Big breeze practice race

As Chris Rast sets a new Moth speed record prior to the Moth Europeans in Sicily

Monday April 29th 2013, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy

18 knots of southeasterly Sirocco wind with gusts up to 23 knots greeted the start of the Kuehne + Nagel Moth European Championship.

The race venue, Marsala in Sicily, has a particular coastline shape, thanks to the Cape Lilybeo, that the race course to be laid sheltered from the Sirocco in almost flat water. Despite this in the conditions, only 16 of the 36 participants completed the course for the practice race.

Chris Rast (SUI 3990) came out on top in the practice race but more significantly set a new world speed record for the Moth. Equipped with a Velocitek GPS, Rast recorded a top speed of 32.2 knots and an average of 29.1.

For Italians the only one to finish the race was former Volvo Ocean Race sailor Stefano Rizzi, leader of the Italian Moth sailors. Rizzi scored a respectable fourth place has hinted that this year found the pace. The other Italians abandoned the practice race rather than risk their equipment.

Tomorrow the European championship starts properly at 13:00, and the Sirocco is still focus to be a substantial 20-30 knots.

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