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Robert Greenhalgh holds off Dylan Fletcher – photo © Beau Outteridge/ MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
MS Amlin International Moth Regatta in Bermuda – Overall
Briton Greenhalgh does it again on final day; fends off Fletcher-Scott for championship and $5,000. Rob is a hard man to bet against when there’s money on the line. Just ask Chris Rashley or Dylan Fletcher-Scott.
For the second consecutive year, Greenhalgh came through when it mattered most and successfully defended the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
“I’m satisfied with the win. It’s been hard, so I’m pleased to win,” said the 39-year-old Greenhalgh. “Last year I was never leading until the last day, but this year’s been a very different regatta. Last year the weather was more consistent, either windy or light. This year we’ve had every season in one day. It’s been very complex, been tough. I haven’t sailed perfectly, haven’t always had the right gear up. So it was good to come out today and do it. It was difficult.”
Last year Greenhalgh entered the final day trailing Rashley by 1 point. He then went out and won four races to score an 8-point victory.
This year Greenhalgh led Fletcher-Scott by 3 points at the beginning of today’s racing, and then the heavy lifting started. After the first two races Fletcher-Scott held a 1 point lead by virtue of a second discard being calculated into each skipper’s scoreline.
Fletcher-Scott, in fact, appeared on his way to overall victory in the third race, holding 2nd to Greenhalgh’s 5th at the beginning of the run to the finish. But then the wind dropped out, the race was abandoned, and Greenhalgh had new life.
“It was intense,” said the 28-year-old Fletcher-Scott. “I finished just ahead of him in the first race. He finished just ahead of me in the second race. And in the third race, which got abandoned, he was sort of 4th or 5th when I was 2nd. I was upset because if that had held I would’ve been in good stead.”
When the third race was restarted Greenhalgh employed match racing tactics and started to windward of Fletcher-Scott as both came off the pin end. They sailed out to the left side of the course with Greenhalgh blanketing Fletcher-Scott. The younger skipper tried to wriggle free to tack away, but Greenhalgh matched every move.
Greenhalgh drove the pair back in the fleet after the first lap. A poor finish would hurt Fletcher-Scott more. Beginning the second upwind leg Greenhalgh broke off to the right while Fletcher-Scott continued left. At the finish line about 15 minutes later Greenhalgh was 2nd and Fletcher-Scott 4th. That gave Greenhalgh a 1 point lead.
“In that third race we both thought it would be the last race, so it was a full on match race,” said Fletcher-Scott. “He was a little quicker than me. He did a good job covering me up the first beat and pushed me back. Then we had another race and it was who beats whom. He did better than me, he was just quicker. I was hiking as hard as I could, doing all I could. But he was able to stay in front of me and make my life really hard.”
Greenhalgh finished 3rd in the final race to Fletcher-Scott’s 5th and scored a 3-point victory. Greenhalgh won $5,000 of the $10,000 prize purse and Fletcher-Scott won $2,000.
“Dylan’s been going very well in the breeze, and a lot of sailing comes down to speed,” said Greenhalgh. “He was quick in the breeze and I was struggling. Today I sort of sorted that out. I had a different mast, foils and battens, and it was a better setup. But then it went light. It’s tricky. You can’t always get it right. But in the last two races when the breeze was up I was going well.”
David Hivey of the U.K. placed third with 34 points and won $1,500. He was followed by Ben Paton in fourth with 47 points, good for $1,000, and James McMillan in fifth with 64 points, for $500.
The 12th place finisher was reigning Moth World Champion Paul Goodison of the U.K., who finished with 117 points. His scoreline included three 1sts, four 2nds and two DNC’s at 51 points each. Goodison, the backup wing trimmer for Artemis Racing, a challenger for the 35th America’s Cup, missed the races because of practice commitments with Artemis Racing. Minus that commitment, he could’ve played a huge role in determining the overall winner.
The MS Amlin International Moth Regatta attracted a field of 50 Mothists from 10 nations. MS Amlin representative Charles Penruddocke, a Senior Class Underwriter at MS Amlin Bermuda, said the event fits MS Amlin’s goals of giving back to the Bermuda community and fostering a relationship with international competitors.
“It’s thrilling that the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta came down to the last day of racing once again,” said Penruddocke. “I’m pleased to announce that we are committed to another year of the regatta. So see you all next year.”
