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10 March 2010, 05:16 pm
Payne Hits The Front On Day Three Of PUMA Moth Worlds
US Laser sailor Brad Funk
US Laser sailor Brad Funk moved up to second overall

PUMA Moth World Championship 2010
Dubai, UAE

British sailor Simon Payne moved into pole position following day three of racing at the PUMA Moth World Championship in Dubai, UAE.
Andrew "Amac" McDougall's (AUS) nine-point lead evaporated today in the difficult patchy Dubai breeze of the third day of the PUMA International Moth World Championship. Simon Payne (GBR) posted two thirds and a fourth to move into first place overall on 18 points, two ahead of Brad Funk (USA), with Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) on 24 points.

The first race of the day, race five of the series, was a carbon copy of the final race yesterday, with US Laser sailor Funk scoring a bullet. European Moth Champ Psarofaghis scored a second on the same race, and at the end of the day Psarofaghis moved into third place. "Today I lost a few positions I shouldn't have, but overall I was going pretty fast in some difficult conditions," the Swiss racer said. Payne captured third in the race.

Seattle, USA skiff sailor Dalton Bergan pulled off the move of the regatta at the exciting start of race six, when he port-tacked the entire fleet - a sailor's dream at a World Championship. The manoeuvre paid off and guaranteed victory for Bergan. Australian Scott Babbage grabbed second place, with Funk again scoring big with a third. Payne continued his strong performance with a fourth and 2009 World Champ Bora Gulari (USA) rounded out the top five.

The last race of the day started in a lighter and dying breeze, with Psarofaghis edging out Brad Funk for the race win after Funk broke his boom vang. Funk also lost a sail control called a camber inducer, greatly reducing the power in his rig. The gear failure cost Funk one point, leaving his just two points from race leader Payne, whose consistency has proved his biggest advantage. "I was good but not great today, not quite as fast as yesterday just before I broke my mast, but then the conditions weren't quite the same so you have to take that into account," explained Payne.

Tomorrow is a lay day for the fleet, with racing resuming on Friday.

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Bridgid Murphy (As Amended By ISAF)
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