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9-15 February, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 World Championship

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Story by Yachting New Zealand

Being proactive and taking opportunities was one of the main messages that came out of the Making Waves – Pathways to Performance forum on Thursday night.

About 120 people gathered for the forum, which discussed advancing equal opportunities in sailing and how to make it to the top.

A large number of younger sailors and their parents were among the crowd at the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre and plenty of questions were thrown at the sailors, coaches and industry leaders on the panel, Martine Grael, Lisa Damanin, Erica Dawson, Sally Barkow, Geoff Woolley and Patria Hume.

The event was hosted by LockerRoom editor Suzanne McFadden, who has been a leader in advocating for women’s sport. 

“I found it really enlightening and encouraging because I think the future of New Zealand sailing is in good hands if they are a reflection of what female sailors are achieving on and off the water,” McFadden said.

The 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 Oceania Championships, Auckland, New Zealand / © Matias Capizzano

“I definitely feel like a change is happening [in women’s sport]. Talking to women from other countries, it’s happening there as well and happening in a hurry. We have been waiting for this for a long time but it’s whether we are ready.

“”Not working directly in a sports organisation, I don’t have all the answers, but I think Yachting New Zealand are doing a fabulous job encouraging females to try sailing and to stay sailing, especially with a new strategy.”

Yachting New Zealand developed a Women and Girls in Sailing Strategy recently which focuses on three main aspects: culture, pathways and coaching. 

More and more opportunities are becoming available for females in the sport and those at the forum were encouraged to not only take advantage of those but also recognise the importance of networking.

Darmanin, for instance, told the story of how she landed her job helping to organise events with SailGP because of the people she met when working behind the scenes at the America’s Cup in Bermuda. She called it her “side hustle’ and encouraged all sailors to have something else up their sleeves.

“Sally Barkow also talked about pushing the door open and not being afraid to put yourself out there,” Yachting New Zealand national sports development director Raynor Haagh said. “It’s about doing your homework and being the best you can when competing for positions both on and off the water. 

“There are also mandated changes, like what we saw in the last Ocean Race, and females should look at those as opportunities rather than tokenism. It needs to get to the point where it becomes the norm.”

Those on the panel emphasised the need to enjoy the journey, whether sailing was a career or recreation, and that sailing provides fun, enjoyment and camaraderie.

Yachting New Zealand will look to roll out key parts of the strategy in the coming months and will hold various clinics and forums to develop knowledge and awareness. 

“This is the starting point, not the end,” Haagh said. 

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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