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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 playing pool and cards, one eye on the flagpole. Afternoon sessions for the 49erFX and Nacra 17 were abandoned early.

The racing schedule for Tuesday February 11 remains as per the schedule which is 49erFX and Nacras up first and 49er men’s skiffs in the afternoon. The forecast is for lighter winds in the morning then SSW 15-20kts in the afternoon and the chance of thunderstorms.

49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 World Championships, Geelong , Australia 2020 © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy 10 February, 2020.
49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 World Championships, Geelong , Australia 2020 © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy 10 February, 2020.

Mullet-mania

Hairstyles trend at the top of the European soccer interest but not typically in sailing, until….the mullet!

The style is concentrated in the 49er class, particularly among the Kiwis. Logan Dunning Deck (NZL) says he’s the original, “the leader of the charge”. Blair Tuke (NZL) is rocking one and so is Leo Takahashi (JPN) who lives and trains in New Zealand. Lachy Gilmour (AUS) is connecting with his ancestors – the mullet being an integral part of Australia’s 1980s culture – and Mitchell Kiss (USA) is sporting a next level two-tone mullet.

“It was something fun to do and keep it relaxed – a bit of a joke among everyone,” Mitchell laughed. “Before the Europeans I went fully blond and I just showed up to the regatta – then we did pretty well so I thought, ‘I’ve got to keep going’. I went to a random Geelong barber – everyone around here knows how to do it. They pointed to a picture on the wall and I said ‘Yep!’”.

Check out the @49ersailing Facebook page for the photos and at the end of the week there will be a poll to vote best mullet at these worlds.

Lachy Gilmour (AUS)
Mitch Kiss (USA) likes to keep things fun & relaxed

“The mullet isn’t a hairstyle, it’s a lifestyle.” – Preston

If you have a sailor back home sporting a mullet, but sure to tag or @ us on social with #49erWorlds, @49ersailing

Weather Talk

Sailors love to talk about the weather, and we’ve had a lot down here in Geelong in the preceding weeks. 43 degree puffs from shore that dry out eyeballs, torrential rains, and, of course, some perfect sea breezes.

The low pressure trough making its mark on the eve of world championship racing gave sailors some coffee and gossip time at the host, Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

Check out Stu making sure his fellow crew know’s they’re in for a hard day’s work if they don’t get the sand out!

Lili was the first to post, making sure the fleet knew to run down and secure their boats tightly. Notice the big plastic bottles weren’t enough to keep things upright.

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

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