Moth World Championships 2017 at the Malcesine Sailing Club

Briton Paul Goodison wins the Worlds at Lake Garda

  • Malcesine
  • 01.08.2017
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Angela Trawoeger

Angela Trawoeger

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There were 219 Moth sailors who participated between the 24th and 30th of July in the Moth Worlds, challenging each other in the waters off the Malcesine Sailing Club: the show of the Year and a big success. Fraglia Vela Malcesine.

The presence of Olympic champions and medal winners proved the presence of some of the top sailors in the world. There was an impressive turn out on the water and on land.

There was New Zealander Peter Burling, winner at the helm of Emirates New Zealand in the last America’s Cup, Australian Tom Slingsby, tactician for Oracle, fellow Australian Tom Burton, winner in the last Olympics in Rio and the Briton Paul Goodison, Olympic champion in Peking in 2008 and current member of the Artemis Racing team.

Other sailors include Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen who won Gold at the London Olympics in 2012 in the 49er class. Women competing included silver Olympic Irish sailor Annelise Murphy, current title holder Wakako Tabata and Emma Gravare.

The Moth was born in Australia in 1928. This monotype boat is a class of continuing development: apart from the length breadth and sail area, everything else can be changed. The technological changes have been centred around speed and thus the foiling Moth was born.

The foil is an attachment positioned under the hull that allows the boat to rise above the water. With less of the hull in the water, the boat goes faster and flies above the water.

The classification

  1. Goodison (GBR) 20 points
  2. Burling (NZL), 40 points
  3. Jensen (AUS), 41 points
  4. Slingsby (AUS), 43 points
  5. Babbage (AUS), 65 points
  6. Outteridge (AUS), 70 points
  7. Greenhalgh (AUS), 73 points
  8. Mcknight (AUS), 86 points
  9. Mighell (AUS), 96 points
  10. Hivey (AUS), 106 points
  11. Bruni (ITA), 116 points
  12. De Paoli, 121 points
  13. Bianchi, 166 points


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The Worlds day by day

25th July

Unstable wind today, not the best for the first day of one of the most beautiful World Championships in the world. The whole racing programme is put back to tomorrow. 8.30am the first race starts.

26th July

The wind still isn’t playing ball.
The North wind just about allowed two races for each of the 4 fleets and then disappeared for the rest of the day, making the Race Committee take the decision to put back the rest of the races to the next day, with the start being again at 8.30am.

The provisional classification shows two of the favourites in the lead: English Paul Goodison and Australian Tom Slingsby holding the top 2 places. Not far away is New Zealander Peter Burling (fifth) with a second and a third place.

27th July

The wind carries on being inconstant but the race programme goes ahead despite that. Today, two races in the Peler but the afternoon Ora let us down again.

Briton Paul Goodison stays at the top of the classification with 4 first places. With the same points (allowing for a discard) is Australian Tom Slingsby after 3 firsts and a 7th place. The top 12 places are occupied by Britons and Australians. In 13th place is Italian Paolo De Ambrosi. On with the racing tomorrow.


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28th July

Finally, the perfect Ora. 4 races for all three fleets (gold, silver and bronze). Paul Goodison is beaten for the first time – up til now he has won 6 races out of 8 and coming third in the other 2 races. He has a clear lead in the classification over Tom Slingsby. Peter Burling is moving up the ranks and is now in 4th place after winning a race.

29th July

Peter Burling moves up the classification after winning two of the three races the Ora permitted. Burling is now in second position to Goodison who still dominates (15 points against 28 for Burling). In third is Australian Iain Jensen, in fourth Australian Tom Slingsby and in fifth is Nathan Outtridge. The most impressive thing is that the top 5 ranked are all Olympic champions.

30th July

Goodison ends with 2 second places and a 7th which is his worst result all week.
In second place is the America’s Cup winner, New Zealander Peter Burling, today less brilliant than usual (5-23-17). And the man of the day, again an America’s Cup sailor, Tom Slingsby tactician for Oracle, gets third place (1-3-1).

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