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