Burling hangs onto second at moth worlds
Peter Burling managed to hang on to second place by one point in the last race at the Moth worlds, leaving Iain Jensen third.
Paul Goodison from the UK is the winner for the second year running, the fist sailor to do so. Peter Burling won the moth Worlds in 2015.
Going into the final day of racing Paul Goodison begun the day with a 13 point cushion over Peter Burling (NZL) with Australian Iain Jensen granted only an outside chance of catching Burling.
Goodison had 26 points. Iain Jensen had another excellent day to move into a comfortable 3rd position on 29 points. Racing on the final day was affected by the light breeze on Lake Garda Italy.
Racing started in 12 – 14 knots of breeze with flat water, reports Jonny Fullerton from Lake Garda. The aim was to charge to the Eastern shore and before hitting the rocks in front of the host Fraglia Vela Malcesine clubhouse, tack and try to find a clean lane of pressure to get to the top of the course in good shape.
At the windward gates, the breeze was quite soft causing a number of boats to drop off the foils, especially if squeezing round the marks.
On the first lap it was Australian Scott Babbage leading, followed by the young Italian Gian Ferrighi with most of the big names in the top 10.
The downwind leg proved a bit shiftier and the pack shuffled.
It was Australian Tom Slingsby who stayed in the best pressure to take the win from fellow Australian Nathan Outteridge with British sailor Rob Greenhalgh third, Peter Burling 5th and Iain Jensen 6th.
Race ten started under similar conditions. The breeze shifted and faded at the top end, causing some competitors to drop off the foils.
At the bottom gate, the action started to unfold, Iain Jensen got round just in front of Tom Slingsby, who fell off the foils in front of Nathan Outteridge and Scott Babbage allowing Paul Goodison to slide past inside avoiding the low riders.
Peter Burling was also in trouble rounding the opposite gate and dropping off the foils. Coming into the finish it was Iain Jensen who crossed the line with a massive lead, closing the gap to Peter Burling’s points to one.
Second was Paul Goodison to all but seal the title. Many competitors had fallen off the foils in the soft patches around the course. Tom Singsby crossed third but Peter Burling was deep in the pack.
With time running out and the breeze weakening it was announced the third race of the day would be the last. It would be victory laps for Paul Goodison but the chase for second and third would be decided between Peter Burling and Iain Jensen.
The last race started in the same light to moderate breeze. Again the fleet used the clubhouse shoreline for a flyby in front of supporters. Tom Slingsby looked like he had made the right foil choice, leading the world champion elect with some of the usual suspects struggling with foil selection. Tom Slingsby cruised across the finish line for a second win of the day with the victorious Paul Goodison crossing in second.
A good third for West Australian, Steve Thomas, Scott Babbage finished 4th, Iain Jensen in 5th finishing comfortably ahead of his skipper of so many years, Nathan Outteridge. Peter Burling crossed in a lowly 17th.
Iain Jensen finished one point short of toppling Peter Burling, but was happy with his third place overall. With Tom Slingsby’s final day score of 1,3,1 he held on to 4th and Scott Babbage came back from the brink early in the regatta to snatch 5th off Nathan Outteridge.
The 2017 McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds at Lake Garda is considered the hottest fleet of Moths ever assembled. Competitors included sailors from several recent Americas Cup teams and more Olympic medallists than any regatta except the Olympics itself.