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2 December 2010, 10:33 am
Zhik Moth Worlds Attracts Red Hot Entries
Moth Worlds
Zhik Moth World Championship

Zhik Moth World Championship 2011
Sydney, Australia

With just over a month to go before race one of the Zhik Moth Worlds, regatta organizers have received a talent filled 112 entries from ten countries who are all ready to test themselves and their boats on Lake Macquarie NSW, Australia in January 2011.
Head lining the entry list is ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year & three time Laser World champion Tom Slingsby (AUS) who is looking to add yet another world title to his growing tally, however Tom will have a big challenge on his hands because there will be four previous World Champions; Simon Payne (GBR), Bora Gulari (USA), John Harris (AUS) , & Chris Dey (AUS) along with another Four Olympians all pushing hard for the title.

To pick a favorite for this event is almost impossible with a lineup of champion sailors from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Great Britain, Singapore, Japan, Ireland, Sweden, Germany & Switzerland. Competitors will be racing with a variety of rig & foil combinations with the Mach-2 package being the most popular.

Current World Champion, Simon Payne (GBR) will be looking to recreate the form which won him the 2010 Moth World championships in Dubai, however there will be a stack of Aussies led by Nathan Outteridge, Andrew McDougall (Aka "A-Mac"), Scott Babbage & Dave Lister who will be all putting pressure on the Brit over the course of the week. Nathan Outteridge (AUS) is the current Moth Open European Champion and has been in solid form of late having just won the Zhik Australian 49er National Championships with his crew Iain Jensen (AUS) who is also competing at these worlds. Both have been putting in some long hours on their home waters of Lake Macquarie.

Along with the depth of talent turning up at Lake Macquarie, the latest advances in Moth rig technology are keeping the class at the forefront of sailing development and will ensure that these Moth Worlds will be the most watched edition yet.

2009 World Champ Bora Gulari (USA) has thrown down the gauntlet to his fellow competitors and will be arriving at the Lake with a solid wing sail on his Mach-2. The yet to be measured sail has been designed and built by Canadian C- Class Champions Object 2 Skiff Works and it will be sure to provoke intense interest both within the class and the sailing community. The new wingsails are yet to race and the big questions on everyone's mind are- Who else is bringing one? Will it be faster? Will it break and will it measure? All will be known in the course of time.

Other sailors to watch include seasoned America's Cup campaigners, Adam Beashel (AUS), Charlie McGee (USA) & Tatsu Wakinaga (JPN) along with Volvo Around the world sailor George Peet (USA) who could surprise the seasoned Moth guru's.

Event Website - www.mothworlds.org

Patrick Langley
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