And they're off again

International Moths start their Nationals campaign in Weymouth

Sunday July 22nd 2007, Author: Mike Cooke, Location: United Kingdom
The 2007 International Moth UK championships got off to a slow start on Saturday with a short postponement while waiting for breeze. This gave all in attendance the chance to fiddle, munch on bacon butties and swap war stories from the recent Garda Campaign. With 20 competitors signed up, and a few more on the cards for later in the week, this promises to be a great event (and brilliant practice for next year's worlds, which will be held at the same venue!).

Race One got underway with a good 12 knot breeze and a clean start. Jason Belben in his Prowler took an early lead, hotly pursued by Adam May in his Weapon and Sam Pascoe sailing his Mistress 3. These three, along with Alex Adams, each showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the fleet and broke free from the pack. After some chopping and changing at the top end, Adam took first from Jason, Sam came in third, with Alex finishing 4th

Race Two saw the same few faces break away, although there was a much bigger gap between Sam and the rest. He disappeared into the distance, leaving Adam and Jason to battle it out for second - with Adam finally sneaking ahead to take the silver. Ricky Tagg showed some great bursts of speed and finished in fourth. Another one to watch out for is Tim Boon, who has great speed out of the blocks and on the downhill legs.

In Race Three, with the wind dropping from 15 knots to 10, the top three folk remained the same, although they swapped around again, with Jason taking first, Sam in second and Adam third. Alex Adams returned to take fourth again in this race and Ricky came in fifth.

So, a round of the event so far: 3 competitors are tied for first place and only one point separating the current 5th and 6th (with Ricky Tagg on 15 and Tim Boon on 16). First low-rider is currently Russ Wheeler, who resides in 13th place. Here's to more sun and breeze tomorrow!

Top 5:
1st Jason Belben
1st Sam Pascoe
1st Adam May
4th Ricky Tagg
5th Tim Boon

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