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Anthony Kotoun continued to chip away at the faster Bora Gulari in their continued duel in the US Moth fleet this weekend, with the Newport pro beating Detroit’s finest in the first Moth Winter event of the year.  The pair makes up the winner list of almost every major US event over the past couple of years, and born just a few days apart (and not particularly recently), it was Bora who brought Anthony into the fleet back in 2010.   With Bora taking his second World Title last October in Kaneohe Bay, he got the right to fly the coveted “USA 1″ sail number for the year while Kotoun barely broke into the top 30, but last weekend it was Anthony’s turn to strike back in the 16-boat fleet at the Upper Keys Sailing Club in Key Largo.

captainmothsLocated about an hour south of Miami and a bit of a secret spot for those outside the SE catamaran racing circuit, the venue is perfect for fast little boats: Clear, warm,Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 11.32.10 AM and board-flat water coming over the Keys, a small club with members dedicated to sailing, and a broad range of talent across the fleet to make sure everyone had someone to race against.  It was a common sight throughout the weekend to see class veterans helping the newer Moth sailors get rigged and tuned up, sharing gear and tips and of course, trash talk.    The fun continued off the water where the sailors shared a huge house down the road; just another way the Mothies keep costs down and the fun factor up, allowing a solid travel schedule and strong fleets despite few of ‘em having three nickels to rub together.

Day 1 was the slalom, and Anthony came out of the gate hot, winning each of the qualifying races before snagging the winner-takes-all final over Charleston’s Pat Wilson.  The trend continued on Saturday after a string of equipment problems for Gulari; he broke an inner wing bar just before the start of the first race, broke an outer wing bar before the last, and after sailing slower than a fleet that he usually dominates, learned at the end of the day that his main foil hinge had been partially wrecked for much of the day.  Light winds on the last day meant no racing, denying Bora any comeback hopes and giving Kotoun five points in six races, a horizon job in this fleet.  2008 World Champ and expat Aussie (now Chicagoan) John Harris took second, with George “Bear” Peet taking third.  ”It’s a good thing this was two sailing days after Worlds and not during”, Harris told Gulari at the end of the day…Full results are here.

Both spectators and sailors are welcomed to join the fun at the UKSC next month for the second event in the 11th Hour Racing Moth Winter Series; check the Class Facebook Page for for reports, videos, photos, tuning tips, and a few stream of consciousness ramblings from Mothies who tried to have a long conversation with the remote control at the bar.

Canine pic from Tracy McLaughlin and top shot of Johnny Nugs (looking like the stud he is) from Ben Winkler Photography with a full gallery here.  Thanks to Matt Knowles and the US Mothies for contributing to this report.

 

January 6th, 2014 by admin

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You may remember the Mothies making their winter “Moth Camp” home in Miami the past couple of years, but 2013 brings a change of scenery to Moth Camp.  The first race of the season was last weekend, when 13 Moth Sailors gathered in Charleston to kick off the first event of the 2nd Annual Gorilla Rigging Winter Moth Series.

“It’s never like this” temps in the 70′s and major high pressure meant light air for the first event of the series; Friday was slalom racing where the moths started upwind and did a 5 buoy downwind slalom that lasted 3-4 minutes. Matt Knowles, Eric Aakhus, Brad Funk and Anthony Kotoun had a great final “battle royal” with multiple lead changes. Anthony found the puff from heaven for the win.

Friday night the Mothies attacked a college house party and later, trolled down King St.  With different sailors having different intensions the inevitable happened and we all got split u, but thanks to the Mothies’ love for GPS trackers and the Friend Finder iPhone app, we were able to rescue the wayward from likely tears, expensive cab rides, or walks of shame…The college party didn’t go as well as they used to; we got there as the beer ran out, and they quickly figured out that most of us were around twice their ages.

Racing on Saturday went along the same lines as the college party. We were all ramped up with nowhere to go.  We waited until 3 PM before having two “exhibition races”; welterweight USA Class President Matt Knowles took both bullets.

Fearing more failure amongst the playground of beauty and youth downtown, we resorted to beer and pizza at the club, burning up some of our competitive energy with some old guy vs young guys flip cup. The young guys took it two to one; unsurprising, yet depressing.  The fine southern gentleman of host club James Island Yacht Club then treated us to their “Lowrider Lemonade” double bourbon special. Not too bad!

The high pressure kept its grip on Charleston Harbor on Sunday as well, but luckily, a touch of seabreeze filled; enough for us to do six AC reaching start courses. Brad Funk, Anthony Kotoun and Bora Gulari battled it out again and again with lots of lead changes and come-from-behind wins. Brad Funk took the overall with Anthony and Bora rounding out the podium.

The Moth Class continues to grow with each regatta posting better and better numbers. This event had three new sailors as well as competitors from Sweden and Australia. The Gorilla Rigging Series continues here in Charleston with event two in February and the North Americans in April.  For more, check their Facebook page.

Priscilla Parker photo.

 

January 16th, 2013 by admin

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