The Final Showdown

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We've already had forecasts for more than 10 knots a couple of times this week, and it's failed to materialize. But for the final two races, will we really see some speed and no more of the marginal stuff? Hard to say. Here's the official Puma Release that our team has been helping out with:

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (13 March 2010) Three races were held today for the Puma Moth World Championships in more light winds off the coast of Dubai Offshore Sailing Club. Along with most of the competition, UAE resident Glenn Raphael has been surprised by the light conditions this week. "It's pretty testing out there. Most of our training has been in the 12-15 knot range, and we've just had very little practice in these conditions," said Raphael. "Still, I'm having fun and that's what really matters."With only one day remaining, Simon Payne (GBR) tripled his three point lead from yesterday over Brad Funk (USA). "It's damned hard work, and I guess I've got a good lead but I can't seem to win a race out there," said Payne, regarding his performance. "I'll look at the board, won't be doing anything differently, maybe have a few beers, read my book, then go to bed."

 

Funk, who earned two come-from-behind, first-place finishes for the day had a 13th in the second race, making Payne's lead all-but untouchable barring catastrophe.

 

Andrew McDougall (AUS) continued his strong performance with a decisive victory in race two, lifting him over Arnaud Psarofaghis for the final spot on the podium with just two races left in the 2010 championship. Psarofaghis had a lacklustre performance, his worst of the week, with a 17th and a 15th on Saturday.

 

Amazingly, the first and third-place racers are among the oldest in the fleet. Payne (45) explains that "age isn't a barrier unless you think it is. You've got to stay fit and do your own thing and you can do well,”he said. "Who says this is a young man's game?" said McDougall. "Our average age is 50 years old, and we're not getting any slower either."

 

After making major changes to his boat, top level pro sailor George “Bear” Peet (USA) had his best day of this championship with two solid top ten finishes, but he remained baffled by the conditions. "There's no rhyme or reason to the wind. You can sail 20 degrees higher and faster than a guy 10 feet away from you. It'll make you go crazy.” With so much experience in sailing other classes he explains that “Moth sailing requires every aspect of your sailing ability to be at the top if you want to do well in this class. It's made me so much better in my other sailing."

 

In the women’s division, Emma Aspington (SWE) has opened up a 17 point lead over Kirsten Sommer (UAE). As the event has progressed both have gotten quite a bit faster. "This is one of the best regattas I've ever been to in any class. The people are so nice and helpful but it is still extremely competitive,” said Aspinton. These women have been sailing impressively consistently finishing in the middle of the men’s fleet.

 

 

Two races are scheduled for Sunday, the final day of the 2010 Puma Moth World Championship.

 

Photo credit Meredith Block/sailinganarchy.com

 

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Here's the woman who has made this event so special. Lisa Richards:

 

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This was Amac just after Day 4, I didn't get him on camera yesterday.

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Please don't forget our LIVE Cocktail Hour tonight at 1630 local time with the top 5 finishers!

http://www.sailinganarchy.com/otwa/2010/2010_mothworlds.php

This was Simon Payne on the end of Day 4:

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Hyde Sails riders Tim Penfold and Mike Lennon:

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This was Bear at the end of Day 4. Homeboy is on a plane right now...

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Mer's slideshow from Day 3 and 4

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Take the time to watch that slideshow. That's a great band called Fred Green and some of what makes Mer's work better in my opinion than almost anyone's - the ability to tell the story of a regatta and make it interesting, even in light air.

 

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Simon Payne, 9 points ahead, talks about it.

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