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International Moth World Championships at Hayling Island - Day 6

by Mark Jardine (with thanks to Jonny Fullerton) 24 Jul 2014 18:25 BST 19-25 July 2014

Outteridge 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 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."

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 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.

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

Gold Fleet Provisional Results after Finals Race 6:

PosNationSail NoHelmClubQ1Q2Q3Q4Q5F1F2F3F4F5F6Pts
1stAUS2Nathan OutteridgeWangi SC(DNC)3221‑41212216
2ndGBR7Chris RashleyRoyal London YC1211‑5144‑63118
3rdAUS4142Josh McknightRPAYC313‑5353321‑724
4thAUS3Scott BabbageWoollahra SC2234‑6912137‑1843
5thGBR4Ben PatonLymington Town SC53‑77525510‑12345
6thAUS6Rob GoughRoyal YC Tasmania157‑232152654‑1647
7thGBR5Robert GreenhalghRoyal Southern YC‑811121114(DNC)915559
8thGBR4038Tom OfferRock SC3863(DNC)7812‑159460
9thGBR4147Michael LennonHISC‑194226‑149911101164
10thGBR4123Dylan FletcherPortland Moth Squad‑1248693107‑1313868
11thGBR4146Paul GoodisonUlley SC10‑125348‑24114201378
12thGBR3942Jason BelbenStokes Bay SC‑12746413‑23131214679
13thSUI4112Christopher RastTYC/RCO/MBYC65615‑1661114176‑2386
14thSUI3796Arnaud PsarofaghisSN Geneva106‑11711016‑181851487
15thGBR3967Chris DraperLCSC6‑1255816610‑21191287
16thUSA9Brad FunkUS Sailing Team Sperry Top‑Sider‑20‑5210101112131578995
17thAUS3900Andrew McDougallBlack Rock YC464‑212119268817‑30113
18thITA4138Gian Maria FerrighiYC Acquafrecsca5(DNC)14914‑31721161810114
19thJPN3989Hiroki GotoABeam48‑15811211719‑281120119
20thITA4093Stefano RizziSV Oscar Cosulich137‑21117‑552117141622128
21stJPN4095Kohei KajimotoBlack Rock YC7168‑22101725‑41232615147
22ndITA4092Carlo de PaoliCircolo Vela Torbole891014‑182728221923‑36160
23rdGBR3985Simon HiscocksHISC9119‑2391833272036‑59172
24thGBR4149Oliver HoldenHISC‑2318121115231826‑352231176
25thGBR4036Dan VincentStokes Bay SC71913‑3474220‑45382426196
26thITA41Stefano FerrighiYC Acquafresca161033‑38232415164521‑56203
27thSWE4159Nils AkervallRoyal Swedish YC9211516(DNC)303136‑373024212
28thGBR4155Stevie MorrisonExe SC1415‑16158402929‑433733220
29thBEL4049Giovanni GaleottiRYCB2‑11119322(DNC)49484139224
30thGBR3947Ed ChapmanQueen Mary SC‑292221251328‑4134392719228
31stGBR4059Dan WardFrensham Ponds SC159‑28122238‑5237273340233
32ndFRA4090Seb ColYCPRDGA‑2422102433‑6223323837239
