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Friday, July 25, 2014

Outteridge Crowned 2014 Moth World Champion - Hayling Island, UK

No breeze was forecast for the final day of the 2014 Moth Worlds at Hayling Island but fate stepped in and the weather Gods delivered the best conditions of the week with 10-14 knots that allowed four races to be completed.
Nathan Outteridge Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
The Gold fleet kicked off at 9:30am. Ben Paton led the charge in Race seven with the leaders round the windward mark and screamed along the Hayling shoreline. Chris Rashley was in second followed by Mike Lennon and Outteridge in fourth. Robert Greenhalgh and Scott Babbage climbed through the fleet to finish second and third respectively behind Ben Paton, who took his first ever Moth Worlds race victory, while Outteridge finished in fourth.
Nathan Outteridge Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
Race eight started soon after with a crowded pin end of the line. Jason Belben led around the track to win from Australians Scott Babbage in second and Andrew McDougall (A-Mac)in third.
 Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
In Race nine Josh McKnight gained the advantage over Outteridge while Chris Rashley chased hard in third. McKnight did an awesome job of holding off Outteridge to take the win and Rashley's third place was not enough and the deal was sealed for Outteridge to take the title.
 Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
There were a few white-caps on the waves at the start of the final race. Paton had a flying start at the Committee Boat end of the line, but it was Josh Mcknight who led the first lap from Outteridge and A-Mac.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
McKnight led Outteridge with Rashley moving up to third. The final leg became really unstable with all the leaders dropping off their foils. Outteridge performed 15 gybes in a band of breeze to win the race and wrap up the championship. McKnight crossed the line in second place ahead of  Robert Greenhalgh followed by Ben Paton in fourth and Tom Offer in fifth.
 Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
"It had got a bit soft in that very last race and I actually fell off the foils at the top mark. Josh Mcknight and Chris Rashley gybed in a really good puff, and I managed to gybe, get foiling again and did about 15 gybes down in this one little puff, turned around half-way to see how I was going and no-one was foiling so it was a pretty nice way to finish, to have a really big lead," Outteridge said.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
"It was a really good event, we were lucky to get the breeze in the end as it was looking pretty borderline at the start. It was really good racing that we had in the finals and it was one of the closest regattas we've had in a while. I finished one point off Chris (Rashley). Nathan and Chris had a battle early on in the finals so it was really, really good to see," McKnight said.
Nathan Outteridge Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
See full Gold fleet results here>>>

Lulu Roseman

2014 Moth World Champion: Nathan Outteridge

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nathan Outtridge Grabs The Lead at 2014 Moth Worlds - Day 6 Hayling Island, UK

An earlier start allowed the Gold fleet to complete four races on the penultimate day of the International Moth World Championships at Hayling Island, while the Silver fleet had to settle for just three. Racing was held under sunny skies in gusty and shifty 8-13 knot breezes that faded by the day's final race as the wind swung around to the east. 
Nathan Outteridge Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
Race three of the Gold fleet finally got underway under a Black Flag on the second attempt after a general recall. Robert Greenhalgh's day didn't start well with a broken vang that took him out of the race. Scott Babbage led from start to take the bullet from Nathan Outteridge followed by Josh McKnight in third and Chris Rashley in fourth for a Australian sweep of the podium.
Josh McKnight Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
In Race four Outteridge  nailed 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 to take fourth.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
McKnight turned the tables on fellow countryman Outteridge in Race five to take his first finals series win, while Chris Rashley clung on to claim third.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
The breeze continued to swing around to the east and dropped right off by the day's final race. The big names went for the pin end of the line where Outteridge was squeezed out however he held his nerve to round the top mark in touch with the leaders. Greenhalgh put his earlier troubles  behind him to start well in this group.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
Mike Lennon was hammering downwind with a 100 metre lead at the gate while Brad Funk was under pressure from Outteridge and Rashley. The final leg became light and flukey as the leaders  struggled to stay on their foils but managed to weave their way through the gaps. Rashley got the gun ahead of Outteridge followed by Ben Paton in third. Despite their best efforts Brad Funk dropped to ninth and Mike Lennon to 11th.

"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," Nathan Outteridge said.

"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," he added.

"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." 

"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," Ben Paton said.

"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 3rd in that," Paton added.

