Day 1 Moth World Championship: a perfect Ora and an incredible show
Thursday, September 2, 2021 10:01 PM
Today at the Fraglia Vela Malcesine, on the shores of Lake Garda, the first day of the “Redoro Frantoi Veneti” Moth World Championship took place; over 150 athletes from more than 24 nations were on the water to hash it out on foils.
Given the very high number of members considering the last years of the pandemic, the boats were divided into two fleets of equal number: the Yellow and Blue fleets.
Six races were held with the first start at 14:25 in order to give time to the Ora to stabilize: 2 for the Yellow fleet, 3 for the Blue, and one last for the Yellow.
The breeze between 8 and 12 knots proved to be perfect to highlight the talent of some of the best sailors in the world that this competition has brought together.
The Yellow fleet saw Tom Slingsby from Australia on top of the standings after 3 races, with 3 first places, all obtained with a margin over the second.
Currently second in the same fleet is Paul Goodison, England, closely followed by the Italian Olympic gold medalist in Tokyo Ruggero Tita.
In the Blue fleet we find Iain Jensen, Australia, in first place, with a performance that mirrored the one of Slingsby.
Second is Kyle Langford, Australia; third, also from Australia, Nathan Outteridge.
Iain Jensen: “I am happy with today’s 3 wins, on the first day of qualifying for the World Championship; the wind was absolutely perfect and stable for the 3 races, with really tight regattas. I can’t wait to get back on the water tomorrow for the second day “.
The day ends in Fraglia Vela Malcesine with the “Funivie del Baldo Pasta&Beer Party”, a social event that concludes a perfect first day of this “Redoro Frantoi Veneti” Moth World Championship.
Tomorrow warning signal at 1PM; tomorrow evening the Persico Fly40 “Gala Dinner” is scheduled, a social event held here the Fraglia Vela Malcesine.