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January 30 - February 3, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 Oceania Championship and Sail Melbourne

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Gimson and Burnet Paving the Path to Paris

While the other medal winners of the ‘fast boat’ fleets are taking vacations and signing autographs, Gimson and Burnet (GBR) already have their sites firmly set on Paris. They jumped straight back into the Nacra 17 fleet ‘to get some more racing,’ said Burnet, commenting that there has been so little racing in the past two years they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to gain more experience. That sounds like a team firmly focussed on the next step of their journey.

“It seems like each quad, the teams that get off to a good start manage to keep it up,” commented Gimson. Tita was well ahead by 2017 in the last quad, and they ended up on top too.

Gimson and Burnet had the regatta well sewn up by the time fleet racing was abandoned for the medal race. They finished  30 points clear in the lead over Ugolini and Calfi (ITA).

The medal race had a bit of dramatics, as the wind was quite up and down, impacting most severely on White with Urwin (GBR) who got caught deep into the straight set corner while many others in the fleet gybeset sped off at nearly double their speed on the first downwind.

That mixup of the fleet order allowed Petard with Berthomieu (FRA) to overtake the second British crew and secure a bronze medal for France.

Full results, photos, video, and stories at: https://nacra17.org/events/2021-european-championship/

Staniul / Sztorch narrowly win 49er Euros in first for Poland

Mikolaj Staniul with Kuba Sztorch (POL) won a tit for tat battle with Tim Fischer with Fabian Graf that played out over two 49er gold races on the final day in Thessaloniki.

The two leading teams were separated by only two points heading into the day. Both teams initially got ok starts, but then the Germans fouled another team and had to do a spin, setting them back in the fleet. By the top of the beat, the Poles were ahead, and then managed to finish with a boat in between the Germans, setting up a tie heading into the final race.

Again, both boats got off the line well, and were both heading back to the middle of the course on Port up the first beat when the Germans tacked off and dug left a bit farther. By the time the two came together again the Poles were again ahead, and then again matched the Germans around the race track to secure the win.

For Staniul and Sztroch they’ve now set a milestone for Poland in 49er skiff after years of being incredibly close to capturing the European Championship. Both of their Polish team mates, Lukasz with Pawel and Buksak with Wiersbicki have come very close to winning the Euros, but have come up short teach time. In this win, the younger Pols score a milestone for their program, but also beat their training partners for the first time ever at a Championship. It is certainly an event to lay down their intentions toward Paris inclusion.

In second place are Fischer with Graf, who had not raced in over a whole years since they lost out on Tokyo inclusion at the last European Championship. The years of practice clearly showed as they built up through the week and had an incredible run toward the tile.

Poland also secures the Bronze medal through Lukasz with Pawel, who lead for the early parts of the regatta but faultered in the closing days.

Van Aanholt and de Ruyter (NED) cruise to victory over large FX fleet

While Dutch sailors celebrated the silver medal win in Tokyo of Bekkering with Duetz, the Dutch squad of FX sailors continued to work on their trade. The squad mentality they share in the Netherlands, frequently switching partnerships paid of clearly here in Thessaloniki as van Aanholt teamed up with de Ruyter only two weeks before starting the regatta. Both teams were trying to figure out what to do as their respective teammates fell injured (in non sailing related incidents). They decided to team up, and sailed a drama filled week to sit clear on top of the standings.

In their first race they lost a cap shroud and had to do an on water replacement in between races. In the fifth race van Aanholt was hoisted by the jaw by the boat behind them on a set, and needed a trip to hospital (after finishing the race) to ensure no structural damage was done. The next day was not their best, but they managed to recover after that and managed to put up six top 10 results in a row before finishing second in the medal race to win by 30 points.

Dutifully watching from shore were the van Aanholt parents, who commented on how many hurdles every champion must overcome on their journey. Winning is not easy for anyone, and while the public may see the victory celebrations, it is the trials along the way that defines the sailor. Some of the biggest smiles of the week will belong to the Dutch pair, and next we’ll see if they keep going as a partnership.

The rest of the podium battle was quite tight, with seven teams seeking medals going into the medal race. With a ten point margin, the Croatian pair of Nincevic with Vitturi  managed to hold onto the silver medal position with a hard fought sixth in the medal race.

The Bronze medal was hotly contested throughout the medal race, with four teams only separated by four points and another ten points back. Denmark, Canada, Malta, and Poland were essentially tied, with only the Pols needing a boat in between to win the bronze medal between the bunch.

Canada and Denmark split directions after the start with the Danish winning the pin and the Canadians taking the right after a Port Tack Option start. The Maltese and Polish came off the line on starboard and headed left leaving only the Canadians on the far right.

One by one, as the top of the beat unfolded it seemed like the left boats were behind the right boats, and that proved out as the Italians and Canadians rounded one, two, followed tightly by the rest of the teams.

The downind proved little but most teams seemed to change tactics for the second beat, sticking to the left hand side of the course. The Canadians rounded clearly and then covered the Maltese team up the beat. The Dutch took over second place, but Canada’s Lewin-LaFrance sister, Georgia and Antonia, held off the Maltese team and took third in the medal race, and won the Bronze medal.

The Maltese Schulteis sisters finish fourth overall, and third European showing great form for a crew of 20 and 18 years old respectively.

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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