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2014 Moth Worlds preview

Nathan Outteridge, Chris Draper, Simon Hiscocks, Stevie Morrison and Annelise Murphy look forward to next week's racing

Friday July 18th 2014, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

The Moth World Championship gets underway out of Hayling Island Sailing Club tomorrow (Saturday) with a record-sized fleet of 137 boats entered. This includes one of the strongest and most diverse line-ups of world class sailors seen recently in the UK, with America's Cup helms and crew, Volvo Ocean Race sailors and Olympic medallists taking part, from 18 countries as far afield as Japan, New Zealand and South Africa as well as a relatively small but powerful delegation from Australia.

Sadly defending champion Bora Gulari is not competing (booo....) due to his new found commitments to Luna Rossa, however the Italian America's Cup team’s helmsman, Britain's own son, Chris Draper is. Meanwhile Artemis Racing's helmsman and past Moth World Championhip Nathan Outteridge is one of the 10 strong Aussie contingent that includes another former World Champion, Josh McKnight, Scott Babbage, who was third at last year's Worlds in Hawaii, plus UK-based former Volvo Ocean Race sailor Luke Molloy and other top contenders such as Rob Gough and Bladerider/Mach 2 designer Andrew McDougall.

Former K-Challenge America's Cup helmsman, France’s Seb Col, has also recently taken to the Moth, but admits he is still getting to grips with the boat, campaigning with the help of sponsorship from Gurit. Also competing from France is winner of the last Mini Transat, Benoit Marie.

Col, was one of several at the World who used Foiling Week on Lake Garda to help get up to speed: "I now know it was a good decision going to Lake Garda and taking part to the Italian Moth Nationals: this was all about sailing, testing different configurations and tuning of the boat, generating more experience by spending hours on the race course, finding out about the right speeds upwind and downwind, and above all learning from the best. I made some great starts, but need to work on the speed to reach the same level as the other sailors who have been sailing those incredible flying machines for a while. I have observed them a lot, and also improved a lot obviously thanks to that during the past week. But I know I need to continue to work, it's no secret. I also need to work on my foils and their profiling; everybody does, this is key besides spending hours on the water.

"Now I recovered and I'm ready to go again, starting with some training today. My ideal target would be to finish the Worlds in the first half of the general ranking and to be the first French."

By far the largest national representation is of course from the UK with 75 boats, including some extremely strong entries. Long term foiling Mother campaign and sailmaker Mike Lennon, who regularly sails out of HISC, will be among the favourites having won yesterday's Nationals.

In the marginal foiling conditions yesterday there was some banter on the race course between Chris Draper and his former crew Simon Hiscocks, with whom he won 49er bronze in Athens, Draper able to foil while the larger Hiscocks was 'less' able to.

Three time Volvo Ocean Race sailor and former International 14 World Champion and JJ Giltinan Trophy winner Rob Greenhalgh has mounted a serious campaign for the Worlds, as has Beijing Laser gold medallist Paul Goodison (at work below). Other British Olympic sailors taking part include plus Chris Grube, Dylan Fletcher and Stevie Morrison.


Among the British line up are some 'old campaigners' such as Geoff Carveth and Ian Southworth.

Other Brits expected to do well are former National and European champion Chris Rashley, fellow coach Ben Paton, Ricky Tagg and another former Nationals winner, Jason Belben.

Ireland has five entries including its 49er sailors plus Laser Radial sailor Annalise Murphy, who came so close to podiuming at London 2012. She is joined by a fellow London 2012 Laser Radial sailor Wakako Tabata. Tabata is one of three Japanese sailors competing, including Kohei Kajimoto, who performed well at the Aussie Nationals earlier this year.

Among the Italian entry is Volvo Ocean Race and America's Cup veteran Stefano Rizzi.

Switzerland has some strong competitors including RealTeam's Extreme 40 helm Arnaud Psarofaghis and Chris Rast, while the disappointingly small US turn-out includes former Laser Olympian (and now Mr Bryony Shaw), Brad Funk.

Racing sets sail tomorrow with the giant fleet split into yellow and blue fleets.

The Qualifying series will take place over Saturday until Monday with three races each day. Tuesday (22nd July) is a reserve day with the Final Series taking place over Wednesday until Friday, again with three races each day.


