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January 30 - February 3, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 Oceania Championship and Sail Melbourne

Final Day Highlights

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Gianluigi Ugolini and Maria Giubelei of Italy closed in on the Nacra 17 podium after the Italian team posted the best scores of the day, the young crew negotiating the first ocean swell of the regatta with great downwind technique. Results of 3,3,1 move them into fourth,  just one point behind fellow Italians Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari. Halfway through the regatta it remains tight at the top, and like in the FX Worlds fleet, just four points are separating the top four crews.

Moving into first place overall are the experienced German crew Paul Kohlhoff and Alica Stuhlemmer. The Germans scored 2,5,2 which might have been cause for celebration, but Kohlhoff was still sore at losing places in the race where they finished fifth. “Mistake after mistake,” he said. “It was frustrating to lose out after we’d been in third place for a lot of the race.”

Along with many other of the more established teams, Kohlhoff and Stuhlemmer have barely stepped on to the Nacra 17 since foiling their way to a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympic Regatta back in early August. “One hour of sailing in Kiel and two days training here,” said Stuhlemmer.

Gigi and Maria (ITA)

The fleet seemed to invert on the first beats as the favored side flipped in the last third of the course, often leaving those on the right side hung out to dry. It was the runs, however, where the concentration of the more experienced teams paid dividends.

With ocean swell topped with small chop, the fleet decided to fly the weather hull and conservatively skim the leeward hull instead of laying flat and foiling high on all four appendages. “You could foil for a short period but you’d end up crashing pretty hard,” said American crew, Sara Stone. “With the leeward hull in, it was like a stabilizer and we could skim when more often that way.”

The 2021 World Championship runs from November 16-21, 2021 from Mussanah, Oman.

LIVE BROADCAST LINKS

Day 4 – noon local time – https://vimeo.com/event/1536994/92b883887c

Day 5 – noon local time – https://vimeo.com/event/1537033/b3600eaa81

Day 6 – fleet races – 10am local time – https://vimeo.com/event/1537033/b3600eaa81

Day 6 – Medal Races – 13:30 local time – 

49er has three days of qualifying followed by two days of gold fleet and a medal race.

49erFX and Nacra 17 will have five days of racing followed by a medal race.

Live broadcasts of the racing from November 19-21, 2021

Results photos, live and highlights from World Championship

Omani Gold on National Day

Musab Al Hadi with Waleed Al Kindi (OMA) moved into 25th place and qualified for Gold fleet in a first for Oman at a 49er World Championship. The pair have been sailing 49er for almost a decade, and became quite emotional upon realizing their effort had secured them this milestone.

The achievement was even sweeter to occur on Oman National Day, a celebration of the founding of modern Oman on the Sultan’s birthday. Considering it was Sultan Qaboos that drove the formation of Oman Sail, an effort to rekindle the Omani spirit of seamanship, it was as if the Sultan was looking down from overhead in the final race of qualifying.

The Omani pair were emotional after being told on shore. “Oh really? First gold fleet? Oh finally!,” said Al Hadi. Laughing and shaking his head he raised his hands to the sky and said, “First time in history. Give thanks, god.”

Al Hadi and Al Kindi were aiming at Tokyo qualification, but only managed a third place finish at the Asian qualifier in 2021.

At the front of the 49er fleet, Bart Labriex with Lars wan de Werken (NED) had a solid day of all top fives to move into the lead. They are chased by a pair of German boats.

American’s Ian Barrows and Hans Henken managed to wind the final two races of yellow fleet to move up the standings nicely.

Day 4 marks the beginning of gold fleet, where the top 25 49er teams will race off for the championship. Gold fleet racing is likely to make a big impact on the overall results due to the larger number of boats in the fleet, and the higher quality. Join us to watch live as the championship unfolds.

Mission Impossible for FX Fleet

Three different race 49erFX teams take wins on day three, but nobody can grab control of the regatta. 

Overall leaders Helene Naess and Marie Ronningen (NOR) expressed frustration at how they struggled to hold lanes during the races, despite sailing well enough to move into the lead.

“Every time we would tack into a lane we thought ‘this is the one’,” said Marie. “Only then we’d loose it due to an isolated shift or puff that wasn’t hitting anyone.”

“We won a race today,” commented Antonia Lewin-Lafrance (CAN), “but don’t ask about the rest of the day.” They scored a 12, 8 to finish out, maintaining a sixth overall after their third place finish at the 2021 European Championship.

“We had a hard time today, we practiced a lot in the light winds but not so much when the breeze is up and it showed today,” commented Elize de Ruyter, (NED) who three top ten’s and moved down to second overall.

If that is how the race winners are talking about the day, you can imagine how those at the back are feeling. It was the kind of racing where every position was hard-fought, every position loss hard felt. Despite being the windiest day of the regatta so far, there was a swell and chop that added further complication.

At the half way point of the regatta four teams are within four points at the top, and anyone in the top nine could realistically dream of winning. 

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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