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Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 7.59.44 AMPast Moth World Champ (and Zhik Europe Manager) Simon Payne’s annual ‘form guide’ has become something of a tradition in the history-rich class, and we’re privileged to be able to share yet another one with you on the eve of the 2014 Worlds in England.  Enjoy this SA exclusive, and talk trash over here in the Moth Worlds thread.  Photo clipped from a Thierry Martinez/Sea&Co shot.

2014 sees the event come back to Hayling island for the first time since 1977, a year well known for the amount of splintered plywood floating freely in the bay…

Firstly and before you read this, let’s just state something: Last year we humorously got 9 out of the top ten right, so those of you reading this and feeling a bit indignant about not being in the mix? Well, you can prove us wrong in two weeks’ time.

So, the bay. Well, it’s not that bad.  Really.   I’ve spent most of my life sailing here and the race area is truly one of the best on the planet…but the bar – the one you must cross to get to the race area? It’s easy on the way out, but on the way in, you encounter steep, wall-like waves. And then it’s about as hard as getting over a fence that’s leaning towards you, or to use an analogy probably better understood by the Moth fleet, as hard as kissing a woman who is leaning away from you.  Carnage will no doubt ensue.

So without further ado, here is our top ten. Effectively you’ve just gone forward three weeks in time…maybe.

1st: Nathan Outteridge (AUS)

Amazing sailor. We watched him deliberately start late in Hawaii, so he was sure to be foiling at the start. Brilliance doesn’t always win, but he came close. In Hawaii he was also tired after a long hard summer. Moths aren’t his main focus at the moment either… but we suspect that as long as he’s taking his potassium, he will have be a fist full of power, a rusty fist but still a fist. Favourite for no other reason than he’s all round good, with no real weakness to his game.

2nd: Josh McKnight (AUS)

Got a winner’s nose, nailed the Worlds in Garda and rumoured to be smoking on Lake Garda again as we write this. It could be two times for the 2012 Moth World Champion. Josh sails hard and plays hard too. In fact we suspect that he’ll be a regular at quiz night in the Lifeboat inn by the end of the Worlds. Believes only in 1st place and is regularly hitting 18 knots upwind. Rumoured to be using solid carbon tramps, which will be good to review once he’s out of A&E.

2nd: Bora Gulari (USA)

When Bora won the Worlds last year he won the Worlds for the second time. The brilliance of his win cannot be overlooked. It was the lightest foiling Worlds, and Bora being one of the heavier sailors did supremely well. He isn’t known for being flash in waves, in fact he is more known for swimming in them, but in Hawaii he was arguably one of the heaviest sailors, and still nailed it. Popular too. In fact, as ghosted crossed the line in the last race in Kaneohe bay to win his second title, all the whales in the sea were singing “We are family”. Note: now not coming in order to sail a handicap race in the US Midwest. Oh, the life of an AC sailor [-ed]

3rd: Rob Gough (AUS)

When we were younger, a guy invented a fighter plane that wasn’t the fastest or the most manoeuvrable, but it was armour plated. The idea was that you couldn’t knock the fucker out of the sky. God knows what it was like as the pilot, but enter Rob Gough. Bulletproof in waves. We really do think if Hayling kicks off this will be a “walk in the park” for the boy with the Southern Ocean on his doorstep. Fit, young enough to cope, and old enough to handle it. If Hayling is as Hayling does, then the trophy is Hobart bound. Guaranteed.

4th: Scott Babbage (AUS)

“We didn’t start the fire; it was always burning since the world’s been turning” Is it though? El Presidente is one of the fastest moth sailors on the planet. Close a few times and maybe now time is running out…. We are looking for that “back to the wall “I don’t care what you got, I’m still going to beat you” attitude that comes from being edged out a couple of times too many, or from not enough fibre, freely associated with the obligatory Hayling Island Sailing Club Full English Breakfast.

