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31 January 2011, 01:39 pm
iiNet Gives Perth 2011 The Innovative Edge
Perth 2011 Sailing World Championships
Perth 2011 Sailing World Championships

Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships
Perth, Australia

Australia's second largest DSL provider, iiNet, today joined the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships as telecommunications partner and silver level sponsor.
The world's best Olympic class sailors are competing in Perth from 3 -18 December for their sport's world titles and to qualify for next year's London 2012 Olympic Games.

As one of the biggest international events ever held in Western Australia, the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships will depend on iiNet expertise to both provide communication technology for organisers and competitors, while bringing the event to a world audience via the internet.

Michael Malone, Chief Executive Officer of iiNet, said the services provided in the International Broadcast Centre and the nearby Media Centre in Fremantle will enable Journalists and broadcasters to accurately cover the complexities of the ten racing fleets, 850 boats and 1,400 athletes taking part in the year's biggest international sailing event.

"iiNet may have grown to become the second largest DSL internet company in Australia, but this is our home. We were understandably excited to be chosen as the communications partner for Perth 2011 and to use our expertise to promote our home city on the world stage," said Mr Malone.

Perth 2011 Chief Operating Officer (COO) Darren Beazley said the digital platforms provided by iiNet would carry the new and innovative technology that allowed officials, the media and the public to follow closely the sport of sailing.

"The racing fleets can now be followed by the Swiss Timing tracking system that shows the position of each boat on a computer or television screen", Mr. Beazley said. "The internet can also stream live television pictures and commentary from the course. New media such as live blogs, facebook and Twitter will also keep the athletes and general public in close touch with the event."

As Australia's second largest DSL Internet Service Provider (ISP), iiNet is a Western Australian success story.

Founded in a suburban garage eighteen years ago, the company now employs almost 2,000 people and supports more than 1.3 million broadband, telephone and internet television services across the country.

Eventscorp Executive Director David Van Ooran said it was fantastic to see a WA business supporting such an important event for WA. "The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships will be the biggest sailing event in this State since the America's Cup defence. The benefits, both social and economic, to the State will be enormous. It is great news that a home-grown WA company is lending its support in this way."

The 5,000 visitors expected to travel to Perth for the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships are estimated to bring economic benefits of 41 million dollars.

Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships

The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships will take place in Fremantle, Western Australia and will feature 1,400 athletes competing across ten events. For the first time in 2012, sailing will introduce women's match racing at the Olympic Games and the discipline will join the nine fleet racing events to contest their world championship in Perth.

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.

Richard Palfreyman
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