2012 Zhik Nautica Moth World Championships
Campione del Garda, Italy
Scott Babbage continues to dominate at the 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth World Championships posting three more bullets in mixed conditions on the third day on Lake Garda.
The 125-strong fleet faced a wide range of conditions that started with a 25-knot "Peler" and 1-meter waves early in the morning to a dying "Ora" late in the afternoon that forced the race committee to shorten the last race. Babbage dominated once again and extended his lead but the day's story is certainly Anthony Kouton, the "rookie" from the US Virgin Islands who claims third place overall.
Only the dying breeze at the end of the afternoon could stop Scott Babbage. The Australian sailor has now a solid grasp on the overall lead, six points ahead of second placed Josh Knight (AUS) and seven points ahead of Anthony Kotoun (ISV). Kotoun might call himself a "rookie" with "many hurdles to overcome" but he proved to be a master of the light to moderate Ora, the afternoon breeze on Lake Garda. Feeling comfortable in these conditions.
The top-five is now completed by Bora Gulari and Joe Turner who are starting to find their form.
Top Ten After Seven Races
1. Scott Babbage (AUS) - 5pts
2. Joshua Aaron McKnight (AUS) - 11 pts
3. Anthony Kotoun (ISV) - 12pts
4. Joe Turner (AUS) - 14pts
5. Bora Gulari (USA) - 15pts
6. Chris Rashley (GBR) - 19pts
7. Rob Gough (AUS) - 21pts
8. Julian Salter (AUS) - 22pts
9. Andrew McDougall (AUS) - 22pts
10. Jason Belben (GBR) - 24pts
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