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2 July 2007, 11:20 am
Perfect VEAL Takes World Title
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Moth World Championship 2007
Torbole, Italy

Rohan VEAL (AUS) put in a perfect performance on Lake Garda to reclaim the Moth World Championship title. Bullets in all eight opening races gave him the World title with a day to spare, with fellow Aussie Scott BABBAGE second and Simon PAYNE (GBR) third and new European Champion.
The final two races of the Worlds were held on Sunday, bringing the total races in Torbole to ten as scheduled.

VEAL, aged 30, dominated the entire event, winning all eight opening races to win the World title with a day to spare. VEAL retired from both of the final races, explaining, 'I had some problems with the boat and I did not want to damage it - also because I have already sold it! I must say that I have enjoyed the regatta very much. Strong conditions, which have challenged our boats and all of us. I had trained a lot, this is one of the reasons of my victory, the other is that I came to get to know the lake in March and it was a good choice.'

2006 World Champion PAYNE had a terrible start at equipment damage left him with two DNF scores on the first day. Although he lost his crown to VEAL, he was still satisfied with his performance, 'I thought that the podium was my objective. Not the first place, but one of the other two. Today I was first and second in the two races, I must be satisfied and am waiting for next year when the Championship will be in Weymouth, at home.'

Raimondo TONELLI (ITA) also suffered a double DNF score on day one, but fought back to finish 20th overall, an impressive result for some so new to the class. 'It is a beautiful boat, very challenging as I have already said,' he commented. 'Today was again better for me, it means that I am learning fast. Simon PAYNE has invited me to the Worlds in 2008 at Weymouth, England. It is still too early to get a decision, but I must say that I enjoyed the regatta very much... No problem for the two days with bad weather, it is normal. At the end we could race all the scheduled races.'

Claudio Chiarani (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Rohan VEAL:© Oskar Kihlborg/www.kihlborg.se
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