How many boats are you expecting at the Worlds? Also, do you expect that most teams will be flying sails that read “AUS” in front of their numbers or do you expect a lot of international entries? Hoping for anywhere from 80 – 100, trying to get every 505 in Western Australia on the water for the event, [and] with the addition of the classic fleet even the older boats can be competitive. As for the mix in the fleet its looking to be about 50:50. We have competitors coming from Germany, France, USA, South Africa, Denmark and the UK at this stage. It’s gonna be a great mix of people from all over the world. What kind of weather conditions can sailors expect? What are the best-case and worst-case scenarios? The Fremantle Doctor should be giving us a consistent SW [breeze] in the 15-25 knot range, which is our goal for the event that said the weather is always unpredictable. Worst-case scenario, we get a glass-over for a day and you end up on shore in Fremantle with a beer in hand and a plate of calamari for an afternoon. ?? How important do you think local knowledge will be? Also, do you expect most visiting teams to arrive early and acclimatize to conditions? Local knowledge always helps and Fremantle on our course area certainly has its nuances. Most of our competitors [shipping] containers will be arriving next week with some European teams showing up in mid-December to start acclimatizing and training in the local conditions-including world champions Wolfgang Hunger and crew Holger Jess.??
How stiff do you think competition levels will be? Also, how do you think this competition would stack up to 505 Worlds fleets from 10 years ago? Should be tight competition throughout the fleet, in the mid-wind range everyone is quick, and in the later arvo [editor’s note: “afternoon”] though heavy teams are going to have an edge. How would we stack up against a fleet from 10 years ago? I recon the quality of sailing keeps improving. If we look over the podium from the last 10 Worlds all the competitors are still sailing. A great part of the 505 fleet is the willingness of the guys at the front to help the others get up to speed. As a result of this the competition just keeps getting better.
Can you tell us about any efforts that you and the other regatta organizers have made to try to lowest the regatta’s environmental footprint or otherwise green-up the regatta? Sure can with Fremantle Sailing Club we are trying to reduce our environmental footprint by using biodegradable goods for handling food or event promotion wherever possible. We will also be reducing our printing by providing digital-only copies of the NOR and SIs. Crews supply own water bottles and no packaged water bottles [will be] sold.?? Anything else about the regatta that you’d like to add, for the record? Sure, for anyone still interested in coming make sure you do, it’s going to be a great event and not one to be missed. If you missed a spot in your local container and still want to come we have boats available and can get you on the water just contact us via the Fremantle Worlds event page. Lastly a big thanks to our sponsors SAP, Ronstan, Boating Hardware, Swings and Roundabouts Margaret River Wines, Artek Signs, Tack Tracker and The Fabric Printer. by David Schmidt 25 Dec 2018 03:00 AEDT Reproduced from https: Sail-World.com