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  • 2011 Moth Worlds Belmont Australia

    Day 1 Highlights

    Charlie McKee (USA) rocks the Wing-sail upwind

    It was a hot first day for the 2011 Zhik Moth Worlds with enough Easterly for “Light-air Flyer” Joe Turner (AUS) to turn out a record of 2, 1, 1 and win the day. Aussies make up 4 out of the top 5 after day 1 with Nathan Outteridge in 2nd, Rob Gough with 3rd, and Scott Babbage in 5th. Kiwi Peter Burling cracks in with 4th. But it wasn’t just the “young blokes” leading around the track, there was plenty of – experience – and international flavour breaching the top 10 around the tracks.

    Swiss cousins Mikis and Arnaud Psarofaghis (try saying that 10 times fast), both had excellent days, Arnaud pumping out 3 top 10 finishes and Mikis a few in the top 15. Hero moves of the day go to Nathan Outteridge and Bora Gulari who in the last race were dead off the line, rounded the windward mark in 20th and 21st, and both fought their way back to a top 10 finish.

    “So this is what it feels like to fly” reports Charlie McKee (USA), the Wing-sail guinea pig. The Wing-sail made a stunning debut after having a tough time at the Nationals and a full-blown smash-up during a practice session on the lay-day. “I’ve never piloted a glider,“ McKee said, “But this is what I imagine how it would feel.” McKee had an excellent beat, winning the first leg of the 2nd race and managed to hold on to a 5th.

    Even top sailors get a few butterflies (moths?) in the stomach at World Championships. Brad Funk (USA) started off the day sailing the wrong race in the split fleet starts, who is “pretty glad” it’s a long series. Byrne Lochlin (AUS) might have forgotten to put his bung in, and might have had to raft up on the American support boat to drain his hull…

    Some of the followers on Facebook couldn’t believe the live updates: “Old Man Rast beat the young guns?” Sailors all born before 19__, such as Chris Rast (USA), Charlie McKee (USA), Peder Arvefors (SWE) and 3rd over-all Rob Gough all tasted the top 10.

    Arvefors, like Rast and McKee, came to the Moth from a strong background in 49ers, as well as some i14s and ice sailing. He’s here with his wife and four kids, “and I think there’s a few cousins too”, proving that you can foil, get top 10 finishes, and have your family, too. He currently sits in 27th overall.

    Top Ten for the day:

    1 – Joe Turner (AUS) —- 4

    2 – Nathan Outteridge (AUS) —- 7

    3 – Rob Gough (AUS) —- 7

    4 – Peter Burling (NZL) —- 7

    5 – Scott Babbage (AUS) — 10

    6 – Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) —- 14

    7 – Tom Slingsby (AUS) —- 14

    8 – Matt Crockett (AUS) —- 15

    9 – Iain Jensen (AUS) —- 17

    10 – John Harris (AUS) —- 19

    Day 1 preliminary results ~It's not the size of the website, it's how you use it! ~

  • #2
    Day 2, Moth Worlds Belmont Australia: Crash Burn and Breakage

    “Keep the nose clean”, advises Josh McKnight (AUS) for surviving the 18-knots gusting over 20 this afternoon in Belmont on the 2nd day of the 2011 Zhik Moth Worlds. The big breeze brought other new faces to the top of the fleet such as Andy Budgen (GBR) in his yellow Lamborghini hull now sitting in 16th over-all (McKnight, 20th), and Japanese Olympian Tatsuya Wakinaga whose great endurance earned him consistent 15th place finishes.

    Nathan Outteridge (AUS) and Peter Burling (NZL) begin the cross-Tassie battle for ringleader of the Moth Squad, each firing out 3 bullets and now top the scores in 1st and 2nd place. Scott Babbage (AUS) tussled with Iain Jensen (AUS) throughout the day, Babbage with a quick turn of shame recovered to 4th in the standings overall. Tom Slingsby (AUS) and John Harris (AUS) take the cake for impressive, and untimely stacks. Slingsby suffered a rocking-horse crash and burn on the downwind track, and after a swim Harris swore, “He would pay Thierry [the photographer] to delete the images”. Both made record recoveries and rest in 7th and 8th, respectively.

    More damage control down the fleet – Charlie McKee (USA) and the Wing-sail after screaming up the first leg and ultimately landing a 5th place in the first race, had to limp ashore for rig damages, that continued to hold him back for a 21st place in the third.

    Lost rudders, broken masts and a few tiller issues tested the fleet. Haylee Outteridge (AUS) sailed in for a brief repair during race 2 but was back out to finish the day. Phones at the Race Office were abuzz with amazed local residents who wanted to know what was happening – one who collected a ship-wrecked Phil Stevenson (AUS) on the lee shore of the track. Brad Funk thanked the US pit crew (and Wing-sail engineer) Rob Patterson (CAN) for servicing those in need out on the course.

    Crash and Burn - isn't this why we love it?

    The females of the fleet rocked the breeze, and with the slew of DNFs in the afternoon races, 4 ladies still raced all 3. Samantha England (AUS), Lindsay Bergan (USA) and Emma Aspington (SWE) finish day 2 in the top half of the fleet.

