Strange win’ for Greenslade on Great Sound
Joshua Greenslade captured a fourth national title in as many classes after winning a truncated Bacardi Moth Bermuda National Championship at the weekend.
Greenslade, the Endeavour Community Sailing Programme director, was declared the winner after the final day of the two-day regatta on Saturday was cancelled because of steady 25 knot winds on the Great Sound.
Only a local sailor could be crowned Bermuda national champion, even though the regatta was open to overseas competitors. England’s Paul Goodison topped the overall racing fleet. Greenslade held a one-point advantage over James Doughty, the Bermuda Moth Class Association president, after the opening three races on Friday.
Greenslade has now won national titles in the Optimist, 420, International One Design and the Moth classes.
“It’s a strange win, considering we only had three races, but it was fun,” said Greenslade, who was 23rd overall in the 33-boat fleet. “I don’t feel like I sailed that well considering the boat wasn’t performing as well as it usually does, but it was fun being out there.”
Doughty finished right behind Greenslade in 24th with Benn Smith, the youngest competitor in the fleet at 18, rounding off the local podium to place 27th overall.
Goodison, the reigning Moth world champion, won all of the races contested. Compatriot Ben Paton finished second overall and Matthew Chew, of Australia, came third.
That Greenslade and Goodison were victorious owed much to an amendment to the rules made four days before the start of the regatta.
The original rule required a minimum of six races to be completed to constitute a valid championship, which was amended to three. Goodison’s dominant display demonstrated why he is the favourite going in the Bacardi World Moth Championship, which starts today in the Great Sound.
The British sailor is gunning for a third straight Moth world title in the high-performance foiling dinghy and is among a group of sailors involved in the America’s Cup, which Bermuda hosted last year, that includes Artemis Racing team-mates Iain Jensen and Francesco Bruni, and Oracle Team USA pair Tom Slingsby and Rome Kirby.
As well as two Moth world titles, Goodison has also won a world title and an Olympic Games gold medal in the Laser dinghy.
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