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Amlin International Moth Regatta at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club - Day 4

by Sean McNeill 10 Dec 2015 21:29 GMT 5-11 December 2015
Chris Rashley (left) and Rob Greenhalgh trade tacks during day 4 of the Amlin Interntaional Moth Regatta © Beau Outteridge / Amlin International Moth Regatta

Hearkening back to the Europeans, Rashley and Greenhalgh lined up for winner-take-all finale

The inaugural Amlin International Moth Regatta is primed for a showdown between Chris Rashley and Rob Greenhalgh. At stake is $5,000.

Three races are on tap tomorrow and it's anyone's guess as to who'll come out on top of the event hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

With the wind blowing 18 to 25 knots today, Rashley retained the overall lead but only after Greenhalgh capsized in the day's third race, the eighth of the series.

Greenhalgh had opened a 2-point lead in the overall standings after placing 1-2 in the day's first two races to Rashley's 2-3. In the third race, Greenhalgh found himself out of control after the end fitting on the push rod controlling the main foil broke.

"I was going really well in the first two races. I won the first race going away and had great speed in the second race, probably could've won that one too but had to do an extra jibe and that allowed Goody (Paul Goodison) to win," said Greenhalgh.

"I'm not sure when the fitting broke, maybe between the second and third race. After it broke I could go upwind alright but had a massive capsize on the run near the leeward gate," Greenhalgh said.

Greenhalgh placed 13th in the third race, which is one of his discards, while Rashley won it.

The day started off with those who have a choice of rig setups debating what to go with. The forecast called for the wind to build but some doubted it, believing that forecast heavy rain would dampen the wind strength.

"I used my flat sail, soft mast, large main foil and small rudder," Rashley said. "It was an odd set up but I thought there would be a lull in the wind before the storm. As it turned out the forecast was spot on."

For others, such as Chris Draper of SoftBank Team Japan, there was no choice. He only has one mast but he was left wanting for a softer one.

"I'm lighter than those guys (Rashley, Greenhalgh) so I could use a softer mast," said Draper. "A softer mast would allow the sail to depower more. I can't quite hike with those guys."

Draper had been the top scoring America's Cup sailor in the fleet, but after dropping to 5th today that honour now belongs to Paul Goodison of Artemis Racing. Goodison, who was 3rd at the European Championship last summer, placed 3-1-3 today and now holds 3rd overall, 11 points behind Rashley.

Tomorrow's forecast is calling for 10- to 15-knot winds from the northeast, which should be ideal for another Rashley-Greenhalgh showdown. Rashley has revenge on his mind after Greenhalgh wrested the European Championship away last summer in the final race. Rashley had led from the start.

"Greenhalgh is stronger than me in the conditions that are forecast, so I just have to sail my best. That's all I can do," said Rashley.

The 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, EFG International, Gosling's, the Official Rum of the Regatta, and Kaenon Polarized.

For more information visit the Amlin International Moth Regatta website.

Results after day 4:

PosSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1stGBR 4Chris Rashley‑4231123113
2nd4340Robert Greenhalgh1413212‑1314
3rd4341Paul Goodison232‑131031324
4th42Simon Hisccocks38(DNF)2375230
5thGBR 5Chris Draper51747‑84533
6th4302Kyle Langford6‑1649546640
7th3982Ben Paton7781249‑19451
8th3942Jason Belben‑1351158108754
9thISV 9Anthony Kotoun819127657‑2164
10th4247Tom Johnson20121081120‑221192
11th4097Rory Fitzpatrick152713109614‑2994
12th4166Victor Diaz de Leon166621121916‑2496
13th4251Dan WardRDGRDGRDGRDG13‑18111596.2
14th4062Jonathan Heathcote‑191518111516917101
15th4293Rome Kirby1724(UFD)161415178111
16th4386Tom Offer11202414(DNC)131220114
17thGBR 8Francesco Bruni931917(DNF)141330123
18th4309James McMillan101127‑2924122912125
19th3875Benoit Marie2391423202220(DNF)131
20th4154Philippe PRESTI2223151521‑262414134
21st4164Joseph Wilson29‑4125242221109140
22ndSUI 7Christopher Rast12221628(DNC)301518141
23rdFRA 11Sebastien Col‑3026201818282616152
24thGBR 91Richard Mason21101726272530‑31156
25th4315Kinley Fowler2821‑332525172526167
26th4135Andrew Campbell182923(DNC)32312710170
27th4049Giovanni Galeotti14182831(DNC)113932173
28th3984Nat Shaver(DNC)46342017232123184
29th4074Eelco Boers271731(DNC)162923DNC202
30th4305Sam Newton34‑43411919333719202
31st4017Matthew Knowles262521(DNC)DNC241834207
32nd4300Adriano Petrino382826273037‑4025211
33rd4043Matthew Lea253630(DNC)23353135215
34th3932Thomas Loughborough35373722(DNC)362822217
35th4023Kalle Coster321429(DNC)DNC273827226
36th3600Alistair Kissane3734353226‑413433231
37th4096Tim Penfold331322(DNC)DNC3432DNC252
38th4132Joe Newton24(DNF)1930DNC3235DNC258
39th4307Hans Rasmussen363343(DNC)28464538269
40th4299Chris Clarke313236(DNC)DNC394337277
41st4133Tom Slingsby(DNF)DNF5631DNCDNCDNC278
42nd3715Chris Jeeves464746(DNC)29434128280
43rd3683Zachary Maxam413032(DNC)DNC4033DNC294
44th3383Louis Sinclair434444(DNC)DNC383636300
45th4306Matt Cassidy44424534(DNC)47DNCDNC330
46th4146James Doughty483538(DNC)DNC4548DNC332
47th4343James Sainsbury393939(DNC)DNC44DNCDNC338
48th3880Nathan Bailey47(DNC)4733DNF5147DNC343
49th4330Stefan JÃrudd424040(DNC)DNC52DNCDNC351
50th4350David Smithwhite403842(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC356
51st4018Chris Museler454548(DNC)DNC48DNCDNC363
52nd3962Richard Graham‑Enock50(DNF)DNC35DNCDNC44DNC365
53rd4364Graeme Spence51(DNC)DNCDNCDNC4242DNC371
54th4162Steve McLean49(DNC)49DNCDNC49DNCDNF383
55th4061Matthew Stark(DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNC5046DNC391
56th4169Jonny Goldsberry(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC413

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