And the big men fly…

Craig “Spotti” Spottiswood is the latest to add his name to the “fly” list for Cairns this week. Certainly no fly-weight, with potentially the 2015 event’s biggest competitor also being the first Victorian representative to compete in the GI Nats Slalom and Freerace events. With a super reputation as a fast man of the speed sailing circuit, many will be expecting Spotti to indeed fly at Green Island.

Meantime, last year’s runner up in the Open Slalom Championship, WA’s Rowan Law also booked his slot in the starting gates for the competition which gets underway from next Sunday. Hot from some sensational mass start racing in France’s epic Defi Wind challenge, WA’s Isaac de Vries is another new face on the GI scene and will be in fine form to challenge for outright honors. Former Aus Champion Jesper Orth and PWA racer expat Cairns local Ben Newson just add further strength to Team WA for 2015.

Meantime, fresh off the plane just 12 hours back from Europe, defending 2013 and 2014 Champion Sean O’Brien made an early start getting valuable tuning time out on the Island yesterday, backing it up with another early session again today. Game on.

Conditions are forecast 20-25 kts of solid performance conditions on Sunday, moderating into almost “ideal” 15-20 for the remainder of the 5 day competition schedule.

Needless to say, Cairns air and water temperature forecast around 25C on all days won’t deter many either.

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