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Moth Worlds 2021: Full wrap and report

Slingsby as reported earlier won the world title with two potential races to go. Following no racing for the Gold fleet yesterday afternoon, the morning results stand, and Jensen and Goodison close out the podium. First Italian Francesco Bruni and first woman Josie Gliddon. 

The “Redoro Frantoi Veneti” Moth World Championship ended in perfect fashion with the breezier “Peler” breeze. 

The first warning signal for the Gold fleet at 0800 meant that the athletes needed to launch before the sun had come over the mountains. Races were also scheduled in the afternoon but unfortunately the Ora came in a little late allowing only one race to be held for the Silver fleet.

In the morning the script remained the same: total domination by Tom Slingsby, Autralia, who won the title of World Champion in the Moth class with two races to spare. Second consecutive victory for him after the world championship in Perth in 2019.

Second place for Iain Jensen, Australia. Closing the podium is the Englishman that calls Fraglia Vela Malcesine home Paul Goodison, who recovered brilliantly after the accident that saw him break the mast. First Italian Checco Bruni, after a super comeback, second Italian in seventh position the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo Ruggero Tita, and within the top 10 the Fraglia Vela Malcesine athlete Simone Salvà in ninth position.

The Silver fleet saw the Austrian Philipp Hribar come out on top; second from Denmark Frederik Just Melson and third the Croatian Luka Dogan.

Josie Gliddon, United Kingdom, was on the first step of the podium for the women, second was Jo Aleh, Gold and Silver Olympic medalist from New Zealand; both sailors sailed in the Gold fleet. The third woman in the regatta was Franziska Mäge from Germany, who was the best placed in the Silver fleet.

Francesco Bruni rocking his Moth, “My Rake My Trav” – Image Martina Orsini

Francesco Bruni:

“I am extremely happy with how this championship went, achieving my goal. It seemed like a dream after the first few days, and I’m happy with how I moved up in the rankings. A bit of regret remains for the mistakes of the first few days and for not having done enough training before the championship. It was a great battle with Ruggero, especially the last few regattas where we were very close in the points; I thank my sponsors very much for their support”.

Yeah it was great to do the World Championship. It was a bit unsure whether it would happen with COVID this year, but ahhh just really happy I was able to defend my World Title. And to do it in Australia and now in pretty much my second home, Lake Garda, somewhere where I have spent so much time over the years, with this quality fleet, I am just sort of over the moon. 

I sailed really well, I had good boat speed, boat held together, and ah yeah, the results came my way. 
When asked about the next World Championships that are scheduled to take place in Argentina 2022:
I’m not sure about Argentina, umm I’ll have to go back and see how my schedule is next year with SailGP and other commitments, ah but if not, I definitely would like… I’ll be doing World Titles in the near future again. 

Slingsby is all smiles – Martina Orsini

Final Top Ten

1 – Tom Slingsby (AUS) – 12 (1) (2)
2 – Iain Jensen (AUS) – 39 (12) (20)
3 – Paul Goodison (GBR) – 52 (72) (25)
4- Kyle Langford (AUS) – 56 (18) (16)
5 – Francesco Bruni (ITA) – 58 (18) (11)
6 – Phil Robertson (NZL) – 61 (15) (12)
7 – Ruggero Tita (ITA) – 62 (13) (14)
8 – Nathan Outteridge (AUS) – 66 (16) (27)
9 – Simone Salvà (ITA) – 98 (19) (18)
10 – Dylan Fletcher (GBR) – 103 (72) (20)

Final Women Placings

1 – Josie Gliddon (GBR)
2 – Jo Aleh (NZL)
3 – Franziska Mäge (GER)

1 st Corinthian

David Hivey (GBR) – 12th Overall on 114 points (30) (27)

1 st Junior

Nicolai Jacobsen (HKG) – 18th Overall on 127 points (29) (23) 

1 st Master

Francesco Bruni (ITA) – 5th Overall on 58 points (18) (11) 

Prize winners – Martina Orsini

Full Results

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