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January 30 - February 3, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 Oceania Championship and Sail Melbourne

Final Day Highlights

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Janne Jarvinen and Sinem Kurtbay (FIN) European and African continental qualification regatta for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. 26 March, 2021 © Sailing Energy

Finish sailors Sinem Kurtbay and Janne Javinen spent a year in sailing purgatory, as the last team not to qualify in Auckland 2019, and came through all the stronger as they took the last remaining Olympic berth over a tough week of racing in Lanzarote. Day four was a turning point in their performance, where they scored a 2, 3, 6 on the day to separate forward in the fleet. A UFD in a race they crossed the line 3rd as the final race in day 5 brought the trailing Greeks back into contention for the Olympic berth, but a 4th in the final race sealed their fate and the medal race being cancelled did not impact the regatta score.

Sinem transitioned to the Nacra 17 after falling just short of Rio 2016. Teaming up with Janne, who was an experienced sailor but new to the Olympic scene, proved challenging occasionally, as Janne overcame an injury in 2018, but the duo were aided buy a young crew from Finland to keep the campaign moving forward. Ultimately the extra year together may improve their chances now in Tokyo, as they have often shown they belong in the top group Nacra 17 fleet.

Qualification in the Nacra 17 fleet was very challenging. Iordanis Paschalidis with Myrto Papadopoulou (GRE) and Igor Marenic with Marija Andela (CRO) each mounted strong late challenges for the final berth. Iordanis is a hugely experienced cat sailor with a strong Tornado background and Igor is the gold medalist from the 470 in Rio, but each started their Nacra 17 campaigns quite recently and needed a bit more time to catch up to the Fins. Also putting in strong efforts were a young dutch team, a strong Russian squad and a young Hungarian team who will each have to wait till Paris for their next chance.

With the Fins securing the spot, the ‘on deck’ spot as the next team in line from the 2019 Worlds should any nation not send their team falls to Russia, and beyond that would be Singapore.

Also securing their Olympic berth for the African spot was Tunisia. Tunisia doubled their participation from last quad sending two teams lead by a father – son combo. Mehdi Gharbi (the son) and Rania Rahali won the African trial by ten points, but no doubt the whole squad is happy to gain the Olympic berth.

At the top of the table were four Olympic bound teams. In a close battle, local favorites Tara Pacheco and Florian Trittel (ESP) took the win as they had an outstanding second half of the regatta to overtake their German competitors. Paul Kohloff and Alica Stuhlemmer (GER) had the early advantage and finished very close to the Spanish for second place. France placed third while Sweden was fourth.

Nicholas Fadler Martinsen and Martine Steller Mortensen (NOR) finished ninth in the regatta, which was enough to secure Norways Olympic selection criteria of top 12, and now they can pack their boat for Tokyo.

Unlike the 49er and 49erFX fleets, only about half of the Nacra 17 Olympic fleet was in Lanzarote. Like all things nacra, split hull platform, split fleets, split politics, the other half of the Olympic bound fleet are training in Italy. As such, we don’t have quite as much of a sense of where the balance of power lies in the lead up to Tokyo, but the conditions in Lazarote delivered the waves and great winds these sailors were interested in training in, so that will be an aid.

Martinsen and Mortensen (NOR)

The Nacra 17 Class would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Organizing Authority in Lanzarote. The Canary Island Federation, with their experienced and hard working staff delivered an amazing final qualifier for these teams. For some sailors, their Olympic journey will now, unfortunately, be over. What all teams want is a fair shot at doing their best, and this regatta, with it’s full compliment of races, multiple wind conditions, and excellent race management delivered on that. Lanzarote has served sailing well this week and we salute you.

Full Results

Photos

Tara Pacheco and Forian Trittel (ESP) European and African continental qualification regatta for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. 26 March, 2021 © Sailing Energy

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

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.

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.

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

Australian Visa Information

Under Australia’s universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival). 

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person’s purpose for visiting Australia.

Please refer to the below Sport Information Sheet for guidance on the visa options that may be most suitable for your event participants.

If you require a letter of invitation to include with your visa application, please contact the Royal Geelong Yacht Club info@rgyc.com.au.

We recommend getting your applications in early to ensure you have the appropriate documentation well ahead of arrival.

Please forward any queries to the Royal Geelong Yacht Club on: info@rgyc.com.au

Accommodation Options

The Geelong City area and surrounding suburbs have a huge choice of places to stay, from the luxury of our magnificent waterfront, the indulgences of some of our heritage bed and breakfasts, right down to simple and cheap camping grounds. There is something to suit everyone’s taste and budget and many are conveniently located close to our best attractions and events and are still only minutes from our region’s best beaches. See below link for local accommodation options close to the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

Geelong Accommodation Details

More information can be found at www.visitgeelongbellarine.com.au

Shipping & Logistics

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club is situated in the heart of Geelong and central along the waterfront. The Club will temporarily extend its footprint to create a boat park for the 49er/FX/Nacra 17 World Championships. We will therefore not be able to accommodate Trailers or Containers on site. A separate Trailer/Container compound will be setup at Limeburners Point Boat Ramp on the waterfront approx. 2km from the Yacht Club which will also be the main RIB launching area. Those wishing to store containers at Limeburners Point will need to contact Cargo Live to book and arrange details (there is only space available for approximately 25 containers on site).  Cargo Live is the Official Event Logistics partner and will be managing container storage bookings for the event.

CargoLive Global Events are the logistics experts when it comes to major sporting events. Having been in business for more than 40 years, they have helped hundreds of competitors with all the logistics that goes with competing around the world. From the 2016 Rio Olympic Games to the 2019 Miami world championships, CargoLive have taken care of shipping for both competitors and regatta organisers. They are the main sponsors of the Australian Olympic team and also a supporter of Sailing Australia and other sporting events.

CargoLive will have a dedicated team to assist sailors competing in this year’s World Championships in Geelong and can assist with international shipping, customs clearance, border security and trucking. CargoLive will have staff on the ground at the event to supervise unpacking and packing and will also handle general queries about shipping to make life easy for visiting sailors and teams. If you wish to ship your boats for the next regatta or return home, they can help with it all.

Their dedicated Team can be contacted below,

CargoLive Projects Team
projects@cargolive.com.au  |  +612 9099 0810  (office )

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 Oceania and 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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