Monthly Archives: July 2014

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Hyères & Weymouth selected as European Sailing World Cup venues 

 

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Fast & furious 49er FX action in Hyères – photo c Thom Touw

 

 

 

Hyères, France and Weymouth, Great Britain have been named as the European venues for the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup series.

Bids to host the two European regattas of the ISAF Sailing World Cup were carefully considered by the International Sailing Federation with key criteria including a compact venue, first class sailing areas and facilities.

The selection of Hyères and Weymouth adds to the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup line-up which kicks off in Melbourne, Australia in December 2014 before visiting Miami, USA in January 2015.  With the best Olympic class sailors competing for a place at the Final in Abu Dhabi in November 2015 the stage is set for intense racing.

Hyères and Weymouth will welcome the best sailors in the world across the ten Olympic events with the possible inclusion of kiteboarding events to be confirmed at a later date.

Scheduled for the last week of April 2015, ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères will be the first regatta to adopt the new 40 boat per event format (25 for the Skiff events), reinforcing the status of the ISAF Sailing World Cup as the premiere series for Olympic class sailors.  The qualification system will be published in August detailing how those 40 boats will be selected.  Qualification regattas in Europe are set to be Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma de Mallorca, Spain – for Hyères – and the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, Netherlands – for Weymouth.

Returning to the London 2012 Olympic waters, ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth will take place between 8-19 June with the racing conducted over five days.

 

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup

Melbourne – 7-14 December 2014

Miami – 25-31 January 2015

Hyères – April 2015

Weymouth – June 2015

Asian Round – TBC

2015 Final Abu Dhabi – November 2015

 

 

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Nacra 17 action in Weymouth – photo c Paul Wyeth – pwpictures.com

 

 

Qualification system to the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi

 

Fleets of twenty boats in the Olympic events and Open Kiteboarding will race in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in and around Lulu Island off the UAE capital’s Corniche from 27-30 November 2014.

The first qualification places will be awarded at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships which takes place in the Spanish city from 8-21 September. The top ten finishers in each Olympic event will be rewarded with a spot on the Abu Dhabi start line.

The next places will be awarded based on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings issued on 22 September 2014. The top six highest ranked sailors who have not qualified at Santander 2014 will be awarded a place.

Two more spots will be up for grabs at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao which will be held in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition venue from 12-18 October 2014. The highest placed finisher and highest placed Asian sailor, who has not already qualified, will take an ISAF Sailing World Cup Final spot.

Up to two places in each event may be awarded as wild card places at the discretion of ISAF.

The kiteboarding fleet at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final will be made up of 16 male and four female racers. The top two male and first female sailors qualified for a spot at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. At the 2014 IKA World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey the top five male and top three females will take spots on the start line.

The male winner of each Continental Championship (South America, North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania) will be also be awarded a spot. The remaining places will be awarded to the four highest IKA World Ranked individuals as of 10 September 2014.

View the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Qualification System here.

 

By ISAF

 

 

Enthusiasm Loyalty & Commitment key factors in 52 Super Series

 

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Photos © Martinez Studio / 52 SuperSeries

 

 

Barclays 52 Super Series at Copa del Rey Mapfre in Palma del Mallorca

 

 

The build-up to sailing’s third event of the Barclays 52 Super Series, Palma Mallorca’s annual showcase, the Copa del Rey Mapfre, reveals some of the remarkable enthusiasm, loyalty and commitment of some of the circuit’s key owners who are really enjoying their racing in the class.

Brazilian owner Eduardo de Souza Ramos, who joined the Barclays 52 Super Series for the first time this season, is steadfastly refusing to let a recent health setback get in the way of his and his team’s racing, especially after their second place at the Audi TP52 World Championships in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

Fired up for further future successes, the double Olympian is ensuring that Phoenix will still race at the Copa del Rey Mapfre despite the fact that his doctor told Eduardo that he must sit this one out while he recovers from surgery. His place on the helm will be taken by André Fonseca, the team’s strategist who was Brazil’s 49er Olympian in 2008.

It is no secret among the class that de Souza Ramos has previously survived a major health scare – all the more reason for the Phoenix moniker – and so perhaps then it is no surprise that the inspirational owner has pledged to be back on board for the final regatta of the season in Ibiza 17th to 21st September.

“Eduardo will be missed in Palma. We know it was one of the regattas he was really looking forward to but of course his health comes first. We extend all of our good wishes for a speedy and full recovery and so look forward to Eduardo joining us again soon. He really does embody the spirit that prevails in the TP52 Class at this moment, he is loving the competition on the water, sharing his excitement and satisfaction when Phoenix does well, learning, remaining objective and moving on with a smile when sometimes it is not so good.” says Rob Weiland, Class Manager for the TP52 Class.

 

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Another committed owner who has pulled out all the stops to be in Palma because he loves racing on the circuit, especially at the Copa del Rey, is Turkey’s ebullient Ergin Imre. In his quest to step ahead for the 2015 season for which he is commissioning a new boat, Imre and his team had a new rig built which they planned to race and learn with this season before it was transferred to the new build boat.

But the new rig failed during racing in Porto Cervo in June and Provezza was not able to complete the Audi TP52 World Championships, the second event of the Barclays 52 Super Series.

Unable to achieve a satisfactory repair or replacement solution from the manufacturers in time for Copa del Rey, Imre’s team have had their previous rig shipped to Hall Spars in Holland where Provezza’s Tim Haines and his team has been working with the Hall team to upgrade it to a more competitive solution. Hall Spars have stiffened up the original tube and added backstay deflectors to accommodate the higher headstay loads required nowadays.

“The mast went in late last week and all that is left is a little bit of tuning and Team Provezza will be raring to go to carry on from where we left off in Sardinia.” Reported Provezza’s Andy Clark in Palma.

“Ergin I know a long time, since I was involved to build a two-tonner for him in the nineties. To own a racing boat requires a special person and then Ergin owns quite a few. He is the kind of owner you will work for non-stop till he is happy. Luckily he smiles a lot and likes people just as much as boats, so nobody got killed yet in the process…” Rob Weiland chuckles…

Reflecting yet another new commitment level, looking forwards to Ibiza and the last regatta of the season, Sled’s American based owner Takashi Okura has been so inspired by his racing in the class at the US 52 Super Series in the boat’s native waters, and by colourful reports from Europe by US teams such as Rio, Interlodge and Vesper in recent times, that he has decided to ship Sled to Ibiza for the season’s finale with a view to a full-on programme next season.

