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Greenslade wins Moth Bermuda Nationals

Published on March 24th, 2018

Hamilton, Bermuda (March 24, 2018) – Joshua Greenslade has won the Bacardi Moth Bermuda National Championship.

Racing for the championship was cancelled today due to very strong winds, so Greenslade won based on yesterday’s results. Greenslade finished 1 point ahead of James Doughty while Benn Smith, the youngest competitor in the fleet at 18 years of age, was 11 points further back.

“It’s a strange win, considering we only had three races, but it was fun,” said the 27-year-old Greenslade who’s a director of the Endeavour Community Sailing Program, a legacy of the America’s Cup Endeavour program. Previously, Greenslade won national championships in the Optimist Class, 420 Class and match racing.

Racing was cancelled today because the wind on Great Sound was blowing a steady 25 knots with gusts approaching 40 knots. With the Bacardi Moth World Championship scheduled to begin March 26, Principal Race Officer David Campbell-Smith felt it was an easy decision.

“There really was no reason to send anyone out today. It’s just too windy,” said Campbell-James.

Even if racing had been held, Greenslade wasn’t sure he would’ve been able to race. He had troubles yesterday with the bow-mounted wand that helps control the hydrofoiling characteristic that is the hallmark of the Moth class.

“The wand was sticking at a certain point due to some resistance and it wasn’t reacting the way I wanted it to,” Greenslade said. “I don’t feel like I sailed that well yesterday considering the boat wasn’t performing as well as it usually does, but it was fun being out there. The fleet is so strong, the Worlds should be a very tough regatta.”

British sailor Paul Goodison, the favorite to win his third consecutive Moth world championship, won the regatta overall with the low score of 3 points. Another British sailor, Ben Paton, placed second and Matthew Chew of Australia was third. The Bermuda Nationals was an open regatta but the title of Bermuda National Champion could only be awarded to a Bermudian.

Racing was scheduled for March 23-24.

The 77th running of the Moth Worlds will follow on March 26-April 1.

Final Results (Top 10 of 34; 3 races)
1. GBR, Paul Goodison, – 1 – 1 – 1 ; 3
2. GBR, Ben Paton, – 2 – 2 – 6 ; 10
3. AUS, Matthew Chew, – 6 – 5 – 3 ; 14
4. USA, Rome Kirby, – 3 – 3 – 10 ; 16
5. GBR, Simon Hiscocks, – 7 – 8 – 2 ; 17
6. FRA, Marie, – 4 – 6 – 9 ; 19
7. IRL, David Kenefick, – 8 – 4 – 7 ; 19
8. AUS, Hackney, – 9 – 9 – 4 ; 22
9. USA, Victor Diaz de Leon, – 5 – 13 – 5 ; 23
10. POR, Francisco Andrade, – 10 – 17 – 8 ; 35

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Source: Sean McNeill

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