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Local sailor claims UAE Moth Nationals

Chris Graham claims Puma Moth Worlds warm-up

Saturday March 6th 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Arab Emirates

Local sailor and organiser of next week's Puma Moth World Championship in Dubai, Chris Graham, has won the UAE Nationals.

Proceedings got underway yesterday after a windy start to the day. With the boats sailing in 18-20 knots, competitors were pushed to the limits with many wipe-outs. Two races were sailed with 15 of the 44 boats entered for the Worlds taking part in the first and dropping to nine in the second.

At the end of day one, reigning European champion, Switzerland’s Arnaud Psarfaghis was leading having scored two bullets, followed by Chris Graham who had posting a second and a fourth and Australian Rob Gough with two thirds.

In contrast the start of racing on day two was delayed due to the winds being too light, with proceedings getting underway only at 13:40 in 6 knots. This was marginal foiling conditions for most and in addition, a black flag start saw five disqualifications.

After Psarofaghis' dominance on the opening day Graham posted a consistent 3-2-2 to win from the Swiss sailor by four points.

Results

Pos Helm Country Type R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Tot
1 Chris Graham UAE Mach 2 2 4 3 2 2 9
2 Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI Mach 2 1 1 6 5 11 13
3 Bora Gulari USA Mach 2 4 45 2 3 8 17
4 Scott Babbage AUS Mach 2 5 2 4 6 10 17
5 Rob Gough AUS Mach 2 3 3 7 9 14 22
6 Jean-Pierre Ziegert SUI Mach 2 6 45 10 12 4 32
7 George Peet USA Mach 2 12 45 8 15 9 44
8 Zack Maxam USA Mach 2 10 45 13 14 12 49
9 Simon Payne UK Mach 2 11 45 5 1 45 62
10 Marcel Herrerra UAE Bladerider 9 45 14 21 19 63
11 Dalton Bergen USA Mach 2 7 45 45 17 1 70
12 Alex Adams GBR Full Force 45 45 9 11 7 72
13 Mikis Psarofaghis SUI Mach 2 8 45 45 7 16 76
14 Adam May GBR Mach 2 45 45 17 13 3 78
15 Ricky Tagg GBR Mach 2 45 45 12 18 6 81
16 Martin Gravare SWE Mach 2 45 45 15 8 13 81
17 Michael Lennon GBR Mach 2 45 45 1 4 45 95
18 Paul Hayden GBR Mach 2 13 45 24 45 20 102
19 Emma Aspington SWE Bladerider 45 45 23 19 15 102
20 Andrew McDougall AUS Mach 2 45 45 45 10 5 105
21 Lindsey Bergen USA Mach 2 45 45 19 22 21 107
22 Magnus Gravare SWE Bladerider 45 45 18 26 27 116
23 Philip Kasermann SUI Bladerider 45 45 21 28 26 120
24 Tim Penfold GBR Mach 2 45 45 45 16 17 123
25 Rob Fordyce UAE Assassin 45 45 27 24 28 124
26 Simon Savage UAE Bladerider 45 45 26 30 24 125
27 James Cole AUS Bladerider 45 45 11 27 45 128
28 Alex Buerger UAE Bladerider 45 45 45 20 18 128
29 Richard Davies UK Bladerider X8 45 45 25 36 23 129
30 Dirk Weiblen CHN Mach 2 45 45 22 33 30 130
31 Mark Robinson SGP Mach 2 45 45 16 25 45 131
32 Kerstin Sommer UAE Bladerider 45 45 45 23 22 135
33 Ben Crocker AUS Prowler Zero 45 45 20 31 45 141
34 Marc Bruegger UAE Fastacraft 45 45 45 29 25 144
35 Dion Houghton HKG Mach 2 45 45 28 32 45 150
36 Per Eskilson SWE Bladerider X8 45 45 45 35 29 154
37 Jonathan Peats GBR Bladerider 45 45 45 37 31 158
38 Glenn Raphael UAE Mach 2 45 45 45 34 45 169
39 Dougie Imrie GBR Bladerider 45 45 45 45 45 180
39 James Phare GBR Mach 2 45 45 45 45 45 180
39 Tomaz Copi SVN Mach 2 45 45 45 45 45 180
39 Mauro Bettazza SUI Bladerider 45 45 45 45 45 180
39 Jeroen Leenen UAE Bladerider 45 45 45 45 45 180
39 Brad Funk USA Mach 2 45 45 45 45 45 180

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