Where do the world’s best sailors, the stars of sailing, race when there are no Olympics and America’s Cup? The answer has become almost too easy, because the best are now all racing on the Moth and have been meeting these days on Lake Garda, in Malcesine, for the World Championship of the class.
After an intense week of racing, with 14 races completed, it was the Australian, Olympic gold medalist in the Lasers in London, who dominated the scene, Tom Slingsby. The Aussie literally killed the race from the very first days, with an impressive score that eventually gave him an impressive 27 points lead over compatriot Jensen, and even 40 over Britain’s Paul Goodison.
In practice Slingsby, winner of the America’s Cup with Oracle and now engaged in SailGp with Team Australia, is on another planet right now on the Moth. And who knows, we may soon find him again in the America’s Cup.
The Italian derby, there were 15 out of 138 in the race, was eventually won by Checco Bruni, who finished in fifth place as the best of our athletes and first of the Masters (coxswains over 40), overtaking in a photo finish Roger Tita, fresh Olympic gold medalist in the Nacras, who instead finished the World Championship seventh.
Winning without a doubt, however, is this small boat that has a waterline length of just over 3 meters and has bewitched the best sailors in the world and beyond, as there were also plenty of non-professionals racing against the best in Malcesine. The Moth is actually just the tip of an iceber of a certain type of sailing, fast and flying, which is now a true galaxy in constant motion and evolution.
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