Moth Worlds: Australians make up top three

Australia continued its dominance on the first day of the Redoro Frantoi Veneti Moth World Championship finals at the Fraglia Vela Malcesine on Lake Garda, securing four of the five top positions.

The Ora remained for only five races. Unfortunately, a 60 degree wind shift before the last race for the Gold fleet meant that the race day was cut short.

Tom Slingsby just finishing a tack while foiling.
Tom Slingsby is leading by an 11-point-margin. Pic – Martina Orsini

First overall on eight points is Tom Slingsby, with two first places and a second; trailing by 11 points is Iain Jensen and third on 29 points is Kyle Langford. Tom Slingsby’s SailGP crew mate Kyle Langford is in fourth place, followed by SailGP Team Japan driver and former 49er gold medallist Nathan Outteridge.

Overall, nine Australian sailors have progressed to Gold fleet, including Thomas Johnson (17th), brother’s David (20th) and Sam Gilmour (30th), Kinley Fowler (41st) and Will Ryan (53rd).

Iain Jensen sailing upwind on the foils.
Iain Jensen, second overall, has a ten-point-lead over third place. Pic – Martina Orsini

In the Silver fleet, after only two regattas, is Frederik Just Melson, from Denmark in first place; second is Luka Dogan from Croatia, and third is David Smith white from Great Britain.

Will Ryan sailing upwind
Tokyo 2020 470 gold medallist, Will Ryan. Pic – Martina Orsini

Italy’s Ruggero Tita, who is sitting in sixth place overall, said, “It was a difficult day because the Ora was not the classic one. I need to work on my starts but I’m happy with my speed.

“In the third regatta, unfortunately, just before the start I got off from the foils and was forced to a comeback race; luckily these are the conditions for which the boat is optimised so I am happy with the results obtained today.”

Tomorrow the warning signal is scheduled for 1pm, local time.

Gold fleet, top five:

1 – Tom Slingsby

2 – Iain Jensen

3 – Kyle Langford

4 – Nathan Outteridge

5 – Paul Goodinson

Full results:

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