    Enjoying the fresh conditions was Hey-Bau, meaning Jaguar, the all-black-winged boat sailed by Dirk Wieblen (CHN). “I usually sail on a small lake near Shanghai. It’s never more than 7-10 knots!” shares German-born Wieblen, who has lived in China for the past 7 years. The Jaguar might have enjoyed it, but Wieblen said he didn’t, laughing, “It’s tiring!”

    More than a few sailors might agree as they prep their boats for tomorrow, and the promise of more breeze.

    The score so far:
    Rank Skipper Country R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Overall

    1 Nathan Outteridge AUS 5 1 1 1 1 1 5
    2 Peter Burling NZL 2 3 2 1 1 1 7
    3 Joe Turner AUS 2 1 1 7 2 3 9
    4 Scott Babbage AUS 6 2 2 3 3 4 14
    5 Rob Gough AUS 1 3 3 4 5 4 15
    6 Iain Jensen AUS 1 9 7 2 6 2 18
    7 Tom Slingsby AUS 6 2 6 3 2 5 18
    8 John Harris AUS 9 7 3 8 3 3 24
    9 Brad Funk USA DNF 8 11 2 4 2 27
    10 Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI 4 4 6 7 7 6 27 ~It's not the size of the website, it's how you use it! ~


    • #3

      Wing Sail Chat

      Bora Profile ~It's not the size of the website, it's how you use it! ~


      • #4

        Big Fun, Day 2 2011 Moth Worlds ~It's not the size of the website, it's how you use it! ~


        • #5
          Day 4 Moth 2011 Worlds

          With 20 knots pumping through the harbour in Belmont on morning of Day 3 at the 2011 Zhik Moth Worlds, most of the fleet rigged their 10 m (heavy air) sail. A few dared the 13 m sail, such as Nathan Outteridge, Brad Funk and Mach 2 designer Andrew McDougall.

          Outteridge, does he know something you don’t? John Harris: “He’s got a direct connection to the guy upstairs: he gets the breeze, the weed parts before him…”
          The stack-files are filling as the breeze builds. Second runner up is front-runner Kiwi Peter Burling who took two spills that cost him the chance to match his best-mate and top-rival. Next up is South Australian Greg Wise (100th place) when just crossing the final finish, the boat ripped out from under him and sailed on another 50m. When fished out of the water he laughed, “Well that’s never happened before!” Not a move to try back at home with all the “shark issues”.

          Stack of the day goes to A-Mac when he nearly plowed into the Race Committee and landed right under the lens of the onboard camera crew. Everybody loves a good wipeout, except when it’s your own: “Why are you filming this?!” he shouted while trying to fend off from potential damage. But on shore he came to his senses admitting, “It really was quite spectacular.” Congratulations to A-Mac, soon to be populating the Facebook feeds across the globe.

          Hiroko Goto and the 3 Golden Frogs sail into Gold Fleet.
          Hiroki Goto will be buying dinner tonight, for taking that final spot in Gold fleet over teammate Hiromitsu Kunimi. Tatsuya Wakinaga leads the team in 39th. Joining Kunimi to lead the silver fleet (all with 181 points for the series) are Christopher Dey (AUS) and Les Thorpe (AUS).

          Super-Bro Outteridge helped out sister Haylee, swapping boats twice to fix first her rudder and was in the water again to re-step her mast after the side-stay blew. Sailing his boat while he worked on her repairs Haylee tried to simplify things, “Maybe I should just take your boat, Nathe.”

          Hero to the rescue, perfect score…

          But when the Facebook Feed reported that Burling suffered “two major wipeouts”, who liked this post?

          Nathan Outteridge.

          Outteridge Leads into Finals, Burling Still Hot

          Just another day at the office for Nathan Outteridge (AUS) who flawlessly handled the gusty 16-18 knot Easterly on Lake Macquarie at the 2011 Zhik Moth Worlds during the final day of the Qualifying Series. In the last start of the day he blasted off the line at 20 knots, after dipping the line from above the start boat.

          Also moving quickly was Kiwi Peter Burling hitting a max of 27.7 knots, but he suffered two stacks in the last race, costing him the chance for another triple bullet day and a minor injury when his foil came down on his back. Joe Turner (AUS) swooped in for the win and enters the finals in 3rd. Scott Babbage was almost too consistent, failing to cover Outteridge in the final downwind of Race 9, and earning straight 2nds for the day, putting him 4th overall.

          Bora Gulari is praying for more breeze...

          Is Bora back? “I think he might be”, reports the 2009 Moth World Champion Bora Gulari (USA), who in the first race of the day wasn’t quite on pace, but was able to turn up the heat for a 4th place finish. Closing out the day with two 2nds, he jumps to 11th place. Fellow American Brad Funk (USA), who was off to a rocky start with fleet mix-ups and an OCS, grows more consistent and holds onto his 9th place slot.

          Standout performances were made by Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI), leading the Europeans, and Andrew Budgeon (GBR). 2010 Moth World Champion Simon Payne (GBR) clings to 19th with a damage-free day for Charlie McKee and the Wing-sail, now in 21st.

