Moth Worlds 2014 Day 6

Outeridge charges into the lead
Outeridge charges into the lead

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 vang then broke which took him out of the race. Scott Babbage led from start to finish with a good performance, winning comfortably from Nathan Outteridge with Josh Mcknight 3rd and Chris Rashley 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 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.

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 was flying in the light stuff downwind and had a 100 metre lead at the gate. Brad Funk, 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.

Nathan Outeridge (AUS)
Nathan Outeridge (AUS)

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.”

Mike Lennon, UK National Champion
Mike Lennon, UK National Champion

National Champion 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!”

Glen Read on his home built Moth
Glen Read on his home built Moth

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 on Carbon Footprint
Katherine Knight on Carbon Footprint

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 at 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!”

Racing is set to start at 9.30am for Gold fleet and 10am for the Silver fleet on the final day.

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.

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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
21st JPN 4095 Kohei Kajimoto Black Rock YC 7 16 8 -22 10 17 25 -41 23 26 15 147
22nd ITA 4092 Carlo de Paoli Circolo Vela Torbole 8 9 10 14 -18 27 28 22 19 23 -36 160
23rd GBR 3985 Simon Hiscocks HISC 9 11 9 -23 9 18 33 27 20 36 -59 172
24th GBR 4149 Oliver Holden HISC -23 18 12 11 15 23 18 26 -35 22 31 176
25th GBR 4036 Dan Vincent Stokes Bay SC 7 19 13 -34 7 42 20 -45 38 24 26 196
26th ITA 41 Stefano Ferrighi YC Acquafresca 16 10 33 -38 23 24 15 16 45 21 -56 203
27th SWE 4159 Nils Akervall Royal Swedish YC 9 21 15 16 (DNC) 30 31 36 -37 30 24 212
28th GBR 4155 Stevie Morrison Exe SC 14 15 -16 15 8 40 29 29 -43 37 33 220
29th BEL 4049 Giovanni Galeotti RYCB 2 -11 11 9 3 22 (DNC) 49 48 41 39 224
30th GBR 3947 Ed Chapman Queen Mary SC -29 22 21 25 13 28 -41 34 39 27 19 228

Gold fleet results

Silver fleet results