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14-17 February 2019 / Vilamoura, Portugal

2019 Portugal Grand Prix

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Three of the highest
profile Olympic sailing classes will converge on Geelong in February 2020, with
the 2020 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships set to be hosted by
the Royal Geelong Yacht Club on the beautiful flat waters of Corio Bay.

With the 2020 Olympics
in Tokyo, Australia is the perfect location for these elite sailors to compete
in the 2020 World Championship and make their final preparations before heading
to Japan.

The event, which will
be held at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club from February 8 – February 16 February 2020,
traditionally attracts in excess of 400 participants.

Rio Olympics silver
medallist and London Olympics gold medallist in the 49er class Nathan
Outteridge is looking forward to competing on the waters of Corio Bay.

“It has super flat
water, really good winds and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club is great host, so the
49er event in 2020 is going to be fantastic. For the type of boats we are
sailing in this event, it will be a perfect venue.” said Outteridge

49er Sailors Will and
Sam Phillips home is on the other side of the bay and know the area well – “the
city of Geelong embraces big events, they have the Festival of Sails, the
Geelong Cats football team – the town has a superb sporting environment,” said
Phillips

With the Geelong
Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct (GWSHP) Project currently in masterplan phase
with construction set to commence in 2019, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club looks
forward to showcasing its new facilities to the world in 2020.

“It is such an exciting
time in Geelong for sailing,” said Commodore John Kint. “With the GWSHP project
underway, two world championships in 2020 plus our annual Festival of Sails and
biennial Wooden Boat Festival, it really will be a huge year on the water for
the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.”

“We look forward to
welcoming our international competitors to experience the perfect sailing
conditions of Corio Bay.”

Event Chairperson
and Royal Geelong Yacht Club Board Member Chris Manton – “We look forward to introducing the amazing waters of Corio Bay, and
show the World the perfect sailing conditions for the 49er and Nacra 17
classes. We have recently run a number of high performance sailing events
including Moths and Superfoilers to the delight of all sailors”

Visit Victoria and the
City of Greater Geelong have offered significant assistance for the event. Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren
joined Member for Geelong Christine Couzens for the announcement
“The 2020 Summer of
Sailing will bring thousands of sailing fans to regional Victoria, keeping our
bars and restaurants full, boosting our visitor economy and creating jobs.”

“The 2020
Summer of Sailing is yet another reason why Victoria continues to be recognised
as the sports capital of Australia.”

The 2019 World
Championship will take place in New Zealand in December 2019, and it is
expected that the competitors will begin arriving in Geelong from January 2020,
directly from New Zealand.

Once in Australia, from
mid-January 2020, there will be three major Sailing regattas including Sail
Melbourne International (Jan 17-21), the 2020 Oceania Championships (Jan 30 –
February 3) and the World Championships (February 11 – 16) which is also the
critical Olympic continental qualifier event for Oceania, North and South
America for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics[u1] 

The 49er/49erFX/Nacra
17 World Championships will be the fourth world title hosted by the Royal
Geelong Yacht Club in seven years and will be closely followed by the Laser
Masters World Championships in March 2020.

“Australia is the home
of global skiff sailing. As a class, we have been to Australia three times
previously, and each time it’s been a wonderful reminder of how great the
sailing is down under. Our fleet can’t wait to get down to Geelong, and
personally, I’m looking forward to it tremendously,” said class president,
Marcus Spillane.

For more information, please contact
Royal Geelong Yacht Club Operations Manager – Peter Kirman on +61 5229 3705
or peterk@rgyc.com.au or
Classes Manager, Ben Remocker, 9erinc@49er.org.

Here are the links for the championships and more details: http://49er.org/event/2020-world-championship/ & http://nacra17.org/events/2020-world-championship/

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