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Moth Worlds - Action on day 2

After day 1 of the International Moth World Championship in Bermuda was blown away by gale force winds, day 2 was aiming for four races, but . . . Paul Goodison -

Starting in 18 knots with gusts of 24 knots, Britain's Paul Goodison opened his defence of the title with a race win ahead of Simon Hiscocks GBR, with Brad Funk of the USA in third place.

Fourth was Victor Diaz de Leon USA, fifth Iain Jensen AUS and sixth Dan Ward GBR.

Race 2 . . . and first was Goodison again, 2nd Rome Kirby of the USA and 3rd Brad Funk USA.

And that's all for today folks.

Overall Goodison leads by four points from Funk, with Kirby in third a futher three points back.

Fouth Diaz de Leon and in fifth place Hiscocks, sixth Ward.

Dan Ward and Benoit Marie - Click image for a larger image

The conditions exacted a toll on the fleet. There were broken masts, broken rudders and broken controls.

“After the first start the breeze built from fresh to frightening,” said Irishman Dave Kenefick. “It’s the windiest I’ve ever sailed a Moth in and I’d prefer not to do it again, but I got through unscathed.”

Goodison didn’t suffer any breakdowns today but one of his main rivals, Iain Jensen of Australia, did. Jensen led Goodison around the first lap of Race 1.

On the second upwind leg, however, Jensen’s boom vang (kicker) broke.

He managed to salvage a fifth in the race but then missed the second race because he returned to shore to make a repair in the hopes of returning for the third race.

By that point the wind had increased and the race committee decided to postpone the rest of the day’s schedule.

“We had a good race going in the first one,” said Goodison of his duel with Jensen. “We were about the same at the first windward mark. I just got past him on the run and then had a bit of a splash down and he got past me at leeward gate."

"I didn’t see what happened to him on the next upwind leg, but after that I sailed pretty well.”

“The conditions were on the edge, pushing everyone to the limits of what’s possible in the Moth,” said the 40-year-old Goodison, the two-time Moth world champion. “But it was fantastic. So many guys were rocking around with big smiles.”

Bacardi 2018 Moth World Championship after 2 races

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