2014 Moth Worlds - Day 5

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Aussies Are Snapping at Rashley's Heels - 2104 Moth Worlds Day 5 - Hayling Island, UK

The Moth Worlds fleet enjoyed ideal conditions at Hayling Island today with the wind blowing a steady 15 knots and the venue bathed in 23 degrees of sunshine by mid-morning.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
The Gold fleet hit Hayling Bay while the Silver fleet headed East to Bracklesham Bay. Two races where held for the Gold fleet where the Brits took a clean sweep of the podium with Chris Rashley first, Ben Paton second and Dylan Fletcher third in the first finals race. But the Australians were having none of of it and fought hard to claim their own clean sweep in Race 2 with Nathan Outteridge first, Rob Gough second and Josh McKnight in third.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
The Silver fleet completed three races before the wind died and both fleets were then sent ashore. The race committee had hoped to get another Gold fleet race in but raised the AP over A to signal the end of racing for the day.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
Chris Rashley is now the overall leader after Robert Greenhalgh had a shocker and dropped to fifth while Nathan Outteridge has moved up to second after his fourth and first put's him three points off the lead. 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 place on the leaderboard after his second and a fifth today.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
"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 4 and a 1 so I'm pretty happy with that," Nathan Outteridge said.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
"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," Outteridge added. 
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
"Pretty sick mate, pretty sick. Fourth overall matches my sail number and I 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 made e 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," Ben Paton said.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com

Racing has been brought forward an hour for Thursday with the Gold fleet set to start at 10:00am and Silver scheduled for 10:30am.

See Silver fleet results here>>>
See Gold fleet results here>>>

Lulu Roseman

Monday, July 21, 2014

Greenhalgh and Rashley Tied On Day 3 - 2014 Moth Worlds - Hayling Island, UK

The sweltering heat and lack of wind at Hayling  Island on Day 3 caused havoc for the record Moth fleet and headaches for the race committee who only managed to get two races away in for Yellow fleet and one for Blue fleet, bringing the Qualifying Series to a close after five races.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
Sunday's Yellow fleet were sent out first to play catch-up and completed qualifying Race 4 in around 10 knots that saw Chris Rashley hooning down the racetrack to eclipse early leaders Mike Lennon and Paul Goodison on the final run.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
"Solid day. Went out and raced the re-sailed race we didn't finish yesterday and ended up coming through to win. It was shifty offshore, but a reasonable 8-10 knots of pressure. I got past Mike by gybing at the final windward mark as we had a right shift and the pressure was running down the right hand side and sailed around Mike who went down through the middle. He wasn't to know the shift was coming when he rounded and it was very difficult conditions for him to defend in. If I hadn't gybed straight away I would have ended up fifth or sixth," Chris Rashley said.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
"You can't get much separation from the fleet and there are some really competent sailors out there who are going to put up a big fight in the finals. I think Rob Greenhalgh has got a very good chance of walking away with the trophy at the end of the week, so has Scott Babbage, Josh Mcknight and you can never write off Nathan Outteridge. He's the best dinghy sailor in the world and he will be up there at the end of the week," Rashling added of advancing to the Gold Fleet.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
Then it was on to Monday's Yellow and Blue fleet racing and Australian 49er Olympic Gold Medallist Nathan Outteridge grabbed the bullet ahead of Robert Greenhalgh (GBR)  to halt his successive wins.

"It was a good day. A lot of waiting around but we got a good race in and I finally got a bullet so happy with that. I haven't raced against Chris Rashley, or a lot of the other top guys, but I've raced Rob (Greenhalgh) every time and he's going pretty quick so it was nice to get one up on him today. I think there's about six or seven boats that can probably win the event because the points are pretty close," Outteridge said.
Photo: © Thierry Martinez / Sea&Co
"I think people are just putting a lot of time into their boats and understanding their equipment. Obviously the guys over here have been sailing a lot at this venue, but of course we've had very different weather with light and flat conditions. I think for the finals it's only going to get lighter. I'm quite happy. I've got big foils and a stiff rig, like what I was using in Hawaii, and it's getting me through at the moment," he added.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
On Tuesday the competition it set to intensify further when the fleets are split into Gold and Silver divisions andthe leading competitors will be pitched against each other head to head.

For full results see>>> 

Lulu Roseman

2014 Moth Worlds - Day 2