The Doyle Sails Swedish Moth National Championships got underway today with twenty-two international Moth sailors representing seven nations gathered in Gothenburg for the Doyle Sails Swedish Moth Championships hosted by GKSS. Friday’s racing consisted of four tune-up races, which saw the fleet sailing a SailGP style racecourse in a cold northerly wind of 15-18 knots.
A powerful fleet made up of 5 x Olympians (Max Salminen (SWE), Fredrik Bergstrom SWE, Katja Salskov-Iverson DEN and Emil Jarudd (SWE) alongside SailGP sailors Phil Robertson, Kyle Langford and Tom Johnson, who all reside in Scandinavia.
The pre-event title went to Kyle Langford with 11 points. Phil Robertson had an impressive 3 bullets but a gear breakage in race 1 prevented him from taking the top spot and Dave Gilmour rounded out the podium in 3rd place.
‘Bloody epic, 20 boats, reaching starts with gate top and bottom marks, breeze on and flat water, doesn’t get better than that in a moth’ commented Robertson after hitting the shore.
Saturdays forecast is for strong northerly winds but with the race course sheltered by the many islands of the archipelago it will give the sailors beautifully flat water. It will be a battle to keep the boats together with 5 races scheduled for Saturday.
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All photo credits to Malcom Hanes.
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