the action LIVE and free at 49er.org/live from 11:00am NZDT.

Sky Sport will be broadcasting racing from the 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championship, December 3 – 8, on Sky Sport 9 to their New Zealand Audience, while SidelineApp’s coverage of the worlds is available to international viewers with a subscription fee of just 9.95 euros if purchased by November 30, or 14.95 euros there after.



1st Stephanie Roble / Maggie Shea (USA) 6-(7)-5; 16pts

2nd Martine Grael / Kahena Kunze (BRA) 1-(DNC)-3; 16pts

3rd Alexandra Maloney / Molly Meech (NZL) 4-10-1; 19pts

4th Annemieke Bekkering / Annette Duetz (NED) (UFD)-4-2-; 20pts

5th Tina Lutz / Susann Beucke (GER) 2-3-7; 24pts

Nacra 17

1st Ben Saxton / Nicola Boniface (GBR) 1-3-(4); 7pts
2nd Jason Waterhouse / Lisa Darmanin (AUS) 2-5-2; 15pts
3rd Billy Besson / Marie Riou (FRA) 7-1-2; 18pts

4th Riley Gibbs / Anna Weis (USA) (18)-9-3; 20pts

5th Santiago Lange / Cecilia Carranza (ARG) 2-5-(7); 20pts


1st Benjamin Bildstein / David Hussl (AUT) 1-2-2; 11pts

2nd Diego Botin / Iago Lopez Marra (ESP) 4-8-1; 17pts

3rd Dominik Buksak / Szymon Wierzbicki (POL) (14)-4-1; 19pts

4th Isaac McHardie / William McKenzie (NZL) (17)-4-3; 19pts

5th Peter Burling / Blair Tuke (NZL) 5-3-4; 22pts

Full results available at

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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