Daily highlights video
Overall Standings (Top 10 after 12 races, including two discards)
1. Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) (3)-1-(8)-3-2-3-1-2-2-3-2-3 – 22 points
2. Dylan Fletcher-Scott (GBR) (7)-4-1-1-1-2-2-(51-DNC)-1-4-4-5 – 25
3. David Hivey (GBR) (13)-6-3-4-6-1-3-(7)-3-2-5-1 – 34
4. Ben Paton (GBR) (51-DNF)-3-4-6-36.5-4-5-3 – 61.5
5. James McMillan (GBR) 6-7-(9)-5-8-7-8-6-6-7-9-4 – 64
6. Dan Ward (GBR) 8-(13)-(19)-13-5-6-7-8-5-9-6-8 – 75
7. Jonathan Heathcote (GBR) 5-11-(12)-9-7-8-6-5-10-(51-DNC)-7-7 – 75
8. Simon Hiscocks (GBR) 9-9-(10)-(12)-3-10-4-4-9-10-8-10 – 76
9. Stefano Rizzi (ITA) 4-5-5-14-4-5-11-12-(15)-8-11-(51-DNC) – 79
10. Rory Fitzpatrick (IRL) 1-2-13-8-(51-DNC)-(51-DNC)-9-9-13-12-13-12 – 92
by Sean McNeill
Rob Greenhalgh – photo © Beau Outteridge/ MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
MS Amlin International Moth Regatta in Bermuda
Britain’s Rob Greenhalgh, the defending champion at the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta, overtook countryman Dylan Fletcher-Scott today for the overall lead in epic conditions on Great Sound.
Greenhalgh is the third overall leader of the regatta. Ireland’s Rory Fitzpatrick led after day 1 and Fletcher-Scott after day 2.
Four races were held today in west/northwesterly winds between 15 and 18 knots on a flat sea. After losing two of the first four scheduled days due to windy conditions, today was welcomed by one and all.
Brit Chris Jeeves, a longtime Mothist, echoed many in the fleet when he said, “I’m knackered, but it was epic racing—really good breeze, sunshine, 50 boats on the water, and racing up and down the fleet. The top guys were going at it and so was everyone else up and down the fleet. One mistake and 10 boats went past you.”
Paul Goodison photo © Beau Outteridge/ MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
The rough weather earlier in the week, however, has taken a toll on the fleet. Broken items include just about every part of the boat: masts, spreader bars, sails, flap controls, boom vangs (struts and lines), wing racks and mats. Two of the more notable breakages occurred today.
Josie Gliddon, the smallest skipper in the fleet, crashed with another competitor and capsized. She suffered a hole in her boat and the tip of the T-foil on her daggerboard delaminated in the accident. Gliddon, who’s sailed the Moth for only about one year, came to shore, put an MS Amlin sticker over the hole and swapped out the daggerfoil. Although she didn’t rejoin the racing, she returned to Hamilton Harbour for a bit of blasting around.
“I don’t have enough experience in the boat in these conditions so I have to get my confidence up,” said Gliddon.
Ian Southworth of the U.K. suffered perhaps the most unusual breakage. The wings on his rudder broke clear off while he was sailing downwind. “Surprised me,” said Southworth, who couldn’t explain what happened. “It made for an eventful ride.”
Stefano Rizzi – photo © Beau Outteridge/ MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
Even Fletcher-Scott was bit by the breakdown bug today. After finishing 1-2-2 in the first three races and controlling the regatta, a line in his boom vang system broke in the fourth race and forced him to shore.
“I’m pretty annoyed because I saw it was chafing yesterday (Tuesday),” said Fletcher-Scott. “I changed the line out before today and saw it was wearing again between the third and fourth race and thought I’ll have to change that again tonight. Then, sailing upwind in the fourth race, I came out of a tack and ‘Bang!’ It broke again.”
Fletcher-Scott said he could’ve completed the race but he reasoned that he wouldn’t have finished in the top 10. And since every competitor is allowed one discard at this point, he came in early to fix the vang.
Dylan Fletcher photo © Beau Outteridge/ MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
He was gutted because he was having a great battle with Greenhalgh. Both skippers agreed that Fletcher-Scott was slightly quicker upwind while Greenhalgh held the advantage downwind.
“It’s all subtle differences,” said Greenhalgh. “Generally, when it’s windier, I’m not quite right upwind. But we had some good ding-dongs out there.”
