We’ve been home in New Zealand for a couple of weeks after competing in the first World cup event of the year, Sail Melbourne. Our 49er fleet was small but it included the 1st and 3rd World ranked crews. The regatta racing was extremely close ... we got off to a good start and led for the first few days but an unwanted capsize when we were pushing too hard in big waves on day 4 saw us drop to third overall. With a variety of weather conditions this was an excellent regatta to do before worlds.
We have sailed 3 out of the last 4 days so our NZ training is now complete and we are looking forward to getting to Perth! We fly out tomorrow, Wednesday 30th November for Perth where we will have 10 days lead‐up before our racing starts on the 12th through to 18th Dec. The Perth Worlds regatta is our first chance to qualify NZ a place at the Olympics in the 49er class. Only the top 13 countries qualify from this regatta – the pressure will be on.
We are expecting good solid breeze especially in the afternoon when a 20+ knot sea breeze usually kicks in most days ‐ famously known as the “Fremantle Doctor”. Large steep waves due to the shallowness of the water where the racing takes place will also add to the challenge of racing.
The Perth Worlds Web site where the racing can be followed is http://www.perth2011.com/