2020 World Championship

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9-15 February, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

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Thrilling medal races produce world champions

Thrilling medal races produce world champions

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke from New Zealand dazzled to win another 49er world championship, the sixth for the magic combo, which is easily a class record. In thrilling medal race the Spanish 49erFX team of Tamara Echegoyen and Paula Barcelo and the British Nacra 17 team of John Gimson and Anna Burnet owned those […]

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Plan for the final day of 2020 World Championship racing

Plan for the final day of 2020 World Championship racing

With no racing on Friday February 14 due to summer storms that wreaked havoc with the breeze, Saturday’s final day of the 49er, 49er and Nacra 17 World Championship looks like this: Schedule: Two gold fleet races for all three fleets commencing from 0955hrs Two silver and bronze fleet races immediately following Three medal races […]

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“Game on” for national selection

“Game on” for national selection

Spanish Redemption Second by two points in the 49erFX is Spain’s Tamara Echegoyen, the 2016 World Champion with a different crew, and Paula Barcelo. The duo sailed through injury at the 2019 worlds and suffered, only managing a silver fleet finish. With the pressure of the Spanish trials on, these champions are in contention for […]

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Skiff favourites spin low scores into gold

Skiff favourites spin low scores into gold

Reigning 49er world champions and Rio 2016 Gold medallists, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL), bagged enough low scores in the qualification round to lead at the midway point of the 2020 49er World Championship in Geelong, Australia. The top 25 49er teams go through to gold fleet to fight in the coming three days […]

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Temporary Tandem Top Leaderboard in 49erFX

Temporary Tandem Top Leaderboard in 49erFX

Former German 49erFX teammates combine beautifully to lead on day one of racing – much to their surprise. Tina Lutz’s regular crew Susann Beucke injured herself soon after the 2019 World Championship in Auckland and Lotta Wiemers agreed to step back into the boat to crew for the second half of the Down Under series […]

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2020 World Championship day 1 – no racing

2020 World Championship day 1 – no racing

A day of waiting disappointingly ended without any racing at the 2020 world title for the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 classes in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The Race Committee monitored conditions on Corio Bay from well before the morning session to late afternoon, 25-30 knots out of the east keeping 49er crews ashore all day […]

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Long way to the top at Geelong 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championship

Long way to the top at Geelong 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championship

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 […]

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Spain take both Skiff Titles in Windy Warm Up

Spain take both Skiff Titles in Windy Warm Up

Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis (USA) used superior boatspeed upwind in the flat water to narrowly win the Oceania Championship by three points from Zajac/Matz (AUT) and Gimson/Burnett (GBR). On a blustery final day the American’s got a 1, 3 battling tightly with the Austrians who scored a 2, 1 and won the regatta by […]

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Challengers for the Crown Stepping Up

Challengers for the Crown Stepping Up

No team was hotter at the end of the 2019 World Championship than Diego Botin and Iago Marra (ESP). The Spanish sensations were up against he ropes, almost missing gold fleet, which would have cost them an Olympic berth. With the pressure on them at maximum they tore up the final four days of the […]

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It’s all about family for Danish Hansens – 2020 Oceanias Day 1

It’s all about family for Danish Hansens – 2020 Oceanias Day 1

Michael Hansen and Mathias Sletten (DEN) had their best ever day racing 49er to kick off proceedings in Geelong. The young duo scored a 1 – 3 on their fleets two races, a much better result than most. Coaching them was 2016 bronze medalist Jena Hansen, with Peter Hansen, the squad’s normal coach on another course […]

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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

Program Details

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

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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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