Paul Goodison Wins Yanmar Moth World Championships 2016
Published: Monday, 06 June 2016
Paul Goodison (GBR) crossed the finish line in second place and claimed the World Yanmar Moth World Championships 2016 in Hayama, Japan May 23-29.
(Photos: YANMAR Moth World Championship 2016@JUNICHI HIRAI / BULKHEAD magazine JAPAN)
72 participants from 13 countries/regions including the UK, USA, EU and AUS present champions participated, with Kohei Kajimoto (JPN) gaining 11th place, followed by Hiroki Goto (JPN) at 12th place with home water advantage. Rob Partridge from Hong Kong took the 16th place.
38-year-old Goodison, 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medalist in the Laser Class, continued his steady racing and finished in one of the top three positions in 11 races out of 13. He gained his first victory and claimed the international Moth world championship title for the first time after a turnaround in the race May 28.
Goodison was 3 points over Chris Rashley (GBR), who gained silver. Bronze went to Robert Greenhalgh (GBR), who claimed the race win, but it was too late to close the points gap on his rivals. Behind the British top three, Australia’s Scott Babbage finished fourth.
“Because Rob (Robert Greenhalgh, third place) won the first race today, I felt a little pressured before the second race started. After the race started, the wind dropped. When I heard the race was cancelled, I was not disappointed to be honest. Although I was a little bit underprepared to join the championships, I am very happy to win the title after racing under various sailing conditions,” says Goodison.
“If you ask me if it is more fun to sail with Laser (with which I won the gold Olympic medal) or International Moth, I would say Moth. Foiling boat attracts me very much since I can tune my race boat according to the sailing conditions. It is also great to race together with top level sailors,” he adds.
The 2017 Moth World Championships will take place on Lake Garda, Italy in the summer 2017.
Check out the speech by the winners: