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January 30 - February 3, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

2020 Oceania Championship and Sail Melbourne

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Mussana, OMAN – John Gimson and Anna Burnet foiled into the lead of the Nacra 17 World Championships with an impressively composed display of high-speed tactics and strategy. Scores of 5,1,2 could so easily have been a string of bullets, but the British results were still the best of the fleet in light to medium, ever-shifting conditions.

The Olympic silver medallists and 2021 European Champions are now in pole position to defend their 2020 world title, having moved six points ahead of the previous championship leaders from Italy.

“That wasn’t easy,” said a still-wet Gimson, shaking his head as the dark covered Mussana Beach. “It’s a chip-away regatta,” he added alluding to the multiple losses and gains he and Burnett had to manage.

Chip away is what the top sailors in all the fleets had to do in a breeze that barely settled in at eight to 10 knots and refused to settle down with subtle shifts all day.

Gianluigi Ugolini and Maria Giubilei have clearly benefited from being the tune-up boat to the reigning Italian gold medalists Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti. However the fast-improving Italians couldn’t match British consistency and sailed to respectable but unremarkable scores of 7,4,6 to lie two places back in second.

Following the Germans’ photo-finish victory over the British in the final race of the afternoon, Paul Kohlhoff and Alica Stuhlemmer have moved to just three points behind the Italians.

France’s Tim Mourniac and Lou Berthomeu also staked their intentions for a podium spot at tomorrow’s prizegiving ceremony. The French finished 2,5,5 to put themselves just four points behind the Olympic bronze medallists from Germany. 

The 2019 World Champions Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari worked their way through to the front of race one for a win. It was a great comeback after a torrid previous day on the water. Leading the final race, the Italians let Germany and Great Britain make their move to the right-hand side of the final run and dropped to third at the finish, an opportunity missed for the ambitious Italians.

With just one fleet race in the morning before the 10-boat Medal Race, time is running out for the chasing pack to make up lost ground. At the end of the penultimate day, it’s the same three nations who won Olympic medals at Tokyo 2020 in podium position in Oman – Great Britain, Italy and Germany.

Van Aanholt and De Ruyter Unflappable in World’s Quest

2021 World Championship Oman 20 November, 2021 ©Sailing Energy / Oman Sail

In a day described as ‘random’ by most of the fleet, van Aanholt and de Ruyter (NED) continually moved up through the fleet to take a stranglehold on the lead at the World Championship. Light winds and a delayed start meant only two races were held, and in each race, the Dutch made mammoth downwind comebacks to beat out their rivals and score low points on the day.

Right at the start of race 13, the Dutch were flagged for pumping their mainsail outside of the rules and had to start the race with an exonerating penalty turn. They managed to keep the damage within reason and rounded the top mark in mid fleet. 

Grael and Kunze (BRA) had a better windward leg. They used a masterful “high mode” to convert a super tight lane on the beat to pass a half-dozen teams and slide around the top mark in first.

The Dutch pair spotted pressure on the right side of the run and gybed. Gaining more than 200 meters, Van Aanholt and de Ruyter went from circling at the start to the lead in a single lap, and held on for the win.

Race 14 saw the Dutch hold their nerve to comfortably nab a sixth while the Brazilians sailed their drop race with an 18th.

“We thought there was good wind there and wanted to separate from the group in light wind,” said de Ruyter. Van Aanholt added, “We were sure, but not totally sure, but then we saw it play out how we imagined.”

As it stands heading into the final day, the Dutch now sit 17 points ahead of their rivals.

Naess and Ronningen (NOR) climbed through the fleet to third in the final race to reclaim second place overall. Brazil sailed their drop race, and both remain well placed for medals, and within reach of the gold.

Dutch Dodge Disaster to Dominate

2021 World Championship Oman 20 November, 2021 ©Sailing Energy / Oman Sail

Lambriex and van der Werken (NED) bounced back from a dismal 20th in race 13 to finish the day with a 2, 1 and keep control of the 2021 49er World Championship. 

With aggressive tactics early in races, the Dutch had no trouble keeping their advantage.  Sailing with confidence and committing early to their plans they go into the final day to lead by seven points.

The Dutch didn’t seem to feel any extra pressure after their poor opening race. “We didn’t change our approach to the next race at all,” Lambriex. “We knew what we wanted to do all day, and the last race didn’t change anything.”

Fischer and Graff (GER) had a 12, 5, 5 to keep in second overall, while Rask and Precht Jensen (DEN) kept it all in the top 10 with a 9, 1, 9 but sit 11 points out of silver.

Barrows and Henken (USA) remain in the hunt for a medal with a 4, 10, 13 on the day. They are dropping a 13th, which shows incredible consistency over a fifteen-race series so far. 

Only 19 points separate Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove (IRL) in fifth and 13th overall, leaving plenty of teams aiming at a good final fleet race tomorrow to capture a ticket to the medal race.

Another beautiful day of sailing in Oman. @sailing energy

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


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

Results photos, live and highlights from World Championship

Photocredit: Sailing Energy

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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 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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