 

 

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Seven 52s will race at the Copa del Rey Mapfre representing seven different nations:

  • Azzurra ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG)
  • Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley, GBR)
  • Paprec, FRA (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin, FRA)
  • Phoenix, BRA (Eduardo de Souza Ramos, BRA)
  • Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre, TUR)
  • Quantum Racing USA (Doug DeVos USA)
  • Rán Racing (Niklas and Catherine Zennström, SWE)

 

Overall Standings Barclays 52 Super Series (after 2 events):

  1. Quantum Racing- USA (23 + 10) = 33 points
  2. Rán – SWE (24 + 13) = 37 points
  3. Azzurra – ITA (17 + 21) = 38 points
  4. Phoenix – BRA (30 + 12) = 42 points
  5. Gladiator – ENG (34 + 24) = 58 points
  6. Provezza – TUR (35 + 33) = 68 points
  7. Vesper – USA (21 + 50) = 71 points
  8. Paprec – FRA (40 + 34) = 74 points
  9. b2 – ITA (46 + 43) = 89 points
  10. Hurakan – ITA (60 + 37) = 97 points

 

By Barclays 52 Super Series

 

 

Rio set to test Olympic waters

 

 

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Aqece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014

 

 

 

More than 320 sailors from 34 nations will compete at the first test event of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games from 2-9 August from the Marina da Gloria.

The Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014 is set to be the largest Olympic classes sailing competition ever held in Brazil and many of the world’s top competitors are ready for the test. The regatta will also be under close scrutiny with regards to the water quality and sewerage problems which have been widely reported by some of the competitors.

Organised by Rio 2016 and Confederação Brasileira de Vela (CBVela) in conjunction with the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the regatta will test the field of play, equipment, workforce, systems and procedures two years out from the Olympic Sailing Competition.

Five race courses will be assessed during the course of the regatta with three areas – Ponte, Escola Naval and Pão de Açucar –situated inside Guanabara Bay and the other two – Copacabana and Niterói – located outside the bay in open water.

The Test Event will be the first opportunity to start developing the skills of the 1,000+ workforce who will be critical to the success of the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. The on water race committee teams are one such group and their training programme will get underway under the guidance of International ISAF officials from Brazil and overseas.

Media coverage and results from the Aquece Rio will be delivered by the Rio 2016 team and ISAF through www.aquecerio.com/en/competicoes.php and www.sailing.org/2014-test-event.php

Each nation is entitled to two places per Olympic event for the Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta and two teams will have full squads racing on Rio’s water.

The British and Brazilian teams will have 20 boats and 30 sailors competing throughout the week however the Brazilians will benefit from it being their home waters.

World #1 49erFX team Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) will be the favourites in the 16-boat fleet having finished on the podium at 11 of 14 ISAF ranked regattas since jumping in the skiff. The pair are local to Rio but won’t be taking anything for granted, “It is very hard to tell what is going to happen. We have to be prepared for everything and whatever comes, will be.

“We train here but racing is always different. I expect a low number of sailors but with a high level so it will be the perfect training session.”

As Grael predicts the level is set to be high in the 49erFX fleet with 2013 World Champions Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) within the fleet. Speaking on their blog the pair said, “The main goal for the trip is to get accustomed to being in Rio, and the sailing conditions here. This competition is the first run-through event for both the organisers and sailors, and it will be great to get to know the rough course areas planned for the 2016 Olympics. After a great break, we are ready to get back into and learn as much as possible.”

Strong teams from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and the USA will join the Brazilians and Kiwis on the 49erFX start line in Rio.

Fresh from 49er Open European success Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) will spearhead the 19-boat 49er fleet. The Kiwis have won five consecutive 49er regattas including two ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas, one World Championship and two Open European Championships.

The Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta will be their first opportunity to showcase their talent on Olympic waters but they will be joined by a small yet competitive fleet that includes London 2012 gold medallists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) and consistent British racers Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign.

The Laser Radial fleet features 28 sailors and includes six of the world’s top ten, including World #1 Marit Bouwmeester (NED).

Many of the Laser Radial competitors have Rio experience under their belt and that includes Annalise Murphy (IRL) who, like many of the competitors, isn’t focused on the end result, “I am really looking forward to experiencing some proper fleet racing in Rio, I think racing two years out from the Games is going to be hugely beneficial in my preparation for the Olympics.

“I hope to get a better understanding of Rio, get a feel for the bay and the different conditions we will experience. Everything is important to get used to, the wind, the tide, the food and finding a gym.

“I came to Rio for three weeks training last year and experienced a big mix of conditions; it is pretty tidal so it is going to be a tricky event. I think the racing will be very competitive; nearly everyone is here for this regatta so it will be a very high standard. I am looking forward to going out and enjoying myself on the water.”

Joining Bouwmeester and Murphy in the fleet will be World #2 and ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres victor Evi Van Acker (BEL), ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao gold medallist Dongshuang Zhang (CHN) and World Cup Miami winner Paige Railey (USA).

The Laser fleet will be the largest in Rio with 36 boats registered to race. Top competitors include home favourite and 2013 Laser World Champion Robert Scheidt (BRA), Australia’s Tom Burton, World #2 Nick Thompson and strong Kiwi sailors Andy Maloney and Sam Meech.

The Nacra 17 fleet will see 16-boats on the start line and includes a number of leading teams. 2013 World Champions Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) will be joined by the experienced Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis (AUS), World #2 Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond (GBR), Franck Cammas and Sophie de Turckheim (FRA) and World #3 Thomas Zajac and Tanja Franck (AUT).

Giles Scott (GBR) is the Finn class’ man of the moment having won nine of the last ten regattas. Scott has won his last five regattas and will be the one to beat in Rio but strength in depth is present throughout the fleet. Brazil’s Jorge Zarif and Bruno Prada will have home water advantage whilst World #2 Bjorn Allansson (SWE), World #3 Thomas Le Breton (FRA) and the seasoned Jonathan Lobert (FRA) and Pieter Jan Postma (NED) will provide stern competition.

Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014 is the first of two test events with the second following in 2015, provisionally scheduled for 12-22 August.

 

By ISAF

 

 

 

Nathan Outteridge wins his second Moth World title in style

 

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All Photos © Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com

 

 

International Moth World Championships at Hayling Island, UK

 

 

The forecast for the final day was for no wind, but it turned out to be a sparkling day with the best breeze of the week. Four races were held in glorious Summer racing conditions, with 10-14 knot winds, leading to very tactical racing.

Gold fleet racing started at 9.30am, with Nathan Outteridge (AUS) never letting Chris Rashley (GBR) out of his sights. Ben Paton (GBR) led the charge in race 7, with the leaders round the windward mark and screaming along the Hayling shoreline. Chris Rashley was in 2nd followed by Mike Lennon (GBR) and Outteridge in 4th. Robert Greenhalgh (GBR) and Scott Babbage (AUS) climbed through the fleet to finish 2nd & 3rd respectively behind Ben Paton, who took his first ever Moth Worlds race victory, with Outteridge 4th, Lennon 5th & Rashley 6th.

