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Yanked

Bora Gulari sailed to a 2,1,4 score line in today’s action during the 2009 CST International Moth Worlds, to take the top spot in a gusty and shifty 15-25 knots.  Bora pulled Nathan Outteridge off the pole when the Aussie had to return to shore for Race 9 when his mainsail strop broke.  Outteridge came back with seconds to spare before Race 10 started, and promptly took a bullet, closing the gap between he and Gulari to just two points. The battle between these two soft-spoken singlehanded stars is really heating up, with Bora faster and, until today, slightly less consistent, while Outteridge has been steady and nearly flawless.

With both throwouts in play now, Gulari’s lead is just 2 points, though with throwouts of 6,11 compared to Outteridge’s 6,50, our long time Anarchist is firmly in the driver’s seat.

Other notable Anarchists include Scott Babbage, who pulled an amazing horizon job to win race 8 only to DNC both race 9 and 10, PNW racer Dalton Bergan, sitting strongly in fourth with a strong regatta as his friends and family cheers from the bleachers and his wife races alongside him, former world champ Simon Payne, still hanging on just 3 points ahead of Rohan Veal despite a DNF in the final race when his knee fell apart requiring a trip to the hospital, and Nigel Oswald, regatta chairman, who has struggled for results while his duties pile up around him, but was second around a windward mark today…

Payne hopes to race tomorrow despite substantial pain, while Veal has a wrist injury that he would only describe as “wanker’s cramp,” and we’ll see how these iron men go tomorrow.

This is some seriously intense shit, and you can see all of it unfold in the Day 3-5 On-The-Water Anarchy Report for the 2009 Moth Worlds, with long range video from today, great pics of the carnage, and interviews with Lindsay Bergan, Kevin Hall, Simon Payne, and many, many more. Pics from Meredith Block/Blocksail.com