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Rob Greenhalgh joined North Sails in 2018 and is the International Moth Class Leader. A UK native, Rob learned to sail at age seven from his parents while the family was living in Sri Lanka. After the family moved back to the UK, Rob stepped onto a 49er for the first time—just as the class joined the Olympic roster. He quickly developed a reputation as a specialist in asymmetric boats (49ers, 18-foot skiffs, International 14s).
His big break into Grand Prix sailing came when he was invited to join the winning ABN AMRO team for the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race. He went on to do the next five Volvos, fitting in smaller boat sailing in between. An impressively varied CV also includes a string of podium finishes in various skiffs, as well as a second place finish onboard Puma for the 2008-2009 VOR.
Halfway through the 2011-12 Volvo, he took up Moth sailing to avoid “a mental breakdown,” and he’s since racked up national and European titles in that class while maintaining a hectic racing schedule on the offshore and multihull circuits. “I’ve always been a dinghy sailor at heart,” he says. “I love going back to the grassroots of some simple tactical racing, focusing on boathandling and tacking on small wind shifts and starting well.” With foiling and rig technology, the Moth keeps him both current and close to his roots.
A typical week finds Rob out on Sydney Harbour almost every day, in a wide variety of boats: TP52, Moth, Elliot 7s, grand prix. During the southern winter he travels back north for the Transatlantic Race and Fastnet—another event where he’s posted a few records in both monuhulls and multihulls. On his rare days off, he makes time for his favorite hobby, fishing.
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Mona Vale, New South Wales 2103