On his first Moth worlds race win Ben said, “It meant quite a lot to me, when I knew that I could win the race after the first lap I gave it everything I had to make sure that I kept everyone behind me and extend my lead a bit so that my downwind was pretty comfortable. I was getting pretty excited about crossing the line as last year in Hawaii I’d led round the windward mark many, many times but wasn’t good enough downwind so it was brilliant.”

Race 8 started soon after with a crowded pin end of the line Jason Belben (GBR) led around the track to win from Scott Babbage and Andrew McDougall (A-Mac) in third – a result that vastly improved Australia’s chances of retaining the Moth Ashes.

 

 

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Australians Scott Babbage leads A-Mac

 

 

Race 9 saw Josh Mcknight (AUS) take a small lead over Outteridge with Chris Rashley chasing hard in 3rd. Josh did a great job of holding off Nathan to take the win, but Chris’ 3rd was not enough and sealed the title for Nathan Outteridge. Paul Goodison (GBR) knocked in a good race in 4th with Robert Greenhalgh having a much better day in 5th.

There were a few white-caps on the waves at the start of the final race – fantastic conditions. The ‘Patonator’ (Ben Paton) had a flying start at the committee boat end, but it was Josh Mcknight who led the first lap from Outteridge and A-Mac sailing another blinder for the Australian Moth Ashes team.

Josh led Nathan with Chris Rashley moving up to 3rd. The final leg became really unstable with all the leaders dropping off their foils at times. In the end Outteridge knocked in 15 gybes in a band of breeze to win the race by a country mile and wrap up his championship in style! Josh limped across the line in 2nd with Robert Greenhalgh slipping through to 3rd, Ben Paton 4th & Tom Offer (GBR) 5th.

 

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Packed starts on the final day

 

Nathan said about the final race, “It had got a bit soft in that very last race and I actually fell off the foils at the top mark. Josh and Chris gybed in a really good puff, and I managed to gybe, get foiling again and did about 15 gybes down in this one little puff, turned around half-way to see how I was going and no-one was foiling so it was a pretty nice way to finish, to have a really big lead.”

Josh Mcknight who finished third overall said, “It was a really good event, we were lucky to get the breeze in the end as it was looking pretty borderline at the start. It was really good racing that we had in the finals and it was one of the closest regattas we’ve had in a while. I finished one point ahead of Chris (Rashley) and Nathan and Chris had a battle early on in the finals so it was really, really good to see.

On Australia retaining the #MothAshes Josh said, “Well I mean that’s really all we come to these events for – the Moth Ashes. It’s a great trophy to have as it puts emphasis on a bit of team spirit amongst Australia and England… A-Mac’s got a knack for pulling something out of the bag, whether it be new kit or just a stellar result, he’s always sort-of done it so it’s good to see him do it again.”

 

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Ben ‘the Patonator’ Paton (GBR)

 

 

Robert Greenhalgh, who had a far better final day said, “It’s been a great worlds, great event at Hayling. Conditions have been hard for the race officers, but they’ve made the best of it, they’ve brought the starts forward and we got some races away. I had a disappointing mid-regatta, some speed issues which I dealt with by changing foil today and I was off again. So a little disappointing, but pleased to know I’m on the pace again.”

Local sailor Ollie Holden, who finished 23rd overall in his second Moth Worlds said, “I’m absolutely thrilled. I had no idea I could do as well as that. I’m really, really pleased, it’s really come together… What I’ve found in the Gold fleet is that you’re punished really badly for any mistake you make. I took a wrong turn up the beat in the last race and you’re just at the back, there’s no free passes basically and you’ve just got to fight so hard to get back. As an amateur, behind the top 15 there’s a really tight bunch of about 20 or 30 boats so it’s real nip and tuck sailing – it’s really good.”

Ollie gave us his thoughts on Nathan Outteridge winning the title, “I think it’s fully deserved – he’s a legend, an absolute legend. Good for him.”

Ollie was also really impressed with how his home club hosted the event, “I actually think they’ve done really well. They’ve pulled it together, we’ve got a fantastic team of volunteers here, more than 100 involved in running this event, so that’s fantastic. They’re pretty much the best in the country, if not the best in the world, so it’s good.”

Stevie Morrison described his first Moth Worlds regatta, “It was a bit of a shame about the weather, but we’ve had a great last day so I’ll certainly remember that as a real insight into what Moth racing can be like. For me it was just an incredible learning experience, I think I want to go away and let my brain turn from the mush it’s in right now into some coherent thought patterns, come back in two weeks and start racing again. It’s been a hard week but I’ve loved it.”

Tim Hancock, the event’s Principal Race Officer said, “The final day was a glamorous day, we had up to 16 knots of breeze, we had 3 really good races, the last one was a bit softer but still foiling all the way round pretty much, so I’m delighted with the last day. The club puts a lot of effort into this, 130 volunteers so it’s a huge effort from everybody. The UK class bid for this event over 4 years ago, so for it all to culminate in a warm, sunny week, ok challenging wind at times, but to come together in the great finish of the last couple of days, I’m delighted for everybody.”

 

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Nathan Outteridge in his prize giving speech said, “It’s amazing how much can change in a couple of weeks. Mike (Lennon) showed us all how to do it during the Nationals and things changed a bit. Firstly I’d like to thank the sailing club, they’ve put on a great event, obviously in really trying conditions. It was good to see we got out there early and got some good racing in today. Really impressed with how the Brits have performed. Chris Rashley’s done a great job, he set the bar and I’ve been chasing him all week so well done to Chris, well done to Josh (Mcknight) for his podium as well. Thanks to everyone who has organised the event, the sponsors, it’s been a massive event to try and pull together and there’s been a huge turnout. I think the class is really strong, so really happy to be here and be involved. Big thanks to A-Mac and Simon from Mach 2, Simon did a great job putting me back on the water on the first day, I think he’s been keeping everyone’s boats intact, regardless of what type of boat it is. You helped me in Hawaii and helped me when I bent my push-rod in the first race – it was nice not to have to carry those 70 points… Really looking forward to Sorrento next year, hopefully as many of you as possible can come down and do it.”

 

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Tom Offer (GBR) is the first Corinthian

 

 

Tom Offer, who won the Corinthian Trophy at the Moth Worlds, won a new CST boom which was instantly turned into a ‘Boom of Doom’ for his pint to travel down, “It was a little bit dusty – I think I made a good effort of it.”

