The first race got underway with 10 knots of breeze and Bora Gulari showed his form and dominated the Yellow fleet, finishing ahead of Babbage. In the Blue fleet, Australian Joshua McKnight confirmed he's an up-and-coming young gun, scoring his third victory in nine races. Anthony Kotoun, who still likes to call himself a "rookie", was close behind.
The second race took place in the fading Ora that once again forced the race committee to shorten it. It was a tactically tough race with big wind holes everywhere. Still, once again, Bora Gulari led the Yellow fleet. Was he lucky? They say that luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Gulari must certainly have had both. "I had a good day with two wins thanks to a bit of luck and a bit of skills. My end goal is to win this one. A few days ago I stated my goal was to finish in the top five because I wanted to be humble but after listening to all the Australians claiming they wanted to win I will also state that my end goal is to win the worlds!" said Gulari
Another young gun, Great Britain's Chris Rashley, was first in the Blue fleet, scoring his first victory this week. Despite this being his first world championship, the current UK Moth Champion has shown remarkable consistence, never finishing worse than seventh.
The boats will now be split into two fleets, based on their ranking in the qualifying series, with the top half going into the Gold fleet and the remaining yachts in the Silver fleet. Each skipper's rank in the qualifying series will be counted as a non-discardable race score for the final series and his score for the regatta will be the total of his final series race scores together with the non-discardable qualifying series rank.
As a result, going into the finals, the score table isn't reset to zero but Babbage's advantage will be no more than a few points over his closest competitors, exactly what we need for another three day of red-hot racing off Campione del Garda.
The schedule calls for nine races in the final series on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday's races will start, weather allowing, at 14:00 local time under conditions that are expected to be very similar to what the Moths have experienced so far this week.
Top Ten After Seven Races
1. Scott Babbage (AUS) - 8pts
2. Joshua Aaron McKnight (AUS) - 17 pts
5. Bora Gulari (USA) - 17pts
4. Anthony Kotoun (ISV) - 17pts
5. Chris Rashley (GBR) - 23pts
6. Joe Turner (AUS) - 26pts
7. Andrew McDougall (AUS) - 31pts
8. Julian Salter (AUS) - 32pts
9. Jason Belben (GBR) - 32pts
10. Francesco Bianchi (ITA) - 33pts
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