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The Zhik Moth Nationals were settled yesterday at Geelong and it was 49er sailor Nathan Outteridge who took the honors in his first outing in this class; an extraordinary result for a guy who has only spent around 25 hours learning to sail a Moth.

“Simon (Payne) had the edge all week, but today I started hiking a lot harder and the boat found different speed.” said a delighted Outteridge. “They are awesome boats to sail, it will be hard to go back to the 49er after this.”

Next on the calendar for Outteridge, the current 49er world champion, is the Farr 40 Nationals, then the 49er Worlds on Lake Garda in July. He admitted today that he’d also love to go to the next Moth Worlds, which will be held at Cascade Locks in  Portland, Oregon, in August. Pic from Andrea Francolini and more Skandia Geelong Week pix here.