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January 30 - February 3, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 Oceania Championship and Sail Melbourne

Final Day Highlights

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Mussanah, Oman – Three-time Nacra 17 junior world champs Gigi Ugolini and Maria Giubilei move into the Nacra fleet lead stepping over a Silver and Bronze medalist, and World Champion compatriots, Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari. It was a day where the left side of the course was paying all day long, but getting there was the hard part.

The Junior Italians won a race start to finish and had a third, but it was their seventh place finish that allowed them to move into first overall. Rounding the top mark in last place, they managed to pass half the fleet to limit any losses.

“We are very fast on the downwind,” said Gigi. “We knew that we had to make a big move and we went for it.”

Italy has already won three of the four World Championships since the switch to foiling, but it was other teams doing the winning before. Ruggero Tita with Caterina Banti won in 2017 and 2018 before winning Olympic gold, while Vincenzo Bissaro with Maelle Frascari won in 2019. While their countrymen were at the top of the senior scene, these other, other, Italians won three straight Junior World titles in the Nacra 17. Perhaps this week will be their time to shine on the senior stage.

Only three points behind are the Tokyo Silver medalists, John Gimson with Anna Burnett (GBR). “We made the day hard on ourselves, that’s for sure,” said John. “It was left favored all day, but we kept thinking the right would come in and the sea breeze would fade… it never did.” Their scoreline of 3, 7, 6 was their worst so far of the week, but good enough to be in the hunt for a second straight world title.

The top six teams in the Nacra 17 are still very tightsly bunched together, nineteen points apart with four races and a medal race remaining on the schedule. All of the remaining races will be covered live so tune in to watch this championship unfold.

Full results and Live Link

Small Moves Equal Big Gains for New Leaders

Odile van Aanhold with Elise de Ruyter speed away from the windward mark. 2021 World Championship Oman 19 November, 2021 ©Sailing Energy / Oman Sail

Odile van Aanholt with Elise de Ruyter (NED) reclaimed their lead after an off day yesterday by flighting hard in each of the races right to the finish. They had no easy races, but said they kept optimistic and ‘figured out the day’ early, ending with 5, 5, 2 finishes.

The Dutch were the only team in the top seven to avoid double-digit finishes in a day where small shifts and varying breezes squeezed all four fleets into tight packs that were hard to escape.

This morning’s FX leaders by 10 points, Helene Naess with Marie Ronningen (NOR) struggled in the middle race, finishing 20th, their drop race. Despite some big recoveries and two top-five places they were relegated six points back in second.

There were three different race winners on the day. The Lewin-LaFrance sisters (CAN) started the day like day three by winning the leeward end and the race.

Double gold medalists Martine Grael with Kahena Kunze (BRA) won the second race running away by finding the same pressure on the far left side of the course on leg one. Despite the a ninth and 11th, the pair continued their gradual ascent to third overall, leapfrogging the young Finnish team who had mixed results.

Winning the final race of the day was Mathilde Lovadina with Marine Riou (FRA) who played from the same playbook for win, with a good start near the pin, winning the left and building a 200-yard lead. Maybe it was nerves, but the team’s spinnaker was nearly sucked under the boat in the last hoist, jeopardising their win. Lovadina was still frustrated on shore saying, “Always when you’re in the lead.”

No Daylight

There’s barely any daylight between the 49er Gold Fleet after a day where the teams struggled to break free of each other in the small chop and puffy conditions.

“It was quite difficult,” said German 49er sailor Fabian Graf, who, with Tim Fischer, are in second overall. “The breeze was unstable and it was choppy so it was difficult to keep the boat moving and pick the right lane and the correct side of the run.”

Halfway through the afternoon session, Dutch sailors Bart Lambriex and Floris van der Werken briefly gave up the overall lead to the Germans, but by sunset at the end of race 12 the Dutch team was back at the top of the leaderboard. A new pairing after Tokyo 2020, the Dutch team hold a slender two point lead over the Germans. 

Mikolaj Staniul and Jakub Sztorch won the opening race of the 49er afternoon session, and the Polish team went on to sail one of the most consistent sessions with scores of 1,8,4. Winners of the European Championship in Greece a few weeks earlier, the Poles have moved up to 10th overall. The first race of the afternoon was a good one for the Poles generally, with Buksak and Wierzbicki coming in second behind their compatriots. Third across the line were the Americans, Ian Barrows and Hans Henken.

Winning the pin worked nicely today. And Hong Kong’s Akira Sakai and Russell Aylsworth were poised for their first top finish in a world championship. Looking good out of the pin end in the second race of the afternoon, Hong Kong were in the lead and sailed away to the finish, celebrating a great victory – until the crew discovered their start had been a little too good. UFD disqualification for starting a fraction too soon.

The start of the final race of the afternoon had to be recalled after an over-eager fleet were keen to get back to pizza on the shore. Race officer David Campbell-James hoisted the black flag and the fleet got away on the next start, with little more than 40 minutes of daylight remaining. The French came to the fore, with a 1,2 for the Fischer brothers in rival skiffs. By the leeward gate the siblings were neck and neck, Kevin Fischer and Noe Delpech choosing the left side and Erwan Fischer and Clement Pequin taking the right. Unfortunately right proved to be wrong for Erwan and Clement, and when the boats converged at the top mark for the final time, brother Kevin along with Noe had moved 100 metres ahead. 

Kevin and Noe took the winner’s gun in the dying light, while Australia’s young guns Otto Henry and Miles Davey stole second place from Erwan and Clement just before the line. 

It was a good day overall for Kevin Fischer and Noe Delpech, three scores inside the top 8 moving the French up to third overall and only six points off the lead. 

#LiveFail

We are live broadcasting the final three days of the Championship, including today. After an hour of waiting for wind, we moved into race trim by simulcasting from our main Vimeo feed and then adding our Youtube and Facbook channels. Unfortunately, the internet steam faded about three minutes into the presentation, and the vimeo stream dropped out. The link we shared with you all became worthless. Most of you probably found our youtube stream, and the racing was quite fun to watch, but we do apologize for the scramble. If in doubt, head to the event website at 49er.org or nacra17.org and you’ll find all updates there. 

Youtube stream from Day 4

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

LIVE BROADCAST LINKS

Day 4 – noon local time – https://youtu.be/cs27jfuATLw

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

Day 6 – fleet races – 10am local time – https://vimeo.com/event/1543656

Day 6 – Medal Races – 13:30 local time – https://vimeo.com/event/1537033/b3600eaa81

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

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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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