5th: Rob Greenhalgh (UK)

Largely responsible for ending the global financial crisis, Rob is the majority shareholder in the European foil mountain that can be seen on Google Earth just north of Hamble. Clearly the best UK sailor at present, Rob has seemingly covered every base. Arguably you could put him favourite, but nothing is a cert; he wasn’t the top UK sailor in Hawaii though, just letting a podium finish get away from him in the last couple of days. He will either be biting at the heels of the leaders, or clear in front, winning with a race to spare.

6th: Brad Funk (USA) 

Already with a couple of wild-eyed days in the Bay under his belt, Brad means business. Loaded with talent and endlessly fit, he exhibited remarkable control in practice over the bar, and he looks faaast! Whilst competent at boat work, a couple of times I have caught him looking at his adjustable wand with the same suspicion that an old person looks at a microwave… Anyway, if nothing breaks, and he’s not trying to frantically rethread a control line through a cascade midrace, he will be with the leaders.

7th: Chris Rashley (UK)

European Champ. All round good. Rumoured to be a tenth off Rob Greenhalgh with very similar equipment. Trends are hard to stop in sailing and sometimes you have to break them by doing something different. Does he have anything up his (knitted) jumper? We will have to see, but super consistent at the two Worlds he’s competed in, with two top ten finishes.

8th: Paul Goodison (UK)

The 2004 Laser Olympic Gold medalist has been working hard at his Moth sailing. A bit of an unknown quantity and not really raced yet, but history would suggest that Olympic medalists immediately impress, if, albeit at the first go they don’t take the trophy home. If it’s consistent – say 15 knots all week – Paul will be going fast. Importantly, and often overlooked in tuning runs, he’ll probably be doing the same speed on the last beat too. He’s fit, very fit. It’s unnatural, but still… However, if it’s up and down and you need to change gears a lot, he may not quite have the Moth experience yet.

9th: Chris Draper (UK)

May come dressed as the silver surfer and consequently would have been guaranteed to win at least the Mothapalooza – if it was still running… Still, the devil wears Prada and Chris has to be in the mix, yet our 49er bronze medallist is a little quiet of late. We think he will definitely have some major bling on his boat, perhaps from the “Sardinian Silver Skunkworks” occupied by the ’09 and ’13 world champ…We imagine that the process of creating foils to a time line is good practice for the AC teams! Top tip though mate, you will still need a roll of gaffer tape (which now comes in silver).

10th: Ben Paton (UK)

An amazing result in Hawaii ’13 and thoroughly deserved. Ben spent some years sailing around without an adjustable rudder, and that, in British waters, identifies him as a man packing the kind of tackle that you’d normally expect to find swinging about between the hind legs of a Grand National winner. He’s fearless, albeit in a “Stop, Forrest, Stop” kind of way. Not sure how much he’s done of late and doesn’t really seem to care about open meetings, fair enough.

Best of the Rest

Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) 

Well. Provided he’s fast, expect the helmsman of the successful Realteam Extreme 40 to be up there. Former European champ and former top 5 in the Worlds. Arnaud’s focus has been on other things lately. Provided his boat speed is there, he will be good (He was so slow in Hawaii that one night, the Claudicatis Cancri award turned up on his boat in the same way a Banksy mural suddenly turns up on a wall) Claudicatis Cancri? That will be the “Limping Crab” award. Awarded by an anonymous group in the dead of night. A group more commonly known as all the bastards who flew past you the day before.

Andrew “Amac” McDougal (AUS)

Sails from Black Rock, Melbourne with their big, but long rolling waves…But it’s different here. The short sharp Solent waves don’t have backs. For example, when you are sailing downwind, the wand goes forward so fast that whilst it maybe your Sunday, the wand is in Monday. It’s hard work and we are mindful that if you get it wrong you are up the beach! Having recently featured in the TV programme Coast Australia, Andrew could actually feature unintentionally on Coast England.

So there we go. One thing is sure: There WILL be a new World Champion this year. Good luck to all and safe sailing.

