The Star fleet will have one of their last rehearsals before the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition when their World Championship begins in Hyeres, France this weekend.
With eight Star World Champions among the fleet and 83 crews present, measurement is underway, sailing instructions have been finalised and the organisers are prepared to host the regatta.
There will be 16 boats on the start line at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, and with 12 of the countries taking spots already confirmed just four remain. And these will be up for grabs in Hyeres. So as well as the battle for World Championship supremacy that will see the usual suspects fighting at the top of the fleet, there will be interesting battles developing towards the middle and rear.
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson were crowned World Champions in 2010 but were forced to pull out of the 2011 Worlds in Perth in December when Percy sustained a back injury while the pair were leading the event. Percy and Simpson, although aiming high in Hyeres, have admitted their focus for the Star Worlds regatta is more about fine-tuning preparations for the Olympic event in Weymouth and Portland.
"We've got to pick equipment, but we've also got to do regattas so we are sharper at competitions,"
"We made a lot of basic mistakes in Palma - racing mistakes - and the reason we're racing now is to iron these out, get savvier, get sharper.
"It will help us going forward into Weymouth. [Hyeres and the Worlds] and Skandia Sail for Gold in Weymouth for us are just about racing again."
The first warning signal for races is at 11:00 local time on 5 May with competition coming to a close on Friday 11 May.
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