Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Almost Too Hot To Moth - Zhik/CST Composites 2013 Australian Moth Championship - Day 2

Wangi Wangi, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

As the mercury soared to over 40 degrees centigrade and wind gusts blew in excess of 30 knots, organisers had no choice but to cancel racing today.
Peter Burling Photo: Richard Jackson
With a fleet of 70 boats and a varying degree of skill and experience, the race committee decided to call off racing for the day for fairness and safety reasons. However in the place of normal races, the organiser scheduled the 'Bangin’ the Corners Cup' supported by KA Sails and Mach 2 Moths.
Peter Burling and Scott Babbage   Photo: Richard Jackson
The top 12 boats were invited to compete in a very short series of sprint races on a course set right in front of the club. Fellow sailors and spectators lined the shore to watch and cheer some of the best Moth sailors in the world battle the elements and each other. With a running start and only 75 metres to the first mark the racing was really exciting. At the end of each race two boats were eliminated and the remainder would then race again until eventually only two were left to determine the overall winner.
Josh McKnight/Flying Tiger  Photo: Richard Jackson
First to be eliminated in race one were Andrew (Mach2) McDougal and Dave Lister, then in race two Luka Damic and Hirioki Goto from Japan got the chop. Race three saw Olympic gold medalist Tom Slingsby and current World Moth Champion Josh McKnight of Easy Tiger Racing bite the dust. Another Olympic Gold medalist Iain Jensen and local sail-maker Scott Beeby were next to go leaving only four boats. The next race saw the departure of another Olympic Gold medalist in Nathan Outteridge along with 2011 Moth World Champion runner up Joe Turner.
Photo: Richard Jackson
This left New Zealand Olympic Silver medalist, Peter Burling to fight it out with Scott Babbage and this time around it was a Kiwi victory.

Tony Outteridge

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