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The pin end of the line is proving a popular place to start, with the 49er and 49erFX race tracks of day two often yielding an advantage on the left-hand side. Despite the left paying, some of the race leaders at the bottom gate were still opting for the right-hand side, only to lose out on the final upwind leg. However, it wasn’t always that way. The Auckland conditions are forcing the sailors to stay flexible in their strategy and tactics.

Race round-up of 49er Yellow Fleet, Day 2, Race 2

Andrew Mollerus and Ian McDiarmid (USA) earned themselves a great start off the pin end of the start line of their fourth qualifying race. However, they and the Italians next to them, Simone Ferrarese and Valerio Galati (ITA), were forced to wait until Jack Hawkins and Chris Thomas (GBR) tacked on to port. The Italians won the race back across to the right-hand layline and tacked around in the lead, holding on for the race win.

Race Round-up of the 49erFX fleet

49erFX Blue Race 1

The left-right split was distinct on the first beat, with half of the boats on each side, and top teams leveraged to each side. The right side won out, with Tanja Frank and Lorena Abicht (AUT) taking a great lead around the windward mark, while Vilma Bobeck and Malin Tengstrom winning the left (SWE), leaving them back in 5th. Many favourites from the left side didn’t fare quite so well with Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) and Tamara Echegoyen with Paula Barcelo (ESP) back in the pack. 

Sebesi and Dubois (FRA) were quick on the downwind, rounding just ahead of the Austrians at opposite gate marks. The French caught the better lane upwind and managed to pass Austria to lead by the top mark. The French held on as the two boats duelled downwind.

Back in the pack, a few teams with top expectations look to get through qualifying unharmed, recovering from poor first beats is a big part of putting together a good championship. Maloney/Meech took a very different approach from Echegoyen/Barcelo, with the Kiwis heading way left, the Spanish kept with the pack and headed right on the second beat. 

There was no recovery to come for any of these top sailors, as neither the Kiwis nor GBR’s Dobson and Tidey, nor the Spanish could recover much with boats finishing in 14th, 18th and 22nd respectively. Not the start they might have hoped or imagined for the start of their Worlds campaign.

These three leading teams were not alone, however, with most top teams scoring at least one poor race on day 1. 

49erFX Yellow Race 1

As with the blue fleet, it was a massive split on the first lap with the top left paying off very hard, coming out the best was POL 888 Melzacka & Loboda.

Change of course for the second windward mark and SWE 15 Gross & Klinga were hot on the Polish heels, splitting at the bottom and choosing the left turn option.

As we saw in the Oceania regatta, so often the rich get richer. POL 888 gapped the following fleet so the battle for the podium places was where it was at. Gross & Klinga managed to hold up the Brazilian gold medallists on a speed run to the finish. Not a tactical battle, but always nice when you can outspeed the reigning Olympic Champions.

49erFX Yellow Race 2

Most of the fleet went left in a building breeze but a right shift half way up favoured the two ESP boats Suarez/ van der Velden and the Munte sisters. Both Spanish boats headed right but gybed ⅓ way down the run while following back immediately gybe-set – see what happens as it looks shifty. Both Spanish boats went left hand turn at the bottom. By the top, Suarez/ van der Velden had just played the shifts and covered the next two boats for a nice lead.

49erFX Yellow Race 3

The Belgians took an early lead but failed to protect the left hand-side of the race course on lap two. Singapore seized their opportunity and snuck in ahead of Belgium at the final top mark. It was a tight race all the way to the finish, but Singapore hung on for the win ahead of Belgium

49erFX Yellow Race 4

Schutt and Nielsby were leading at the bottom of the first lap, but let the Dutch and French break out to the left-hand side of the course on the second upwind leg. The breakaway worked out nicely for Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz, the Dutch extending away to take the race win ahead of France’s Bossard and Compan, while the Danish had to settle for third. Olympic Champions Grael and Kunze were fifth in this race.

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

49er / 49erFX / Nacra17 World Championship Video Preview

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. 

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


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.


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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