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Reproduced from Yachting New Zealand

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have sailed in a fair few big regattas in their time and next week’s Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships rates highly on their list.

There are a number of reasons for this, not least of all the fact they are sailing at home in a high-stakes regatta, Tokyo is rapidly coming into view and that it will be their first world championships in three years.

Of course, the pair dominated 49er sailing between the London and Rio Olympics, winning four world titles and an Olympic gold medal in the process. They know what it takes to win and are intent on putting it all together over the six days of racing for the world championships.

“It’s pretty big next week,” Tuke said. “It’s about as big as it gets, really – six months out from the Games and for us as Kiwis having an event on your home waters is pretty awesome. 

“There’s a lot at stake for a lot of countries here. For us it’s been a while between world champs so we are pretty excited to try to put down a good performance. It’s going to be awesome.”

As many as 412 sailors from 41 countries will compete across the three classes and most took part in the Hyundai Oceania Championships, the three-day warmup regatta that finished today.

Burling and Tuke finished third in the 49er behind Austria’s Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl, with Diego Botin and Iago Lopez from Spain third. Although results were largely secondary as teams looked to refine their preparations for next week, crews at the pointy end of the fleet will undoubtedly feel happier about life.

It was ideal preparation, especially as it was the first regatta for most since competing in Japan in August and also featured a mixture of conditions.

“It’s been a few months since we have had a high level competition so this has really helped us,” Tuke said. “To get a third is not first but is not bad. We left a lot of points out there. All in all we are pretty happy with how we are going, especially now that we have a few more days. Next week is when it really matters.”

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech aren’t reading too much into their results, either, even though they won the 49erFX fleet at the Oceania championships.

The pair started the day in third and banked the lowest scores among the contenders in the light and tricky sea breeze to finish ahead of Germany’s Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke, with overnight leaders Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea from the United States in third.

“It’s nice to win the training event but we really see it as training and getting used to racing again and the race courses,” Meech said. “The big one is next week so we’ll be refocusing on that.

“We can see we are going alright in the fleet and some of our routines, like starting, are coming along nicely. It’s a bit of a confidence booster going into worlds.”

Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie felt the same way after finishing fifth in the 49er and New Zealand’s top three Nacra 17 crews all finished in the top 15 in the foiling catamaran.

There’s a sense of anticipation in the boat park at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club now the warmup is out of the way and the main event is just around the corner.

“There are a lot of good boats here and the fleet is always at a really high level,” Burling said. “It’s going to be about who puts together the best week. You can’t really make too many mistakes in these big events if you are going to win. It’s bloody exciting. Where would you rather be?”

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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

49er / 49erFX / Nacra17 World Championship Video Preview

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. 

NOR (V3.0 181219 Incorporating Change to NOR No.2)

NOTICE OF RACE

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: 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

Australian 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.

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