-Si

 

July 10th, 2014 by admin

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While they tend to have a national culture that’s reserved and restrained, few can outdo the typical British sailor’s ability to talk smack.  Most of the real junkies will remember when Rob Greenhalgh and team went down to Sydney to deliver the “Smack down down under”, returning home with their tails between their legs (you can still buy this awesome movie!); well it seems from the above video that Robbie and friends haven’t learned their lesson…

Have a look at this UK Mothies video throwdown to our favorite Turkish American foiling master, almost daring Bora Gulari to become the first back-to-back Moth World Champion since the foiling began.  Let the games begin – and with an all-time record field at the Hayling Worlds, they’ve already started.  Title shout very appropriately to Ohioan metalcore band Like Moths To Flames. 

March 27th, 2014 by admin

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Prowler

Despite inventing and perfecting the most wand-controlled t-foil flying system used by every Moth and plenty of imitators, John Ilett and his Fastacraft-built Moths were simply out-developed by Andrew McDougall and McConaghy China’s Mach 2 Moth in the supremacy of the world’s fastest dinghy.  Launched back in 2009, the Mach 2 has dominated every major event for half a decade, with the first real contender – the Exocet in England – getting a couple of top ten finishes at Worlds just this past fall and likely to get on or near the podium this summer at the Hayling Island Worlds.

Meanwhile, many have wondered what the Ilett boys have been up to over in Perth, Australia;  wonder no more; John’s been working on this beauty.  It’s the new Fastacraft Moth,  and it looks slick, sleek, and aero as hell.  John sent us a note:

This is the new boat, and its design, tooling and build methods have been designed with the intent of a real production run, assuming we get enough interest and orders.  In the short term, we can only build a limited number of boats that we hope can prove themselves in racing soon.  If we do go into a production run, the hull and trolley would be produced overseas, while all other components – foils, wing frame, rig, and wand/control systems would still be manufactured in our shop in Western Australia.

The first boat is just three weeks out of the box and pushing 30 knots – great control, no crashes!

Keep an eye on the new Fastacraft Moth here

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March 25th, 2014 by admin

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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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3 more races down, 4 more to go on the final day of the Moth Worlds.  And Bora is sailing the lights out.  Enjoy this reel from Friday’s action in 6-9 knots of Hawaiian tropic.  Facebook is where you can find out who wins, who gets interviewed, and how sweet Thierry M’s photos are.  Racing starts at noon local time/1500 Pacific/1800 Eastern.  Title shout to Busy Signal.

 

October 19th, 2013 by admin

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You’ll be forgiven if you think Victoria’s Secret did a sailing shoot for their latest catalog, but it ain’t the case: Meet University of Hawaii FJ skipper/crew Kellie Yamada trying her hand at some Moth sailing after Worlds racing finished up last night.  This Hawaiian native is not only one of the most drop-dead gorgeous Sailor Chicks of the Week we’ve ever had the privilege to show you, but she’s a bad-ass sailor chick with no fear and plenty of talent.  She’s so fearless that, when Jonny Goldsberry rocked up to the Worlds media boat and offered a ride to the group, Kellie stripped off her shirt and shorts and jumped in the water wearing nothing but lingerie.  ”I have GOT to give it a try,” she said, ignoring cameras and giving it her all.  Now Kellie just needs a little more breeze…or not…we don’t really care so long as she keeps sailing.

Wanna get to know more about the Rainbow sailing team?  Meet them on Facebook.  For more mothy bikini girl pics (yes, you’re all lecherous dogs), go here.

October 17th, 2013 by admin

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An entire summer without time for practicing hasn’t seemed to hurt Nathan Outteridge much, as his 1-2-1 scoreline gives him a massive 12-point lead over Rob Greenhalgh after three marginal-foiling races.  It’s a great mixup in the Top Ten, with 3 UK, 3 US, and 4 Aussies showing what the rivalry is all about; read the Worlds news story here.  Check out the video above for the day’s action from Penalty Box, with delicious pro kiter Gretta Kruessi on the microphone.  For a more in-depth interview of the former Artemis skipper with Mr. Clean, go here.

