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Monday, January 9, 2017

Josh McKnight Crowned 2017 Moth Australian Champion

The 2017 International Moth Australian Championships concluded today with the fifth day of magnificent sailing conditions in Hobart, a warm and sunny summer’s day, a sparkling River Derwent and with a freshening sea breeze.
Photo: 42 South Media
The championship winner for 2017 had already been decided on Sunday, with Sydney sailor Josh McKnight unbeaten going into the final day. He still sailed and finishing the regatta with a fifth and two seconds for a net 15 points.

For McKnight, a member of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, the next major event on his program to contest, with many other Australians, the 2017 world championship for these high flying Mach2 foiler Moths on Italy’s famous Lake Garda.

It was on Lake Garda on 2012 that McKnight won this world championship and with the River Derwent being described as the ‘Garda of the South’ his credentials for the 2017 worlds must be excellent.

The placings had yet to be decided going into yesterday’s final three races, between Victoria’s Harry Mighell from Royal Brighton Yacht Club and Tasmanian veteran Rob Gough from the host club, the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria.

A third and two straight wins for Mighell secured him second overall with a net 29 points while Gough gained third place with a 2-3-3 final day score to end with a net 41 points.

Gough, 47, added to his current World masters title, won the Australian masters trophy here in Hobart with a model of consistency. Only once in 15 tough races on the Derwent did he finish fourth or worse, and that was a fifth place.

He remains a great competitor on these foiler Moths which over the past five days have provided Hobart with the most spectacular dinghy sailing in years.

Fourth place overall went to Italian sailor Stefano Ferrighi, fifth and first grand master title to Victorian Andrew McDougall, designer of the Mach2 Moth. Julian Salter, also an RYCT member, placed seventh overall, while Will Logan placed 13th and John Genders 15th in the 31 boat fleet.

Peter Campbell

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