England’s Rob Greenhalgh, the defending champion at the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta, overtook countryman Dylan Fletcher-Scott today for the overall lead in epic conditions on Great Sound.
Greenhalgh is the third overall leader of the regatta. Ireland’s Rory Fitzpatrick led after Day 1 and Fletcher-Scott after Day 2.
Four races were held today in west/northwesterly winds between 15 and 18 knots on a flat sea. After losing two of the first four scheduled days due to windy conditions, today was welcomed by one and all.
Englishman Chris Jeeves, a longtime Mothist, echoed many in the fleet when he said, “I’m knackered, but it was epic racing—really good breeze, sunshine, 50 boats on the water, and racing up and down the fleet. The top guys were going at it and so was everyone else up and down the fleet. One mistake and 10 boats went past you.”
The rough weather earlier in the week, however, has taken a toll on the fleet. Broken items include just about every part of the boat: masts, spreader bars, sails, flap controls, boom vangs (struts and lines), wing racks and mats. Two of the more notable breakages occurred today.
of the Day was won by Great Britain’s David Hivey, Fletcher was second and Greenhalgh was third, Race Three saw another Great Britain one, two and three as Greenhalgh finished first, Fletcher was second and Hivey finished third.