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9-15 February, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 World Championship

49er and 49erFX Race Replays

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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

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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