Keppel Bay Sailing Club senior sailing member Brent Pearson will this week compete in the 2017 Moth World’s held on Lake Garda, Italy. Brent competed in the 2017 Italian Moth National’s preceding the World event last week finishing 51st overall in a fleet of 140. This year’s Moth World’s has attracted a record fleet of 240 with some of the world’s best sailors amongst the entry list such as reigning Moth World Champion, 2008 Olympic Gold Medallist and Artemis Racing helmsman Paul Goodison (GBR), 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist and Oracle Team USA tactician Tom Slingsby (AUS) and 2016 Olympic Gold Medallist Tom Burton (AUS), just to name a few.

The first day of racing was scheduled to start yesterday (Tuesday 25 July) however the weather gods had other plans and racing was postponed due to lack of wind. The first race today is scheduled for 8:30am (4:30pm AEST) so please join us in wishing Brent luck as he heads to the start line for what he hopes will be an excellent start for the qualifying heats of the 2017 Moth World’s. After 2 days of racing the fleet of 240 will be separated into Bronze, Silver and Gold to battle it out for the finals. Brent hopes to qualify for Gold fleet and while he admits he is a little nervous as there is no room for error if he is to achieve his Gold fleet goal he said “at the end of the day I’m in Italy sailing, so even a bad day is still awesome.’’

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Photo: front right, Brent Pearson ‘nailing the pin’ on the start line for the 2017 Italian Moth Nationals, Lake Garda, Italy.