Principal Race Officer David Campbell-James intends to run four races again tomorrow, beginning at 1000 hours. After the next two races each competitor gets a second discard, which will tighten the leaderboard and bring the series down to the final two races.
As Greenhalgh says, “It’ll be all on tomorrow.”
Daily highlights video
Results after day 4 (Top 10 of 50; 8 races, 1 discard)
1. Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) 3-1-(8)-3-2-3-1-2 – 15 points
2. Dylan Fletcher-Scott (GBR) 7-4-1-1-1-2-2-(51-DNC) – 18
3. David Hivey (GBR) (13)-6-3-4-6-1-3-7 – 30
4. Stefano Rizzi (ITA) 4-5-5-(14)-4-5-11-12 – 46
5. James McMillan (GBR) 6-7-(9)-5-8-7-8-6 – 47
6. Simon Hiscocks (GBR) 9-9-10-(12)-3-10-4-4 – 49
7. Jonathan Heathcote (GBR) 5-11-(12)-9-7-8-6-5 – 51
8. Dan Ward (GBR) 8-13-(19)-13-5-6-7-8 – 60
9. Ben Paton (GBR) (51-DNF)-3-4-6-36.5-4-5-3 – 61.5
10. John Clifton (GBR) 12-8-6-10-9-9-12-(13) – 66
by Sean McNeill
Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin at the Sailing World Cup Final © Jeff Crow / Sport the Library
Last month the World Sailing Council met in Barcelona, Spain, and confirmed the Nacra 17 will convert to foiling for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the only foiling class among the 10 Olympic sailing classes.
Most agree it’s a natural evolution for the sport and will be a fantastic addition for spectators. The Nacra sailors at Sailing World Cup Final Melbourne presented by Land Rover say once they’ve mastered the art of foiling it will create thrilling racing.
On the announcement, Nacra 17 Rio 2016 silver medallist Lisa Darmanin (AUS) said,
“I’m excited and a little scared. While Jase (Jason Waterhouse) is getting technical in Bermuda with the America’s Cup, my plan is to be in the gym becoming bullet proof. When we first start foiling the race course will be pretty scary at times, but come the Games it will be incredible.”
Darmanin’s helm Jason Waterhouse has the advantage of being part of the America’s Cup outfit SoftBank Team Japan who use foiling AC45s.
“The foils on the Nacra will be different to the AC but actually learning about campaign management and development has been the biggest eye opener for me, and I’ll bring that experience to our next Olympic campaign.”
John Gimson & Anna Burnet at the Sailing World Cup Final – photo © Jeff Crow / Sport the Library
Helm John Gimson and crew Anna Burnet (GBR) anticipated the switch and have been sailing a foiling Nacra 20 in Bermuda, plus Gimson spent time on an AC45 during the last Cup cycle.
“We’re really excited about it,” Gimson said while rigging up for day two of their Sailing World Cup Final attempt. “I think it’s going to be quite a full on year getting used to foiling, but I think it’s good for the long term. It’s cool for the sailors to be the only foiling Olympic class and I think it’ll open up a new world for the spectators, and bring the Olympics into the 21st Century.”
“Foiling feels pretty cool, it’s pretty fast, twitchy, and I loved it,” Burnet said of her time on the Nacra 20.
Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson at the Sailing World Cup Final – photo © Jeff Crow / Sport the Library
Helm of the only team to take a win off Waterhouse and Darmanin in Melbourne so far and one of the few female Nacra 17 helms worldwide, Kiwi sailor Olivia Mackay, embraces the move to foiling. On the experience of flying above the water she says it’s really quiet and surreal, and hard to judge speed when the boat is lifted on its hydrofoils.
“I’m so excited for the class to go foiling,” Mackay said. “Forty boats foiling into the bottom gates is going to be interesting, and entertaining to watch.”
To retrofit the current generation of Nacra 17s would compromise performance according to Waterhouse, and the plan is for brand new boats to be manufactured. The talk about the yard is the new fleet will be ready in time for next year’s European Championship at Kiel, Germany, in July, but Waterhouse has some reservations that the new technology may price youth and developing nations out of the mixed gender class.
“For a kid it’s going to be harder to convince mum and dad or a federation to fund them in the Nacra, without a result to help them out. The positives are it’s a new challenge and development is part of the sport; it will be good for sailing’s image,” Waterhouse added.
