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9-16 February, 2020 / Geelong, Australia

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Half the contenders vying for an Olympic spot know they’ve made the cut and the other half are still aiming for selection, adding extra strain to the make-or-break 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championship, the last major class title before Tokyo 2020.

Big news on the eve of racing is that New Zealand’s Rio 2016 silver medalists Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech have withdrawn from the 49erFX fleet due to Maloney fracturing her foot when she fell awkwardly during training on Saturday February 9. The pair qualified New Zealand for the Olympic Games 49erFX spot and finished the top-ranked Kiwi team at the last world championship in Auckland.  New Zealand is yet to name its Olympic sailing team.

“We didn’t think it was too bad at first,” coach Nathan Handley said. “She came in and iced it and we thought it was just bruised but later on as it was still hurting we got some x-rays and found out there’s a fracture in the foot.

“The girls are devastated, obviously, being so close to the world championships and having this sort of injury. They were in really good shape. Everything was going well. They were sailing well, the boat was going well and we definitely thought we had a good shot at the podium here in Geelong.”

Fresh winds are set to continue for at least the first of three qualifying race days beginning off Victoria’s Royal Geelong Yacht Club on Monday February 10. The second three days for the skiffs constitute their final series while the Nacra 17s will race a single series. All up 160 teams will represent 32 nations.

Host nation Australia is fielding the biggest contingent of 25 teams across the three classes and neighbour New Zealand is second, with 14 teams. The largest team outside the locals is France, a sign of the country gearing up to stage Paris 2024.

Spaniards Diego Botin and Iago Lopez Marra need to sure-up 49er country qualification for Tokyo at this summer world championship. Their dominant win at the warm-up Oceania Championship sailed in breezy conditions January 30 – February 3 is a terrific boost to their chances.

On the flipside Great Britain’s three Olympic representatives – Nacra 17 team of John Gimson and Anna Burnett, 49er team of Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell and 49erFX team of Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey – can enjoy the best of Geelong’s Corio Bay and the competition, minus the pressure of trials. A chance to further hone against the strongest fleet in the world five months out from the Games.

Worlds host nation Australia has named two Tokyo 2020 selections, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan in the 470 class and Matt Wearn in the Laser. In the Nacra 17, cousins Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, bronze medallists at the 2019 World Championship in Auckland two months ago, and siblings Nathan and Haylee Outteridge are front-runners for the prized country place.

Waterhouse said, “The breeze has been very shifty of late, so this will make it ‘game on’ the whole way. Consistency will reign supreme, even if it is hard to find. The boat is all sorted and tested, and we have been working with different sails for flat water.”

Mixed results at recent Australia’s 49er men’s titles makes guessing which way the selectors will go impossible.  Best performance at the last world championship came from Will and Sam Phillips in 15th then at the recent 2020 Oceania Championship Thomas Needham and Joel Turner beat the pair, showing there’s no single standout. 

The 49erFX fleet boasts four previous world champions plus the defending Olympic champions Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) and current two-time world-beaters, Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz who will represent The Netherlands in Tokyo.  

Bekkering/Duetz have the runs on the board to record a triple world crown at this second and final event of the ‘Down Under’ series that included last December’s 2019 Hyundai World Championship in Auckland.

First warning on Monday February 10 is at 1055hrs and the forecast for Western Port Phillip is easterly 15-25 knots reaching up to 30 knots early in the morning then winds turning south-easterly 15-20 knots in the evening. Tuesday’s forecast indicates a winding back, variable 10 knot breezes becoming south-westerly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon then decreasing to about 10 knots during the evening.

Royal Geelong Yacht Club is host of the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 2020 World Championship along with six other major events that fall under the club’s ‘Summer of Sailing’ calendar rolling out between January and March.

Help the Australian Bush Fire Relief Effort

We are sailing in Geelong and not long ago there were terrible bush fires just a couple of hundred kilometres away. Communities, wildlife and livestock in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia have been devastated in what has been a catastrophic summer bush fire season so far.

Australian 49er sailor Joel Turner has spearheaded a fundraiser to help those who lost homes get back on their feet and support emergency services. Donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief via 49er.org/donate

Results:

Results will be posted race by race, as they happen.

Live Tracking will be available for all fleets each day via https://49er.org/event/2020-world-championship/

By Lisa Ratcliff/World Championship media

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

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)

NOTICE OF RACE

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.

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