Outerridge wins warm-up

Moth US National Championship concludes at the Gorge

Saturday August 8th 2009, Author: Michelle Slade, Location: United Kingdom
Competitors in the 2009 International Moth US National Championship were done racing and off the water by 1:30pm today, eager to either fix or prevent further breakages after a windy, shifty seven-race series sailed at Cascade Locks, Oregon (USA), over the past two days. The Australian contingent flanked the top of the fleet, with Nathan Outerridge (AUS) taking first place, with 14 points; Bora Gulari (USA), second with 17; Scott Babbage (AUS) third on 25; Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI), fourth with 33; Rohan Veal (AUS), fifth on 37 points, and Rob Gough (AUS) in 6th on 40 points.

American sailors capped out the top ten with Dalton Bergen taking 7th place, 46 points; Brad Funk in 8th, 60 points; Charlie McKee took 9th, 60 points; and George Peet tenth on 69 points.

Conditions both days saw breezes in the high teens, with gusts to 24 mph, heavy cloud overhead and cold, not the typical summer Gorge conditions anticipated by the fleet. For many of the sailors the regatta was an opportunity to shake out the kinks and get mentally prepared for the 2009 CST Composites Moth World Championships, which begin on Monday at the same venue. Capsizes and carnage marked the course, and a fair number of boats retired throughout the two days to deal with equipment repairs.

Outteridge is enjoying the advantage of having recently had plenty of top competition level sailing, winning the 49er Worlds in Italy last month. “I’ve been sailing well and haven’t broken anything all week and I think that’s probably one of the main reasons I’m in the top three,” he said. “What’s been working for me is sailing tactically. I’m used to sailing in shifty winds back home in Sydney and on Lake Macquarie, and I’ve been doing a fair bit of racing lately so I’ve got my head in the game of being on the shifts and not pushing the boat too hard. Even though I had plenty of swims during the week training, I think most of my game has been concentrating on my shifts.” Outerridge is racing a Bladerider VRX, with a CST Nanospar and North V8 sail.

Not far behind, and chasing the Aussie at every opportunity, Gulari admitted to feeling a little nervous heading into this week’s regatta, which put him off his starts. “I didn’t have good starts so didn’t have a good first part of the race but settled down and got back into the fleet which felt good but I’m glad it wasn’t the Worlds,” he said. “The most challenging aspect has been having good starts. I’ve just been out of position a few times and struggling trying to deal with boat issues versus focusing on the racecourse. It feel great to shake the cobwebs off and go racing. When I’m behind somehow I forget about everything and my boat handling becomes a lot better, I have a little fire and want to get back up there.”

Gulari, racing a Mach 2, thought some competitors pulled up shy in the regatta because they were worried about “keeping their kit together”. He felt lucky that while he’s been pushing his gear pretty hard, he seems to have sorted out all his boat issues and looks forward to battling on the water with Outteridge next week, “It seemed like we were going round the race track constantly with each other. He’s a great guy and it’s fun to duke it out all the way around the track and I just want to keep pressuring him!”

Outerridge predicts that next week’s outcome during the Worlds will depend largely on competitor consistency and weather. “Bora’s going fast and when he sails well he’s always in the top three,” he said. “Scott (Babbage) is doing well, he had a few breakages but in every other race he was also in the top three. Rohan Veal won a few heats, so there’s a group that can win races. Any of the Americans here can also do well, it’s just a matter of how consistently they sail, and at the end of the day I think it’ll be someone who doesn’t make mistakes who will win the Worlds. If it’s windy it’ll probably be the same people at the front but if we get a light day or if it gets really shifty like it was today, anything can happen.”

2009 CST Composites Moth World Championships start Monday August 10, 2009.

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Results:

Pos Helm Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Tot Net
1 Nathan Outerridge AUS 1 6 1 3 -8 1 2 22 14
2 Bora Gulari USA 3 2 4 -5 2 3 3 22 17
3 Scott Babbadge AUS 2 16.0 DNF 3 (48.0 DNC) 1 2 1 73 25
4 Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI 7 (48.0 DNC) 5 4 6 5 6 81 33
5 Rohan Veal AUS 24.0 DNF 1 2 1 5 4 (48.0 DNC) 85 37
6 Rob Gough AUS 4 (48.0 DNC) 9 9 7 6 5 88 40
7 Dalton Bergan USA 9 4 6 7 -23 12 8 69 46
8 Brad Funk USA 14 3 8 11 14 10 (23.0 DNF) 83 60
9 Charlie McKee USA 11 8 11 -21 11 9 10 81 60
10 George Peet USA 10 7 15 19 10 8 (23.0 DNF) 92 69
11 Chris Graham UAE 8 5 (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 9 7 4 129 81
12 Andy Mack USA 15 10 16 15 17 (29.0 DNF) 17 119 90
13 Jonathan McKee USA 18 11 19 -24 21 14 13 120 96
14 Simon Payne GBR 6 (48.0 DNC) 10 2 3 29.0 DNF 48.0 DNC 146 98
15 Chris Williams USA 24.0 DNF (48.0 DNC) 17 17 16 20 12 154 106
16 Zach Maxam USA 17 13 23 23 -27 16 14 133 106
17 Andrew Friend GBR 12 (48.0 DNC) 22 13 19 21 23.0 DNF 158 110
18 Matt Pistay USA 13 9 27 18 15 29.0 DNF (48.0 DNC) 159 111
19 Mikis Psarofaghis SUI (48.0 DNC) 14 21 22 24 15 16 160 112
20 Bates McKee USA 16 12 29 26 (48.0 DNC) 13 18 162 114
21 Lindsay Bergan USA 19 16.0 DNF 20 20 -26 18 23.0 DNF 142 116
22 Andrew McDougall AUS (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 7 6 48.0 DNC 29.0 DNF 9 195 147
23 Adam May GBR 24.0 DNF (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 13 11 7 199 151
24 Will Logan AUS (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 26 25 25 17 15 204 156
25 Mark Robinson SIN (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 13 8 12 29.0 DNF 48.0 DNC 206 158
26 James Cole SIN 24.0 DNF (48.0 DNC) 28 27.0 DNF 4 29.0 DNF 48.0 DNC 208 160
27 Glenn Raphael UAE (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 14 12 48.0 DNC 29.0 DNF 11 210 162
28 Kevin Hall NZL 5 (48.0 DNC) 18 10 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 225 177
29 Morgan Larson USA 24.0 DNF (48.0 DNC) 12 14 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 242 194
30 Tim Wadlow USA (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 25 16 20 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 253 205
31 Devin Bader USA (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 19 23.0 DNF 282 234
32 Chris Steele NZL (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 18 29.0 DNF 48.0 DNC 287 239
33 Ian Andrewes USA (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 22 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 310 262
34 Nigel Oswald USA (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 24 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 312 264
35 Paul Kilkenny USA (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 336 288
36 Chris Cochrane CAN (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 336 288
37 Joe Bousquet USA (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 336 288
38 Giovanni Galeotti BEL (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 336 288
39 Gerold Pauler GER (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 336 288
40 Matt Noble USA (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 336 288
41 Dan Brandt USA (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 336 288
42 Anthony Boscolo USA (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 336 288
43 Hans Henken USA (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 336 288
44 Adam Lowry USA (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 336 288
45 James Phare GBR (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 336 288
46 Jack Driscoll USA (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 336 288
47 Karl Wittnebel USA (48.0 DNC) 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 48.0 DNC 336 288

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