On the week overall Tom said, “Difficult, you know, it’s a world championship. I’d done as much preparation as I felt I could do before the event. I was extremely pleased with my result, wanted to get a top ten and managed to achieve that so I’m really, really pleased. You look at the list of massive sailing names that are in this fleet that I have luckily managed to finish above so I’m really pleased with my performance and it’s just been lots of good fun.”

 

The International Moth class is hugely grateful to the companies that are helping make this championship possible; Magic Marine, LV, Lennon Sails, CST Composites, Ronstan and Blueteq.

Keep up to date with all the news from the event via the event website, www.mothworlds.org, Facebook, Twitter, Beau Outteridge videos on YouTube and feature articles on YachtsandYachting.com – the International Moth World Championships official media partner.

 

 

Overall Results: Gold Fleet (Top 20)

 

Nation Sail No Helm Club Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 F8 F9 F10 Pts
1st AUS 2 Nathan Outteridge Wangi SC (DNC) 3 2 2 1 ‑4 1 2 1 2 2 ‑4 4 2 1 23
2nd GBR 7 Chris Rashley Royal London YC 1 2 1 1 ‑5 1 4 4 6 3 1 6 ‑13 3 ‑20 33
3rd AUS 4142 Josh Mcknight RPAYC 3 1 3 ‑5 3 5 3 3 2 1 ‑7 ‑10 7 1 2 34
4th AUS 3 Scott Babbage Woollahra SC 2 2 3 4 ‑6 9 ‑12 1 3 7 ‑18 3 2 7 8 51
5th GBR 4 Ben Paton Lymington Town SC 5 3 ‑7 7 5 2 5 5 10 ‑12 3 1 ‑16 9 5 60
6th GBR 5 Robert Greenhalgh Royal Southern YC ‑8 1 1 1 2 11 14 (DNC) 9 ‑15 5 2 8 5 3 62
7th AUS 6 Rob Gough Royal YC Tasmania 1 5 7 ‑23 2 15 2 6 5 4 16 8 ‑17 6 ‑17 77
8th GBR 4038 Tom Offer Rock SC 3 8 6 3 (DNC) 7 8 12 15 9 4 ‑33 6 ‑16 6 87
9th GBR 4123 Dylan Fletcher Portland Moth Squad ‑12 4 8 6 9 3 10 7 ‑13 13 8 12 5 ‑14 4 89
10th GBR 4147 Michael Lennon HISC ‑19 4 2 2 6 ‑14 9 9 11 10 11 5 ‑28 11 11 91
11th GBR 3942 Jason Belben Stokes Bay SC ‑12 7 4 6 4 13 ‑23 13 12 14 6 ‑15 1 12 7 99
12th GBR 4146 Paul Goodison Ulley SC 10 ‑12 5 3 4 8 ‑24 11 4 ‑20 13 13 14 4 12 101
13th GBR 3967 Chris Draper LCSC 6 ‑12 5 5 8 16 6 10 ‑21 ‑19 12 7 12 15 14 116
14th AUS 3900 Andrew McDougall Black Rock YC 4 6 4 ‑21 21 19 ‑26 8 8 17 ‑30 9 3 17 9 125
15th SUI 3796 Arnaud Psarofaghis SN Geneva 10 6 ‑11 7 1 10 16 ‑18 18 5 14 16 9 18 ‑21 130
16th SUI 4112 Christopher Rast TYC/RCO/MBYC 6 5 6 15 ‑16 6 11 14 17 6 ‑23 ‑28 10 13 22 131
17th USA 9 Brad Funk US Sailing Team Sperry Top‑Sider ‑20 ‑52 10 10 11 12 13 15 7 8 9 ‑19 19 8 15 137
18th JPN 3989 Hiroki Goto ABeam 4 8 ‑15 8 11 ‑21 17 19 ‑28 11 20 21 21 10 10 160
19th ITA 4138 Gian Maria Ferrighi YC Acquafrecsca 5 (DNC) 14 9 14 31 7 21 16 18 10 17 20 ‑43 ‑45 182
20th JPN 4095 Kohei Kajimoto Black Rock YC 7 16 8 ‑22 10 17 25 ‑41 23 26 15 24 ‑40 39 19 229

 

 

For full results see: www.mothworlds.org

 

By Mark Jardine (with thanks to Jonny Fullerton)

 

 

 

Nathan Outteridge wins the 2014 International Moth Worlds

 

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Photo © Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com

 

 

 

Nathan Outteridge steps ashore after winning the 2014 International Moth World Championships at Hayling Island Sailing Club.

YachtsandYachting.com: So Nathan, 2014 International Moth World Champion, your second Moth World title, how does it feel?

Nathan Outteridge: It was good, it’s been a tough week, pretty light and marginal and today we finally got some good breeze and it was actually really fun racing, so happy we got some good racing and really happy to bring home another world title. I wasn’t really expecting it after the training and prep that I’ve put in, but I think the years of sailing these boats has really helped me out throughout the week.

YachtsandYachting.com: You wrapped up the win in style in race 10, can you describe the feeling coming down towards the line?

Nathan: It had got a bit soft in that very last race and I actually fell off the foils at the top mark. Josh Mcknight and Chris Rashley gybed in a really good puff, and I managed to gybe, get foiling again and did about 15 gybes down in this one little puff, turned around half-way to see how I was going and no-one was foiling so it was a pretty nice way to finish, to have a really big lead.

YachtsandYachting.com: Your thoughts on the event overall and Hayling Island Sailing Club?

Nathan: The club’s been great. I think we’re very fortunate that we didn’t get any big breeze from the South otherwise it would have been probably a very different event and different results. Given the weather we’ve had the race committee’s done a good job of getting us out there early in the morning to get the racing in using the shifty land breeze, and I think that paid into my fortune as I quite like that sort of stuff.

YachtsandYachting.com: Huge congratulations, well deserved title, you’ve wrapped it up in style, well done.

