NZL Sailing Team 49er crew report in ahead of the ISAF Sailing Worlds
by Peter Burling and Blair Tuke on 29 Nov 2011
NZL Sailing Team members, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke head off for the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth where they will attempt earn NZ Olympic Qualification for the 2012 Olympic Regatta in Weymouth
New Zealand 49er Team Peter Burling and Blair Tuke - ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne 2011 Teri Dodds - copyright http://www.teridodds.com
We’ve been home in NZ for a couple of weeks after competing in the first World cup event of the year, Sail Melbourne. Our 49er fleet was small but it included the first and third World ranked crews. The regatta racing was extremely close ... we got off to a good start and led for the first few days but an unwanted capsize when we were pushing too hard in big waves on day 4 saw us drop to third overall.
With a variety of weather conditions this was an excellent regatta to do before worlds.
We have sailed three out of the last four days so our NZ training is now complete and we are looking forward to getting to Perth! Big thanks to Geoff Woolley who has spent time out on the water with us over the last couple of months.
We fly out tomorrow, Wednesday 30th Dec for Perth where we will have 10 days lead-up before our racing starts on the 12th through to 18th Dec. The Perth Worlds regatta is our first chance to qualify NZ a place at the Olympics in the 49er class.
Only the top 13 countries qualify from this regatta – the pressure will be on.
We are expecting good solid breeze especially in the afternoon when a 20+ knot sea breeze usually kicks in most days - famously known as the 'Fremantle Doctor'. Large steep waves due to the shallowness of the water where the racing takes place will also add to the challenge of racing.
The Perth Worlds Web site where the racing can be followed by http://www.perth2011..com!clicking_here
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