International Moth Worlds- Outteridge charges into the lead + Video

Nathan Outteridge - 2014 International Moth World Championship
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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 third and Chris Rashley fourth.

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.

2014 International Moth World Championship day 6
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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 third. Paul Goodison had his best race so far of the finals series in fourth.

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 third.

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 first and second respectively. The Patonator came through strongly to take third with Brad Funk dropping to ninth and Mike Lennon to 11th.

2014 International Moth World Championship day 6 - Nathan Outteridge
Tom Gruitt / yachtsandyachting.com

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 three 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.'

2014 International Moth World Championship day 6
Tom Gruitt / yachtsandyachting.com

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 three or four 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 ninth. 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 eight or 10 gybes just to stay in a bit of pressure, lots of places changing so I was happy to get a third in that.'

Local sailor Mike Lennon (GBR 4147), who is currently in ninth overall said about his day, 'Sporadic I would say - it was shifty. My last race was shaping up to be a good one; first round the top mark, first round the leeward mark, third round the second 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 five minutes in the last race, so not a bad day!'

2014 International Moth World Championship day 6
Tom Gruitt / yachtsandyachting.com

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 three 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.'

2014 International Moth World Championship day 6
Tom Gruitt / yachtsandyachting.com

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!'



Results as of 15:17 on July 24, 2014 Gold Fleet Sailed: 11, Discards: 2, To count: 9, Entries: 70, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Tally

Fleet

Nation

SailNo

HelmName

Q4

Q5

F1

F2

F3

F4

F5

F6

Total

Nett

1st

101

Gold

AUS

2

Nathan Outteridge

2.0

1.0

(4.0)

1.0

2.0

1.0

2.0

2.0

90.0

16.0

2nd

2

Gold

GBR

7

Chris Rashley

1.0

(5.0)

1.0

4.0

4.0

(6.0)

3.0

1.0

29.0

18.0

3rd

102

Gold

AUS

4142

Josh Mcknight

(5.0)

3.0

5.0

3.0

3.0

2.0

1.0

(7.0)

36.0

24.0

4th

103

Gold

AUS

3

Scott Babbage

4.0

(6.0)

9.0

12.0

1.0

3.0

7.0

(18.0)

67.0

43.0

5th

3

Gold

GBR

4

Ben Paton

7.0

5.0

2.0

5.0

5.0

10.0

(12.0)

3.0

64.0

45.0

6th

104

Gold

AUS

6

Rob Gough

(23.0)

2.0

15.0

2.0

6.0

5.0

4.0

(16.0)

86.0

47.0

7th

1

Gold

GBR

5

Robert Greenhalgh

1.0

2.0

11.0

14.0

(71.0 DNC)

9.0

15.0

5.0

138.0

59.0

8th

6

Gold

GBR

4038

Tom Offer

3.0

(70.0 DNC)

7.0

8.0

12.0

(15.0)

9.0

4.0

145.0

60.0

9th

5

Gold

GBR

4147

Michael Lennon

2.0

6.0

(14.0)

9.0

9.0

11.0

10.0

11.0

97.0

64.0

10th

7

Gold

GBR

4123

Dylan Fletcher

6.0

9.0

3.0

10.0

7.0

(13.0)

13.0

8.0

93.0

68.0

11th

9

Gold

GBR

4146

Paul Goodison

3.0

4.0

8.0

(24.0)

11.0

4.0

20.0

13.0

114.0

78.0

12th

35

Gold

GBR

3942

Jason Belben

6.0

4.0

13.0

(23.0)

13.0

12.0

14.0

6.0

114.0

79.0

13th

163

Gold

SUI

4112

Christopher Rast

15.0

(16.0)

6.0

11.0

14.0

17.0

6.0

(23.0)

125.0

86.0

14th

138

Gold

SUI

3796

Arnaud Psarofaghis

7.0

1.0

10.0

16.0

(18.0)

18.0

5.0

14.0

116.0

87.0

15th

8

Gold

GBR

3967

Chris Draper

5.0

8.0

16.0

6.0

10.0

(21.0)

19.0

12.0

120.0

87.0

 Results as of 17:46 on July 24, 2014Silver FleetSailed: 11, Discards: 2, To count: 9, Entries: 68, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Tally

Fleet

Nation

SailNo

HelmName

Q3

Q4

Q5

F1

F2

F3

F4

F5

F6

Total

Nett

1st

73

Silver

GBR

3795

Stefan Gieser

40.0

25.0

35.0

8.0

7.0

2.0

6.0

10.0

8.0

253.0

141.0

2nd

155

Silver

USA

4066

Dylan DiMarchi

(48.0)

(42.0)

32.0

10.0

9.0

8.0

7.0

5.0

13.0

238.0

148.0

3rd

143

Silver

SUI

4144

Fabien Froesch

(38.0)

34.0

27.0

24.0

5.0

3.0

2.0

13.0

12.0

257.0

149.0

4th

62

Silver

GBR

4072

Thomas Lambert

(44.0)

20.0

31.0

4.0

1.0

7.0

26.0

25.0

6.0

255.0

160.0

5th

109

Silver

AUS

3905

Phil Stevenson

(50.0)

35.0

34.0

3.0

17.0

10.0

11.0

11.0

3.0

271.0

167.0

6th

154

Silver

SUI

3729

Philip Kaeserman

(46.0)

45.0

29.0

1.0

2.0

30.0

14.0

6.0

7.0

261.0

170.0

7th

134

Silver

NZL

4124

Glen Read

38.0

38.0

34.0

2.0

10.0

1.0

19.0

(48.0)

1.0

264.0

173.0

8th

46

Silver

GBR

3945

Matthew Lea

46.0

45.0

32.0

13.0

4.0

17.0

8.0

4.0

9.0

274.0

178.0

9th

139

Silver

SUI

3836

Adriano Petrino

47.0

24.0

36.0

21.0

27.0

6.0

4.0

15.0

14.0

288.0

194.0

10th

64

Silver

GBR

4041

Andrew Blee

(70.0 DNC)

40.0

20.0

27.0

6.0

9.0

18.0

12.0

27.0

331.0

203.0

11th

31

Silver

GBR

3756

James Sainsbury

31.0

21.0

33.0

11.0

26.0

5.0

28.0

21.0

28.0

344.0

204.0

12th

145

Silver

SUI

3798

Philippe Schiller

(47.0)

33.0

38.0

26.0

19.0

26.0

10.0

18.0

10.0

304.0

206.0

13th

70

Silver

GBR

3704

Mark Dell

42.0

39.0

53.0

12.0

28.0

4.0

9.0

28.0

2.0

357.0

217.0

14th

150

Silver

GER

3843

Carlo Maege

31.0

29.0

(35.0)

20.0

18.0

12.0

25.0

30.0

21.5

296.5

220.5

15th

37

Silver

GBR

3830

John Clifton

26.0

32.0

(46.0)

22.0

12.0

35.0

13.0

9.0

37.0

312.0

221.0

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