The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships celebrate a significant milestone today with just 100 days to go until the biggest international sailing event of the year.
The ISAF Worlds will take place from 3-18 December, with 1,200 athletes from 80 nations competing for ten World Championship titles in Fremantle, Western Australia
Perth 2011 Competition Manager Skip Lissiman was recently at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta and is happy with how things are shaping up, "Everything is starting to come together quite well. Being at the Olympic Test Event in Weymouth gave us an opportunity to catch up with a lot of people and get some final details together."
With more than three times the amount of sailors attending the ISAF Worlds compared to the Olympic Test Event there are many challenges along the way, "The venue in Weymouth is massive compared to what we have to deal with in Perth," said Lissiman. "The venue in Fremantle is right in the centre which makes it challenging. We're right in the heart of a bustling metropolis and it is going to be great to engage the public with all the athletes and so forth.
"Fremantle is quite cosmopolitan and Perth is the most remote city in the world and I think a lot of people aspire to go to Australia and have an opportunity to compete which will be fantastic for them and we hope we can put together a fantastic show for them."
View an interview with Skip Lissiman here.
Spectators at the Perth 2011 ISAF Worlds will be able to watch the action up close and personal and Perth 2011 Club Membership is available now giving members access to the Inner Circle Club House, PEET Champions Bar and both Grandstands.
In addition they will be able to enjoy special members only events. For more information head to the Perth 2011 website.
Perth 2011 Chairman Ian Campbell added, "Perth and Fremantle provide some of the best conditions for sailing in the world. Combine these naturally favourable conditions for the sport with the hospitality and warmth of Fremantle and Western Australia and the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships are poised to be memorable.
"The Worlds Festival programme is shaping up very nicely and North Street Productions are committed to ensuring that there is something for everyone attending the World Championships away from the water as well as on it.
"Perth is set for "grandstand sailing" as the Medal Races for each class will be sailed just metres from the shore on Centre Course, allowing spectators to witness the excitement of the World Championships first hand.
"There's a great team working very hard at Perth 2011 to ensure that when the world turns to Perth in December, we'll be ready to provide a wonderful platform for the best young sailors on the planet to realise their World Championships and Olympic Games dreams,
" Campbell said.
Running parallel to the sailing competition will be the Worlds Festival, a 16 day cultural programme that will include more than 200 free events. The Worlds Festival will be centred on, but not limited to, the Worlds Village on Esplanade Park in Fremantle, with venues around Perth's port city hosting theatre, art exhibitions and music performances through the 16 days of the Worlds Festival.
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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