Gold fleet racing started at 9.30am, with Nathan Outteridge (AUS) never letting Chris Rashley (GBR) out of his sights and taking the title in with a last race bullet.
Ben Paton (GBR) led the charge in race 7, with the leaders round the windward mark and screaming along the Hayling shoreline. Rashley was in 2nd followed by Mike Lennon (GBR) and Outteridge in 4th. Robert Greenhalgh (GBR) and Scott Babbage (AUS) climbed through the fleet to finish 2nd & 3rd respectively behind Paton, who took his first ever Moth Worlds race victory, with Outteridge 4th, Lennon 5th & Rashley 6th.
On his first Moth worlds race win Patton said, "It meant quite a lot to me, when I knew that I could win the race, after the first lap I gave it everything I had to make sure that I kept everyone behind me and extend my lead a bit so that my downwind was pretty comfortable. I was getting pretty excited about crossing the line as last year in Hawaii I'd led round the windward mark many, many times but wasn't good enough downwind so it was brilliant."
Race 8 started soon after with a crowded pin end of the line. Jason Belben (GBR) led around the track to win from Babbage and Andrew McDougall (A-Mac) in third - a result that vastly improved Australia's chances of retaining the Moth Ashes.
Race 9 saw Josh Mcknight (AUS) take a small lead over Outteridge with Rashley chasing hard in 3rd. Mcknight did a great job of holding off Outteridge to take the win, but Rashley's 3rd was not enough and sealed the title for Outteridge. Paul Goodison (GBR) knocked in a good race in 4th with Greenhalgh having a much better day in 5th.
There were a few white-caps on the waves at the start of the final race - fantastic conditions. The Patonator had a flying start at the Committee Boat end, but it was Mcknight who led the first lap from Outteridge and A-Mac sailing another blinder for the Australian Moth Ashes team.
Mcknight led Outteridge with Rashley moving up to 3rd. The final leg became really unstable with all the leaders dropping off their foils at times. In the end Outteridge knocked in 15 gybes in a band of breeze to win the race by a country mile and wrap up his championship in style! Mcknight limped across the line in 2nd with Greenhalgh slipping through to 3rd, Paton 4th & Tom Offer (GBR) 5th.
Outteridge said about the final race, "It had got a bit soft in that very last race and I actually fell off the foils at the top mark. Josh Mcknight and Chris Rashley gybed in a really good puff, and I managed to gybe, get foiling again and did about 15 gybes down in this one little puff, turned around half-way to see how I was going and no-one was foiling so it was a pretty nice way to finish, to have a really big lead."
Mcknight who finished third overall said, "It was a really good event, we were lucky to get the breeze in the end as it was looking pretty borderline at the start. It was really good racing that we had in the finals and it was one of the closest regattas we've had in a while. I finished one point of Chris (Rashley) and Nathan and Chris had a battle early on in the finals so it was really, really good to see.
On Australia retaining the #MothAshes Mcknight said, "Well I mean that's really all we come to these events for - the Moth Ashes. It's a great trophy to have as it puts emphasis on a bit of team spirit among Australia and England
Offer, who won the Corinthian Trophy at the Moth Worlds, won a new CST boom described his week, "Difficult, you know, it's a world championship. I'd done as much preparation as I felt I could do before the event. I was extremely pleased with my result, wanted to get a top ten and managed to achieve that so I'm really, really pleased. You look at the list of massive sailing names that are in this fleet that I have luckily managed to finish above so I'm really pleased with my performance and it's just been lots of good fun."
The International Moth class is hugely grateful to the companies that are helping make this championship possible; Magic Marine, LV, Lennon Sails, CST Composites, Ronstan and Blueteq.
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