International Moth Worlds- Rashley ahead as Aussies close in

2014 International Moth World Championship
Tom Gruitt / yachtsandyachting.com
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 first, Ben Paton second, Dylan Fletcher third) in the first finals race, only for the Australians to come back fighting with their own clean sweep in race 2 (Nathan Outteridge first, Rob Gough second, Josh Mcknight third).

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.

Robert Greenhalgh - 2014 International Moth World Championship
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Overall, this has given Chris Rashley the outright lead after Robert Greenhalgh had a poor day by his standards to drop to fifth overall. Nathan Outteridge has moved up to second overall after a fourth and first, staying just three points off Rashley's score. Josh Mcknight has moved up to third with consistent top five results, but the big mover of the day was Ben 'The Patonator' Paton, who moved from ninth to fourth on the leaderboard with a second and a fifth today.

Nathan Outteridge - 2014 International Moth World Championship
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Nathan Outteridge (AUS 2) said, 'It was good. We finally had some breeeze, 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 four and a one 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.'

Chris Rashley and Ben Paton - 2014 International Moth World Championship
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Ben Paton (GBR 4), who's second and fifth places moved him up to fourth overall said of his day, 'Pretty sick mate, pretty sick. fourth 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 second in both races. I was a bit conservative in the second race and lost a couple of points, but to come off the water with a second and fifth 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.'

Fleet action - 2014 International Moth World Championship
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Tom Offer (GBR 4038), who scored a seventh and eighth to remain in eighth 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.'

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 fifth from last in one, but hey, that's what you get in the Gold fleet.'

Thomas Lambert (GBR 4072), who is second after the first day of Silver fleet racing said, 'It was very good today, the wind started off ok and then died off, but I'm quite small and suited to the lighter breeze and it went really well. It was good to get three races in, there was a point in the last race that we weren't sure whether they were going to abandon, but no, it was really good to finally get a day with three races.'

MW0514 TG7 9588 - 2014 International Moth World Championship
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German helm Carlo Maege (GER 3843), who is currently seventh overall in the Silver fleet, described today's racing, 'Racing was very interesting because we had a few big shifts and we had different gusts on the right and left side, sometimes the left paid and sometimes the right, so it was really hard to stay near the front. I'm one of the old guys and here to have fun and I'm not only here to be on the podium.

Carlo had this to say about his compatriot, Sven Kloppenburg, who is currently leading the Silver fleet, 'Sven will be very happy to be first in the Silver fleet because yesterday he heard that there may be a possibility of the first two boats changing to the Gold fleet after the first day. He's been German champion 11 times and it's his first worlds where he hasn't been in the Gold fleet, so he was a bit disappointed after the qualifying series.'

Firefly UK Champion Jono Pank (GBR 3787), who is currently lying 32nd in Silver fleet, described his day, 'Snakes and ladders on the Silver fleet course, some foiling, some not, slam the beach and get lucky sometimes and not others. An up and down day.'



In the wet - 2014 International Moth World Championship
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MW0514 TG7 9423 - 2014 International Moth World Championship
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MW0514 TG7 9507 - 2014 International Moth World Championship
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MW0514 TG7 9510 - 2014 International Moth World Championship
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Gold Fleet Results after Finals Race 2:

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

11th

GBR

3967

Chris Draper

LCSC

6

-12

5

5

8

16

6

46

12th

SUI

4112

Christopher Rast

TYC/RCO/MBYC

6

5

6

15

-16

6

11

49

13th

SUI

3796

Arnaud Psarofaghis

SN Geneva

10

6

-11

7

1

10

16

50

14th

GBR

4146

Paul Goodison

Ulley SC

10

-12

5

3

4

8

24

54

15th

GBR

3942

Jason Belben

Stokes Bay SC

-12

7

4

6

4

13

23

57

16th

JPN

3989

Hiroki Goto

ABeam

4

8

-15

8

11

21

17

69

17th

USA

9

Brad Funk

US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider

20

-52

10

10

11

12

13

76

18th

AUS

3900

Andrew McDougall

Black Rock YC

4

6

4

-21

21

19

26

80

19th

ITA

4138

Gian Maria Ferrighi

YC Acquafrecsca

5

(DNC)

14

9

14

31

7

80

20th

GBR

4099

Ricky Tagg

HISC

11

14

9

8

(DNF)

