Goodison good for Italian Moths

For day 2 of the Italian Moth Series – precursor to the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds – Lake Garda delivered great conditions for spectators with grandstand views.

The Yellow fleet was sent out for a 1300hrs start in warm afternoon sunshine and flat water. The breeze continued to swing between 200 – 240 degrees, delaying the start for about an hour.

When it did settle on 205 degrees it was blowing around 12 – 15 knots straight up the lake with patches of light wind on each shoreline.

By the time race 5 was started the breeze had increased to 16 – 18 knots in streaks in the middle of the course.

As the final race of the day started for the red fleet the early evening breeze started to fade and soften back to 10 knots. Again it was the usual suspects, Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) leading Nathan Outteridge (AUS) with Western Australian Steven Thomas having his time in the sun.

Australians Scott Babbage Tom Slingsby was up there with the leaders. This was the way things stayed until the finish.

Once the two fleet results had been combined it was dominance by the two British sailors with Paul Goodison counting 5 bullets and dropping a 2nd to win the Italian Series with 5 points.

Only two points behind, Rob Greenhalgh takes second and Nathan Outteridge was third with 13 points. Josh Mcknight sailed a consistent series for 4th and Tom Slingsby a solid 5th.

Italian sailors finished the second day of the series strongly, Carlo de Paoli Ambrosi counted single digit results to finish 9th overall, Francesco Bianchi in 11th and Francesco Bruni in 14th.

The Moth fleet now has a lay-day for registration and measurement formalities in advance of day 1 of the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds on Tuesday 25 July.

There is, however the small matter of the Veneri Bangin the Corners Cup which is an invitational knockout series which has become a feature of past Moth Worlds. Previous winners are Pete Burling, Josh Mcknight and Iain Jensen. Weather permitting this will take place from 1400hrs.

Results: myregata.it/en/2017/2/italian-moth-series

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