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Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Bermuda Weather Dominates Moth Regatta

Conditions on the Great Sound
Day 2 of the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta was postponed for two hours. At 10am race officials were looking at wins 20+ gusting high 20's blowing West-South-West, and it was expected to decrease later in the day. Click Read More to see Video of the Day's Racing

Race One of the day and number three of the event went off in a stiff breeze with Dylan Fletcher-Scott from Great Britain crossing the line first, Paul Goodison also from Great Britain was second and David Hivey made it a one, two, three finish for Great Britain.

Race Two was abandoned after the high winds dropped down to less than 3 knots making racing impossible.

Race 2 was eventually sailed with Fletcher once again crossing the line first, Goodison was second and Rob Greenhalgh finished third making it another Great Britain one, two and three finish.

Dylan Fletcher-Scott, England’s representative in the 49er Class at last summer’s Rio Olympics, grabbed the overall lead at the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta today after posting a pair of first-place finishes in the regatta hosted by Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

Fletcher-Scott, who placed 6th in the 49er Class, holds the overall lead with the low score of 13 points. “It was wicked fun. I’m really happy to come away with two bullets and to be going faster than yesterday,” said the 28-year-old who placed 7-4 in the first two races. “I’m keeping it clean and sailing smart.”

Fletcher-Scott holds a 2-point lead over Rob Greenhalgh, who last year won this event hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. Greenhalgh placed 8-3 today to go with yesterday’s 3-1. “He (Fletcher-Scott) was going well today,” said Greenhalgh. “But there’s a lot of racing to do.”

With four races complete out of a possible nine, the weather has been the biggest topic of discussion. Today began with a two-hour postponement as Principal Race Officer David Campbell-James waited for the wind strength to soften a bit. Recordings from the racecourse were showing the wind between 20 and 25 knots.

But when the decision finally came to send the fleet to the racecourse, a squall line moved in that bumped the wind up towards 30 knots.

“When we first started sailing it was full on, proper top-end conditions. At least 25 knots,” said Richard Mason of the U.K. who holds 37th overall. “But by the time we got to the windward mark a lot of people were low riding (off the foils). I was thinking, ‘Hang on a minute, what’s going on here?’ The wind just dropped out completely.”

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