TAKING ON THE WORLD: Whitsunday Sailing Club member Paul Mitchell and crewman Saim Haines competing at the Pre-Worlds on Tuesday off Hamilton Island.
TAKING ON THE WORLD: Whitsunday Sailing Club member Paul Mitchell and crewman Saim Haines competing at the Pre-Worlds on Tuesday off Hamilton Island.

Ready to take on rest of the world

WHITSUNDAY sailor Paul Mitchell is ready to take on the world.

The accomplished sailor along with former Whitsunday Sailing Club member and crewman Sam Haines started their world championship campaign on Tuesday.

The pair took to the waters off Catseye Beach on Hamilton Island in the Pre-World's as part of the prestigious 2011 SAP 505 World Championships.

It wasn't a great start for the local crew breaking a tiller in the first race and was unable to finish.

But after some quick repairs the crew were ready for race two.

Mitchell said this race was also one to forget.

“We went the wrong way down wind and got passed by a whole heap of boats,” he said.

Despite the poor start to their world championship campaign Mitchell said it was all helpful in his quest to finish in the top 15 come the last race on April 1.

“It's all good training,” he said.

“We are just using the Pre-World's as a training regatta.

“Just to get back into fleet racing.

“You actually learn more when you lose than if you win.”

Mitchell will compete in his fourth world championship from March 26, with six days of competitive racing taking place off Catseye Beach.

“We'd be stoked to finish [in the top 15],” Mitchell said.

“We have used four new sails and we have three more turning up so we will have everything brand new.”

And with strong winds predicted for the first two days of racing, Mitchell said he was raring to go.

“It'll suit me and Sam best,” he said.

“We've always done well in heavy winds.”


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