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Royal Cork's Kenefick 28th at Perth Moth Worlds

19th December 2019
Dave Kenefick in action in Perth Dave Kenefick in action in Perth Photo: Martina Orsini

Royal Cork Yacht Club's David Kenefick has finished 28th and fifth nation at the Moth Worlds in Perth, Western Australia. 

As Afloat reported earlier, the Cork Harbour sailor was one of two Irish helms competing. Also racing was the National Yacht Club's, Fionn Conway from Dublin Bay.

In general, it was a windy regatta with 'extremely tough competition', according to Kenefick. 

With much more interesting breeze conditions, the final day of the 2019 Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds saw a real shake up on the course.

The battle for second place was on between Kyle Langford and Tom Burton after Tom Slingsby took out the overall championship after yesterday with two races to spare.

The day's racing was live-streamed by Down Under Sail and supported by broadcast partners CST Composites and Mach2 Boats, with Slingsby keeping his Moth under cover and joining the media team in the commentary box for the day.

In the first race, Langford was slow off the start line and struggled in the lighter winds after deciding to sail with a bigger foil.

After the first upwind leg he was caught in no wind and was unable to get the boat foiling, leaving himself out the back and giving Burton the opportunity to strike.

But both sailors ended up dropping the race with Burton finishing in 14th, leaving the battle to be decided in the final race where Burton needed to win with Langford in sixth or worse to claim the runner up honours.

The day proved to be a better one for the Europeans with lighter conditions helping Italian Francesco Bruni to a 1-2 and moving into fifth position overall.

The next World Championships are in Weymouth in September 2020, a venue much closer to home that may encourage a bigger Irish entry.

Final top ten:
1. Tom Slingsby, AUS, 14 points
2. Kyle Langford, AUS, 28
3. Tom Burton, AUS, 34
4. Scott Babbage , AUS, 47
5. Francesco Bruni, ITA, 52
6. Brad Funk, AUS, 72
7. Robert Greenhalgh, AUS, 75
8. Matthew Chew , AUS, 76
9. Thomas Johnson , AUS, 104
10. Josh Mcknight, AUS, 107.3

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