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John Gimson and Anna Burnett stay cool under pressure to lead first day

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John Gimson and Anna Burnett stay cool under pressure to lead first day


Gimson and Burnett (GBR) were named last week by Team GB to head to Tokyo, and the duo rewarded their selectors by sailing well enough to lead after the first day. With all conditions on the day, it was the local weed that sailors were talking about and the brits were cool enough on the water to stop and reverse twice to clear their foils en-route to a final race second place. The non-standard move offers a bit of insight into the confidence they are sailing with after completing all of 2019 with top 5 finishes.

Most of the fleet are competing at the 2020 Worlds signed up to race at this warm up regatta. There are a few notable changes since the 2019 Worlds just a few months ago. We are missing two contenders for the 2020 Worlds title in the Nacra 17. Neither Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) nor Ben Saxton and Nicola Bonniface (GBR) were selected for the Tokyo games and have stepped back from racing in recent weeks.

Also sailing well on the first day were three teams that are aiming to peak at the upcoming Worlds. In second – Gibbs/Weis (USA), third – Tita/Banti (ITA), fourth – Waterhouse/Darmanin (AUS) are each locking into a domestic selection battle and will be looking to replicate these performances to begin the worlds next week.

Other teams took a different approach to the warm up regatta, and only completed a couple of the four races on the day. In the Nacra 17, the Outteridge siblings only sailed the first two races before heading into warm up on a day that was cool and rainy throughout. The abnormal wind direction also pushed out much more week onto the course area than typical, which the Nacras managed to pick up in quantity. Hopefully more standard conditions will resume.

In the 49erFX it was much the same for Brazils Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze who completed only one race on the day.

Out in front of the 49erFX fleet are Maloney and Meech (NZL) with all races in the top five. A plethora of top teams chase them a few points back in the split fleet qualifying scores.

The 49er fleet headed to the water late in the day to try and make up for the partially completed day one.

Conditions were steadiest at to start the day, and Diego Botin and Iago Marra (ESP) won both of their races. The pair were each named to the Spanish Sail GP team and will start on that circuit starting in Sydney later this month.

As the day went on, the wind got shiftier and puffier. Burling and Tuke (NZL) had a good day, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing. After one gybe set they lost over 200m in the first few moments before recovering some of that distance and salvaging an 8th.

The Spanish and Kiwis are first and second overall, and are trailed by a trio of Aussie teams.

Rejoining the 49er fleet are 2018 World Championship Sime and Mihovil Fantela (CRO). Sime is fully recovered from an injury in 2019 that forced him to miss the 2019 Worlds and is ready to get back to racing. The Croatian brothers started the regatta with all top 10’s, so they’re seemingly back in the game.

The fleets will be split into a 20 boat Gold fleet for 49erFX, a 25 boat Gold fleet for 49er with Silver and Bronze as well, and the Nacra 17 fleet will continue to race in one group for the remainder of the Oceanias.

Results will be posted race by race, as they happen

Regatta information
Oceania Championships Regatta Schedule

Date Activity Time
Fri 30th Jan Registration & Measurement
Competitors Briefing
09:00 – 10:30


Mon 3rd Feb Presentation Ceremony Post Racing

Oceania Championships Racing Schedule

Date Activity First Warning
Sat 1st Feb 2020 Race Day 2 10:55
Sun 2nd Feb 2020 Race Day 3 10:55
Mon 3rd Feb 2020 Race Day 4 10:55

World Championships Regatta Schedule

Date Activity Time
Thu 6th Feb 2020 Nacra registration & measurement
49er & 49erFX Open Forum
09:00 – 16:00
Fri 7th Feb 2020 49er & 49erFX registration & measurement
Sponsors Race
Nacra 17 Open Forum
09:00 – 18:00

13:00 –
19:00 –

Sat 8th Feb 2020 Registration & Measurement
49er EGM
Nacra 17 EGM
09:00 – 18:00
Sun 9th Feb 2020 Registration & Measurement
Competitor Briefing
Opening Ceremony
09:00 – 11:00
14:00 – 15:00
18:00 –
Sat 15th Feb Presentation Ceremony Post Racing

World Championship Racing Schedule

Date Activity First Warning
Sun 9th Feb 2020 Practice Race 12:55
Mon 10th Feb 2020 Qualifying Series 10:55
Tue 11th Feb 2020 Qualifying Series 10:55
Wed 12th Feb 2020 Qualifying Series 10:55
Thu 13th Feb 2020 Final Series 10:55
Fri 14th Feb 2020 Final Series 10:55
Sat 15th Feb 2020 Final Series
Medal Races

Oceania Championship

Live Broadcast:
There will be no live broadcast of the Oceania championships, however daily highlights will be posted on https://49er.org/event/2020-oceania-championship/#49erresults

Live Broadcasting of the World Championships will commence on day Four (Thursday 13th Feb), and will continue over Day Five and Six. Sign up for Live Notifications so you don’t miss it.

Results will be posted race by race, as they happen


  • The 2020 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Oceania and World Championships will be held at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Victoria, Australia.

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