Not only will the Nacra 17 will be flying in Tokyo but at the same conference in Barcelona the foiling Nacra 15 was confirmed as official equipment for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires 2018.
by Lisa Ratcliff in Melbourne
Dylan Fletcher – photo © Beau Outteridge / MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
MS Amlin International Moth Regatta in Bermuda
British Olympian survives battles with countrymen on day punctuated by wild weather
Dylan Fletcher-Scott, Britain’s representative in the 49er Class at last summer’s Rio Olympics, grabbed the overall lead at the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta after posting a pair of first-place finishes in the regatta hosted by Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
Fletcher-Scott, who placed 6th in the 49er Class, holds the overall lead with the low score of 13 points. “It was wicked fun. I’m really happy to come away with two bullets and to be going faster than yesterday,” said the 28-year-old who placed 7-4 in the first two races. “I’m keeping it clean and sailing smart.”
Fletcher-Scott holds a 2-point lead over Rob Greenhalgh, who last year won this event hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. Greenhalgh placed 8-3 today to go with yesterday’s 3-1. “He (Fletcher-Scott) was going well today,” said Greenhalgh. “But there’s a lot of racing to do.”
With four races complete out of a possible nine, the weather has been the biggest topic of discussion. Today began with a two-hour postponement as Principal Race Officer David Campbell-James waited for the wind strength to soften a bit. Recordings from the racecourse were showing the wind between 20 and 25 knots.
Ben Paton – photo © Beau Outteridge / MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
But when the decision finally came to send the fleet to the racecourse, a squall line moved in that bumped the wind up towards 30 knots.
“When we first started sailing it was full on, proper top-end conditions. At least 25 knots,” said Richard Mason of the U.K. who holds 37th overall. “But by the time we got to the windward mark a lot of people were low riding (off the foils). I was thinking, ‘Hang on a minute, what’s going on here?’ The wind just dropped out completely.”
Mason finished 15th in today’s first race but didn’t compete in the second because of a broken push rod that controls the flap on the t-foil on his daggerboard. “I was approaching the finish line and then crashed. These boats are too tricky sometimes.”
Italian Stefano Rizzi, who holds 6th overall with 28 points, found the conditions right at the top end if not over for the lightweight, hydrofoiling dinghy.
“When I got out there it was very windy. It must’ve been 30 knots,” Rizzi said in his Italian accent. “I came around the jury boat and started sailing upwind, but couldn’t turn downwind. Every time I tried I crashed. One moment was very scary when I got washed off the back of the wing and the boat spun around. The rudder just missed my face.”
The trailing edges of the vertical foils on the Moth are very sharp. “It could’ve been a bad situation,” said Rizzi. “But then the wind softened and I enjoyed the second race very much.”
Fleet on day 2 – photo © Beau Outteridge / MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
Fletcher-Scott enjoyed the second race, too.
“It was really close between me, Greenhalgh and Goody,” said Fletcher-Scott. “I don’t think there’s any difference between us speed-wise. We were all going very similar. Sometimes one of us was faster than others. I was just able to edge out a bit more, had little nicer starts and kept my nose ahead the whole way round.”
Fletcher-Scott is sailing a Rocket-built Moth from Aardvark Technologies in the U.K. His boat is different from the others in the fleet in that it has solid wings instead of a carbon frame with a wing mat. Rocket calls it a “solid state deck” and says the benefits are “improved aerodynamics from smoother shapes, more righting moment from higher wings and improved ergonomics.”
Fletcher-Scott said he’s testing a new sail from Lennon Sails. “It seems to be working nicely,” he said. “But we’ve only done four races so there’s a long way to go.”
After the completion of the next race, Race 5 in the series, each competitor will be allowed to discard their worst finish. That could bring Paul Goodison of the U.K. into the mix. Goodison, the reigning Moth World Champion, has a trio of 2nd place finishes along with a DNC, which counts for 52 points. He was forced to miss yesterday’s second race when Artemis Racing, a challenger for the 35th America’s Cup, went practising.
Racing tomorrow looks like it could be postponed. The weather forecast is calling for southwesterly winds 20 to 30 knots with gusts to 45 knots with the chance for showers and thunder in the morning.
