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MS Amlin International Moth Regatta - Dash for Cash

The first day of racing at the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta was postponed due to strong wind conditions, but the Dash for Cash did take place.

The wind on Great Sound was blowing between 20 and 25 knots with gusts approaching 30 knots and 2- to 5-foot seas, conditions deemed too rough for the 9-foot long hydrofoiling dinghy.

Racing is scheduled to begin, Monday, at 11:00 hours and four races are planned. Wednesday’s spare day is now a scheduled race day.

Australian Iain Jensen pocketed $500 and a bottle of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum today when he won the MS Amlin Dash for Cash.

Second was his Nathan Outteridge, Jensen's skipper when they won gold in the 49er at the 2012 Olympics.

Third was Britain's Stuart Bithel. “It was intense, awesome racing. Very windy,” said Bithel. “I survived and so did the boat, which is a bonus.”

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The Dash for Cash was sailed on a windy Hamilton Harbour, where the northwesterly breeze was recorded at 23 to 26 knots with gusts into the 30s on the race committee boat.

The wind was so strong that the sailors had trouble turning downwind.

There were many wipeouts as the strong gusts would blow the lightweight hydrofoiler over its bow.

Some crashes were spectacular, with the skipper being launched from the boat in a cloud of spray.