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9-15 February, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 World Championship

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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

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

Jury

  • 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.

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

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

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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