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9-16 February, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

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Conditions were stellar for the foiling catamarans on Day 1 of the Gold Fleet finals…

Race 1 – To kick off gold fleet racing leading teams put their faith in each side of the racecourse. Zajac/Mats (AUT 3), and the two Italian teams started on port and when hard right. Waterhouse/Darmanin (AUS 2) and Pacheco/Trittel (ESP 28) went hard left, and when the two groups met at the top mark it was the Spanish in the lead, but only narrowly. 

With the crews maintaining an extremely fine balance on the foils for the downwind legs, the Italians moved into second and third while the Spanish kept their lead. Bissaro/ Frascari (ITA 5) got the best of the next beat but misjudged their layline which allowed the Spanish to pass them back at the top of the second beat.

With the conditions proving ever-challenging, the pedigree teams moved into the front of the three-lap race with notable exceptions in Saxton/Boniface in 11th and Outteridge/Outteridge in 23rd (the Aussies are carrying this result due to an earlier UFD disqualification), and then Martinez/ Maslivets (ESP 99) who were not able to finish the race, scoring a DNF. ESP 99 then further compounded their misery on the day by being over early on the start of race two, scoring letter scores in consecutive races.

But it was a great opening Gold Fleet race for the other Spanish crew, Pacheco/ Trittel who took the winner’s gun ahead of the two top Italian teams, Tita/ Banti ahead of Bissaro/ Frascari.

Race 2 – Out in from early on in race 2 were four-time World Champions Billy Besson/ Marie Riou as a large right-hand wind shift allowed teams on the right side to dominate the race. On the second upwind all of the top boats headed out right again and then the wind shifted even farther right. With most boats now overstood, the teams sailed a more open angle and all started foiling upwind – moving from 10-11 knots of boatspeed up to 14-15 knots of boatspeed. To accomplish the mode change teams shift their weight back, give a bit more angle of attack on the daggerboard, slightly ease the jib and traveller, and then sail the boat flat.  When done right the mode is steady, fast, and without much leeward slippage. Done wrong it’s unstable and results in a lot of leeward slip, so it’s a high-risk mode. The top teams all managed to do it well and drove to the windward mark at top speed.

As the boats headed downwind, the French team straight set and the chasing Australians Waterhouse/Darmanin gybe set. As the two teams came back together in the middle after their gybes – they were neck and neck. After a back and forth battle with each team looking to foil more steadily than the other – it was the…. well, why should we spoil it for you? Watch the French v Aussie showdown here…

Race 3 – The final race of the day started with a bang, as GER 77 Kohlhoff/Stuhlemmer port-tacked the fleet to head hard out to the right. It was a ‘mic drop’ moment. The only complaints from the spectator gallery was that they weren’t foiling upwind when they did it, but an epic move all the same.

Besson/Riou (FRA 99) moved again into the front of the fleet for a second race in a row. With a perfect layline call at the leeward gate the French team pulled into a solid lead but were heading left when the second placed team of Wilkinson/Dawson (NZL 96) headed to the favoured right.

The French flipped over but it was too late and the Kiwis made a pass to claim the lead half way up the beat. The Kiwis were underlayed, however and at the top of the beat had to pull off two quick tacks with only a 30-metre lead on the chasing French. Wilkinson and Dawson pulled off two beautiful tack but their lead narrowed to 15 metres as the two teams headed downwind and gybe-set.

The young Kiwi team had a better mode downwind than the French,  sailing slightly lower on the foils but with fewer stuffs, to advance into a 100-metre lead. Besson / Riou followed through and were put under pressure at the finish line by their French compatriots, Delapierre/ Audinet (FRA 56), by only a few metres.

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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