33rdGBR3943Richard EdwardsParkstone YC‑251022181043‑5932463234247
34thGBR4122Andrew FriendNorfolk Punt Club31‑3936131451272524‑5728249
35thGBR4099Ricky TaggHISC111498(DNF)201928(DNC)DNCDNC251
36thGBR4096Tim PenfoldHISC351712‑39302934‑46443517253
37thRSA4062Jonathan HeathcotePoint YC201325‑361734433034‑5038254
38thGBR4065Daniel HendersonStokes Bay SC242516‑3022‑493743303921257
39thGBR4075Doug PybusQueen Mary SC‑3732184363648312231‑61258
40thAUS4034Luke MolloyRQYS15331926(BFD)46222033‑4945259
41stNZL4037Jason RussellHISC‑2917132821323248‑534627264
42ndIRL3592Rory FitzpatrickNational YC28143018‑45‑504038262546265
43rdSUI4032Jean‑Pierre de SiebenthalSN de Geneve24221813‑4426455129‑5641269
44thGBR4061John PinkHill Head SC‑3221202428‑533650363432281
45thESP3975Pablo ArandiaEMV Valencia192820‑311525354425(DNC)DNC282
46thIRL3805Ryan SeatonBallyholme YC/CSC‑332817122839‑6624555229284
47thFRA3972Yann Andrillon ‑26242416193538424244‑55284
48thGBR4067Cameron StewartHISC21202619‑334150‑66542835294
49thSUI3752David HolenwegCV Estavyer‑le‑Lac‑28201914254730405155‑58301
50thGBR4045Matt PonsfordHISC2218‑29172937‑6039405850310
51stITA4030Marco LanulfiYC Acquafresca17132331(DNC)48‑6333415951316
52ndFRA3875Benoit MarieSNO Nantes‑5126393212444458‑634325323
53rdNED4074Eelco BoersWV Roerkoning(DNC)252527244542474948‑54332
54thITA3855Fabio MazzettiCircolo Vela Arco131917‑3626‑646154504552337
55thAUS3637Brent PearsonKeppel Bay SC21163733‑38‑624953524049350
56thGBR4115David HiveyHISC222723‑37185856356054(DNC)353
57thGBR4121James PhareQueen Mary SC11‑373429165258525747‑63356
58thGBR4060Neil BakerHISC18‑392737205447554751‑57356
59thAUS4004Will LoganRoyal YC Tasmania262332‑522557545731‑6262367
60thNED4023Kalle Coster 3536‑391737595359‑652944369
61stGBR4071Phillippe OligarioWorthing YC‑3231241930‑633961586353378
62ndGBR4158Geoff CarvethHISC17383420‑39‑665156566147380
63rdFRA3879Pierre BlancCN St Jean Cap Ferrat31302926‑37‑654664596048393
64thGER3684Sven KloppenburgRatzeburger SV333433‑41274 P2 P60‑644242396.6
65thGBR3979Jeremy HartleyStokes Bay SC413630‑42196057‑65625343401
66thGBR3980Graham SimmondsHISC39‑40272813(DNC)5562616560410
67thGBR3995David SimmondsHISC30233727‑4861‑6763666665438
68thAUS3631John GendersRYCT363536‑4812‑676467676464445
69thGBR4073Richard WestburyDraycote233414‑53415665(DNC)DNCDNCDNC446
70thGBR3981Simon ReynoldsWhitstable YC27292835(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC474

