Australian John HARRIS has sailed away with the 2008 title as Moth World Champion, winning with a race to spare in Weymouth, Great Britain.
With third being his worst result, John HARRIS
came away the clear winner from the two-day, seven race series.
After having a go on fellow skiff crew member Scott BABBAGE
's Foiler Moth 18 months ago, HARRIS decided he had to take it on. Thirteen months after purchasing his own boat, and competing at the 2007 Moth World Championships at Lake Garda, Italy, he has made it to the top of the foiling game.
HARRIS is a past 18 Foot Skiff Champion, and has secured numerous Australian Championships on Sydney Harbour.
Second and third place were also taken by fellow Australians Andrew MCDOUGALL and Mat BELCHER
consecutively - making the Aussies easy winners in the Ashes series for 2008. It was an Aussie white wash at the worlds with the Poms being annihilated in the Ashes series - particularly painful on the Brits home turf.
The final day of the CST Composites 2008 Moth World Championships featured the last three races of the series, in conditions similar to Thursday. The fleet were sent out in the morning for the first two races in conditions averaging 18 knots gusting to 27. After lunch, winds were stronger at an average of 20 knots.
Top five places in each of today's races were as follows:
Race 1: 1st John HARRIS (AUS), 2nd Scott BABBAGE (AUS), 3rd Mathew BELCHER (AUS), 4th Andrew BROWN (NZL), 5th Alex KNIGHT (GBR).
Race 2: 1st Andrew MCDOUGALL (AUS), 2nd Bora GULARI (USA), 3rd John HARRIS (AUS), 4th Mathew BELCHER (AUS), 5th Arnaud PSAROFAGHIS (SUI).
Race 3: 1st Andrew MCDOUGALL (AUS), 2nd John HARRIS (AUS), 3rd Elco BOERS (NED), 4th Arnaud PSAROFAGHIS (SUI), 5th James OWEN-SMITH (AUS).
Top British spot was secured by Alex KNIGHT (GBR) who finished sixth - with no mention in any of the form guides he snuck in as a dark horse on his Bladerider. Second Brit was Graham VIALS
(GBR) in seventh spot, also riding a Bladerider. Competition favourite Simon PAYNE (GBR) finished eighth overall and Olympian Adam MAY
(GBR) finished 14th in his new British made Velociraptor.
USA favourite Bora GULARI
was unable to complete the series due to other sailing commitments, however, he thoroughly enjoyed his time here at the CST Composites 2008 Moth World Championships and secured 20th spot. He is particularly looking forward to sailing in home waters in at the 2009 Moth World Championships in The Gorge, Portland USA.
(AUS) dominated the female competition, coming 16th overall, giving many of the men a good run for their money. The other ladies in the fleet finished as follows: Florence BEAL
(SUI) 55th, Helen ROLLINSON (GBR) 64th, Clare DALLIMORE (GBR) 77th, Katherine KNIGHT (GBR) 79th.
French celebrity Sebastian JOSSE (FRA) finished 23rd and is looking forward to the next World Championships in Portland, USA.
The Swiss contingent was led by Arnaud PSAROFAGHIS
, who had an impressive result of fourth overall. At just 19 years of age, PSAROFAGHIS is showing strong potential for future events.
The Junior competition was strong with some fantastic talent coming up through the ranks. Sten-Mark BACHMANN
from Estonia finished 11th overall which is extremely impressive at just 16 years of age.
Results - click here