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9-15 February, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 World Championship

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Half the contenders vying for an Olympic spot know they’ve made the cut and the other half are still aiming for selection, adding extra strain to the make-or-break 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championship, the last major class title before Tokyo 2020.

Big news on the eve of racing is that New Zealand’s Rio 2016 silver medalists Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech have withdrawn from the 49erFX fleet due to Maloney fracturing her foot when she fell awkwardly during training on Saturday February 9. The pair qualified New Zealand for the Olympic Games 49erFX spot and finished the top-ranked Kiwi team at the last world championship in Auckland.  New Zealand is yet to name its Olympic sailing team.

“We didn’t think it was too bad at first,” coach Nathan Handley said. “She came in and iced it and we thought it was just bruised but later on as it was still hurting we got some x-rays and found out there’s a fracture in the foot.

“The girls are devastated, obviously, being so close to the world championships and having this sort of injury. They were in really good shape. Everything was going well. They were sailing well, the boat was going well and we definitely thought we had a good shot at the podium here in Geelong.”

Fresh winds are set to continue for at least the first of three qualifying race days beginning off Victoria’s Royal Geelong Yacht Club on Monday February 10. The second three days for the skiffs constitute their final series while the Nacra 17s will race a single series. All up 160 teams will represent 32 nations.

Host nation Australia is fielding the biggest contingent of 25 teams across the three classes and neighbour New Zealand is second, with 14 teams. The largest team outside the locals is France, a sign of the country gearing up to stage Paris 2024.

Spaniards Diego Botin and Iago Lopez Marra need to sure-up 49er country qualification for Tokyo at this summer world championship. Their dominant win at the warm-up Oceania Championship sailed in breezy conditions January 30 – February 3 is a terrific boost to their chances.

On the flipside Great Britain’s three Olympic representatives – Nacra 17 team of John Gimson and Anna Burnett, 49er team of Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell and 49erFX team of Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey – can enjoy the best of Geelong’s Corio Bay and the competition, minus the pressure of trials. A chance to further hone against the strongest fleet in the world five months out from the Games.

Worlds host nation Australia has named two Tokyo 2020 selections, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan in the 470 class and Matt Wearn in the Laser. In the Nacra 17, cousins Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, bronze medallists at the 2019 World Championship in Auckland two months ago, and siblings Nathan and Haylee Outteridge are front-runners for the prized country place.

Waterhouse said, “The breeze has been very shifty of late, so this will make it ‘game on’ the whole way. Consistency will reign supreme, even if it is hard to find. The boat is all sorted and tested, and we have been working with different sails for flat water.”

Mixed results at recent Australia’s 49er men’s titles makes guessing which way the selectors will go impossible.  Best performance at the last world championship came from Will and Sam Phillips in 15th then at the recent 2020 Oceania Championship Thomas Needham and Joel Turner beat the pair, showing there’s no single standout. 

The 49erFX fleet boasts four previous world champions plus the defending Olympic champions Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) and current two-time world-beaters, Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz who will represent The Netherlands in Tokyo.  

Bekkering/Duetz have the runs on the board to record a triple world crown at this second and final event of the ‘Down Under’ series that included last December’s 2019 Hyundai World Championship in Auckland.

First warning on Monday February 10 is at 1055hrs and the forecast for Western Port Phillip is easterly 15-25 knots reaching up to 30 knots early in the morning then winds turning south-easterly 15-20 knots in the evening. Tuesday’s forecast indicates a winding back, variable 10 knot breezes becoming south-westerly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon then decreasing to about 10 knots during the evening.

Royal Geelong Yacht Club is host of the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 2020 World Championship along with six other major events that fall under the club’s ‘Summer of Sailing’ calendar rolling out between January and March.

Help the Australian Bush Fire Relief Effort

We are sailing in Geelong and not long ago there were terrible bush fires just a couple of hundred kilometres away. Communities, wildlife and livestock in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia have been devastated in what has been a catastrophic summer bush fire season so far.

Australian 49er sailor Joel Turner has spearheaded a fundraiser to help those who lost homes get back on their feet and support emergency services. Donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief via 49er.org/donate

Results:
Results will be posted race by race, as they happen.

Live Tracking will be available for all fleets each day via https://49er.org/event/2020-world-championship/

By Lisa Ratcliff/49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 World Championship media

Visit Victoria

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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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