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International Moth World title to Paul Goodison

Paul Goodison has retained the International Moth World Championship title and becomes the first man in foiling Moth history to win world titles back-to-back.

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Paul Goodison started the final day of the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds on Lake Garda with a 13 point lead over Kiwi Pete Burling, and 16 points over Aussie Iain Jensen.

Goodison has dominated the event from the start, defending his title from the front, while Burling after a stuttering start slowly closed the gap.

The regular big names of the class - Tom Slingsby, Nathan Outteridge, Scott Babbage and Rob Greenhalgh - have failed to make an impact this time round, and Burling was increasingly the 'challenger of record'.

Between them they had won seven of the eight final series races.

With three races on Sunday it was possible for Goodison to fall at the final hurdle, given the opportunities for gear breakages and capsizes with the Moth.

But Burling was unable to maintain his momentum.

Finishing fifth in front of Goodison's seventh in the first race - won by Slingsby with Outteridge second and Greenhalgh third - the fight was still on.

In the penultimate race Goodison took second behind Jensen with Slingsby third and Burling down in 23rd, and really it was all over.

But, in race 11 the coup de gras . . . Another second place, this time behind Slingsby with Burling back in 17th.

Britain's Paul Goodison was Moth World Champion again, and with a comfortable 20 point lead.

Second was Pete Burling NZL and third Iain Jensen AUS.

The Master's category swung between Jason Belben (GBR) and Rob Gough (AUS) and a similar tussle played out. Rob Gough won this one finishing 25th overall to Jason Belben’s 28th.

First in the female category went to Irish Olympian Annalise Murphy who finished 51 in the Gold group.

The Silver group was won by John Clifton (GBR) and the Bronze group won by Maximilian Mage of Germany.

McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds - Final

1st GBR 1 GOODISON PAUL, 20,0 pts
2nd NZL 4190 BURLING PETER, 40,0 pts
3rd AUS 4514 JENSEN IAIN, 41,0 pts
4th AUS 4386 SLINGSBY TOM, 43,0 pts
5th AUS 4 BABBAGE SCOTT, 65,0 pts
6th AUS 4038 OUTTERIDGE NATHAN, 70,0 pts
7th GBR 4491 GREENHALGH ROBERT, 73,0 pts
8th AUS 6 MCKNIGHT JOSH, 86,0 pts
9th AUS 10 MIGHELL HAROLD, 95,0 pts
10th GBR 4513 HIVEY DAVID, 106,0 pts
11th ITA 4340 BRUNI FRANCESCO, 116,0 pts
12th ITA 4180 DE PAOLI AMBROSI CARLO, 121,0 pts
13th AUS 4332 BURTON TOM, 126,0 pts
14th AUS 4205 THOMAS STEVEN, 141,0 pts
15th ITA 4147 BIANCHI FRANCESCO,165,0 pts
16th SUI 4270 PSAROFAGHIS ARNAUD, 170,0 pts
17th GBR 4050 HISCOCKS SIMON, 173,0pts
18th GBR 4501 ELLIS DAN, 179,0 pts
19th GBR 4309 MCMILLAN JIM, 179,0 pts
20th AUS 4095 KAJIMOTO KOHEI, 183,0 pts

Full results here

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Gerald New - Sailweb
30 July 2017 15:49 GMT


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