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25 August 2011, 10:52 am
Family Spirit Within Perth 2011 ENP Camps
Alexander Zimmermann

Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships
Perth, Western Australia

Peruvian Laser sailor Alexander Zimmermann recently finished 46th at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, Olympic Test Event.
Zimmermann is another beneficiary of the Perth 2011 Emerging Nations Programme and enjoys the family spirit within the camps. "We are a group of sailors that are like a family," said Zimmermann.

"We wake up at 5:30, we go to the gym then we have breakfast, go sailing. It's the same plan, with the same people and same coaches who have helped us a lot."

View an interview with Alex Zimmermann on the ISAF YouTube channel here.

And like many of the athletes who have been part of the programme Zimmermann is reaping the rewards, "Being coached at the ENP and sailing in those conditions has really helped me a lot and it is starting to show at some big event," said Zimmermann.

The Peruvian aims to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition and is eyeing up a good performance at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships to qualify Peru in the Laser. "At the ISAF Worlds I want to be in the top 35 in the nations so I can qualify my nation," said Zimmermann. "But that is hard as I've only been able to achieve this in a number of races in Weymouth but I will keep on training because we are there and we have to keep on pushing."

"It's been a good environment and Perth 2011 will be an awesome event."

Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships
The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships will take place in Fremantle, Western Australia for the ten events of the Olympic Sailing Competition.

Racing is scheduled to take place from 3 to 18 December. As well as hosting the battle for World Championship glory, Perth 2011 is the principal qualification regatta for the sailing events at the London 2012 Olympic Games where 75% of the national places will be decided.

The nine fleet racing events will all sail an opening series before the top ten in each event contest a double-points Medal Race to decide the final positions. The Medal Races have a target time of approximately 30 minutes and will take place close to the shore to allow spectators ashore to get close up to the action.

The women's match racing format will be an opening series followed by a knockout series. Full details of the match racing competition format will be published by 31 August once the number of entries is finalised.

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