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January 30 - February 3, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 Oceania Championship and Sail Melbourne

Final Day Highlights

Nacra 17 Results
49er Results
49erFX Results
Host City
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Notice Board
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Tita and Banti (ITA) on the reach leg in full control.

It was not meant to go like this. The Nacra 17 fleet is an assembly of incredibly experienced, accomplish, and on form sailors and the title was meant to be wide open. After the opening series of twelve races held in a full variety of conditions, the Italian team of Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti have dominated. The pair have only 23 points counting from 11 races, averaging just over 2 points per race. By contrast, the joint leaders in the 49erFX are tied on 70 points heading into the medal race.

The Italian pair were impressive in the powered-up conditions to start the regatta over the first two days. They have been fantastic in wavy and windy conditions all quad, so there remained doubt as to whether they could keep up the pressure. The wind backed off over the recent two days of qualifying, but the Italians surged even farther forward and finished the regattas with a 3, 2, 2, 1, 2 over the last five races to build a twelve-point lead over Britain’s John Gimson and Anna Burnett.

Tita and Banit (ITA) silky smooth on the hoist

The Italian pair, made of a converted 49er helm and a converted laser radial crew have shown they have every tool available to them. Silky smooth boat handling, good starts with plenty of savvy when necessary, good boatspeed on the unwinds, and blinding speed on the downwind, if there is a fault in their sailing game is has yet to be found in Tokyo.

For all their prowess and incredible scoreline, the Italians have not yet secured gold. While they cannot fall worse than Silver, John Gimson and Anna Burnett (GBR) are themselves having an incredible Olympic regatta. They sit twelve points behind the Italians and could yet win it all if the medal race falls their way. The British pair have won three races and had three, second place finishes as well. Their worst race is a 10th and they have only 35 points over 11 counting races. In most regattas and most fleets this would put them into a comfortable lead, but with the Italians sailing even better, they are more likely to settle for silver.

Gimson and Burnett (GBR) fending off the challenge from Cenholt and Lubeck (DEN)

The British pair also had to deal with an occasionally aggressive Italian team in the final few races. With the Italian’s sporting an eighth as a drop, it made sense they might try to push the British team back in a race to try and get a few extra points ahead in the medal race.

This starting line combat was in race 11, and despite the pre-race hijinx between the two teams, they are such the class of the field that they still ended up 1 and 2 in the race. They simply are too fast for the remainder of the feet to sail their way back into overall contention.

Gimson is 38 years old and is in his first games while Burnett is in her twenties and also in her first games. Gimson has had a 16-year Odessy chasing the games between the Tornado class, Star Class, and now Nacra 17 Class. He’s put in his time and shown his tenacity and love for the sport. Despite missing games selection behind a very tough British Sailing team line-up, they are assured to get a medal so long as they are not disqualified from the medal race.

The Chasing Pack

Paul Kohlhoff with Alica Stuhlemmer (GER) have a seven point lead over defending Silver medalists Jason Waterhouse with Lisa Darmanin (AUS). The Germans are also only 12 points behind the British so could also move up to Silver if things break their way. The pair are one of the youngest teams in the Nacra 17 fleet and have also been somewhat of heavy air specialists. They won a windy Kiel week in 2019, but otherwise only featured at the front of the fleet in windier conditions. The extra year of preparation has shown they’ve picked up lighter air skills as well, and have sailed well on each day so far in the competition.

The Aussies are the only medaling team from Rio that have a chance to repeat. A seven-point deficit in a medal race is a doable chase, and they will be highly motivated after being relegated to training domestically since covid locked down the World. While teams like the British and Italians trained together, and the Spanish and Danish trained together, the Australians sailed almost exclusively against their up and coming domestic teammates, with the occasional training camp with the New Zealanders and didn’t get a single important competition in since the World Championship in February 2020.

The Spanish team of Tara Pacheco with Florian Tritell are in fifth and have a fifteen point deficit to third. Sixth is Lin Cenholt with CP Lubeck (DEN) who are a further four points behind. These two teams have been training together and represent the highest placing female-helmed teams in the Olympic fleet. The Danish had a fantastic final day of the opening series scoring a 1, 3, 1 on the back of great starts and elite speed around the course in the middle power conditions.

Cenholt and Lubeck (DEN) celebrate another race win at Tokyo 2020.

2016 Rio Gold medalists Santi Lange and Cecilia Saroli (ARG) will not get the fairy tale ending again as they’re in seventh place and outside the medal hunt, points-wise. Still a great result for Santi, who has children older than the German team he is chasing and the American team chasing him.

Medal Race

Stay tuned for the medal race via the Nacra 17 Olympic page for full results, photos, and start times.

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 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.


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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