Starting this Sunday, 7 December in Fremantle, Australia the 505 World Championship is hotting up to be an extraordinary event.
Conditions should provide for a big sea and the legendary sea breeze, the "Freemantle Doctor" providing physical conditions.
Prior to the World Championship, the Australian Open and National Championship starts tomorrow for four days, providing competitors the chance to test the conditions, and spectators the chance to see some of the in form teams going into the Worlds.
With 107 competitors entered so far, representing seven countries, competition looks set to be very tight, with a number of both former World Champions, America's Cup Veterans, and Olympic Champions sailing in one fleet in the World Championship.
Two times 505 World Champion, once again sailing with his brother Darren, is Chris Nicholson (AUS). This legendary skiff sailor has also had notable successes in both the 49er and the 18-foot Skiff. Another 49er sailor, and past 505 World Champion, Sydney Olympic Silver medallist Ian Barker (GBR), sailing with Danny Cripps has also made the trip to Freemantle.
Other top name sailors competing at the Freemantle Sailing Club this week and next include five time World Champions, Krister Bergstrom and Thomas Moss (SWE), as well as multi class World Champion and UK National 505 Champion Ian Pinnell.
Representatives are not only coming from the dinghy side, IACC designer and well known Naval Architect Iain Murray will be stepping down a size, crewing for his wife Alex, and people are holding their collective breaths in anticipation of the arrival of Johan Barne (SWE) currently on duty with the Swedish Victory Challenge but who may be released to compete in Fremantle.
The boat has had it's subtle changes as well, this year being the first with the new, bigger spinnakers, which may prove more than challenging in the expected 20 plus knots of breeze throughout racing. Nine races are scheduled over the seven days.