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After the 2019 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships wrapped up with some amazing medal races and the dust settled in Auckland, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics picture began to reveal itself. With under 200 days until the Games commence in July there are only a handful of qualification spots remaining in the three classes.

Who had already qualified prior to Auckland?

The first Olympic qualification event was the Aarhus 2018 World Sailing Championships, offering 40% of the Olympic spots. Alongside the automatically qualified host nation of Japan we saw many of the higher ranking teams book their spots to the Olympics.

The next opportunity (in hierarchical qualifying order) to qualify for Tokyo 2020 was at the 2019 World Championships held in Auckland, with four spots available in the 49er, five in the Nacra 17 and six in the 49erFX.

Who qualified in Auckland?

In the 49er class, three of the expected teams found their form to book a ticket to Japan, including Spain, Austria and Poland. The surprise nation to secure their spot was the Netherlands. Bart Lambriex and Pim van Vugt were on the Dutch 2024 development program earlier in 2019. In a strategic shift by the TeamNL, which sees the Dutch apply more focus to the high-performance Olympic classes, strong sailing from this pair saw them receive full support from their nation and turn that into an Olympic qualifying performance in Auckland. 

In the 49erFX, we saw Germany, Argentina, U.S.A., Poland, Spain and Singapore lock in their spots for Tokyo. None of these qualifying teams came as a particular surprise as each have sailed well over the past 18 months, however the highly competitive 49erFX fleet didn’t allow any team to have an easy road to qualification.

In the Nacra 17 the qualifying spots went to Spain, France, Germany, U.S.A. and Norway. One take away from the countries to qualify in Auckland was that the teams were mostly not those which had represented their countries in Rio 2016. Tara Pacheco and Florian Trittel (ESP), Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis (USA), and Quentin Delapiere with Manon Audinet (FRA) beat out their fellow countrymen and Olympians in an apparent changing of the guard in these Nacra 17 nations.

Continental Qualifiers

The remaining qualification process will see one spot allocated from each of the continental qualifying events in 2020. The exceptions are North and South America which held their continental qualifiers at the 2019 Pan American Games.

Keen followers will notice that Argentina and the U.S.A. are countries which qualified at both the 2019 Auckland World Championships and the 2019 Pan American Games in the 49erFX and Nacra 17 classes. However the qualification process selects from the 2019 World Championship results before the 2019 Pan American Games results.

This means that from an Olympic qualification point of view, the highest placed non-qualified teams from the 2019 Pan American Games are Brazil and Canada in the 49er, Canada and Peru in the 49erFX and Puerto Rico and Uruguay in the Nacra 17

As we head into 2020, one spot in each class will be available to nations from Oceania, Asia, Europe and Africa. These Olympic births will be decided at the respective 2020 Continental Championships, with the exception of Oceania, who are using the 2020 World Championships as their continental qualifier.

Who is yet to qualify & what will 2020 bring?

In 2020, our first qualifier is the Oceania continental slot to be taken from the 2020 World Championship results. The only country expected to compete which has not yet qualified is the Australian 49er team so we can safely assume they will gain this berth. Despite a long history of success in the class, the Australians have failed to deliver when it matters and bring in to question if an Australian 49er team will be sent to Tokyo.

The Swedish 49erFX squad must be bitterly disappointed yet to qualify for Tokyo 2020 after having three teams regularly place in the top 15 throughout 2018 and 2019. The highest place team was Gross and Klinga who finished in 17th, with Gross recovering from an ankle injury that held back their pre-regatta preparation. Their teammates Wester and Nester were top ten at every regatta this season but could only manage to finish 23rd, while the younger pairing of Bobeck and Tengstrom, who claimed bronze at the 2019 Volvo Europeans, floundered in 47th.

Arguably the biggest surprise result from Auckland was the inability of Yago and Klaus Lange (ARG) to qualify in the 49er. Regularly in the top 10, the Argentinian brothers represented their country at Rio 2016 and were expected to qualify without issues. At the prize ceremony in Auckland, a visibly distraught Yago Lange questioned what he would do after not qualifying. In accepting the first annual Environmental Stewardship award for the fleets, Yago hit a realisation during his speech that despite great success in the last three years it had not accumulated in an Olympic berth. No doubt he will continue in his #sailors4thesea environmental movement against plastic pollution.

The Worst Kind of Last Chance

If any qualified nation opts not to send a team to the Tokyo 2020 Games, or if there are no unqualified nations from a continent trying to qualify at their continental championship, then the highest placed unqualified nation from the 2019 Auckland Worlds will acquire that Olympic berth.

Here is the four highest ranked unqualified countries in each class from the 2019 Auckland Worlds:

The Olympic Qualification Process – A Summary

In its basic form the Olympic sailing qualification system provides one spot in each event for the host nation of Japan, followed by 40% of the spots allocated based on results from the 2018 Aarhus World Championships. The next group of nations qualify at the 2019 Auckland World Championships with the final opportunity being the 2019/2020 continental qualifiers. The continental qualifiers give six spots, one from each continent; Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America.

For a more indepth look at the Olympic Qualification Process, read our previous article here.

Visit Victoria

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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