31 Jul 2017

Burling second in Moth world champs

8:36 am on 31 July 2017

Victorious America's Cup helmsman Peter Burling has finished second at the moth sailing world championships in Italy.

Peter Burling competes at Moths World Championships in Italy

Peter Burling in action at the Moth world champs Photo: Photosport

The moth class is a single dinghy boat that hydroplanes on foils.

Burling who won the moth world championship title in 2015 went into the regatta not having competed in the class over the past two years.

Burling went to the Rio Olympics in 2016 winning gold in the 49'er class with Blair Tuke with the pair then moving onto the successful America's Cup

campaign in Bermuda.

Burling had to settle for second after a poor final day of competition saw him finish fifth, 23rd and 17th in his last three races of the regatta, held at Lake Garda.

Burling was able to discard his two worst results, which were the efforts in races 10 and 11, leaving him second place overall.

Peter Burling (left), Paul Goodison, Iain Jenson

Peter Burling (left), Paul Goodison, Iain Jenson Photo: Martina Orisini

The regatta was comprehensively won by England's Paul Goodison, finishing 20 points clear of Burling and one further point ahead of third-place getter, Australia's Iain Jenson.