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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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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?”

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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