 

Gold Fleet Provisional Overall Results: (Top 10 after Finals Race 10)

 

  Nation Sail No Helm Club Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 F8 F9 F10 Pts
1st AUS 2 Nathan Outteridge Wangi SC (DNC) 3 2 2 1 ‑4 1 2 1 2 2 ‑4 4 2 1 23
2nd GBR 7 Chris Rashley Royal London YC 1 2 1 1 ‑5 1 4 4 6 3 1 6 ‑13 3 ‑20 33
3rd AUS 4142 Josh Mcknight RPAYC 3 1 3 ‑5 3 5 3 3 2 1 ‑7 ‑10 7 1 2 34
4th AUS 3 Scott Babbage Woollahra SC 2 2 3 4 ‑6 9 ‑12 1 3 7 ‑18 3 2 7 8 51
5th GBR 4 Ben Paton Lymington Town SC 5 3 ‑7 7 5 2 5 5 10 ‑12 3 1 ‑16 9 5 60
6th GBR 5 Robert Greenhalgh Royal Southern YC ‑8 1 1 1 2 11 14 (DNC) 9 ‑15 5 2 8 5 3 62
7th AUS 6 Rob Gough Royal YC Tasmania 1 5 7 ‑23 2 15 2 6 5 4 16 8 ‑17 6 ‑17 77
8th GBR 4038 Tom Offer Rock SC 3 8 6 3 (DNC) 7 8 12 15 9 4 ‑33 6 ‑16 6 87
9th GBR 4123 Dylan Fletcher Portland Moth Squad ‑12 4 8 6 9 3 10 7 ‑13 13 8 12 5 ‑14 4 89
10th GBR 4147 Michael Lennon HISC ‑19 4 2 2 6 ‑14 9 9 11 10 11 5 ‑28 11 11 91

 

By Mark Jardine

 

 

Outteridge charges into the lead

 

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Nathan Outteridge grabs the lead –  Photo © Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com

 

 

International Moth World Championships at Hayling Island, UK

 

 

An earlier start allowed the Gold fleet to get a full four races on the penultimate day of the International Moth World Championships at Hayling Island, with the Silver fleet once again getting in three.

The breeze was a gusty and shifty 8-13 knots, which dropped off during the final race as it shifted round to the East. Once again racing was held in scorching temperatures under a cloudless sky.

Gold fleet started Finals race 3 under the Black Flag on the second attempt after a general recall. Robert Greenhalgh’s (GBR) vang then broke which took him out of the race. Scott Babbage (AUS) led from start to finish with a good performance, winning comfortably from Nathan Outteridge (AUS) with Josh Mcknight (AUS) 3rd and Chris Rashley (GBR) 4th.

The Black Flag remained hoisted for the rest of the starts – the Committee were obviously keen to get the racing in before the wind died.

It was clear that with the scores almost even Nathan Outteridge was keeping a keen eye on Chris Rashley with a loose cover going on upwind.

Finals race 4 saw Nathan take the win, and the outright lead, with Josh Mcknight just behind and only a second ahead of Scott Babbage, who continued his good form of the day to finish 3rd. Paul Goodison (GBR) had his best race so far of the finals series in 4th.

Josh Mcknight turned the tables on his compatriot Nathan Outteridge in finals race 5 to take his first finals series win, with Chris Rashley hanging on to their charge with a 3rd.

 

 

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Josh Mcknight stays in the hunt with consistent results

 

 

The breeze continued to swing East and was dropping all the time in the final race of the day. The big names went for the pin end; Nathan Outteridge was squeezed out but kept his cool to round the top mark in touch with the leaders. Robert Greenhalgh put his troubles from earlier in the day behind him to start well in this group.

Mike Lennon (GBR) was flying in the light stuff downwind and had a 100 metre lead at the gate. Brad Funk (USA), who had a great start to the race, was under pressure from Nathan Outteridge and Chris Rashley.

The final leg became really light and fluky and even the leaders were struggling to stay on their foils, but Chris and Nathan managed to weave their way through the holes to finish 1st and 2nd respectively. The Patonator came through strongly to take 3rd with Brad Funk dropping to 9th and Mike Lennon to 11th.

 

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Chris Rashley finishes the day only 2 points behind Nathan

 

Nathan Outteridge summed up his superb day, “We got out a bit earlier today so there was a bit more breeze. I was just able to link the shifts on the first beat. I think I led around the top mark in the first 3 races. I was finding the right end of the line and then judging when to tack. Sometimes you had to overlay the top mark by a long way to get the best pressure and sometimes you had to hitch up underneath, and I was just getting that tack timing pretty good. I figured there were some good oscillations, based on what was happening yesterday. The wind was really good on the left at the top, coming off the land, and we were getting some good righties at the bottom, so in the middle two races it worked out to start at the windward end and I could see that I was just higher than all the boats to leeward of me. I just waited for them to cave, and then just tacked when I thought it was good.”

On having a lead going into the final day Nathan said, “The forecast doesn’t look great for tomorrow, and when the forecast doesn’t look good for the final day it’s important to be in the lead. It happened to me last year against Bora (Gulari) where he got a couple of points ahead of me going into the final day and we never raced. I’m not saying I’m wishing for no racing tomorrow but at least I’m not going to be disappointed if we don’t.”

 

Ben Paton said, “I had a bit of a nightmare in either the third race today. I was always quite consistent getting round the windward mark in the top 3 or 4 but this time I had Nathan who came and slammed a tack on me at the windward mark. I lost the wind and ended up getting the rudder caught around the anchor line for the windward mark which cost me a couple of minutes and a 360. I was about 26th at the bottom mark and had to work pretty hard to get back into a counter which I think was 9th. The final race of the day was probably the most tactical downwind race that I’ve ever done in a Moth; I think we were doing 8 or 10 gybes just to stay in a bit of pressure, lots of places changing so I was happy to get a 3rd in that.”

 

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 Ben Paton (the Patonator) hangs in there in 5th

 

Local sailor Mike Lennon (GBR 4147), who is currently in 9th overall said about his day, “Sporadic I would say – it was shifty. My last race was shaping up to be a good one; 1st round the top mark, 1st round the leeward mark, 3rd round the 2nd top mark and then 11th into the finish! I just never seemed to find any pressure down the run – I went down the right which paid big time first time down, seemed to sail out of the breeze, boats came round behind, got pressure at the mark and just sailed down inside me and Chris and Nathan just put a quick one in to get into that pressure. I carried on a bit and then put one in and then found a big hole, came off the foils for a while, gybed back again, found a bit of wind, but by that time 10 boats had slipped through. The quality of the fleet seems to have got better since last week, or I’ve got worse, one of the two!”

In the Silver fleet Kiwi sailor Glen Read (NZL 4124) said, “It was good in the morning when we had a bit of breeze, but any mistakes were costly. If you weren’t in that front row on the start-line it was game over basically. My first two races were average, but I got a bullet by about 5 minutes in the last race, so not a bad day!”

Also in the Silver fleet Dylan DiMarchi (USA 4066) said, “It was good out there today. In the first race there was plenty of wind, half the fleet went left at the start, and half did the port tack approach, and that was fun. I got off to the right side and there was plenty of wind. I rounded in the top five and came up with a top ten finish. The second race was a bit tougher, there ended up being a bit lighter breeze and bigger holes in the course.”

