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Greenslade leads local contingent at Moth nationals

Joshua Greenslade holds a slim advantage in the battle for local bragging rights at the halfway stage of the Bacardi Moth Bermuda National Championship that conclude today on the Great Sound.

After three races, Greenslade tops the local field by a solitary point over James Doughty, the Bermuda Moth Class Association president, with teenager Benn Smith a further 11-points adrift in third.

Greenslade coped best in the southwesterly breeze that started at 10 knots and gusted up to 30 knots as a squall came through at the conclusion of the third race, returning to shore with a 26-24-23 score on the day to set the early pace among his local peers.

Doughty posted a 25-25-24 record to remain thick in the hunt while Smith, the youngest sailor in the fleet, recorded a 27-23-DNF (35) on the day.

“We're having great racing among each other within the larger fleet,” Doughty said. “We're constantly swapping places whether we're sailing upwind or downwind.”

England's Paul Goodison tops the overall fleet.

The two-times and reigning world Moth champion, Olympic gold medal winner and America's Cup sailor won all three races to carve out a seven-point lead over fellow British sailor Ben Paton.

Matthew Chew, of Australia, is a further four points adrift in third place.

Just outside of the podium is America's Cup sailor Rome Kirby.

Kirby served as a sail trimmer during Oracle Team USA's successful defence of the Auld Mug at the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco in 2013.

Benn Smith is 11 points adrift in third (Photograph by Beau Outteridge)

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Published March 24, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated March 23, 2018 at 11:20 pm)

Greenslade leads local contingent at Moth nationals

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