Doyle Sails clean sweep of podium at Swedish Moth Championships

The final day of the Doyle Sails Swedish Moth Nationals got off to a slow start with a postponement ashore whilst the race committee waited for the breeze to build. With 4 races scheduled the sailors were eventually sent out. After 30 minutes of low riding the breeze built nicely to 8-12 knots from the north.

Race 1 got under way with Fredrik Melson (DEN) taking the lead and never letting it go. Tom Johnson (AUS) was on the hunt, and both boats ended up overlapped at the finish with Melson taking the bullet.

Doyle Sails Swedish Moth Nationals day 2 - photo © Malcom Hanes
Doyle Sails Swedish Moth Nationals day 2 – photo © Malcom Hanes

Race 2 saw Tom Johnson, Kyle Langford and Dave Gilmour fighting for the lead, but some poor boat handling from Langford and Gilmour saw Johnson sail away to an uncatchable lead. Gilmour held on to 2nd place whilst Langford slipped back to 5th, allowing Danny Inkyov and Phil Robertson to sneak through.

No races after 1500 meant that the full schedule could not be completed so the race committee fired off the 7th race of the series, seeing a close battle between Phil Robertson, Dave Gilmour and Kyle Langford where the lead was constantly changing and it wasn’t until the final upwind of the 3 lap course that Robertson edged ahead to take his 4th bullet of the championships and to secure the title.

Doyle Sails Swedish Moth Nationals day 2 - photo © Malcom Hanes
Doyle Sails Swedish Moth Nationals day 2 – photo © Malcom Hanes

Second place went to Dave Gilmour who sailed a consistent event, sailing his new Exploder with a new development Doyle sail. Kyle Langford rounded off the podium after discarding a DNF from yesterday’s racing. First Swedish sailor went to Danny Inkyov (finishing 4th) who had some of the best boat handling out there throughout the variety of conditions that were seen.

In order add a bit more fun and incentive to the entire fleet, the sailors were split up into 3 groups using the seedings of the pre event exhibition series, which saw Phil Roberston take out division 1, Fredrik Melson finishing 5th overall took out division 2, and Adriano Petrino who finished 10th took the Doyle Sails prize for division 3 and the first female award went to Katja Salskov-Iverson using the unconventional ‘Bat wing’ sail designed for sailors under 70kg.

Doyle Sails Swedish Moth Nationals day 2 - photo © Malcom Hanes
Doyle Sails Swedish Moth Nationals day 2 – photo © Malcom Hanes

“It’s great to have so many good sailors here racing in Sweden and hopefully we can use this momentum to help grow the class in the Nordic countries and get some more young sailors out on the water with us”, commented Phil Robertson as he accepted the winners trophy.

Special thanks to GKSS and the volunteers for hosting and running the event and Doyle Sails Sweden for sponsoring the event.

Overall Results:

PosHelmNatSail NoClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1stPhil RobertsonNZL4740GKSS21113‑419
2ndDavid GilmourSWE21GKSS3424‑82419
3rdKyle LangfordSWE4GKSS12(DNF)775224
4thDanny InkyovSWE4599 664343‑926
5thFrederik MelsonGBR4778 87381‑9532
6thSamuel GilmourAUS4862GKSS/RFBYC73559‑11635
7thEmil JäruddSWE4330KSSS‑1256956738
8thTom JohnsonDEN27 (DNC)11DNC221339
9thMichal KorneszczukPOL4674YGC41086610‑1444
10thAdriano PetrinoSUI4404Hellerup Sejlklubb5(DNC)1014108855
11thFredrik AppelbergSWE4462KSSS11‑139101171260
12thAnders NörrelykkeSUI44Hellerup Sejlklub10121212‑14131372
13thKatja Salskov‑lversenDEN41Hellerup Seljklub(DNF)971315DNF1680
14thFredrik BergströmSWE4252 (DNC)8131613DNF1080
15thOscar AnderssonSWE474GKSS(DNC)DNCDNC1112121186
16thMax SalminenSWE4508GKSS9(DNC)111517DNF1587
17thKeith SwintonAUS4516 (DNC)DNCDNCDNC16DNFDNS116
18thTomasz FlisiakGBR4067Baxa Mragowo(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNSDNSDNS120
18thJesper StälheimSWE KSSS(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC120
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