Katherine Knight (GBR 3604 / WPNSA) is very much enjoying Silver fleet racing, “It was a really good day today. We sailed around on course Charlie (in Bracklesham Bay) and there was actually quite a bit of breeze there, probably around 10-12 knots, so we got 3 good races in, foiling all the time so it was good. It’s fun being in Silver fleet as you actually get to fight it out with people. I actually lapped people and had to avoid people so it was a good day for me.”

Sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who took a look at the fleet at Hayling Island Sailing Club said, “I think it’s lovely that we’ve got the championship here. The first time I saw a Moth in action was at Netley as I was pottering around in some small boat. Suddenly this thing was coming towards me and it was all out of the water, and that confused me for a bit, and then I clicked as to what the hell was going on. I thought this is absolutely brilliant! What a great concept and how on earth do you hold it upright like that… What a lovely international fleet too – it’s great to see… Why are they here? Because it’s such an exciting class to sail. We all know it should be in the Olympics but for some peculiar reason it isn’t.”

When asked when he’s going to try foiling Moth sailing, Sir Robin replied, “Well, that’s a very good question. When I’m not busy rushing around either organising a race or racing myself. I’m off to do the Round Britain in a couple of weeks, but when I’ve got the time I’d love to try one!”

The International Moth class is hugely grateful to the companies that are helping make this championship possible; Magic Marine, LV, Lennon Sails, CST Composites, Ronstan and Blueteq.

Keep up to date with all the news from the event via the event website, www.mothworlds.org, Facebook, Twitter, Beau Outteridge videos on YouTube and feature articles on YachtsandYachting.com – the International Moth World Championships official media partner.

 

Gold Fleet Provisional Results (Top 20 after Finals Race 6)

Pos Nation Sail No Helm Club Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 Pts
1st AUS 2 Nathan Outteridge Wangi SC (DNC) 3 2 2 1 ‑4 1 2 1 2 2 16
2nd GBR 7 Chris Rashley Royal London YC 1 2 1 1 ‑5 1 4 4 ‑6 3 1 18
3rd AUS 4142 Josh Mcknight RPAYC 3 1 3 ‑5 3 5 3 3 2 1 ‑7 24
4th AUS 3 Scott Babbage Woollahra SC 2 2 3 4 ‑6 9 12 1 3 7 ‑18 43
5th GBR 4 Ben Paton Lymington Town SC 5 3 ‑7 7 5 2 5 5 10 ‑12 3 45
6th AUS 6 Rob Gough Royal YC Tasmania 1 5 7 ‑23 2 15 2 6 5 4 ‑16 47
7th GBR 5 Robert Greenhalgh Royal Southern YC ‑8 1 1 1 2 11 14 (DNC) 9 15 5 59
8th GBR 4038 Tom Offer Rock SC 3 8 6 3 (DNC) 7 8 12 ‑15 9 4 60
9th GBR 4147 Michael Lennon HISC ‑19 4 2 2 6 ‑14 9 9 11 10 11 64
10th GBR 4123 Dylan Fletcher Portland Moth Squad ‑12 4 8 6 9 3 10 7 ‑13 13 8 68
11th GBR 4146 Paul Goodison Ulley SC 10 ‑12 5 3 4 8 ‑24 11 4 20 13 78
12th GBR 3942 Jason Belben Stokes Bay SC ‑12 7 4 6 4 13 ‑23 13 12 14 6 79
13th SUI 4112 Christopher Rast TYC/RCO/MBYC 6 5 6 15 ‑16 6 11 14 17 6 ‑23 86
14th SUI 3796 Arnaud Psarofaghis SN Geneva 10 6 ‑11 7 1 10 16 ‑18 18 5 14 87
15th GBR 3967 Chris Draper LCSC 6 ‑12 5 5 8 16 6 10 ‑21 19 12 87
16th USA 9 Brad Funk US Sailing Team Sperry Top‑Sider ‑20 ‑52 10 10 11 12 13 15 7 8 9 95
17th AUS 3900 Andrew McDougall Black Rock YC 4 6 4 ‑21 21 19 26 8 8 17 ‑30 113
18th ITA 4138 Gian Maria Ferrighi YC Acquafrecsca 5 (DNC) 14 9 14 ‑31 7 21 16 18 10 114
19th JPN 3989 Hiroki Goto ABeam 4 8 ‑15 8 11 21 17 19 ‑28 11 20 119
20th ITA 4093 Stefano Rizzi SV Oscar Cosulich 13 7 ‑21 11 7 ‑55 21 17 14 16 22 128

 

 

The race committee aim to start the Gold fleet at 0930 hrs tommorrow (Friday) for the final days racing to decide the title.

 

By Mark Jardine (with thanks to Jonny Fullerton)

 

 

Rashley ahead but Aussies closing in

 

 

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Photos © Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com

 

 

International Moth World Championships at Hayling Island, UK

 

 

The Moth Worlds fleet woke up to a glorious day at Hayling Island. The wind was blowing a steady 15 knots, the sun was shining and it was 23 degrees by 10am – perfect sailing conditions. The Gold fleet went out into Hayling Bay, while the Silver fleet headed off East to Bracklesham Bay.

Two races where held for the Gold fleet, where the Brits took a clean sweep of the podium (Chris Rashley 1st, Ben Paton 2nd, Dylan Fletcher 3rd) in the first finals race, only for the Australians to come back fighting with their own clean sweep in race 2 (Nathan Outteridge 1st, Rob Gough 2nd, Josh Mcknight 3rd).

The Silver fleet managed three races before the wind shut off, both fleets were then sent ashore. The race committee hoped to get another Gold fleet race in, but soon raised the AP over A to signal that was it for the day.

 

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 Chris Rashley in overall lead – Photos © Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com

 

 

Overall, this has given Chris Rashley the outright lead after Robert Greenhalgh had a poor day by his standards to drop to 5th overall. Nathan Outteridge has moved up to 2nd overall after a 4th and 1st, staying just 3 points off Rashley’s score. Josh Mcknight has moved up to 3rd with consistent top 5 results, but the big mover of the day was Ben ‘The Patonator’ Paton, who moved from 9th to 4th on the leaderboard with a 2nd and a 5th today.

Nathan Outteridge (AUS 2) said, “It was good. We finally had some breeze, over 12 knots at times. I wasn’t starting very well but I was getting the first shift in the front pack each time and got a 4 and a 1 so pretty happy with that.”

Nathan said on the #MothAshes contest between the Brits and the Aussies, “They’ve (the Brits) got the home advantages so it would be embarrassing if they lost to be honest!. We’re just out there trying to get around the race course and not really worring about the other boats, but Rashley’s sailing really well, as is Ben Paton, and Rob had a bit of a shocker today by the looks of it, so we’ll just wait and see.”

