Moth Worlds Belmont Australia January 2011
 

Heroes and Rivals

With 20 knots pumping through the harbour in Belmont on morning of Day 3 at the 2011 Zhik Moth Worlds, most of the fleet rigged their 10 m (heavy air) sail.  A few dared the 13 m sail, such as Nathan Outteridge, Brad Funk and Mach 2 designer Andrew McDougall.

Outteridge, does he know something you don’t? John Harris: “He’s got a direct connection to the guy upstairs: he gets the breeze, the weed parts before him…”

The stack-files are filling as the breeze builds.  Second runner up is front-runner Kiwi Peter Burling who took two spills that cost him the chance to match his best-mate and top-rival.  Next up is South Australian Greg Wise (100th place) when just crossing the final finish, the boat ripped out from under him and sailed on another 50m.  When fished out of the water he laughed, “Well that’s never happened before!”  Not a move to try back at home with all the “shark issues”.

Stack of the day goes to A-Mac when he nearly plowed into the Race Committee and landed right under the lens of the onboard camera crew.  Everybody loves a good wipeout, except when it’s your own: “Why are you filming this?!” he shouted while trying to fend off from potential damage.  But on shore he came to his senses admitting, “It really was quite spectacular.”  Congratulations to A-Mac, soon to be populating the Facebook feeds across the globe.

Hiroko Goto and the 3 Golden Frogs sail into Gold Fleet.

Hiroki Goto will be buying dinner tonight, for taking that final spot in Gold fleet over teammate Hiromitsu Kunimi. Tatsuya Wakinaga leads the team in 39th.  Joining Kunimi to lead the silver fleet (all with 181 points for the series) are Christopher Dey (AUS) and Les Thorpe (AUS).

Super-Bro Outteridge helped out sister Haylee, swapping boats twice to fix first her rudder and was in the water again to re-step her mast after the side-stay blew.  Sailing his boat while he worked on her repairs Haylee tried to simplify things, “Maybe I should just take your boat, Nathe.”

Hero to the rescue, perfect score…

But when the Facebook Feed reported that Burling suffered “two major wipeouts”, who liked this post?

Nathan Outteridge.

 
 
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