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Bacardi Moth World Championship at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club - Overall

by Sean McNeill 1 Apr 2018 21:01 BST 23 March - 1 April 2018

For the third year in a row Paul Goodison of the U.K. has won the World Championship of the International Moth Class Association. Goodison, 40, achieved the feat today when the final day of racing at the Bacardi Moth World Championship in Bermuda was canceled due to lack of wind.

Goodison previously won the Moth Worlds in Japan in 2016 and last year in Italy. He became the second skipper in the 77-year history of the regatta to win three consecutive titles, matching fellow British sailor David Izatt from 1979 to 1981.

"Last year's win was very, very special because it came straight after the Americas Cup and it was against all the guys I'd been working with and sailing against," said Goodison, who was a member of Artemis Racing during the 2017 America's Cup in Bermuda.

"This one feels amazing as well since it's in Bermuda where I spent so much time practicing for the last Cup," Goodison continued. "We had some amazing conditions this week. Unfortunately, they weren't the best conditions the last few days with the light winds, but this championship feels very special because it is the third in a row."

Along with the three Moth World Championships Goodison has also won an Olympic Gold medal in 2008 in the Laser class and the Laser World Championship in 2009.

The weather at this regatta frustrated everyone from competitors to observers. The conditions started as fresh-to-frightening with winds of 20 to 25 knots. By the end of the week the weather pendulum swung to fair-to-fine as warm temperatures and sunny skies were abundant but not the breeze. Goodison played through it all.

"We all came here knowing some days would be bad and some days worse. For me the finest day was the first day of the Bermuda Nationals," said Goodison in reference to racing on March 23. "The first day of the Worlds was very challenging, very windy. The next day we had four races in perfect Moth sailing weather. It's been frustrating not to do more racing, but the racing we've done has been excellent."

Francesco Bruni of Italy, a teammate of Goodison's with Artemis Racing, placed second overall and Rome Kirby of the U.S., who sailed with Oracle Team USA last year in the America's Cup, finished third.

"It's just a dream to finish second," said Bruni, who'll turn 45 on April 10. "The thing that stands out most for me is we did six races in very strong wind. I was expecting to have to defend in those conditions and attack in the lighter winds. To finish second with four third-place finishes in the second day of racing is a huge achievement and very, very good for my spirit."

For Kirby, third-place was a just result. "I was just trying to keep the boat together on that breezy first day," said the 28-year-old. "I just wanted to stay consistent. My finishes were all second through seventh, so I had good consistency. It's unfortunate we didn't have more racing, but I'll take third place."

Andreas John won the Masters' Division. The 57-year-old skipper from Blankeneser Segelclub on the Elbe River in Blankenese, Germany, finished 24th overall with 111 points. Among the six Masters' entrants he finished with the low score of 7 points, good for a 4-point advantage over fellow German Kai Adolph.

Bermudian Benn Smith won the Youth Division. Representing the host Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the 18-year-old Smith finished 31st overall with 151 points. As the lone entrant in the Youth Division he finished with 4 points.

"It's cool, it's special," Smith said of his achievement. "I sail the Laser a lot and you see the top guys in the Moth have sailed the Laser. Bruni was in the Laser and Goodison won a gold medal. They've taken to the Moth really easily and I'd like to be like them someday."

The 78th Moth World Championship is scheduled Nov. 19-29, 2018 and will be hosted by Mounts Bay Sailing Club on the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia. The Moth class is sponsored by Italian sportswear manufacturer Slam, which was also the official Clothing Sponsor of the world championship.

More information at www.mothworlds.org/bermuda and www.Bacardi.com

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoBowHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stGBR11Paul GoodisonCircolo Vela Torbole / Ulley Sailing Cl11(DNC)1216
2ndITA44914Francesco BruniCCRL-137333319
3rdUSA441042Rome KirbyNYYC-72655523
4thUSA430211Brad FunkEarth33-776625
5thUSA451543Victor Diaz de LeonShake a Leg46589-1032
6thAUS39815Ted HackneyCruising Yacht Club of Australia14-152611235
7thFRA441230Benoit MarieSNO Nantes849108-1139
8thGBR443354Dan WardStokes Bay65-121112943
9thGBR398214Ben Patonfibre net communications(DNF)24894752
10thAUS32Iain JensenTBA5(DNC)121DNF54
11thIRL41488David KenefickRoyal Cork Yacht Club-1713111410856
12thSUI451216David HolenwegCVE91213-17151463
13thGBR452518Kyle StonehamTBYC18(DNF)174141366
14thGBR43866Simon HiscocksShock Sailing28(DNC)28171267
15thAUS438036Matthew ChewRQYS(DNF)DNC4127472
16thGBR4533 Jim McMillanStokes Bay1016(DNS)20131574
17thGBR398032Alex AdamsCastle Cove Sailing Club-21101618181678
18thUSA416940Brooks ReedTISC11-231515211880
19thPOR429910Francisco AndradeClube Vela Viana do Castelo19-211413162183
20thFRA431055Aymeric ArthaudGROUPE REEL15924-25202290
21stHKG433435Rob PartridgeAgiplast - Compounding Specialists-23142121222098
22ndGER406017Philipp BuhlSCAI(DNC)DNC10161919109
23rdGBR444821Michael BarnesWEIR WOOD SAILING CLUB12112023(DNC)DNC111
24thGER404715Andreas JohnBlankeneser Segelclub(DNF)2023192524111
25thSUI427520Philippe SchillerSNG27(DNS)18222917113
26thGBR403734Chris JeevesN/A2418-28272426119
27thUSA422839Andrew ScrivanRiverside Yacht Club2217223031(DNC)122
28thGER434022Kai AdolphDTYC262226-292723124
29thIRL451737Rory FitzpatrickVoodoo Boats16(DNF)192423DNC127
30thBER401827Benn SmithRBYC(DNF)DNC27262627151
31stGBR397919James RossNetley SC30193331(DNC)DNC158
32ndUSA423846Zack MaxamSDYC (DNC)DNC29323025161
33rdBER360028Joshua GreensladeRoyal Bermuda Yacht Club(DNS)DNF32332828166
34thCAN419713Andrew BrazierRoyal Canadian Yacht Club31(DNC)303433DNC173
35thGBR45549Dave SmithwhiteHayling Island Sailing Club25(DNC)2535DNCDNC175
36thNED455638Harmen DonkerTheIdiotCompany.eu(DNF)DNSDNCDNC3229196
37thUSA445744Matt StrubleMission Bay Yacht Club20(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC200
38thBER414629James DoughtyRoyal Bermuda Yacht Club(DNC)DNF3136DNCDNC202
39thBER443423Christian LuthiRoyal Bermuda Yacht Club28(DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNC208
40thBER388047Nathan BaileyRBYC29(DNF)UFDDNCDNCDNC209
41stUSA400641Dennis SargentiUKSC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC225
41stGBR406726Zane GillsNetley Sailing Club(DNF)DNCDNFDNCDNCDNC225
41stUSA414745Scott BursorAmerican Yacht Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC225
41stFRA396531Vanessa AmpelasUKSC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC225

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