Exceptional sailing by Australian Scott Babbage, with six wins from seven races at the Moth Worlds on Lake Garda in Italy, has moved him into a comfortable nine point lead over the 125-boat fleet overnight, with six Australians now featured in the top 10
Exceptional sailing by Australian Scott Babbage, with six wins
from seven races at the Moth Worlds on Lake Garda in Italy, has
moved him into a comfortable nine point lead over the 125-boat
fleet overnight, with six Australians now featured in the top
Competitors from around the globe faced a wide range of conditions
on Day 3, when four further races were completed. A 25-knot 'Peler'
and one metre waves early in the morning was replaced by a dying
'Ora' late in the afternoon, forcing the race committee to shorten
the last race.
Babbage dominated again to extend his lead, his 11th place in a
dying breeze amongst an otherwise floorless scorecard, used as his
drop. Sharing the glory is certainly Anthony Kouton, the rookie
from the British Virgin Islands, who now claims second place
Meanwhile, Anthony Kotoun might call himself a "rookie with many
hurdles to overcome," but he proved to be a master of the light to
moderate Ora, the afternoon breeze on Lake Garda. Feeling
comfortable in these conditions, Kotoun pushed Joshua McKnight down
to third overall.
The top-five is now completed by 2009 Moth world champion, Bora
Gulari and Joe Turner (AUS) who have started to find their
Locals say that when the sun rises over the mountains
surrounding Lake Garda, the 'Pelèr' kicks in with vengeance. So,
with an 8:30am start scheduled, the fleet was prepared to face
tough but spectacular conditions off Campione del Garda.
There were dozens of capsizes, crashes and swims, but when the
going gets tough, the tough get going. In the Yellow fleet, Babbage
led from start to finish. In the Blue fleet, a fight between Joshua
McKnight, Joe Turner and Rob Gough resulted in the latter scoring
his first victory so far.
When the race committee gave the signal for the second race, the
Pelèr was already fading and shifting. Although still fresh, the
lighter breeze and the flatter seas didn't provide the same amount
of excitement. Once again, Scott Babbage dominated the Yellow fleet
with Chris Rashley (GBR) coming second behind him.
Although the young British sailor hasn't scored any victories,
his consistent performance has allowed him to make inroads in the
rankings and climb into the top five.
After a break ashore in order to get the "Pelèr" out of the way
and wait for the "Ora" to build up, the fleet took to the water for
two more races.
For the Yellow fleet, the third race of the day was marked by
the match race between Scott Babbage and Andrew McDougall.
McDougall built an immense lead over the rest of the fleet at the
first weather mark but meter by meter, Babbage closed in on him and
won the race on the finish line.
In the fourth and last race of the day, the shifting and dying
breeze made it necessary to shorten it at the bottom mark. Joe
Turner dominated the Blue fleet from the outset, while Babbage had
his worst result of the week so far in the Yellow fleet. Although
he was third at the top mark the Aussie slipped to 11th by the
On racing today, Babbage said: "We had some very good racing in
the morning. The first race of the afternoon was a very close one
with Andrew McDougall and I'm not sure whether I beat him or beat
me. It was too close to tell.
"In the last race, the breeze died at the top. A few boats got
away and then the race committee decided to finish the race at the
bottom, so there wasn't any opportunity. I'm satisfied with my
overall performance. I find the morning races much more fun than
the afternoon ones, which are pretty painful - I hope we do more
On whether he is happy Nathan Outteridge (defending world
champion and fellow Australian) is in San Francisco skippering Team
Korea in the America's Cup World Series, Babbage said, "No, it
would've been good to have him here; he's always a good competitor
and it's good when you take races off him.
"I beat him in the Australian Championship, the first regatta I
beat him at in 10 years. That was good, but I think that if he did
the Worlds he would definitely be hard to beat."
Although Thursday was initially scheduled to be a lay day, the
race committee will try to hold two more qualification races
starting at 2pm local time, to make up for the lost second day of
the Championship. Once again, the weather forecast is quite similar
to what we have seen so far, and as a result, the Moths will have
to fly in a light to moderate Ora breeze.
Top 10 results after 7 races and 1 discard:
1. Scott Babbage (AUS), 1,1,1,1,1,1,(11)=6
2. Anthony Kotoun (ISV), 3,3,2,(11),2,2,3=15
3. Joshua McKnight (AUS), 6,1,1,2,4,3,(12)=17
4. Bora Gulari (USA), 2,2,7,(14),4,4,3=22
5. Joe Turner (AUS), (9),9,2,3,3,5,1=23
6. Chris Rashley (GBR), 4,(7),4,4,2,5,7=26
7. Julian Salter (AUS), 7,4,3,7,(12),1,8=30
8. Andrew McDougall (AUS), 2,8,5,7,(21),2,6=30
9. Rob Gough (AUS), 5,3,(17),1,11,7,5=32
10. Jason Paul Belben (GBR), (60 DNF),10,6,3,3,10,2=34
By Moth Worlds Media, as sourced from www.yachte.com.au