Race Report: Final Day World Championships

Paul Goodison won the title YANMAR Moth Worlds 2016 YANMAR Moth Worlds 2016 held from May 23rd to May 29th in Hayama, Japan was closing today. On the last race day, May 29, only one race was held. Paul Goodison from UK kept his lead and became the new champion. 38-year-old Goodison, 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medalist in the Laser Class, continued his steady racing and finished in one of the top three positions in 11 races out of 13. He won the battle with young Chris Rashley aiming for his first victory and Robert Greenhalgh who made a fantastic turnaround yesterday and he claimed the international Moth world championship title for the first time. “Because Rob (Robert Greenhalgh, third place) won the first race today, I felt pressure a little before the second race start. After the race start, the wind dropped. When I heard the race was cancelled, […]

Day5 Moth World Championships 2016 (44photos)

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Race Report: Day 4 World Championships

Robert Greenhalgh catch up Paul Goodison intensely One more race day to go YANMAR Moth Worlds 2016 YANMAR Moth Worlds 2016 held from May 23rd to May 29th in Hayama, Japan. May 28th is forth race day and the day before final day of the event. Thanks to weekend, the Hayama Port received many visitors who wanted to see world top level sailing competitions including those who were not usually familiar with yachting. There was a long queue for today’s tickets of spectator boats offered by the organiser. However, due to very light winds in the morning, the participants had to wait for a long time to start racing. The first race was started at 3:35pm (JST). In continued south-southwesterly breeze of 6-7 knots, today’s three races were finally finished. Robert Greenhalgh from UK, current EU champion who raced in 1st, 2nd and 1st during the three races made remarkable […]

Race Report: Day 3 World Championships

Another Challenging Day for Moth sailors The third race day YANMAR Moth Worlds 2016 YANMAR Moth Worlds 2016 held from May 23rd to May 29th in Hayama, Japan had the third race today on May 26th. Today is another tough day for Moth sailors. Due to continuous strong southerly winds since the last night, waves were getting higher on the racecourse. Many boats following the top group capsized during the races and some of them had to retire because of damages on their boats. Shinji Hachiyama participating in the championships supported by a special program to develop young sailors capsized his boat just before the third race start and the tiller extension was accidentally broken. However, he manages to join the third race and completed it. “I’m enjoying racing whatever happens during the races. I can see every day my progress,” said Hachiyama with joy. Paul Goodison from UK, 2008 […]