Posts Tagged ‘Bora Gulari’
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.
Located 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, 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
You may not know who these two characters are, but their years-long feud nearly tore the vibrant, ultra-strong Italian Melges 24 fleet to pieces, and the International Class down with it. Somehow, though, last month Franco Rossini (owner of Blu Moon, on the left) and Riccardo Simonesci (owner of Audi Ultra) buried the hatchet, and the world’s best sport boat can once again move forward. From the minutes of the AGM: ”…In a joint statement, [the two] advised the meeting that they acknowledged that they each have the best interests of the Class at heart, and that in the best interests of the Class, they wish to work together going forward to rebuild the Italian Class and the bonds between the Italian Class and the International Class. Having shaken hands, Riccardo and Franco made a toast to the future success of the Melges 24 Class with glasses of Palinka, a traditional Hungarian liquor, that had been made by the grandfather of Arkos Riko, the Hungarian Class representative. The entire meeting joined them in toasting the success of the Class and welcoming this excellent news.
How You Hike Me Now?
The ultra-high level of competition and the unrestricted status of crews and helms in the 20-year old M24 Class has always put the pocket rocket at the forefront of sport boat technique and development within its one-design restrictions. When Brian Hutchinson’s hiking line pads became universal in the fleet, it became feasible to hike your entire body well over the rail for an entire race, no matter how painful, stupid, and nerve-destroying it could be. And now, like Ricky and Franco’s feud, this too, is over!
Thanks to about 5 years of lobbying and plenty of testing and development, the new Melges 24 Rules require shorter stanchions and ‘tight’ lifelines. This means asses on the deck, no ‘climbing the stanchions’ for the #1 and # 4 spots, and, according to Bora Gulari and Harry Melges, ‘no loss in upwind speed at all, with a massively better experience for the entire crew’. And not that it needs it (few designs have aged as gracefully as the Melges 24), but the lower stanchions look better too, and may allow backwater PHRF areas like Lake Erie to rate the archetypical sportboat, which celebrates its 21st birthday this spring.
Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key
2014 also sees the first-ever Class World Championship down under, the Class Association deciding to take the attendance hit by bringing the annual event to Geelong for a ‘fleet-building’ Worlds, and with barely 30 boats registered so far, we’d say Bora Gulari may be a shoo-in for his first Worlds but for the attendance of a ghost from Worlds Past – it’s 2002 World Champion “Star”, and we think it’ll be the O.G. team of Harry Melges driving, Andy Burdick on tactics, and Federico Michetti and Jeff Ecklund up front. America’s top high-speed pilot versus the original gangstas with a little Blu-Moon flavored Italian sausage and some Aussie croc meat thrown in for good measure…we’ll have reports from Bora and team when the US Air Force arrives in a few weeks. Next year things go back to normal, and we should see 100+ boats on the line in the best-named regatta venue ever: Middlefart, Denmark.
December 23rd, 2013 by admin
It’s not everyday that one of the original Anarchists becomes a two-time World Champion, so we’ll take this opportunity to congratulate our good friend Bora on his Hawaiian Moth Worlds win (and wish him a happy birthday as well). Given the dearth of USAnian names at the pointy end of the highest-performance fleets of foilers, multihulls, and offshore racers, how awesome that we’ve got someone who can take out the Outerridges and Burlings and Greenhalghs of the world on a level playing field; a racer that can take the helm of a foiling 45 or 72 and do it, and America, proud.
As for the Moth – that little thing that completely screwed up the sailing world’s conception of speed forever – the boat seems to be going from strength to strength despite inconsistent marketing, fragility, and high cost for such a little boat. The Hawaii worlds was limited out at 80 boats (due to space in the bay), but with the Mach 2 continuing to roll (350 boats sold in 4 years), the new Exocet proving its got wheels, a new Prowler on the way, and a rumored new American boat in the wings, we could very easily see close to 150 moths racing in Hayling Island next year, and even more at the Melbourne, OZ worlds in 2015. Here is the full rundown of everyone’s hull, foils, mast, and sails from Hawaii thanks to Andrew Lechte; Bora explains his speed in the interview above with Gretta Kruesi and Mr. Clean, but attributes much of it to his Lister/Damic main foil and the extensive aero fairings all over his boat that he printed in his basement on a 3-D printer.
What’s the secret to these most gucci of dinghies selling like hotcakes and attracting some of the biggest numbers of any class? It’s simple: SPEED. Here are the important numbers: 15-18 knots upwind (and getting higher and faster all the time). 25-30 knots downwind. 10-15 grand used. Nothing else even comes close, and the mothies tell us that a top Moth is faster than pretty much anything on the water until you get to about 45 feet…the AC45, specifically…
October 23rd, 2013 by admin
Sick of the Moth Worlds yet? We ain’t, especially with the first real foiling day of racing now in the bag. Sick of Gretta Kruesi yet? Umm…never. And with a lot of stories to tell and some great camera work, Petey Crawford’s come up with a hell of a highlight reel including crashes, hotties, and some awesome racing.
Longtime Anarchist and SA contributor Bora Gulari leads by five points, and with three days left until awards, the big question isn’t whether Bora can hang on – it’s whether the weather will allow any more racing. Either way the SA team is here to get you the story. Or we might just go surfing…enjoy the video above while we do.
October 17th, 2013 by admin
The big trimaran wasn’t the only one doing some mid-ocean laminate repair during the Transpac. From the crew of Phil and Sharon O’Niel’s Michigan-based TP52 NatalieJ: ”It was three nights ago, and we had the A3 up with a tuck and were sending it! Pitch-black, super scary and I was more than a little relieved when we got to see daylight this AM, even after noticing the crack” wrote navigator and repairman Bora Gulari. ”Brian [Torresen - ed] and I got to work fixing the crack right away – still fighting to the end!”
NatJ sits second in her crowded class of 50-something rockets, at least according to the daily position reports, with first place Beecom starting to leg out. The Michiganders didn’t notice quite the amount of debris that Lending Club did; “We’ve seen some debris but nothing too dangerous as of yet. That’s if you ignore the giant green bioluminescent blob we almost hit in the dark a few days ago. We assume that was a whale and it would have been bad.”
July 19th, 2013 by admin
Vid kid Will Lyons continues to bring an outside view to sailing vids; we dig this soulful look at the boys and girl of M24 New England Ropes/West Marine Rigging. Get to know them well; we expect a real Midwest cage match for the all-important M24 World Title in September between two talented guys who’ve never taken one: Bora on this boat and Brian Porter on the Wisconsin-based Full Throttle. That happens just after the Cup in San Fran – fortunately, there are no Optis likely on the Berkley Circle…
July 17th, 2013 by admin