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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

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