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13 January 2011, 10:32 am
Thrills And Spills At The Zhik Moth Worlds
2011 Moth Worlds Action
2011 Moth Worlds Action

Zhik Moth World Championship 2011
Lake Macquarie, Australia

Day five at the Zhik Moth Worlds saw the fleet battle with a steady 24 knot east northeasterly breeze with maximum gusts recorded at 27 knots.
With the Silver Fleet postponed on the shore it was the Gold Fleet that battled the conditions throughout Race 4 of the final series.

After a clear start carnage ensued. Joe Turner (AUS) capsized first with foils in hand and fortunately made the upwind haul back to the shore.

Tom Slingsby (AUS) was next. After a rocky start, he bolted up the course and assumed control after the first three boats sent it in at the windward mark, with Rob Gough (AUS) and Bora Gulari (USA) hot on his heals. The full top flight stacked it - Gulari was the first to recover, and fired off lap two in the lead. Slingsby had a tough time recovering, as did Peter Burling (NZL) and Iain Jensen (AUS).

Nathan Outteridge(AUS) went over landing on his side-stay, taking a big hit to his leg and forearm. But through sheer determination he drove himself to a second place finish, and as soon as he hit the shore he was on ice and analgesics.

2008 World Champion John Harris (AUS) finished third with some solid racing and there were more new faces in the top five with Andrew Budgen (GBR) and Josh Mcknight (AUS).

Ultimately getting the gun was Gulari who said, "I love it out there, I hope we race again!" And after a two hour postponement he got his wish.

Results
1. Nathan Outteridge (AUS)
2. Joe Turner (AUS)
3. John Harris (AUS)
4. Scott Babbage (AUS))
5. Bora Gulari (USA)
In Race 5, Burling lead around the course but ultimately lost to Jensen on the last leg. Outteridge who took an eight point lead into the race was back on form after sustaining an injury lost out on the win, but played a tight race against the leading contenders Turner and Harris who have 19 and 23 respectively. Turner finished the day strong, but does carry a DNF into the final day of racing and cannot afford any slip-ups.

Stand out performer Outteridge goes into the final day with a healthy 11-point lead. Turner is in second place but after Gulari's OCS in the final race he was able to climb back to 13th, which is currently his drop for a score just seven points back from Turner. Scott Babbage (AUS) sits just ahead, and despite finishing tenth early in the day, he hit a 31.1 knot split during the racing.

Forecast for tomorrow reads for 20 knots with the Silver fleet to start at 10:00 local time with Gold to immediately follow.

Follow all the action at www.mothworlds.org including race updates, news, results, daily video highlights and excellent imagery from Thierry Martinez.

Lizzi Rountree (As Amended by ISAF)
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