With a variable Ora, the technical skills of the athletes were tested but the script did not change: Slingsby still perfect, Phil Robertson breaks into the top five and Checco Bruni climbs back to sixth with the second drop coming into play.
Different conditions for day five of the “Redoro Frantoi Veneti” Moth World Championship; the weakest Ora of the past few days forces the athletes to squeeze the most out of their boats. The last race of the day was particularly complex with the waning wind on Lake Garda.
The sailors of the Silver fleet descended into the water in front of the Fraglia Vela Malcesine at 3 PM in order to give the breeze time to stabilize. After two tight races the fleet leadership changed, with Philipp Hribar from Austria moving into the lead; second and losing one place from Denmark Frederik Just Melson and Luka Dogan in third, also losing a position.
Among the Gold fleet, the phenomenal Tom Slingsby from Australia has an absolute stranglehold on the top position, now on just 10 points after two drops, with three first places once again on the fourth day of racing. Iain Jensen, Australia, is now 24 points behind first, with a fifth place today and two sub-par races to be dropped. Nathan Outteridge closes out the podium, confirming the all-Australian top three.
It was a positive day also for the local sailors from Italy: Checco Bruni climbed up to sixth position and Ruggero Tita, Gold medallist from Tokyo holds fifth place. Simone Salvà, athlete of the home club Fraglia Vela Malcesine, has consolidated his place in the top 10, with an excellent day on his local waters.
“Fun day on Lake Garda, with perfect conditions for the first two races. The last was complicated with a weakening Ora; I did a lot of low-riding which with the new mast following yesterday’s accident did not help me much. I almost beat Tom Slingsby in the second round, it would have been nice, but he’s going really fast.”
Provisional Top Five
1 – Tom Slingsby (AUS), 10 points (2) (1)
2 – Iain Jensen (AUS), 34 points (20) (12)
3 – Nathan Outteridge (AUS), 43 points (16) (9)
4 – Phil Robertson (NZL), 43 points (15) (12)
5 – Tita Ruggero (ITA), 46 points (13) (11)
Tomorrow the warning signal is scheduled at 8 AM for the Gold fleet with two races scheduled, followed by two races for the Silver; if the conditions allow it, two further races will take place in the afternoon.