Results after Day 2: (top ten)
1. Dylan Fletcher-Scott (GBR) 7-4-1-1 – 13pts
2. Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) 3-1-8-3 – 15pts
3. Rory Fitzpatrick (IRL) 1-2-13-8 – 24pts
4. David Hivey (GBR) 13-6-3-4 – 26pts
5. James McMillan (GBR) 6-7-9-5 – 27pts
6. Stefano Rizzi (ITA) 4-5-5-14 – 28pts
7. John Clifton (GBR) 12-8-6-10 – 36pts
8. Jonathan Heathcote (GBR) 5-11-12-9 – 37pts
9. Simon Hiscocks (GBR) 9-9-10-12 – 40pts
10. Dan Ward (GBR) 8-13-19-13 – 21pts
Days video highlights
by Sean McNeill
© Beau Outteridge / MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
MS Amlin International Moth Regatta in Bermuda
Irishman Rory Fitzpatrick sets the pace with a 1-2 in patchy, marginal foiling conditions to hold the early lead at the 2nd annual MS Amlin International Moth Regatta, hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
Fitzpatrick finished 1st and 2nd in the opening day’s two races and leads second-placed Rob Greenhalgh of Great Britain by 1 point. Italy’s Stefano Rizzi is third with 9 points after placing 4th and 5th.
“It was marginal conditions today for foiling, but it went well,” said Fitzpatrick, who placed 12th last year. “The wind was so patchy that it really paid to stay in the puffs because you could stay on your foils.”
Greenhalgh, last year’s winner, had similar thoughts. “I could’ve won the first race, was leading in it, but then fell off the foils,” said the Briton. “The conditions were really patchy.”
Last year’s winner Rob Greenhalgh © Beau Outteridge / MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
For the sailors who had an option on equipment, the large foils were the choice because of the light winds, 4 to 8 knots from the north/northwest. After a weekend of howling conditions that forced the postponement of yesterday’s scheduled first day, the lighter winds were welcomed by some.
“I sat around all weekend playing with my boat because it was too windy,” said Giovanni Galeotti of Belgium, who holds 19th after finishing 21-22. “It seemed like there were a lot of random puffs on both sides of the racecourse. I’m using intermediate foils because my large foils are being used for something else, but I still had somewhat of an edge. If I’d practiced more I might’ve been able to hang in there and do better.”
Dylan Fletcher & Ben Paton © Beau Outteridge / MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
James Doughty is the top Bermudian after the first day. He finished 19-28 and holds 20th overall, 4 points behind Galeotti.
“I’ve only been sailing the boat for a year now but was mostly pleased with today,” said Doughty, who’s one of the lightest sailors in the fleet. “I got off the start line well but had trouble staying on the foils in the patchy winds.”
For Doughty, the regatta is about learning the intricacies of the Moth ahead of the World Championship, which will be held in Bermuda in May 2018.
“The Worlds is the candy at the end of the stick for sailors like me and Christian Luthi and Ben Paton. We’re all looking forward to it,” said Doughty. “We don’t have a big fleet here so a regatta like this is good for us to improve our skill. If I can improve my boat handling in windy conditions, then this will be a good regatta for me.”
Stu Bithel amused to find Dylan Fletcher has dropped off his foils! © Beau Outteridge / MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
Among the two women in the fleet, Josie Gliddon of England is 22nd with 51 points and Annalise Murphy of Ireland is 30th with 61 points. Gliddon has sailed the Moth for only one year but liked the light conditions because she’s easily the lightest sailor in the fleet. Murphy, who won the Silver Medal in the Laser Radial at the Rio Olympics and has sailed the Moth on and off for three years, is at the other end of the spectrum from Gliddon, tall and strong. But she wasn’t thrilled with the marginal foiling conditions.
“I don’t like it when I have to work hard to get on the foils,” said Murphy. “I sail the Laser to stay on the hull.”
Results after Day 1: (top ten)
1. Rory Fitzpatrick (IRL) 1-2 – 3pts
2. Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) 3-1 – 4pts
3. Stefano Rizzi (ITA) 4-5 – 9pts
4. Dylan Fletcher-Scott (GBR) 7-4 – 11pts
5. James McMillan (GBR) 6-7 – 13pts
6. Jonathan Heathcote (GBR) 5-11 – 16pts
7. Simon Hiscocks (GBR) 9-9 – 18pts
8. David Hivey (GBR) 13-6 – 19pts
9. John Clifton (GBR) 12-8 – 20pts
10. Dan Ward (GBR) 8-13 – 21pts
video of the day
by Sean McNeill
Iain Jensen, wins the MS Amlin ‘Dash for Cash’ © Beau Outteridge / MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
Australian Mothist takes down Outteridge & Bithell in final heat
Australian Iain Jensen pocketed $500 and a bottle of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum when he won the MS Amlin “Dash for Cash,” an exhibition prelude to the 2nd annual MS Amlin International Moth Regatta hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
The Dash for Cash was sailed on a windy Hamilton Harbour, where the northwesterly breeze was recorded at 23 to 26 knots with gusts into the 30s on the race committee boat. The wind was so strong that the sailors had trouble turning downwind. There were many wipeouts as the strong gusts would blow the lightweight hydrofoiler over its bow. Some crashes were spectacular, with the skipper being launched from the boat in a cloud of spray.
