Zhik step in to back 2011 Moth Worlds

Big names to take part in January's event on Lake Macquarie, Australia

Saturday October 23rd 2010, Author: Scott Babbage, Location: Australia

The International Moth Class Association has announced Zhik as title sponsor of the Zhik 2011 International Moth World Championships and Australian Championships, to be held on Lake Macquarie, Australia in January 2011.

IMCA Australian President, Scott Babbage, is delighted to have Zhik on board: “Zhik is a natural fit to sponsor the Moth Worlds, with their clear dominance in the fleet, we now also look forward to building an even stronger relationship as title sponsor”

“Zhik has always been a strong supporter of the Moth fleet.”, said Managing Director of Zhik, Brian Conolly, “Moth sailors and Zhik designers have the same philosophy, both being attracted to technical innovation. Zhik has enjoyed working with the top sailors in the Moth class to help design faster wet gear”.

The Zhik 2011 International Moth World Championships will feature some of the World’s best sailors on their home turf. Included in the high calibre fleet will be  three time Laser World Champion Tom Slingsby and current Moth European Champion Nathan Outteridge. Born and bred on the New South Wales central coast, Outteridge will be keen to claim the Moth World Championship to add to his swag of titles. However, he will not go unchallenged: “To some extent I feel I have home waters advantage, I’ve spent my life sailing on the lake... It’s a great place to sail. There are many people who could win the worlds... past world champs John (Harris), Bora (Gulari) and Simon (Payne) come to mind straight away and no doubt there will be a handful of other top sailors who are new to the class like Tom Slingsby. I think it will be a close fought regatta and I am really looking forward to it.”

Fellow Australian and 2008 World Champion, John Harris, will be another serious contender for the World Title. Having put aside his 18ft Skiff aspirations, Harris has put it all on the line in the quest for his second Moth World Championship. “Whilst the competition will be tougher... the ingredients to be successful are the same – a fast and reliable boat, excellent boat-handling, sound race tactics and good physical fitness and recovery. I will be doing my best to be as strong as I can be in all of those areas!”

While they may claim home court advantage, the Australians will not have it all their own way. 2009 World Champion Bora Gulari is expected to make the trek down under, along with reigning World Champion Simon Payne. American Brad Funk will also add to the invasion of formidable international rivals.

Online entries are now open for the Zhik 2011 International Moth World Championships. To enter or for more information go to www.mothworlds.org

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