20

19

81

21st

JPN

4095

Kohei Kajimoto

Black Rock YC

7

16

8

-22

10

17

25

83

22nd

GBR

3985

Simon Hiscocks

HISC

9

11

9

-23

9

18

33

89

23rd

ITA

4092

Carlo de Paoli

Circolo Vela Torbole

8

9

10

14

-18

27

28

96

24th

GBR

4149

Oliver Holden

HISC

-23

18

12

11

15

23

18

97

25th

GBR

4036

Dan Vincent

Stokes Bay SC

7

19

13

-34

7

42

20

108

26th

ITA

4093

Stefano Rizzi

SV Oscar Cosulich

13

7

-21

11

7

55

21

114

27th

BEL

4049

Giovanni Galeotti

RYCB

2

-11

11

9

3

22

DNC

117

28th

GBR

4155

Stevie Morrison

Exe SC

14

15

-16

15

8

40

29

121

29th

ITA

41

Stefano Ferrighi

YC Acquafresca

16

10

33

-38

23

24

15

121

30th

SWE

4159

Nils Akervall

Royal Swedish YC

9

21

15

16

(DNC)

30

31

122

31st

ESP

3975

Pablo Arandia

EMV Valencia

19

28

20

-31

15

25

35

142

32nd

NZL

4037

Jason Russell

HISC

-29

17

13

28

21

32

32

143

33rd

GBR

4059

Dan Ward

Frensham Ponds SC

15

9

-28

12

22

38

52

148

34th

SUI

4032

Jean-Pierre de Siebenthal

SN de Geneve

24

22

18

13

-44

26

45

148

35th

GBR

3947

Ed Chapman

Queen Mary SC

-29

22

21

25

13

28

41

150

36th

RSA

4062

Jonathan Heathcote

Point YC

20

13

25

-36

17

34

43

152

37th

SUI

3752

David Holenweg

CV Estavyer-le-Lac

-28

20

19

14

25

47

30

155

38th

FRA

3972

Yann Andrillon

 

-26

24

24

16

19

35

38

156

39th

GBR

4096

Tim Penfold

HISC

35

17

12

-39

30

29

34

157

40th

AUS

4034

Luke Molloy

RQYS

15

33

19

26

(BFD)

46

22

161

41st

GBR

3943

Richard Edwards

Parkstone YC

-25

10

22

18

10

43

59

162

42nd

FRA

4090

Seb Col

YCPR

DGA

-24

22

10

24

33

62

171

43rd

GBR

4122

Andrew Friend

Norfolk Punt Club

31

-39

36

13

14

51

27

172

44th

GBR

4065

Daniel Henderson

Stokes Bay SC

24

25

16

-30

22

49

37

173

45th

GBR

4075

Doug Pybus

Queen Mary SC

-37

32

18

4

36

36

48

174

46th

GBR

4067

Cameron Stewart

HISC

21

20

26

19

-33

41

50

177

47th

IRL

3592

Rory Fitzpatrick

National YC

28

14

30

18

-45

50

40

180

48th

GBR

4061

John Pink

Hill Head SC

-32

21

20

24

28

53

36

182

49th

GBR

4045

Matt Ponsford

HISC

22

18

-29

17

29

37

60

183

50th

NED

4074

Eelco Boers

WV Roerkoning

(DNC)

25

25

27

24

45

42

188

51st

IRL

3805

Ryan Seaton

Ballyholme YC/CSC

-33

28

17

12

28

39

66

190

52nd

ITA

4030

Marco Lanulfi

YC Acquafresca

17

13

23

31

(DNC)

48

63

195

53rd

FRA

3875

Benoit Marie

SNO Nantes

-51

26

39

32

12

44

44

197

54th

GBR

4121

James Phare

Queen Mary SC

11

-37

34

29

16

52

58

200

55th

ITA

3855

Fabio Mazzetti

Circolo Vela Arco

13

19

17

-36

26

64

61

200

56th

GBR

4060

Neil Baker

HISC

18

-39

27

37

20

54

47

203

57th

GBR

4115

David Hivey

HISC

22

27

23

-37

18

58

56

204

58th

GBR

4071

Phillippe Oligario

Worthing YC

-32

31

24

19

30

63

39

206

59th

AUS

4004

Will Logan

Royal YC Tasmania

26

23

32

-52

25

57

54

217

60th

AUS

3637

Brent Pearson

Keppel Bay SC

21

16

37

33

-38

62

49

218

61st

GBR

4158

Geoff Carveth

HISC

17

38

34

20

-39

66

51

226

62nd

FRA

3879

Pierre Blanc

CN St Jean Cap Ferrat

31

30

29

26

-37

65

46

227

63rd

GBR

3980

Graham Simmonds

HISC

39

-40

27

28

13

DNC

55

232

64th

GBR

4073

Richard Westbury

Draycote

23

34

14

-53

41

56

65

233

65th

NED

4023

Kalle Coster

 

35

36

-39

17

37

59

53

237

66th

GBR

3979

Jeremy Hartley

Stokes Bay SC

41

36

30

-42

19

60

57

243

67th

GBR

3995

David Simmonds

HISC

30

23

37

27

-48

61

67

245

68th

AUS

3631

John Genders

RYCT

36

35

36

-48

12

67

64

250

69th

GBR

3981

Simon Reynolds

Whitstable YC

27

29

28

35

(DNC)

DNC

DNC

259

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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.

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