Rory Fitzpatrick (43) and Ben Paton get tangled up at the first mark rounding – photo © Beau Outteridge / MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
“I saw a top boatspeed over 30 knots,” said Jensen, who’s the wing trimmer for Artemis Racing, a team entered in the 35th America’s Cup scheduled next year in Bermuda.
“I switched over to an Exocet boat about a year ago and it worked out really well today. It was nice to get one up on my skipper.”
Jensen is the long-time crew for Nathan Outteridge, the helmsman for Artemis Racing. As a team they won the Olympic Gold medal in the 49er Class at the 2012 London Olympics. He was presented $500 in cash from Charles Penruddocke, a Senior Class Underwriter at Amlin Bermuda, who literally took the money from his wallet and handed it to Jensen.
Annalise Murphy (IRL 4380) & Nathan Outteridge (AUS1) sprint down Hamilton Harbour – photo c Beau Outteridge / MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
“I’m spent,” said Outteridge, the two-time Moth World Champion, as he lay on the grass catching his breath.
“Iain was rock solid, but if there’d been 10 knots less breeze the racing would’ve been a lot more competitive.”
Third place was won by Stuart Bithel of Great Britain. “It was intense, awesome racing. Very windy,” said Bithel. “I survived and so did the boat, which is a bonus.”
MS Amlin ‘Dash for Cash’ podium (l-r) Stuart Bithell (3rd), Iain “Goobs” Jensen (1st), Nathan Outteridge (2nd) – photo © Beau Outteridge / MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
The MS Amlin International Moth Regatta is scheduled to run from Wednesday – Friday with 52 skippers entered. Up to three races per day are scheduled.
by Sean McNeill
Britons Greenhalgh, Goodison set to take on a slew of Aussies in Bermuda
A fleet of 52 sailors, including two of the top three finishers from last year’s regatta, are set to contest the second annual MS Amlin International Moth Regatta on Bermuda’s Great Sound. Hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the $10,000 regatta begins Saturday, Dec 3, and runs through Friday, Dec 9.
Last year Rob Greenhalgh and Paul Goodison made British sailing proud when they finished first and third. Greenhalgh trailed by 1 point heading into the final day and then went out and won all three races in dominant fashion to stamp an 8-point victory. Goodison, a member of Artemis Racing for the America’s Cup, placed third.
At the 2016 Moth World Championship in Japan last May, however, it was Goodison, the 2008 Olympic Gold medalist in the Laser class, who turned the tables. Goodison won his first Moth World Championship with Greenhalgh third.
The two Moth diehards headline a world championship caliber field that also includes the 2011 and 2014 Moth World Champion Nathan Outteridge of Australia, the helmsman for Artemis Racing, as well as his longtime crew member and friend, Iain Jensen, the wing trimmer for Artemis Racing. Outteridge and Jensen won the 2012 Olympic Gold medal in the 49er Class.
“This regatta was a great success last year and we’re pleased to welcome MS Amlin back as title sponsor,” said regatta chairman Andy Cox. “We have a very competitive fleet this year and the racing should be very exciting. Besides the top guys, there are other good sailors in the fleet who could give them a run for their money.”
Included in the mix is a third Australian, Scott Babbage of SoftBank Team Japan. He didn’t race last year in Bermuda but he’s got Moth pedigree, having finished 2nd, 3rd or 4th in five of the past six world championship regattas. There’s also Simon Hiscocks and Ben Paton, both of the U.K. Hiscocks and Paton have valuable experience racing on Great Sound after placing fifth and sixth, respectively, at last year’s MS Amlin International Regatta. Paton also placed fifth at the 2016 Worlds.
“Being the second time racing in Bermuda we all have a bit more knowledge of the venue and how the wind works,” said Greenhalgh. “It should be easier, but the good guys are all going fast so we’ll just go out there and give it our best.”
