Marcus Blackmore’s TP52, Hooligan, is part of the Australian team challenging for the South Pacific Trophy
Friday, 17 August 2012
With 114 entries from 20 countries received to date and 20 of those from Australia the event is shaping up to be a thrilling spectacle played out against the backdrop of one of Italy’s most stunning lakes. The competition is expected to be fierce with some of the world’s best sailors peppered amongst the fleet.
McKnight arrived in Italy well ahead of the event in order to get better acquainted with the local conditions and implement his pre-regatta training strategy.
“I’ve been getting out on Lake Garda and learning how to sail the boat in similar kinds of conditions we can expect during the regatta. Racing in light air is quite demanding so for this event I have two main foils; one full size for the light winds and another cut down foil for over 12 knots,” McKnight said.
McKnight’s boat preparation has been meticulous and this year he has dedicated much of his time, energy and resources in making the boat fast and reliable. His intense training program has included plenty of early morning hours on Sydney Harbour with training partner Scott Babbage.
“Scott is currently ranked third in the world in the Moths and will be competing in Italy too. We’ve practised plenty of tough scenarios so I am well prepared for the most challenging situations on the racetrack. I’ve also focused on my boat handling skills and short course racing so I tack smoothly and get around the course with minimal mistakes,” he said.
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