 

 

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The Patonator – Ben Paton (GBR4) on the move – Photo © Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com

 

 

Ben Paton (GBR 4), who’s 2nd and 5th places moved him up to 4th overall said of his day, “Pretty sick mate, pretty sick. 4th overall, matches my sail number, just need to improve on that. I made sure I was on my foils at the start and I wanted to keep to the right hand side as I thought the pressure would go there and just make sure I was on the right of the fleet and tacked up on the shifts. I think I got to the windward mark 2nd in both races. I was a bit conservative in the 2nd race and lost a couple of points, but to come off the water with a 2nd and 5th is pretty cool.

On the #MothAshes rivalry Ben said, “We’re going to have a head-to-head race later on hopefully so that’ll be the true test. Men versus boys.”

Japanese sailor Hiroki Goto (JPN 3989), who is 16th overall, described his first day of Gold fleet racing,

“I was wanting to be in the top ten results today, but it’s tough, more than doubly tough as qualification races. It is one of the most experienced and skilled fleets in the world so, regardless of the results, every moment I’m enjoying so much. I’m so proud and feel so lucky to be here, to join this fleet – amazing. I’m just hoping for more wind, more races and more fun. It’s insanely tough, but at the same time it’s insanely fun so I just want as many races as possible.”

Tom Offer (GBR 4038), who scored a 7th and 8th to remain in 8th overall said, “There were big patches in the breeze in both races, keeping clear air was an important factor, especially at mark roundings. If you got to the mark in clear air it was easier to stay on the foil but if you were in a bunch of boats then it was easy to end up low riding around the mark. Also, getting a good breeze line was a big factor, it allows you to ride high all the way on a leg. However, getting a better breeze line was more by luck than anything else today, it was very patchy out there.”

 

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Photos © Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com

 

Home builder Richard Edwards (GBR 3943) described the battle for the home build cup, “One each, but shall we just say Gold fleet racing is a different ball game, the standard at the top end is stratospheric. We did all right, Phil (Oligario) got one and I got one, but I was 5th from last in one, but hey, that’s what you get in the Gold fleet.”

Racing has been brought forward an hour for Thursday; Gold fleet are set to start at 10am with Silver scheduled for 10.30am.

The International Moth class is hugely grateful to the companies that are helping make this championship possible; Magic Marine, LV, Lennon Sails, CST Composites, Ronstan and Blueteq.

Keep up to date with all the news from the event via the event website, www.mothworlds.org, Facebook, Twitter, Beau Outteridge videos on YouTube and feature articles on YachtsandYachting.com – the International Moth World Championships official media partner.

 

Gold Fleet Results after Day 5: (Top 10 after two finals races)

 

Pos Nation Sail No Helm Club Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 F1 F2 Pts
1st GBR 7 Chris Rashley Royal London YC 1 2 1 1 ‑5 1 4 10
2nd AUS 2 Nathan Outteridge Wangi SC (DNC) 3 2 2 1 4 1 13
3rd AUS 4142 Josh Mcknight RPAYC 3 1 3 ‑5 3 5 3 18
4th GBR 4 Ben Paton Lymington Town SC 5 3 ‑7 7 5 2 5 27
5th GBR 5 Robert Greenhalgh Royal Southern YC ‑8 1 1 1 2 11 14 30
6th AUS 6 Rob Gough Royal YC Tasmania 1 5 7 ‑23 2 15 2 32
7th AUS 3 Scott Babbage Woollahra SC 2 2 3 4 ‑6 9 12 32
8th GBR 4038 Tom Offer Rock SC 3 8 6 3 (DNC) 7 8 35
9th GBR 4147 Michael Lennon HISC ‑19 4 2 2 6 14 9 37
10th GBR 4123 Dylan Fletcher Portland Moth Squad ‑12 4 8 6 9 3 10 40

 

By Mark Jardine, YachtsandYachting.com

 

 

 

Glass out at Hayling Island

 

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Nathan Outteridge goes for a blast in the harbour – Photo © Tom Gruitt / yachtsandyachting.com

 

 

International Moth World Championships at Hayling Island, UK

 

 

Tuesday was originally scheduled as a lay-day at the Moth worlds and, in the end, that’s exactly what happened, via a series of postponements.

Racing was originally scheduled to start at 10am, then midday, then 1pm and finally 4pm. The abandonment flag was raised at 15:40 hrs as only 5 knots was being registered in the bay from a wide range of directions.

The frustration amongst the sailors who basked in the Mediterranean conditions was made worse by the fact that a beautiful northerly was blowing out of Chichester harbour which a few sailors decided to use for a blast up and down the channel. Sadly there’s not enough space in the harbour to race 138 Moths.

Principal Race Officer, Tim Hancock, talked about the difficulties of running racing in these conditions,

“It is hard, particularly with the Moth class as it’s not a great boat when you’re sitting around in no wind. Fortunately when they do get going, they go quick. So, we keep talking to the sailors, we try and use our own intuitions as sailors ourselves to set the course and think about what the sailors would like to do. We need 6 knots consistently to get the Moths racing nicely, so we try to be ready for that, prepare early, get the teams ready, get the course down as quickly as we can so as to get the racing underway as soon as possible.”

As Simon Hiscocks put it while the fleet were under postponement, “It never is normally like this here – it usually rains when there’s no wind.”

The International Moth class is hugely grateful to the companies that are helping make this championship possible; Magic Marine, LV, Lennon Sails, CST Composites, Ronstan and Blueteq.

Keep up to date with all the news from the event via the event website, www.mothworlds.org, Facebook, Twitter, Beau Outteridge videos on YouTube and feature articles on YachtsandYachting.com – the International Moth World Championships official media partner.

 

By Mark Jardine, yachtsandyachting.com

 

 

 

Brits Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top

 

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Photos © Tom Gruitt / yachtsandyachting.com

 

 

International Moth World Championships at Hayling Island, UK

 

 

It’s more like Costa del Hayling at the moment – sweltering heat and little wind make it great for sunbathers and ice cream vans, but less so for the Moth fleet. The race committee made the most of the breeze that did come in and managed to get two races in for Yellow fleet and one for Blue fleet, bringing the Qualifying Series to a close after 5 races.

Sunday’s Yellow fleet were sent out first to play catch-up and completed qualifying race 4 in around 10 knots with Chris Rashley (GBR) blasting down the final run to overtake early leaders Mike Lennon (GBR)  and Paul Goodison (GBR).

