Zhik Moth Worlds - Aussies seven out of top ten

Moth Worlds 2011 -©ThMartinez/Sea&Co.
It was a hot first day for the 2011 Zhik Moth Worlds with enough Easterly for 'Light-air Flyer' Joe Turner (AUS) to turn out a record of 2, 1, 1 and win the day.

Aussies make up seven out of the top ten after day 1 with Nathan Outteridge in second, Rob Gough with third, and Scott Babbage in fifth. Kiwi Peter Burling cracks in with fourth. But it wasn’t just the 'young blokes' leading around the track, there was plenty of – experience – and international flavour breaching the top 10 around the tracks.

Swiss cousins Mikis and Arnaud Psarofaghis (try saying that 10 times fast), both had excellent days, Arnaud pumping out three top 10 finishes and Mikis a few in the top 15. Hero moves of the day go to Nathan Outteridge and Bora Gulari who in the last race were dead off the line, rounded the windward mark in 20th and 21st, and both fought their way back to a top 10 finish.

'So this is what it feels like to fly' reports Charlie McKee (USA), the Wing-sail guinea pig. The Wing-sail made a stunning debut after having a tough time at the Nationals and a full-blown smash-up during a practice session on the lay-day. 'I’ve never piloted a glider,' McKee said, 'But this is what I imagine how it would feel.' McKee had an excellent beat, winning the first leg of the second race and managed to hold on to a fifth.

Even top sailors get a few butterflies (moths?) in the stomach at World Championships. Brad Funk (USA) started off the day sailing the wrong race in the split fleet starts, is 'pretty glad' it’s a long series. Byrne Lochlin (AUS) might have forgotten to put his bung in, and might have had to raft up on the American support boat to drain his hull …

Some of the followers on Facebook couldn’t believe the live updates: 'Old Man Rast beat the young guns?' Sailors all born before 19__, such as Chris Rast (USA), Charlie McKee (USA), Peder Arvefors (SWE) and third over-all Rob Gough all tasted the top 10.

Arvefors, like Rast and McKee, came to the Moth from a strong background in 49ers, as well as some i14s and ice sailing. He’s here with his wife and four kids, 'and I think there’s a few cousins too', proving that you can foil, get top 10 finishes, and have your family, too. He currently sits in 27th overall.

2011 Zhik Moth Worlds Preliminary Results Day 1 - Top Ten:

1 – Joe Turner (AUS) —- 4
2 – Nathan Outteridge (AUS) —- 7
3 – Rob Gough (AUS) —- 7
4 – Peter Burling (NZL) —- 7
5 – Scott Babbage (AUS) — 10
6 – Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) —- 14
7 – Tom Slingsby (AUS) —- 14
8 – Matt Crockett (AUS) —- 15
9 – Iain Jensen (AUS) —- 17
10 – John Harris (AUS) —- 19

