A fleet of 52 sailors, including two of the top three finishers from last year’s regatta, is set to contest the second annual MS Amlin International Moth Regatta on Bermuda’s Great Sound.
Hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the $10,000 regatta begins Saturday, December 3rd, and runs through Friday, December 9th.
Bermuda will be represented by Nathan Bailey, James Doughty, Richard Graham-Enoch, Josh Greenslade, Christian Luthi, Benn Smith and Brett Wright.
Last year Rob Greenhalgh and Paul Goodison made British sailing proud when they finished first and third. Greenhalgh trailed by 1 point heading into the final day and then went out and won all three races in dominant fashion to stamp an 8-point victory. Goodison, a member of Artemis Racing for the America’s Cup, placed third.
At the 2016 Moth World Championship in Japan last May, however, it was Goodison, the 2008 Olympic Gold medalist in the Laser class, who turned the tables. Goodison won his first Moth World Championship with Greenhalgh third.
The two Moth diehards headline a world championship caliber field that also includes the 2011 and 2014 Moth World Champion Nathan Outteridge of Australia, the helmsman for Artemis Racing, as well as his longtime crewmember and friend, Iain Jensen, the wing trimmer for Artemis Racing. Outteridge and Jensen won the 2012 Olympic Gold medal in the 49er Class.
“This regatta was a great success last year and we’re pleased to welcome MS Amlin back as title sponsor,” said regatta chairman Andy Cox. “We have a very competitive fleet this year and the racing should be very exciting. Besides the top guys, there are other good sailors in the fleet who could give them a run for their money.”
Included in the mix is a third Australian, Scott Babbage of SoftBank Team Japan. He didn’t race last year in Bermuda but he’s got Moth pedigree, having finished 2nd, 3rd or 4th in five of the past six world championship regattas.
There’s also Simon Hiscocks and Ben Paton, both of the U.K. Hiscocks and Paton have valuable experience racing on Great Sound after placing fifth and sixth, respectively, at last year’s MS Amlin International Regatta. Paton also placed fifth at the 2016 Worlds.
MS Amlin International Moth Regatta Entrant List [Subject to change]
Scott Babbage (AUS), Nathan Bailey (BER), Michael Barnes (GBR), Duncan Barr (GBR), Stuart Bithell (GBR), Andrew Budgen (GBR), Craig Burlton (GBR), John Clifton (GBR), James Doughty (BER), Rory Fitzpatrick (IRL), Dylan Fletcher-Scott (GBR), Giovanni Galeotti (BEL), Josie Gliddon (GBR), Paul Gliddon (GBR), Paul Goodison (GBR), Richard Graham-Enoch (BER), Hiroki Goto (JPN), Rob Greenhalgh (GBR), Josh Greenslade (BER), Chris Grube (GBR), Johnathan Heathcote (RSA), Simon Hiscocks (GBR), David Hivey (GBR), Stefan Jarudd (SWE), Chris Jeeves (GBR), Iain Jensen (AUS), David Kenefick (IRL), Alistair Kissane (IRL), Matthew Lea (GBR), Michael Lennon (GBR), Christian Luthi (BER), Max Maege (GER), Richard Mason (GBR), Steve McLean (GBR), James McMillan (GBR), Annalise Murphy (IRL), Nathan Outteridge (AUS), Ben Paton (GBR), Tim Penfold (GBR), Tom Powrie (NZL), Philippe Presti (FRA), Hans Rasmussen (DEN), Stefano Rizzi (ITA), James Ross (GBR), James Sainsbury (GBR), Benn Smith (BER), Dave Smithwhite (GBR), Matthew Stark (GBR), Kyle Stoneham (GBR), Ian Southworth (GBR), Dan Ward (GBR), Brett Wright (BER).