Kai Adolph racing in the Gold Fleet on the first day of finals at the Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds
Kai Adolph racing in the Gold Fleet on the first day of finals at the Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds

The first day of finals racing at the 2019 Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds had it all – with thrills, spills, and three pickets for the regatta leader Tom Slingsby.

The day’s racing was broadcast live by Down Under Sail, with the next two days also going out to the airwaves – so tune in via www.downundersail.com or via Facebook LIVE on either the Moth Worlds or Down Under Sail Facebook pages.

The live stream was brought to viewers by broadcast partners CST Composites and Mach2 Boats, who are huge players in the Moth game and have contributed greatly to the running and equipment of this year’s event.

With racing slightly postponed today at the scheduled start time to adjust for the sea breeze shifting into position, racing got underway soon after as sailors licked their lips at the building Fremantle Doctor, that had been missing in action earlier in the series.

‘The Doctor’ as it is more affectionately known, is the classic local Perth sea breeze that is renowned for going nuclear from the southwest in the summer, and while all signs today pointed to that, we ended up with a steady 15 to 18-knot breeze for most of the day.

Slingsby was all class from the outset in Gold Fleet, starting well in all races, hiking hard and stretching his legs from there to take three very comfortable race wins.

The Western Australian Police even stopped by the club after racing to speak to Slingsby, issuing him with an official caution for breaking the 8-knot speed limit for water craft on parts of the river.

Slingers is in trouble with the Police…

Tom Slingsby is in a bit of trouble after a warning from the Western Australia Police Force… 👮🚨

Posted by Down Under Sail on Monday, December 16, 2019

Slingsby’s Australian SailGP team mate Kyle Langford was the next best for the day with a 2-3-2 score card, however he said Slingsby was just too good and really hard to catch.

“Awesome day of racing, I mean I’m going to have to step it up to kind of get a hold of Slingo (Tom Slingsby),” Langford said.

“I don’t think he is unbeatable but he’s just quick, he’s sailing well, he’s starting well, so I think the rest of us need to step it up to match him.

“He’s obviously got confidence in his boat handling and also confidence on where he wants to be on the racecourse … I’d say that’s actually what he’s doing better than everyone else.”

Beyond the top two, it was Tom Burton sliding into third overall after a 3-8-6 score card, with a bit more distance from there on with Francesco Bruni sliding into fourth, Scott Babbage into fifth and Matthew Chew into sixth.

The second day of finals racing provides an interesting cross roads for the event, with Slingsby either stretching his legs and putting the regatta well out of reach, or his closest competitors Langford and Burton finding a way to give close the gap and give punters a final day of racing for the ages.

Tomorrow’s racing is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 PM local time and Down Under Sail will be streaming the racing again, so be sure to tune in

The event is supported by a number of great sponsors, including Chandler Macleod, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, WGA, Skiff Gear Online and SLAM.

Full results can be found at http://bit.ly/MothWorldsResults.