Chris Rashley said of his day, “Solid day – went out and raced the re-sailed race we didn’t finish yesterday and ended up coming through to win. It was shifty offshore, but a reasonable 8-10 knots of pressure. I got past Mike by gybing at the final windward mark as we had a right shift and the pressure was running down the right hand side and sailed around Mike who went down through the middle. He wasn’t to know the shift was coming when he rounded and it was very difficult conditions for him to defend in. If I hadn’t gybed straight away I would have ended up 5th or 6th.”

On going into gold fleet racing Chris said, “You can’t get much separation from the fleet and there are some really competent sailors out there who are going to put up a big fight in the finals. I think Rob Greenhalgh has got a very good chance of walking away with the trophy at the end of the week, so has Scott Babbage, Josh Mcknight and you can never write off Nathan Outteridge – he’s the best dinghy sailor in the world and he will be up there at the end of the week.”

 

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Rob Greenhalgh shares the lead – photo c Tom Gruitt

 

Then it was on to Monday’s Yellow and Blue fleet racing. Australia’s 49er Olympic gold medallist Nathan Outteridge took the win ahead of Britain’s Robert Greenhalgh, halting Robert’s run of wins.

Nathan said, “It was a good day – a lot of waiting around but we got a good race in and I finally got a bullet so happy with that. I haven’t raced against Chris Rashley, or a lot of the other top guys, but I’ve raced Rob (Greenhalgh) every time and he’s going pretty quick so it was nice to get one up on him today but I think there’s about 6 or 7 boats that can probably win the event because the points are pretty close.”

Nathan continued on what’s making the difference this year on boat speed, “I think people are just putting a lot of time into their boats and understanding their equipment. Obviously the guys over here have been sailing a lot at this venue, but of course we’ve had very different weather with light and flat conditions. I think for the finals it’s only going to get lighter. I’m quite happy, I’ve got big foils and a stiff rig, like what I was using in Hawaii, and it’s getting me through at the moment.”

 

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Olympic Gold medallist Paul Goodison on the charge – photo c Tom Gruitt

 

Paul Goodison spoke to Louay Habib after the racing, “A big improvement today with a 3rd and a 4th. Yesterday I just kept sticking it in but after a lot of tweaking last night, the foiling was much better and the boat far more balanced. Today was a shifty day, which is a lot more towards my usual skill set of playing the shifts rather than just raw speed. However, racing a Moth in the light is all about keeping on the foil when others can’t. When it’s light it doesn’t really matter if you choose the right or wrong side. If you are foiling you are going a lot quicker than the boats who can’t.”

Tuesday sees the competition move up a notch as the fleet is split into Gold and Silver fleets. The leading competitors will be racing against each other head-to-head rather than topping their respective qualifying fleets.

The International Moth class is hugely grateful to the companies that are helping make this championship possible; Magic Marine, LV, Lennon Sails, CST Composites, Ronstan and Blueteq.

YachtsandYachting.com is the official media partner and are be producing daily reports and blogging live from the event. Reports will be complemented with Beau Outteridge Productions videos.

The World Championships take place between 19-25 July.

 

Qualifying Series Results: (Top 10 after five races, 1 discard)

 

1st GBR 5 Robert Greenhalgh Royal Southern YC ‑8 1 1 1 2 5
2nd GBR 7 Chris Rashley Royal London YC 1 2 1 1 ‑5 5
3rd AUS 2 Nathan Outteridge Wangi SC (DNC) 3 2 2 1 8
4th AUS 4142 Josh Mcknight RPAYC 3 1 3 ‑5 3 10
5th AUS 3 Scott Babbage Woollahra SC 2 2 3 4 ‑6 11
6th GBR 4147 Michael Lennon HISC ‑19 4 2 2 6 14
7th AUS 6 Rob Gough Royal YC Tasmania 1 5 7 ‑23 2 15
8th GBR 4038 Tom Offer Rock SC 3 8 6 3 (DNC) 20
9th GBR 4 Ben Paton Lymington Town SC 5 3 ‑7 7 5 20
10th GBR 3942 Jason Belben Stokes Bay SC ‑12 7 4 6 4 21

 

By Mark Jardine, yachtsandyachting.com

 

 

 

 

Roberto Tomasini Grinover’s Robertissima seals European title

 

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Robertissimas winning team – Photos © Carlo Borlenghi

Melges 32 European Championship at Riva Del Garda

 

 

Unstable racing conditions did not allow for a final race at the 2014 Melges 32 European Championship making overnight leader Roberto Tomasini Grinover and his Robertissima team newly crowned 2014 European Champions! Aboard with Tomasini Grinover was tactician Vasco Vascotto and crew members Federico Michetti, Giovanni Cassinari, Gunnar Bahr, Simone Spangaro, Steafno Nicolussi and Armin Raderbauer.

“We are delighted with this outstanding results, special thanks to all the crew, the sails and the boat were just perfect,” said an elated Tomasini Grinover. “We won here, repeating our victory in Talamone against a really strong fleet. After nine races and gaining leadership on Day Two, then defending our position up until the very end, we are so proud of what we have achieved so far.”

A hard fought battle between Richard Goransson’s Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden and Valentin Zavadnikov’s Synergy GT team has also come to a close, respectively finishing second and third overall. Naofumi Kamei’s Mamma Aiuto! finished fourth and Alessandro Rombelli’s Azimut by Stig was fifth.

 

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Racing in the fleet for the very first time ever, Claudia Rossi aboard Wilma finished an impressive sixth overall out of seventeen entries.

“Sailing the Melges 32 was an amazing experience – a really fantastic boat to race between so many high level crews,” commented Rossi post racing.

“I managed to grow a lot, even in the windy conditions and inside a close race course, I am fully satisfied with my first time sailing the boat. I only started sailing ten months ago. I will be back soon in the Melges 32 fleet.”

And with the close of the fourth act of the 2014 Audi-Tron Sailing Series, another examination of the overall series ranking is in order. Still on top is Zavadnikov, followed by Mauro Mocchegiani aboard Fratelli Giacomel Audi e-Tron in second, followed by Edoardo Lupi on Torpyone. With only one more event remaining (Genova), Zavadnikov maintains his significant lead, but points remain tight for second through fifth.

 

 Overall Results (Top 5)

1  Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima; 3-4-3-2-2-1-2-5-[6] = 22
2  Richard Goransson/Morgan Larson, Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden; 5-[15]-1-9-1-3-1-[5/SCP]-2 = 27
3  Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi, Synergy GT; 4-1-2-3-3-[13]-4-7-3 = 27
4 Naofumi Kamei/Manu Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!; [12/SCP2]-10-6-1-7-7-6-1-1 = 39
5 Alessandro Rombelli/Freddy Loof, Azimut by Stig; 10-8-4-[14]-10-2-5-4-7 = 50

 

Full results [PDF]

 

By International Melges 32 Class Association

 

 

 

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