At the Noumea 2011 Pacific Games, the six gold medals were shared by New Caledonia, Tahiti and the Cook Islands.
The latter is set to be a leading contender again, with Laser radial sailors Helema Williams (COK) and Teau Moana McKenzie (COK) the only gold medallists defending 2011 titles in Port Moresby.
They may face a strong challenge from Australia and New Zealand, who are taking part in the Pacific Games for the first time.
There will once again be a total of 18 medals up for grabs in Port Moresby in three events: the men’s and women’s laser single and the mixed Hobie Cat single. In addition to the three individual gold medals available, there are another three team titles to be won.
The competition will consist of 36 races taking place over six days from Monday July 6 until Saturday July 11 at the Royal Papua Yacht Club, located along the Fairfax Harbour in Port Moresby.
There will be six races per day, two in each class, making a total of 12 races per class.
Each boat will get a series score after it has completed five races. The boat’s series score will be the total of race scores excluding the worst score.
When 11 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of race scores excluding the two worst scores.
A team consists of two boats from a country in each class, with their scores added together to form the team total. [PNGFact]