As top mothies Scott Babbage wrote on his blog Sunday (see below), “the bullshit stops when the flag drops.” And drop it did, on the first day of the 2009 CST International Moth World Championships from the beautiful, breezy Columbia River Gorge. When the dust cleared after a full four races (each taking around 25 minutes) in 10-20 knots on Day 1, Nathan Outteridge’s speed and smarts left him with a nice 4-point jump on Bora Gulari, with Dalton Bergan and Simon Payne just behind.
With some real parity at the very front of the fleet, it’s worthwhile to note that Gulari gave away a full 7 points on two capsizes where, in both cases, he was leading by a good clip – something we’ve seen before from the Detroit sailor with the USAF star on the hull of his Mach 2. He bit it at the pin end of the finish of Race 1: “I just lost distance perception of the finish boat and anchor line, and gave myself nowhere to go,” said Bora. He went from first to fifth on that one. His second capsize was at the top mark, when he literally slapped the reach buoy with his face. Bora may be the fastest mothie on Earth – but only when he’s right side up.
Outteridge is fast in all conditions and extremely smart on the course, making few errors, while team mate Rohan Veal is at the bottom of this extremely fast group – whether from boat issues or something else, we don’t yet know. Babbage would be with them but for a shattered mast tip that sent him to shore between races.