No Nat Helm
1 ARG Franco Greggi
2 ARG Matias Gainza Eurnekian
3 AUS Andrew McDougall
4 AUS Brent Pearson
5 AUS John Genders
6 AUS Josh Mcknight
7 AUS Luke Molloy
8 AUS Nathan Outteridge
9 AUS Phil Stevenson
10 AUS Rob Gough
11 AUS Scott Babbage
12 AUS Will Logan
13 BEL Giovanni Galeotti
14 BEL Quentin Blondiau
15 DEN Hans Rasmussen
16 DEN Ole Frey
17 DEN Soren Buhl
18 ESP Pablo Arandia
19 FRA Benoit Marie
20 FRA Pierre Blanc
21 FRA Seb Col
22 FRA Yann Andrillon
23 GBR Alex Koukourakis
24 GBR Andrew Blee
25 GBR Andrew Friend
26 GBR Ben Paton
27 GBR Cameron Stewart
28 GBR Chris Clarke
29 GBR Chris Draper
30 GBR Chris Grube
31 GBR Chris Jeeves
32 GBR Chris Rashley
33 GBR Dan Ellis
34 GBR Dan Vincent
35 GBR Dan Ward
36 GBR Daniel Henderson
37 GBR Danny Clark
38 GBR Dave Smithwhite
39 GBR David Chisholm
40 GBR David Hivey
41 GBR David Simmonds
42 GBR Diederik Bulters
43 GBR Dominic Hutton
44 GBR Doug Pybus
45 GBR Dylan Fletcher
46 GBR Ed Chapman
47 GBR Eddie Gatehouse
48 GBR Geoff Carveth
49 GBR Graham Simmonds
50 GBR Guy Stewart Raynes
51 GBR Ian Southworth
52 GBR James Phare
53 GBR James Sainsbury
54 GBR James Thomas
55 GBR Jamie Morgan
56 GBR Jamie Pearson
57 GBR Jason Belben
58 GBR Jeremy Hartley
59 GBR John Clifton
60 GBR Jon Bennett
61 GBR Jonathan Peats
62 GBR Jono Pank
63 GBR Jordan Woods
64 GBR Joseph Wellerd
65 GBR Katherine Knight
66 GBR Kyle Stoneham
67 GBR Leigh Albrecht
68 GBR Mark Dell
69 GBR Martin Fear
70 GBR Matt Ponsford
71 GBR Matthew Bergmann Smith
72 GBR Matthew Lea
73 GBR Matthew Stark
74 GBR Michael Lennon
75 GBR Miles Burrage
76 GBR Neale Jones
77 GBR Neil Baker
78 GBR Nic Streatfeild
79 GBR Oliver Holden
80 GBR Patrick Cunningham
81 GBR Paul Goodison
82 GBR Paul Hayden
83 GBR Phillippe Oligario
84 GBR Richard Edwards
85 GBR Richard Westbury
86 GBR Ricky Tagg
87 GBR Rob Cage
88 GBR Robert Greenhalgh
89 GBR Simon Hiscocks
90 GBR Simon Reynolds
91 GBR Stefan Gieser
92 GBR Steve McLean
93 GBR Stevie Morrison
94 GBR Thomas Lambert
95 GBR Tim Penfold
96 GBR Tom Offer
97 GBR Werner Gieser
98 GER Burhard Staabs
99 GER Carlo Maege
100 GER Jens Schoenberg
101 GER Manfred Schreiber
102 GER Sven Kloppenburg
103 IRL Alistair Kissane
104 IRL Annalise Murphy
105 IRL John Chambers
106 IRL Rory Fitzpatrick
107 IRL Ryan Seaton
108 ITA Andrea Biagioni
109 ITA Carlo de Paoli
110 ITA Fabio Mazzetti
111 ITA Gian Maria Ferrighi
112 ITA Marco Lanulfi
113 ITA Stefano Ferrighi
114 ITA Stefano Rizzi
115 JPN Hiroki Goto
116 JPN Kohei Kajimoto
117 JPN Wakako Tabata
118 NED Constantijn Weber
119 NED Eelco Boers
120 NZL Glen Read
121 NZL Jason Russell
122 POL Michal Domanski
123 RSA Jonathan Heathcote
124 SUI Adriano Petrino
125 SUI Arnaud Psarofaghis
126 SUI Caspar Buettner
127 SUI Christopher Rast
128 SUI David Holenweg
129 SUI Fabien Froesch
130 SUI Jean-Pierre de Siebenthal
131 SUI Philip Ksermann
132 SUI Philippe Schiller
133 SUI Tristan Mathez-Loic
134 SWE Nils Akervall
135 USA Brad Funk
136 USA Dylan DiMarchi
137 USA Zack Downing


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