The fleet also includes a pair of women sailors, Annalise Murphy of Ireland and Josie Gliddon of the U.K. Murphy won the Silver medal in the Laser Radial class at the Rio Olympics, following up a 4th place finish at the 2012 London Games. Gliddon is an experienced one-design sailor whose husband, Paul, is also entered.
Locals in the mix include Nathan Bailey, James Doughty, Richard Graham-Enoch, Josh Greenslade, Christian Luthi and Brett Wright.
A prize purse of $10,000 is up for grabs, with $5,000 earmarked for the winner. Up to three races per day are scheduled beginning Sunday, Dec 4. Wednesday, Dec 7, is a scheduled lay day but will be used as a race day if one of the previous days is lost due to weather. Racing concludes on Friday, Dec 9.
The MS Amlin Dash for Cash is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1100 hours local time and will feature groups of Moth sailors racing in the confines of Hamilton Harbour in a shoot-out format. Races will be short, fast and furious. The winner of each group will advance to a final grouping, and the winner of that group will receive $500 and a bottle of Goslings Rum.
“The Dash for Cash was a great success in 2015 and we have last year’s winner Nathan Outteridge back to defend his title,” said Cox. “We encourage all locals to come down to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club to view the racing right off the dock. The Moth is so fast that you have to see it to believe it.”
The Moth is an 11-foot hydrofoiling dinghy that is sailed by one person and is capable of sailing on hydrofoils in winds as light as 7 to 9 knots. The class allows for great latitude in development and attracts sailors who enjoy tinkering with their boats. It’s not uncommon for the top sailors to have different sails, rudders, daggerboard and t-foils optimized for light and strong conditions.
Racing last year on Great Sound saw a mix of conditions, from very light winds that cancelled a day of racing to gear-busting conditions that forced 20 boats to either retire or elect not to participate in Race 5. The Moth is a fragile boat so when the breeze is on a solid performance is about keeping the boat in one piece while flying around the racecourse.
The MS Amlin International Moth Regatta is sponsored by Amlin plc, a FTSE 250-listed independent global insurer and reinsurer with operations in the Lloyd’s, UK, continental European and Bermudian markets. Additional sponsors include the Bermuda Tourism Authority, Gosling’s, the Official Rum of the Regatta, and Kaenon Polarized.
MS Amlin International Moth Regatta Entrants: (subject to change)
•Scott Babbage (AUS/SoftBank Team Japan)
•Nathan Bailey (SCO/BER)
•Michael Barnes (GBR)
•Duncan Barr (GBR)
•Stuart Bithell (GBR)
•Andrew Budgen (GBR)
•Craig Burlton (GBR)
•John Clifton (GBR)
•James Doughty (BER)
•Rory Fitzpatrick (IRL)
•Dylan Fletcher-Scott (GBR)
•Giovanni Galeotti (BEL)
•Josie Gliddon (GBR)
•Paul Gliddon (GBR)
•Paul Goodison (GBR/Artemis Racing)
•Richard Graham-Enoch (BER)
•Hiroki Goto (JPN)
•Rob Greenhalgh (GBR)
•Josh Greenslade (BER)
•Chris Grube (GBR)
•Johnathan Heathcote (RSA)
•Simon Hiscocks (GBR)
•David Hivey (GBR)
•Stefan Jarudd (SWE)
•Chris Jeeves (GBR)
•Iain Jensen (AUS/Artemis Racing)
•David Kenefick (IRL)
•Alistair Kissane (IRL)
•Matthew Lea (GBR)
•Michael Lennon (GBR)
•Christian Luthi (BER)
•Max Maege (GER)
•Richard Mason (GBR)
•Steve McLean (GBR)
•James McMillan (GBR)
•Annalise Murphy (IRL)
•Nathan Outteridge (AUS/Artemis Racing)
•Ben Paton (GBR)
•Tim Penfold (GBR)
•Tom Powrie (NZL)
•Philippe Presti (FRA/Oracle Team USA)
•Hans Rasmussen (DEN)
•Stefano Rizzi (ITA)
•James Ross (GBR)
•James Sainsbury (GBR)
•Benn Smith (BER)
•Dave Smithwhite (GBR)
•Matthew Stark (GBR)
•Kyle Stoneham (GBR)
•Ian Southworth (GBR)
•Dan Ward (GBR)
•Brett Wright (BER)
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by Sean McNeill