Brits top in two classes down under

EVENT: 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Worlds (10-15 February 2020)

VENUE: Geelong, Australia


Racing begins on day two as yesterday’s racing (day one) abandoned due to strong winds (25-30 knots)
Unstable weather offers range of racing conditions for all
All fleets complete three races each
Dylan Fletcher and Stu Bithell (above) lead British charge with two race wins and second place to sit top of the 49er
Also leading the way are John Gimson and Anna Burnet (below) in the Nacra 17 with the help of two race wins
49rFX team Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey also take two race wins but sit fifth overall
Chris Taylor and Rhos Hawes sit 23rd and Jack Hawkins and Chris Thomas28th
EVENT: Laser Worlds (11-16 February 2020)

VENUE: Sandringham, Melbourne, Australia


Six Brits feature in 124 boat fleet
Wind holds around 8-12 knots
Elliot Hanson inside the top ten in eighth
An opening race win and 17th puts Michael Beckett in 24th
Lorenzo Chiavarini just behind in 26th overall
Former world champion Nick Thompson in 44th with a 14,15
Sam Whaley sits 84th with Jacob Farren-Price in 88th

49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 World Championships, Geelong , Australia 2020 © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy 11 February, 2020.


Anna Burnet (27, Rhu, Scotland), Nacra 17

“It was a day that was dictated mainly by the seaweed in the water, a bit like in the warm-up regatta a week or so ago so we kind of knew what to expect a little bit. But it was the same for everyone, it was all about staying calm and clearing the weed when you could.

“It’s a good start. We have lots of races to go but if we can carry on that form, chip away and carry on what we are doing then we will be pretty happy. We have a couple of windy days coming up. Today was quite light so a few different conditions to contend with.”

Saskia Tidey (26, Portland, Dorset), 49erFX

“We’ve had a pretty long day on the water today, a lot longer than we thought we were going to be out there. We’ve had three races in three very different conditions.

“We spend all year trying to maximise time in all different types of conditions and this venue is throwing us all sides of the dice. We’ve had a challenging day, everyone has, but I think we have come out of it pretty well.”

Dylan Fletcher (31, Thames Ditton, Surrey), 49er

“We had a brilliant day. We were a little unsure of how it was going to go, we snapped our top section a couple of days ago. We put a new one on and rigged up today and had a little issue trying to get it all sorted but in the end you can’t really start a Worlds any better than we did. It’s certainly the best start we’ve had that I can remember.”

Elliot Hanson (25, Macclesfield, Cheshire), Laser

“I’m really enjoying my sailing here and feel the most competitive across the wind range I’ve ever been. Unfortunately I got a little over excited in the second race and received a yellow flag which put a downer on an otherwise brilliant day.”


Results for the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Worlds will be published here

Results for the Laser Worlds will be published here

49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 World Championships, Geelong , Australia 2020 © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy 11 February, 2020.