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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Three Bullets In The Blue British Sky For Greenhalgh - 2014 Moth Worlds - Hayling Island, UK

Racing kicked off at the Moth Worlds at around 1:00 pm once the westerly sea breeze came in. The Blue fleet made up for their lost race on Saturday and then sailed two more races in the best of the breeze.
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The Yellow fleet were too far East to get the full effect of the conditions and only managed a single race in what was a long day at the office. After the Blue fleet were sent ashore, the race committee moved the Yellow fleet further west but the gradient and sea breeze were cancelling each other out and racing was eventually abandoned for the day.
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Robert Greenhalgh (GBR) was the man in Blue fleet who managed to stay up on the foils more than anyone else. Only top Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Scott Babbage were able to keep up with Greenhalgh in the day's first race.
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"Confidence is high, that's three wins in a row and I was leading the race which was abandoned at the end of the day. In the light airs today it was very important to get off the line and after that I was very happy with my speed," Greenhalgh said.
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Chris Draper (GBR) ended his day on a better note with two fifth places after pushing it a bit too hard in the early Blue fleet race.
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"I was pushing it a bit hard downwind and speared it in just before the finish. To make things worse Simon Hiscocks just got past me on the line," Draper said.
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Draper's 12th in race two is currently his discard, with his other counting result being a sixth.Stevie Morrison has been consistently getting results around 15th and was happy with his day on the water. After finishing 50th at the nationals, he had some setup advice from Nathan Outteridge which has helped his foiling stability immensely. Even so, Stevie said the top guys can pull a new piece of kit out of the bag to gain a bit more pace, or as Nathan jokingly said at the bar having a beer with Stevie, 'You just need to spend to win in this fleet'.
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With only three or four qualifying races completed so far, depending on which fleet each helm is in, qualifying has been extended to Monday with the reserve day on Tuesday now allocated for Gold and Silver fleet racing. Sunday's Yellow fleet will head out early to make up for their lost race.
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The overall results to date are tricky to show with the fleets out of sync. The Brits are looking good after Robert Greenhalgh racked up three bullets and an eighth while Chris Rashley has scored 1,2,1 in his three races. The Australians are also very strong with Josh Mcknight scoring 3,1,3, Scott Babbage with 2,2,3,4 and Nathan Outteridge on 3,2,2 after his gear failure before race 1 of the series gave him a DNC.
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Others who have been performing well in the top ten such include Rob Gough (AUS), Ben Paton (GBR), Andrew McDougall (AUS), Tom Offer (GBR) and Christopher Rast (SUI). With the light winds set to continue for the rest of the week, this kind of consistency well be key to securing a podium position.



Mark Jardine

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