The 85 SYZ & CO Moth European Championship participants were thrilled to see the sun on day three in St Moritz. The area looked like a postcard, with electric blue sky, turquoise colour lake and more than 20 knots of wind.
(AUS) and Bora Gulari
(USA) continue to dominate the championship, but Arnaud Psarofaghis
(SUI) makes a great come-back today to the 4th place of the general ranking. The performance of the other Swiss sailors is also very good, with both Renker and Ziegert classified within the first 8.
What an incredible spectacle to see the moths' fleet, with their aggressive profile, flying full speed over the waters of Silvaplana Lake! The three races of the day took place under splendid conditions. A first really tough race with a 20 knot maloja wind was followed by an even windier second race, calming down for the last race and allowing the less experienced competitors to finish the day on a soother note.
Psarofaghis, double European champion and title holder, who seems in a better form as the days go by. "I try to make simple tactical moves and that's what works the best for me
." Always within close distance of the best world champions, the Genevan sailor explains: "It is very stimulating to sail with these guys… It motivates me to find ways to overtake them. I do not go over any detail. There are meters to be gained in all fields, at the tactical level and at the speed level
The Swiss-German Matthias Renker
, from Thun Lake, performed well yesterday with a 5th and two 8th places. This discrete athlete just won the Italian Championships on Lake Garda at the beginning of the month. "I tried to take good starts and to leave with the best. The timing is crucial: it is important to start flying quickly, because if not, one is soon overtaken by the fleet, and then, it is impossible to recover
" tells Matthias Renker. "It's great fun to sail here. More than 80 boats, it is fantastic… On the Lake of Thun, I am the only one sailing a Moth!"
"It a European Championship, but there are so many sailors from all around the world that it is almost a new world championship
" says Simon Payne
(GBR), the current World champion. "I normally sail on the sea (Hayling Island - Hampshire, in the South of England), and I better perform under those conditions. Here, in this variable alpine wind, I have more difficulties.
" He adds: "The competition is excellent, and not only in the leading group. The lake is so small and the number of competitors so big that it is crucial to handle the boat in the right manner… Boat handling becomes more important than speed.
Preliminary results after the third day :
1. Nathan OUTTERIDGE (AUS 3750)
2. Bora GULARI (USA 6)
3. Scott BABBAGE (AUS 7)
4. Arnaud PSAROFAGHIS (SUI 4)
5. Simon PAYNE (GBR 1)
6. Rob GOUGH (AUS 3731)
7. Jean-Pierre ZIEGERT (SUI 3734)
8. Matthias RENKER (SUI 3626)
9. Chris GRAHAM (UAE 9)
10. Jason BELBEN (GBR 3619)
More information and results can be found on the event website