Goodison dominates world’s most competitive regatta
What do America’s Cup sailors do after a brutal two years of training and racing foiling catamarans in Bermuda? They go foiling – in this case racing the most popular flying class, the singlehanded International Moth.
The 2017 Mcconaghy Moth World Championships attracted many of the world’s best sailors to Lake Garda including America’s Cup Emirates Team New Zealand winning skipper Peter Burling. A quick tally of the Olympic medals in the fleet suggests that no class has more metal-ware among its skippers apart from the Games themselves. Others who arrived in Italy having trained on the Moth during brief moments of downtime in Bermuda included Artemis’s Nathan Outteridge (AUS) and Oracle Team USA’S Tom Slingsby (AUS).
But it was Briton Paul Goodison who took the title, becoming the first sailor to take back-to-back foiling Moth World Championship wins. The 2008 Olympic Laser Gold medallist, who was part of the Artemis Racing squad in the recent America’s Cup, secured victory with two races to spare.
“I didn’t expect to win with two races to spare, it’s just incredible,” Goodison said afterwards.
“After sitting watching too much of the America’s Cup and not doing enough racing in the past year, this means so much to come here and to sail as well as I’ve done and show everybody I’m still capable of it.”
Flying with wings: a startling shot of the nimble Paul Goodison, master of the twitchy International Moth