Silver Fleet Provisional Results after Finals Race 6:

PosNationSail NoHelmClubQ1Q2Q3Q4Q5F1F2F3F4F5F6Pts
1stGBR3795Stefan GieserWSV Heidelberg West(DNC)‑424025358726108141
2ndUSA4066Dylan DiMarchiWaikiki YC3430‑48‑423210987513148
3rdSUI4144Fabien FroeschSN de Geneve(DNC)29‑383427245321312149
4thGBR4072Thomas LambertWilsonian SC40‑51‑44203141726256160
5thAUS3905Phil StevensonSt George SC43‑54‑5035343171011113167
6thSUI3729Philip KaesermanSN de Geneve36‑45‑46452912301467170
7thNZL4124Glen ReadVauxhall YC30‑43383834210119‑481173
8thGBR3945Matthew LeaGrafham Water SC‑48‑4846453213417849178
9thSUI3836Adriano PetrinoCV Lago di Lugano‑47‑474724362127641514194
10thGBR4041Andrew BleeDraycote Water SC44‑58(DNC)40202769181227203
11thGBR3756James SainsburyGrafham Water SC(DNC)(DNC)31213311265282128204
12thSUI3798Philippe SchillerSN de Geneve‑5126‑473338261926101810206
13thGBR3704Mark DellThorpe Bay YC(DNC)(DNC)423953122849282217
14thGER3843Carlo MaegeFeldafinger Seglerverein34‑413129‑35201812253021.5220.5
15thGBR3830John CliftonShoreham SC‑45352632‑4622123513937221
16thGBR3715Chris JeevesDe Spaenjerd SC‑49‑5549402615142324324227
17thIRL3889Alistair KissaneHowth YC‑40333530311425(DNC)231917227
18thGBR3939Matthew StarkGuernsey YC253732‑48‑4730241938718230
19thNED3849Constantijn WeberWSV Muiderberg183240‑4444723(DNC)161740237
20thSUI3820Caspar BuettnerZurcher YC‑4543‑454342253220121616249
21stIRL3861Annalise MurphyNational YC2750‑5443‑5717393732311250
22ndGBR3917Dan EllisRoyal Plymouth Corinthian YC‑524952‑534031152420829268
23rdGBR4050Leigh AlbrechtQueen Mary SC141552‑5446(DNC)DNCDNC115272
24thGBR3802Neale JonesHISC‑54‑5653414791331332719273
25thGBR4044Dominic HuttonQueen Mary SC(DNC)‑53415143292014312426279
26thGBR3632Martin FearBristol Corinthian SC42‑5953‑554123223227343286
27thIRL4206John ChambersNational YC‑55504244433382121(OCS)24286
28thGBR4043Paul HaydenStokes Bay SC‑44404322235313(DNC)DNCDNC287
29thGBR3787Jono PankImperial Poona YC(DNC)4649‑5245383322152620294
30thGBR3941Miles BurrageThorpe Bay SC4644‑51‑5050183534301425296
31stGBR3910Matthew Bergmann SmithHISC47‑53‑554652322116343330311
32ndPOL3842Michal DomanskiHISC39475150‑55343611(DNC)4123332
33rdGBR3730Jonathan PeatsCastle Cove SC5044(DNC)‑6139164945402231336
34thGBR3834Chris ClarkeThorpe Bay SC38384849‑57(DNC)5528293121.5337.5
35thGBR3604Katherine KnightWPNSA(DNC)(DNC)DNC4648282929373815340
36thGBR4100Alex KoukourakisEastbourne Soverign SC3727(DNC)(DNC)17DNC3136324942340
37thDEN3914Ole FreySonderborg YC41‑5743‑5150433825363433343
38thGBR3880Dave SmithwhiteHISC42454149‑5536‑5343223536349
39thGBR4106Jamie MorganGrafham Water SC‑5646‑585451354444172039350
40thGBR3922Kyle StonehamThorpe Bay YC165444(DNC)(BFD)DNF40DNC52OCS368
41stGBR3759Nic StreatfeildRutland Water SC(DNC)41‑504742445027354244372
42ndDEN3601Hans RasmussenTroense Badelaug(DNC)48‑575740393041394335372
43rdGBR3613James ThomasBewl Valley SC(DNC)31(DNC)DNC52501633543634376
44thGBR3881Diederik Bulters (DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC54193442462932396
45thGBR3946Paul BeardQMSC(DNC)(DNC)4547DNC61115DNCDNCDNC401
46thGBR3928Rob CageThames SC46(DNC)(DNC)5549404538473947406
47thJPN4137Wakako TabataABeam53‑6059(DNC)53424248454538425
48thGER3381Burhard StaabsRock SC(DNC)(DNC)555959DNC4118444049434
49thGBR3924Jon BennettHISC4351(DNC)62594148(DNC)434641434
50thGBR4162Steve McLeanHISC4849‑57‑5654465139495346435
51stGBR3192Jamie PearsonDraycote Water SC50(DNC)5858564954(DNC)423745449
52ndSUI3599Tristan Mathez‑LoicSN Geneva(DNC)565457584746495047(DNC)464
53rdGBR3668Patrick CunninghamGurnard SC4955(DNC)(DNC)60515246515051465
54thGBR4207Joseph WellerdPlymouth University SC(DNC)61(DNC)DNCDNC454740414450468
55thGBR3766Jordan WoodsWeston SC(DNC)(DNC)5660564843DNC535248485
56thBEL3915Quentin Blondiau (DNC)5256(DNC)513737DNC48DNCDNC488
57thGBR3131Guy Stewart RaynesWeston SC52(DNC)(DNC)DNC61525747525152494
59thITA3789Andrea BiagioniHISC(DNC)62(DNC)6349DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC588
60thGBR4150Ian SouthworthHamble River SC(DNC)(DNC)35DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC589
62ndGER3088Jens SchoenbergSegelclub Ratzeburger See(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC56DNCDNCDNCDNC611
63rdARG4167Matias Gainze EurnekianYacht Club Argentino(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC624
63rdARG4170Franco GreggiYacht Club Argentino(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC624