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Two 49er teams well known to the podium but yet to qualify their countries for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games finished first and second at the three-day Oceanic Championships which served as a warm-up event for next week’s 2019 Hyundai World Championships.

Austria’s Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl sealed victory in the light and fickle northerly breeze which proved unsettled in the hazy conditions. The strong currents of the Waitemata Harbour proved a critical component to today’s strategy with many race winners coming from deep in the field after lap one.

“Today was quite fun, I think we had another really good day and trying out our sails I think was the most important part,” a smiling Bildstein remarked. “We had quite some advantage already, so there wasn’t really much pressure on for us. It was a good day and was good practice.”While the Austrians are no strangers to the 49er podium, they are amongst a group of top 49er nations yet to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. At the Aarhus 2018 World Championships where 8 Olympic places were taken they finished a disappointing 33rd. Likewise, the Spanish duo of Diego Botin and Iago Lopez Marra are yet to qualify despite representing their country at Rio 2016 and winning the 2018 European Champions shortly before the 2018 Worlds. After a second place this week they are taking the relaxed approach to next week’s World Championships. “We are feeling very nice. It was a nice fight with the Austrians, everything is always so close until the end. We have been working really hard on our boat so now we are going to Raglan for a surf!”

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke completed the podium in third place after surpassing their New Zealand team mates Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie, who had to settle for fourth. Burling and Tuke will be looking to add a 5th 49er World Championships to their already illustrious careers while simultaneously juggling their America’s Cup commitments with defenders Emirates Team New Zealand.

Ben Saxton & Nicola Boniface dominated the Nacra 17 class with another consistent day inside the top three. After a hugely successful 2019 including gold at the European Championships on home waters in Weymouth, they have laid down the challenge for their own internal Olympic selection among the British Sailing Team. “We’ve been doing well all year,” says Saxton. “I’m proud of how we are sailing and it’s also a credit to the other guys [Gimson & Burnet] with how we’ve both been sailing. At the moment it looks like the two of us could be on the podium in the Olympics.”

Fellow Brits John Gimson and Anna Burnet didn’t have quite the same warm up event finishing 8th. Their focus is firmly on the long term goal.

“We have had a really good quad”, reflects Gimson. “We have medalled in almost every event for the last year so we are pretty happy with that. We’re just slowly ramping up to the worlds, trying not to go too hard too early. It’s going to come down to the wire who goes to Tokyo.”

Four times Nacra 17 World Champions Billy Besson and Marie Riou from France scored mostly top five finishes throughout the week which was enough for second place. Besson and Riou, who also competed on the inaugural SailGP tour with Team France this year, have been strikingly inconsistent since the Nacra 17 class moved to the new foiling configuration after the conclusion of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Neither their results at Aarhus 2018 or that of their French team mates has been good enough to qualify France for Tokyo 2020. With Quentin Delapierre and Manon Audinet finishing 6th and with a gold medal at the recent Enoshima Sailing World Cup under their belt, both French teams will be looking to not only qualify their country but also put their countrymen behind them on the results sheet at next week’s World Championships.Thomas Zajac and Barbara Matz from Denmark finished third overall, with Zajac seemingly back to full health after a knee injury he sustained in Enoshima earlier in the year threatened to derail their Olympic campaign. Australian Rio silver medallists Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin finished fourth and will be looking to improve on that result next week to put the pressure firmly on their main selection rivals of Nathan and Haylee Outteridge who had a very mixed oceanias. A gold and silver Olympic medalist in the 49er class, Nathan will be looking to solidify on their obvious potential but will need nothing short of victory to convince the Australian Sailing Team selectors to bet against Waterhouse and Darmanin, a team which scored multiple event wins over the past 18 months and are one of the most consistent Nacra 17 teams in the world.

Local favourites in the 49erFX Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech finished the regatta strongly to come out ahead of early regatta leaders from the U.S.A. Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea. Maloney and Meech had a 3-2-7 scoreline today which proved enough to leapfrog multiple teams who suffered from inconsistent results in the challenging racing conditions. Spain’s Patricia Suarez and Nicole van der Velden completed the podium in third place, a result which will ensure their fellow Spaniards Tamara Echegoyen and Pablo Turrado sit up and take notice. The Spanish are another strong 49erFX country who are hoping to qualify for Tokyo at next week’s World Championships.

Auckland showed a wide range of emotions over the past week, with regular 20-25 knot south-westerlies in the lead up to the Oceania Championships making way for the lighter northerlies we have experienced over the past two days. Throw into the mix a significant tidal factor and the intensely competitive fleets, the eventual World Champions in each class will deservedly be able to call themselves the best in the world.

ResultsNacra 17

1st Ben Saxton / Nicola Boniface GBR 3-1; 14pts

2nd Billy Besson / Marie Riou FRA (16)-2; 36pts

3rd Thomas Zajac / Barbara Matz AUT 1-(11); 43pts

4th Quentin Delapierre / Manon Audinet FRA 6-8; 47pts

5th Jason Waterhouse / Lisa Darmanin AUS 13-(13); 51pts

49erFX

1st Alexendra Maloney / Molly Meech NZL 3-2-7; 37pts

2nd Stephanie Roble / Maggie Shea USA (26)-13-6; 42pts

3rd Patricia Suarez / Nicole van der Velden ESP 1-12-4; 47pts

4th Tine Lutz / Susann Böcke GER 12-3-10; 50pts

5th Charlotte Dobson / Saskia Tidey GBR 5-(15)-2; 50pts

49er

1st Benjamin Bildstein / David Hussl GER 1-6-10; 28pts

2nd Diego Botin / Iago López Marra ESP (9)-1-4; 31pts

3rd Peter Burling / Blair Tuke NZL (11)-2-5; 35pts

4th Isaac McHardie / William McKenzie NZL 8-4-(18); 48pts

5th Mathieu Frei / Noe Delpech FRA 10-(10)-6; 50pts

Full results available at

49er.org/event/2019-oceania-championship
Nacra17.org/events/2019-oceania-championship

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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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