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Dominant Greenhalgh finishes with a bang

Rob Greenhalgh ended the Amlin International Moth Regatta just as he had started, on top of the leaderboard.

The British sailor came from behind to win the championship with a dominant display on the final day of racing yesterday.

Greenhalgh was simply unstoppable as he won the last three races to finish eight points clear of Chris Rashley, who had led the fleet most of the week. Paul Goodison, of Artemis Racing, rounded off the podium.

Yesterday's 6-12 knot breezes played to Greenhalgh's strengths, and he took full advantage to overhaul Rashley, the overnight leader, and claim the $5,000 winner's purse.

Greenhalgh underlined his dominance by leading all but one leg in all three races, which he won comfortably to end the regatta with a bang.

“I was one point behind Chris going into today, and it was all going to be on whoever had the best day, and I was going well in those conditions and came away with three wins,” Greenhalgh said.

“There was pressure, but I didn't really put too much pressure on myself to do well. I just knew that if I sailed well and sailed sensibly I'd come out on top.

“It was one of those days were you have to be a bit patient and let the boat speed do its thing. The boat was going well and if you are going fast it's hard to be beaten.”

Rashley had to settle for second as poor boat handling in the conditions took its toll.

“I was really happy with how I sailed in the windier conditions, but I've got some improving to do in the mid-range to lighter conditions,” he said. “I need to do some work on my equipment in those conditions.”

A poor start in yesterday's first race didn't help Rashley's cause either.

“I made a mistake on the start in the first race not being on the foil,” he said. “There was a left hand wind shift just before the start, and I couldn't get up on my foils.”

Finishing an impressive seventh was Ben Paton, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club sailing coach, who signed off on a high note.

“I sailed well at times and went out and put in a really good set of results,” said Paton, who also represented Great Britain at the regatta. “Today I had a 2-3-7, so I'm really happy to finish on a high.

“It's about fifteen world champions in this fleet and God knows how many America's Cup sailors and Olympic gold medallists, so any result in the top ten is highly respectable.”

Nathan Bailey, who also works at the RBYC as a sailing coach, and also represented Team Britain, finished 47th, one spot adrift of Tom Slingsby, the Oracle Team USA helmsman, tactician and sailing team manager.

Flying Bermuda's banner alone was James Doughty, who placed 45th on his racing debut in the high-performance foiling Moth dinghy.

“I was mixing it up with some of the top guys, but I have a lot to learn about keeping up with pace,” Doughty said. “It was definitely a learning curve and every day you learn something new.”

Dominant performance: Greenhalgh swept to victory on the Great Sound (Photograph by Beau Outteridge/Amlin International Moth Regatta)

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Published December 12, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated December 11, 2015 at 9:53 pm)

Dominant Greenhalgh finishes with a bang

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