          There’s a tight battle for leading lady with Sam England (AUS), Emma Aspington (SWE), and Linsdsay Bergan (USA) all qualifying for Gold with 51, 52, and 53 points, respectively.

          Fortunately most the fleet survived the day unscathed, and event sponsors SP-High Modulus, who have offered free carbon for repairs during the event, can hang on to their supply for another day.

          James Spithill enjoys the view.
          Winning AC skipper James Spithill was out on the course today. When is he getting a Mach 2 Moth? “Maybe when they make a Mach 3.”

          The top 55 proceed to Gold Fleet, with 54 sailors making up Silver. Sailors carry over their rank from the Qualifying Series as points into the 3-day Final Series (e.g. Outteridge starts with 1 point, Burling with 2, etc) starting tomorrow. After a lay-day on the 12th, racing will conclude on Friday, 14th of January.

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          • #6
            2011 Moth Worlds Day 4 Video

            24 knot gusts pumped down the race course for a full day of racing at the 2011 Zhik Moth Worlds’ first day of the Final Series. Rarely dropping below a healthy 18 knot East by Northeasterly, sailors across the fleet had their share of stacks, crashes and comebacks that has opened up the scorecard.

            Outteridge was hot out the starting gate in Race 1, holding a sizable lead over a contentious 2nd place held by Brad Funk (USA) and Scott Babbage (AUS). Funk spilled, and with record speed Babbage launched ahead of Outteridge in the final lap, ultimately losing it in a bad rounding. Outteridge sailed in for the win. Funk and Kiwi favourite Peter Burling faced a swim-a-thon, Funk losing a Port-Starboard battle with Harris, and Burling started his swims at the gun. Joe Turner (AUS), Bora Gulari (USA) and John Harris (AUS) had serious pace around the course which they carried into Race 2.

            Gulari sizzled up the first beat of Race 2, swapped leads with Outteridge and Harris, and was ultimately edged out by both, finishing half a second behind Harris for 3rd. An unfortunate collision with another competitor sent Burling ashore with a ripped sail, while Outteridge took another bullet.

            Back in action for Race 3, Burling sent a message to the fleet by taking an early command that he held into the finish. Tom Slingsby (AUS) 5th at the first mark, climbed through the fleet surfacing with a 2nd, and Turner proved most consistent closing with a record of 3, 4, 3 (More consistent was Simon Payne (GBR) who had straight 22nd’s). And Outteridge? He was deep off the line, but he ripped through the fleet for a 4th.

            Rocketing when it works, the Wing-sail had an action packed day.
            The Wing-sail “piloted” by Charlie McKee lit up the first leg of the course in 7th place when it exploded at the mark – and right in front of Moth Class photographer Thierry Martinez. Pit crew and Wing-engineer Rob Patterson (CAN) pulled hero moves racing in for a rig-swap to get McKee back on the line for Race 2 without a second to spare.

            The ladies held it down finishing all races, with Emma Aspington (SWE) now leading the 4-point spread.

            Damage took its toll on Funk and Dalton Bergan (USA), Funk lost a rudder, Bergan a rig and now carries 2 DNFs.

            Lochlin Byrne (AUS) leads silver, but it was standout James Phare (GBR) who won the day with a 2, 2, 1, and 15 year-old Jack Sherring finished with a 4th, now 12th overall.

            Racers take a lay-day tomorrow – from the racing that is. Event sponsors SP-High Modulus will be busy providing carbon for the flurry of repairs. More action to follow Thursday, with the Final Series to close on Friday the 14th of January.
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            • #7
              Moth Worlds Carnage Fest & Finals

              Nathan Outteridge wins the lot with a race to spare.

              Home, SWEET SWEET, home for Nathan Outteridge (AUS) who wins the 2011 Zhik Moth World Championships after dropping a 6th place finish in Race 8 for a total of 23 points in the series. Parents and friends in ribs are cheering, Australian flags out flapping. Not a bad summer at home, after he won the 49er national title and was crowned national champion in the Moth all here on Lake Macquarie

              Last day of action from the Zhik 2011 Moth Worlds

              Zhik 2011 Moth World Championships – Belmont, NSW – Thursday 13 Jan 2011

              Gold Fleet – Final Series Results with 1 discard

              Rank Skipper Code QS Pos R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
              1 Nathan Outteridge AUS 1 1 1 4 2 3 8
              2 Joe Turner AUS 3 3 4 3 DNF 6 19
              3 John Harris AUS 8 5 2 5 3 9 23
              4 Scott Babbage AUS 4 2 8 6 10 4 24
              5 Bora Gulari USA 11 4 3 7 1 13 26
              6 Peter Burling NZL 2 14 DNF 1 11 2 30
              7 Iain Jensen AUS 5 7 16 9 9 1 31
              8 Andrew Budgen GBR 13 6 6 10 4 7 36
              9 Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI 12 8 5 13 7 5 37
              10 Rob Gough AUS 6 9 7 8 17 8 38

              Day 5 Video 25-30 knots!

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