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Zhik, CST Composites 2013 Australian Moth Championship - Burling victorious

'ZHIK, CST Composites 2013 Australian Moth Championships'    Julie Brown


Saturday was the final day of racing at the 013 Australian Moth Nationals and as predicted, the weather was not good (stinking hot and no wind). Luckily, the race committee’s decision to run four races on both Thursday and Friday meant that only one final race needed to be sailed. The 12 noon start was put back and put back as what little breeze there was came from the N, S, E and W until eventually a mild southerly change came in just before 3pm.

Even then, the breeze was swinging around considerably making it difficult to set a course. Just a couple of minutes before the race finally started, which was after 4pm, Pete Burling and Scott Babbage crashed into each other, with Scott breaking a wing bar and Pete receiving a nasty cut to his arm and resulting in both retiring.

This opened things up for others at the front of the fleet, with Andrew McDougall taking full advantage to chalk up a win in front of Tom Slingsby and Josh McKnight followed by Rob Gough and Joe Turner.

Overall winner Pete Burling from NZ - 2013 Australian Moth Championship -  Kingsley Forbes-Smith  
The Overall winner of the regatta however was Pete Burling, Olympic silver medalist from NZ, with Scott Babbage coming second and as first Australian, he was crowned National Champion. Current World Champion Josh McKnight came third just ahead of Joe Turner, followed by Olympic gold medalist, Tom Slingsby with defending National Champion, Rob Gough from Tasmania finishing sixth overall.

A presentation dinner was held at the adjoining Wangi RSL club that evening and along with the formal awards, a number of humorous awards were made, including the Golden Cleat awards.

As further entertainment the competitors were given a sneak preview the uncut video version of the 'Bangin’ the Corners Cup' which was held earlier in the week, along with dubious commentating from Randy Cunningham. The polished version of the BTC cup will be posted on YouTube soon.





Final sailing results can be found on Wangi Sailing Club
Website.

This was a great regatta to be involved in either as a sailor, volunteer or as a spectator. The standard of racing and the level of skills on display were extremely high, as this star studded field just keeps raising the bar higher and higher. Many of these competitors are planning to compete in the 2013 World Championships, which are being held in Hawaii in September and I am sure they will all perform extremely well.


by Tony Outteridge

 

 


Moth Australian Championships Day 4
Tony Outteridge, Thursday, 10 January 2013

With the Southerly Change coming over night, the temperatures dropped and the enthusiasm of the sailors increased. Racing got underway on time in a 15 to 18 knot SSE breeze. In an attempt to try and keep the fleet out of the big waves whipped up over night by the southerly change, a slightly smaller course was set with the top mark tucked under Wangi Point. Surprisingly, the speed of the leaders in the first race made it obvious that the course needed to be extended. A further complication occurred when the bottom rounding mark started to drift dangerously close the committee boat. With boats approaching at nearly 30 knots and the gap between the mark and the committee boat rapidly shrinking, quick deployment of a rib and code flag M enabled the race to continue......

The usual suspects figured in the top group, with Pete Burling 1st, Scott Babbage 2nd and Rob Gough 3rd. The only front runners missing from the top 10 were Tom Slingsby who had a swim and Nathan Outteridge, who broke his wing on the boat and had to retire from all 3 races.
With the course extended somewhat and extra tackle on the drifting mark, everything was set for a good race, and the sailors made the most of it. The front end of the fleet it was almost a carbon copy of the previous race with Pete Burling 1st, Scott Babbage 2nd and Josh McKnight 3rd. In the 3rd and final race for the day, the sailors were all a bit too keen, resulting in a general recall, much to some sailors delight, especially Phil Stevenson who was upside down behind the start boat. In the subsequent restart everyone got away well and saw Tom Slingsby come good, but not quite good enough to beat Kiwi Pete, who ended up with 3 bullets for the day. Tom was 2nd, Josh McKnight 3rd and Scott Babbage 4th.

After 6 races, with 1 drop, Pete now leads on 7 points from Scott on 10 points, Josh on 21 points, Dave Lister on 24 points and Rob Gough & Joe Turner both on 26 points. As racing was cancelled on Tuesday, catch up races are scheduled on Thursday from 1pm.

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