It’s one of the biggest events in the world where professionals and amateurs compete on a level playing field, and this year all eyes are on Perth, Western Australia as some of the biggest names in world yachting go head-to-head for the honour of being crowned the 2019 Chandler Macleod Moth World Champion.

Some huge names in the sport like Slingsby, Burton, Kirby, Johnson, Langford and Bruni, among many others, are set to compete for the title, which will see more than 120 competitors on the water.

It will no doubt be fierce and competitive with the world eagerly watching the results to see who will be crowned the winner.

The Mounts Bay Sailing Club will host the 2019 Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds. Photos: Martina Orsini

The Australian Championships commence on December 10 and Down Under Sail will begin its coverage tomorrow when registration and measuring gets into full swing, bringing you a strong social media presence over the next two days. 

This will culminate with the opening ceremony for the 2019 World Championships on December 11, which will then lead into the World Championships coverage, where you can tune in for our Preview Panel on December 12 streamed through the Down Under Sail Facebook page

On December 13 and 14 we will see the qualifying for the World Championships get underway, where the sailors will be striving to make the Gold Fleet.

Joe Turner and Rome Kirby in the boat park. Photos: Martina Orsini

Each day there will be a post racing highlights and interview panel with competitors telling some of the great stories from across the fleet. 

We will speak with some of the tech gurus and different manufacturers about their brands and find out what the latest trends are in the fast-moving Moth Class. 

December 15 will be a well-earned rest day for the sailors before the finals kick off on the 16th.

The Perth skyline from the Mounts Bay Sailing Club lawn. Photos: Martina Orsini

Down Under Sail will be LIVE STREAMING each day of the Gold Fleet finals and will be on the race course bringing you all the action – and there is sure to be plenty of it with 120 Moths and the renowned 20-plus knot Fremantle Doctor sea breeze pumping in. 


  • Down Under Sail Facebook page
  • Moth Worlds Facebook page
  • Down Under Sail website
  • CEN streaming platform on TVs in clubs across Australia

Make sure you keep up to date with the following social media channels for all the action from the event.

Tom Burton gets prepared to hit the water. Photos: Martina Orsini

With Down Under Sail, an Australian-based sailing media agency, bringing you all the action, we have brought together a star-studded Australian media line up that has the runs on the board across the global sailing scene.

Meet the team…


Heading up the commentary team as the event host is none other than Jody Shiels – a current SailGP commentator and a household name in the sport, Shiels as expanded his resume over the last 12 months heading up the SailGP commentary team as well as commentating events in New Zealand, Australia and even as far as the Middle East.

Get excited Moth fans, as Jody’s alter-ego Randy Cunningham is back on your screens for another round of the Moth Worlds.

Name: Jody Shiels
Alter-ego: Randy Cunningham
Home: Wangi, NSW
Background: Known for his work with his trusty alter-ego Randy Cunningham and the Wangi Mafia, Jody has brought colour and life to the sailing industry over the last few years, which is no doubt sure to continue this year at the 2019 Moth Worlds. 


Joining Jody in the comm-box will be none other than Marc Ablett, a founder of Down Under Sail and most notably known for his work as the Global Sales Manager for the one-design foiler, WASZP.

Marc has a strong track record in the industry through his work with WASZP and MACH2 and more recently in helping pioneer the WASZP as the feeder class in SailGP’s exciting new Inspire program.

Name: Marc Ablett
Nickname: Abbers
Home: Melbourne, VIC
Background: Living the dream at grassroots yacht clubs right around the country. Marc grew up in Canberra sailing on the fluky Lake Burley Griffin, and has cut his teeth in the Sharpie class over the years. He is a staunch advocate for the sport of sailing and a passionate and excited voice in the commentary team.


Drew Malcolm joins the DUS team this summer as the lead videographer and content creator and has a huge amount of experience covering some of the world’s most prominent sailing events.

He has recently been working closely with the 49er/49erFX/Nacra 17 class working at their European Championships and the World Championships currently on in New Zealand, as well as with the United States SailGP Team as their team photographer.

Drew has also been working on the World Match Racing Tour, the GC32 Worlds, M32 World Series and also the Race to Alaska “for something different”.

Name: Drew Malcolm
Home: No fixed address, spends most of his time in the Qantas Club
Background: Sailor, turned kiter, turned media man. Drew’s last 12 months have included working with some of the sport’s most notable events and classes. He has an incredible eye for a great shot and will add a lot of quality to the outfit.


Coming in to head up the finals live stream coverage is Down Under Sail’s head of video and production, Jordan Roberts.

With a background in the competition and administration of kiteboarding, as well as a long and storied career in the film and production industry, Jordan joined the DUS team last summer handling a range of video requirements during the SA Summer of Sail Festival, while also producing two major live streams – one for the European WASZP Slalom in Lake Garda in July, as well as the SA Schools Team Sailing States in Goolwa in April.

Jordan’s experience and skill under pressure, as well as his understanding of the fast-paced nature of film and television will keep audiences on the edge of their seat as the world watches a new world champion be crowned.

Name: Jordan Roberts
Nickname: Jordo
Home: Adelaide, SA
Background: Born and bred in Adelaide, South Australia with a passion and love for water sports, Jordo adds character, charisma and class to everything that he does. His skills with a camera, and in general inside the production house, will help broadcast the live coverage of the Moth Worlds finals series to the world.


A co-founder of Down Under Sail, Harry has worked closely with the event coverage side of DUS for a number of years, working at a number of grassroots sailing events right around the country.

With a background as a mainstream news journalist, and a wide range of media and production skills in his arsenal, Harry joins the DUS team at the Moth Worlds as the event journalist and PR coordinator.

Name: Harry Fisher
Nickname: Fish
Home: Adelaide, SA
Background: Being involved in sailing his whole life, and first learning the sport at the age of eight, Harry quickly found out that his best work would be done in the media boat, rather than on the race course. With that being said, he’s still a passionate amateur Sharpie sailor with a love for grassroots sailing and clubs. If he’s not on the water collecting content, or at his computer pushing it out, you’re most likely to find him at the Mounts Bay bar chatting to a couple of the old salts.


Also coming on board to help cover the event is globally-renowned yachting photographer Martina Orsini, who comes to us from the Moth Class and will be the event photographer during the Moth Worlds.

She has an incredible eye for a good shot and Down Under Sail looks forward to working closely with Martina during the coverage.