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9-16 February, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

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It was a day of contrasts on day two of the 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Oceania Championships. With breezes at almost the polar opposite to yesterday with a 10-12 knot seabreeze from the north, the fleets headed to the second alloted course areas off the coast of Auckland’s North Shore. These are the same waters which will play host to the 2021 America’s Cup, in which many of the 49er and Nacra 17 athletes will be competing.

The common theme from the first two days of racing has been ‘two good, one bad’. With some noteworthy exceptions, it seems putting three consistent races together is going to make the difference between Olympic qualification and selection, or packing your bags and lamenting what could have been. This comes as no surprise when you look at the caliber of sailors in the three high performance Olympic classes, which play host to some of the tightest racing in world sailing thanks in large part to the 14 Olympic Gold medallists & multiple America’s Cup winners amongst the ranks.

Bucking the trend was Great Britain’s Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface, who once again put down three solid scores to take a healthy lead into the final day of racing. “Yesterday was pretty good. That’s the only time in an international fleet that I have gotten straight firsts, so that was pretty special,” Saxton said with a grin after racing on day two. “We started off with a first today, which was also pretty amazing and then we got a 3rd and a 4th. It was hard to tell what was going to happen. You’d be looking good and then a couple of boats tack and you’re like ooooh”. 

The chasing pack is heavily stacked with past Nacra 17 World and Olympic champions who are proving that old adage of consistency pays. Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS) continued to score top five results, with four time Nacra 17 World Champion Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA), and Rio 2016 Gold medallists Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza (ARG) hot on their heels.

The Nacra 17 fleet saw five different winners from six races held today. The results didn’t include the reigning World Champions from Italy, Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti. While the Italians were seen on the race course and at times leading, they appear to be using the racing as an opportunity for training not finishing any races.

The 49erFX fleet saw more consistent conditions with gainable shifts hard to come by. With this being only their second 49erFX World Championships, Canada’s Alexandra Ten Hove and Mariah Millen stepped out of the gate with a big win in race four and a second in race five. Despite both carrying illness into this weeks oceanias, they put their performance down to the basics. “We got off the line really well which is something we’ve been working on,” reflected Ten Hove. “We were really happy with our speed so being able to hold a lane and keep pace allowed us to pretty much sail where we wanted to, in the direction we wanted to and just manage the fleet well.”

While the Canadians are yet to qualify for Tokyo 2020 their performance is trending in the right direction and the results are following. “There’s six more spots given out at this worlds [Auckland 2019], so we’re fighting to be one of those top countries. Once Canada secures a spot, the Canadian selection will be a combined score from the worlds in Australia and the 2020 Princess Sofia regatta in Palma, Mallorca.”

Overnight leaders Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea from the U.S.A. kept their results consistent and were joined atop the leaderboard by Brazil’s Martine Grael and Kahena Kunz, with local favourites Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech, just three points further back.

The 49er fleet shared top honours throughout the day. Six teams scored wins in the afternoon racing but it wasn’t without drama. Australia’s Tom Needham and Joel Turner scored a solid win in race five, which was immediately followed by a disastrous start to race six after being shut out on the pin end of the line at the last minute. In the same race, Poland’s Lukasz Pryzbytek and Paweł Kołodziński were caught red handed on the international live stream trying to relocate the top mark of their course after a misjudged layline and the ill effects of Auckland’s tide saw them 

At the top of the leaderboard, Austrians Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl put down a one-two-two scoreline to launch themselves into first place ahead of Spain’s Diego Botin and Iago Lopez Marra. Climbing the leaderboard and homing in on their fellow countrymen is the reigning Olympic champions of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. They now sit just three points shy of Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie, who are tied on points for third with Dominik Buksak and Szymon Wierzbicki from Poland.

While it is a fair assumption that Peter Burling and Blair Tuke will be heading to Tokyo in July for a shot at a third Olympic medal, their fellow Kiwi’s are not laying down without a fight. As well as McHardie and McKenzie, Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn are giving the New Zealand selectors something to think about; they took out 2019’s Kiel Week featuring the full complement of Olympic campaigners including Burling and Tuke.

Live coverage featured a homage to the Olympic sailing class the Finn, with modern foiling multihulls and high performance skiffs replaced with the 1940’s designed single hander on TracTrac’s 3D graphics. 

With the teams split into gold, silver and bronze for tomorrow’s finals racing, viewers can tune in to all the action LIVE and free at 49er.org/live from 11:00am NZDT.

Sky Sport will be broadcasting racing from the 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championship, December 3 – 8, on Sky Sport 9 to their New Zealand Audience, while SidelineApp’s coverage of the worlds is available to international viewers with a subscription fee of just 9.95 euros if purchased by November 30, or 14.95 euros there after.



1st Stephanie Roble / Maggie Shea (USA) 6-(7)-5; 16pts

2nd Martine Grael / Kahena Kunze (BRA) 1-(DNC)-3; 16pts

3rd Alexandra Maloney / Molly Meech (NZL) 4-10-1; 19pts

4th Annemieke Bekkering / Annette Duetz (NED) (UFD)-4-2-; 20pts

5th Tina Lutz / Susann Beucke (GER) 2-3-7; 24pts

Nacra 17

1st Ben Saxton / Nicola Boniface (GBR) 1-3-(4); 7pts
2nd Jason Waterhouse / Lisa Darmanin (AUS) 2-5-2; 15pts
3rd Billy Besson / Marie Riou (FRA) 7-1-2; 18pts

4th Riley Gibbs / Anna Weis (USA) (18)-9-3; 20pts

5th Santiago Lange / Cecilia Carranza (ARG) 2-5-(7); 20pts


1st Benjamin Bildstein / David Hussl (AUT) 1-2-2; 11pts

2nd Diego Botin / Iago Lopez Marra (ESP) 4-8-1; 17pts

3rd Dominik Buksak / Szymon Wierzbicki (POL) (14)-4-1; 19pts

4th Isaac McHardie / William McKenzie (NZL) (17)-4-3; 19pts

5th Peter Burling / Blair Tuke (NZL) 5-3-4; 22pts

Full results available at



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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

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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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. 

NOR (V3.0 181219 Incorporating Change to NOR No.2)


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.

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