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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

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