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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rasley Leads Moth Worlds After Day One - Hayling Island, UK

After a single day's break following the UK Nationals, the International Moths started the World Championships in earnest. A record-breaking 138 helms from 18 countries are taking part in the event, so the fleet is split into two groups of 69 boats.
Chris Rashley Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
The thunderstorms which have been plaguing the UK in recent days led to a 2 hour postponement ashore. The helms were released at midday with the first race started in 13 knots of wind at 13.15.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
Course setting was made very tricky with the wind swinging through around 90 degrees and ranging from 3 to 14 knots. Getting races away was proving nearly impossible, but still Yellow fleet have managed two races and Blue fleet have sailed one. A second race was started for Blue fleet, but no-one had reached the windward mark within the 20 minute time limit. The same happened for Yellow fleet's third race.
Nathan Outteridge Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
Of the favourites, Nathan Outteridge (AUS) missed the first race due to gear failure on his way to the startline and had to return to shore to make the necessary repairs. He managed to get out just in time for the second Yellow fleet race and skilfully sailed his way through the fleet to finish third.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
Hiroki Goto from Japan put in an excellent performance to finish fourth in Blue fleet's only race.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
The current overall leader is Chris Rashley (GBR) who finished with a  first and second in Yellow fleet's two races. The leader board is of course biased as Blue fleet have only completed the one race. Australia's Rob Gough (AUS) won Blue fleet's only race and Robert Greenhalgh won Yellow fleet's second race.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
The fleet returned to shore at 1615 hours in a dying breeze with just the three races completed between the two flights. No sooner had they crossed West Pole Sands, when a lovely force four filled in. The sailors were held on the beach with the possibility of going back out onto the racecourse, but there wasn't enough time to get the racing restarted.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
Sunday will see Blue fleet heading out first to get a race in before both fleets race again to decide the split into Gold and Silver fleets for the remainder of the event. Here's hoping for better winds.

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Mark Jardine

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