Good­i­son dom­i­nates world’s most com­pet­i­tive re­gatta

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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

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