Goodison nails all three races on Day 1 of Moth National Championship

Bermuda: Racing for the Bacardi Moth Bermuda National Championship got underway today with overseas visitors stealing the limelight from the locals.

British sailor Paul Goodison won all three races contested today, each by a large margin. He holds a 7-point lead over fellow British sailor Ben Paton, who is 4 points ahead of Australian Matthew Chew in third place.

Sailing in a building south-westerly breeze that started at 10 knots and gusted up to 30 knots as a squall came through at the conclusion of Race 3, everyone enjoyed the day on the water.

“The conditions were amazing today,” said Paton, a past coach for host Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. “I’m pretty happy with the day. I have to make a few changes to try and match Goodison’s speed, but I think it all looks promising for next week.”

The Bacardi Moth World Championship officially begins on Monday. Racing this weekend is for the Bacardi Bermuda Moth National Championship and includes 34 of the 46 sailors entered in the Worlds.

The Bermuda Moth Class Association President James Doughty is mixing it up with rivals Nathan Bailey, Josh Greenslade and Benn Smith who, at 18 years old, is the youngest entrant in the fleet. Greenslade has 73 points, Doughty 74 points, Smith 85 points and Bailey, who sailed just the third race, 90 points.

“We’re having great racing amongst each other within the larger fleet. We’re constantly swapping places whether we’re sailing upwind or downwind,” said Doughty, who finished either just ahead or just behind Greenslade. “The conditions for the first two races were beautiful. Really nice sailing for a light guy like me.”

Although the Bermuda Nationals is an open regatta, the title of Bermuda National Champion will go to one of the Bermudians. Racing is scheduled to conclude tomorrow.

Standings after 3 races:
1. Paul Goodison (U.K.) 1-1-1 – 3 points
2. Ben Paton (U.K.) 2-2-6 – 10
3. Matthew Chew (AUS) 6-5-3 – 14
4. Rome Kirby (USA) 3-3-10 – 16
5. Simon Hiscocks (U.K.) 7-8-2 – 17
23. Joshua Greenslade (BER) 26-24-23 – 73
24. James Doughty (BER) 25-25-24 – 74
27. Benn Smith (BER) 27-23-DNF (35) – 85
29. Nathan Bailey (BER) DNC (35)-DNC (35)-20 – 90

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