DAY 1. CHARLIE MCKEE (USA 3787) - Moth Worlds 2011 -©ThMartinez/Sea&Co

DAY 1. ARNAUD PSAROFAGHIS (SUI 4) - Moth Worlds 2011 ©ThMartinez/Sea&Co


Full Results:
Moth World Championships Sail No Skipper Country Place Pts Place Pts Place Pts Pts Rank 3639 Turner AUS 2 2 1 1 1 1 4 1 3750 Outteridge AUS 5 5 1 1 1 1 7 2 3731 Gough AUS 1 1 3 3 3 3 7 3 3773 Burling NZL 2 2 3 3 2 2 7 4 7 Babbage AUS 6 6 2 2 2 2 10 5 4 Psarofaghis SUI 4 4 4 4 6 6 14 6 3786 Slingsby AUS 6 6 2 2 6 6 14 7 3820 Crockett AUS 7 7 4 4 4 4 15 8 3709 Jensen AUS 1 1 9 9 7 7 17 9 3634 Harris AUS 9 9 7 7 3 3 19 10 5 Bergan USA 9 9 7 7 4 4 20 11 1 Payne GBR 8 8 5 5 10 10 23 12 3676 Beeby AUS 5 5 13 13 5 5 23 13 2 McDougall AUS 3 3 11 11 11 11 25 14 6 Gulari USA 10 10 6 6 9 9 25 15 3783 Sare AUS 3 3 11 11 14 14 28 16 3803 Rast USA 4 4 20 20 5 5 29 17 8 Lennon GBR 13 13 10 10 8 8 31 18 3636 Sherring AUS 7 7 18 18 7 7 32 19 3622 Froesch SUI 10 10 9 9 15 15 34 20 3787 McKee USA 17 17 5 5 12 12 34 21 3666 Gravare AUS 15 15 10 10 15 15 40 22 3623 Psarofaghis SUI 13 13 16 16 12 12 41 23 3715 Russell GBR 16 16 12 12 14 14 42 24 3610 Day AUS 11 11 19 19 13 13 43 25 3700 Robinson AUS 19 19 15 15 9 9 43 26 3792 Arvefors SWE 24 24 13 13 8 8 45 27 3615 Peet USA 16 16 12 12 18 18 46 28 3769 Budgen GBR 20 20 6 6 20 20 46 29 3776 McKnight AUS 22 22 14 14 10 10 46 30 3638 Beashel AUS 20 20 14 14 13 13 47 31 3656 Damic AUS 17 17 18 18 19 19 54 32 3657 Lister AUS 11 11 23 23 20 20 54 33 3777 Crocker AUS 23 23 8 8 23 23 54 34 9332 Stevenson AUS 12 12 21 21 21 21 54 35 3719 Kurts AUS 14 14 15 15 26 26 55 36 3775 England AUS 12 12 21 21 25 25 58 37 3232 Salter AUS 27 27 16 16 16 16 59 38 3658 Watts AUS 15 15 22 22 24 24 61 39 3774 Vincent NZL 14 14 26 26 21 21 61 40 3781 Logan AUS 18 18 19 19 24 24 61 41 3757 Paton GBR 8 8 37 37 18 18 63 42 3800 Wilmot AUS 30 30 17 17 23 23 70 43 3592 Bergan USA 19 19 35 35 17 17 71 44 3288 Dunstan AUS 22 22 22 22 28 28 72 45 3596 Knowles USA 24 24 29 29 22 22 75 46 3685 Frankcombe AUS 21 21 23 23 31 31 75 47 3711 Cole SIN 25 25 24 24 29 29 78 48 3771 O'Shea IRL 29 29 30 30 19 19 78 49 3793 Gravare SWE 26 26 17 17 35 35 78 50 9318 Thorpe AUS 21 21 28 28 30 30 79 51 3729 Käsermann SUI 26 26 33 33 22 22 81 52 3784 Newling AUS 31 31 34 34 17 17 82 53 3735 Wakinaga JPN 31 31 25 25 27 27 83 54 3379 Byrne AUS 33 33 24 24 32 32 89 55 3420 Pearson AUS 18 18 32 32 39 39 89 56 3717 Sherring AUS 23 23 31 31 36 36 90 57 3841 Ilett AUS 28 28 35 35 28 28 91 58 3733 Lowry USA 28 28 27 27 38 38 93 59 3707 Goto JPN 35 35 31 31 30 30 96 60 3641 Mcnicol AUS 30 30 39 39 29 29 98 61 3264 Sitja AUS 29 29 36 36 34 34 99 62 3653 Stevenson AUS 40 40 26 26 33 33 99 63 3315 Outteridge AUS 34 34 44 44 26 26 104 64 3706 Kunimi JPN 41 41 32 32 31 31 104 65 3738 Sangster AUS 43 43 20 20 41 41 104 66 3797 Ruf SUI 25 25 42 42 38 38 105 67 3574 Dey AUS 46 46 33 33 27 27 106 68 3654 Olsen AUS 38 38 29 29 39 39 106 69 3098 Gault AUS 33 33 39 39 35 35 107 70 3659 Johnson AUS 37 37 25 25 45 45 107 71 3779 Dixon AUS 35 35 30 30 42 42 107 72 3271 Jackson AUS 39 39 28 28 43 43 110 73 3655 Goddard AUS 32 32 38 38 41 41 111 74 3260 Donovan AUS 43 43 34 34 37 37 114 75 3652 Emonson AUS 32 32 40 40 42 42 114 76 3572 Rankin AUS 44 44 38 38 33 33 115 77 3772 Rankine AUS 41 41 41 41 36 36 118 78 9360 Pollard AUS 39 39 37 37 44 44 120 79 3605 Simmonds GBR 40 40 43 43 40 40 123 80 3637 Wieblen CHN 46 46 40 40 40 40 126 81 3 Funk USA DNF 111 8 8 11 11 130 82 9365 Dally AUS 44 44 41 41 45 45 130 83 3801 Brugger SUI 42 42 45 45 44 44 131 84 3580 Genders AUS 45 45 45 45 43 43 133 85 3798 Schiller SUI 42 42 43 43 49 49 134 86 3661 Mackenzie AUS 48 48 42 42 47 47 137 87 3689 Green AUS 47 47 47 47 46 46 140 88 9233 McAteer AUS 50 50 47 47 50 50 147 89 9256 Sim AUS 49 49 49 49 51 51 149 90 3573 Spence AUS 51 51 48 48 52 52 151 91 3794 Aspington SWE 27 27 DNF 111 16 16 154 92 3316 Coxall AUS 34 34 DNF 111 25 25 170 93 3770 Spiers AUS DNF 111 27 27 37 37 175 94 3464 Owen-Smith AUS 36 36 36 36 DNF 111 183 95 3767 Liddington AUS 38 38 DNF 111 34 34 183 96 3584 Whittle AUS 37 37 44 44 DNF 111 192 97 3178 McLeod AUS 45 45 46 46 DNF 111 202 98 3865 Ross AUS DNF 111 46 46 48 48 205 99 9346 Wise AUS DNF 111 48 48 48 48 207 100 3795 Barton GBR DNF 111 DNF 111 32 32 254 101 3713 Phare GBR 36 36 DNF 111 DNF 111 258 102 9260 Flutter AUS DNF 111 DNF 111 46 46 268 103 3209 Dallen AUS 47 47 DNF 111 DNF 111 269 104 9364 Pauler AUS DNF 111 DNF 111 47 47 269 105 9336 Hughes AUS 48 48 DNF 111 DNF 111 270 106 3295 Schoenberg GER 49 49 DNF 111 DNF 111 271 107 3520 Pearson AUS DNF 111 DNF 111 DNF 111 333 108 3579 Oldfield AUS DNF 111 DNF 111 DNF 111 333 109 8851 Sim AUS DNF 111 DNF 111 DNF 111 333 110


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