ThMartinez photos here.

October 16th, 2013 by admin

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Did you know you can fit 45 moths in a 40′ container?  Apparently no one did, but that is part of the secret sauce in maxing out your registration at a World Championship on an island in the middle of the Pacific.  It’s a brilliant move, really, for the McDougall/Maconaghy Moth Worlds next week in Hawaii.   Kaneohe Bay has perfect weather, flat water, and is about as centrally located as anywhere to the big Moth fleets in Australia, Kiwiland and the US.  And it’s an ideal ‘bucket spot’ for Europeans looking to explore the Pacific; so much so that entrants had to join a waiting list once the fleet reached 80.

The Moth Form Guide has become something of a tradition over the years, and past Moth World Champ and longtime foiling humorist Si Payne – apparently resting his old bones and spectating this time around – gives us his hilarious view at the fast, the furious, and the funked up for the 2013 Moth World Champs.  There’s a website, but this is firmly a Facebook Generation event, so go there for what ails ya.

OK here we go! We confidently reveal the top 10 with the same authority and precision as in (ahem) previous years!

Firstly the venue! Kaneohe Bay Hawaii! It’s on the windward side of the island, but its inside a bay, so its sheltered and therefore flat water. It’s seemingly perfect for Moth sailing with its lovely wind and clear warm water.

However a note of caution. If you’re not a good tacker then you are going to struggle. We haven’t heard the word “cone” in sailing until this summer but it seems now it’s everywhere. We are told that there is a kind of a cone here too, specifically as it gets shiftier and the oscillations get faster and more extreme towards the windward mark.

Clearly it’s best to tack on the shifts, but if your tacking is so slow that they play the “Chariots of Fire“ symphony every time you put the helm down, then it’s going to be a long week.

Still, here we go, our top ten with a hint of fun:
1.     Peter Burling, NZ.  Yes he’s on it! Peter is the 2012 49er Olympic silver medalist. He recently cleaned up in the Red Bull Youth AC, and the other week he won the 49er worlds.  Young, gifted and just like his Mach2, All Black!

2.     Nathan Outteridge,  AUS. 2011 World Champion. Will he sail or will he commentate? We assume the former. The 2012 49er gold medalist is back in the Moth class!!  If he shouts “Boundary!” and tacks, for goodness sake just get out of the way…

3.     Anthony Kotoun, ISV. An outstanding worlds last year marked him out as America’s best. Unflappable, unconventional and highly likely to be unstoppable.  Rumored to have found a secret short cut through the reef after last year’s recce. Would be a highly popular winner.

4.     Josh McKnight, AUS. Current World Champion. Just got on and did it last year as no one said he couldn’t. Fast, fit and mature beyond his years on the racecourse. Big but… No one has defended on foils yet, – could he be the one?  Recently been messing about on rafts. Not ideal prep..

5.     Bora Gulari, USA. “Airforce One you have permission to take off” Bora likes home soil. He won at the Gorge in 2009 and so Hawaii could be his turn again. You always feel he might be working on something important. Rarely is.

6.     Scott Babbage, AUS.  Mr Consistent. Sooo close last year in Garda, but 2013 could be his year.  He’s the class president though, which means he has to chair the AGM, and it takes a strong man not to let that sap the will to live out of you. Would be a very popular winner though.

7.     Rob Gough, AUS. Rumored to be going very fast. He’s the Aussie alternative choice in a “Mac” versus “PC“ kind of way. Rob has invested more time and more money than anyone else. He’s strong, innovative and with good boat handling.  Rumor has it he’s bringing his own personal trainer.

8.     Rob Greenhalgh, GBR.  Been winning things of considerable note across the sailing spectrum for a number of decades. Rob dominated the UK nationals this year. If the first couple of races go well and it’s not too windy, the British flag could fly over the Hawaiian Islands for the first time since Captain Cook banged into them.

9.     Chris Rashley, GBR. Current European Champion. If he keeps it together then he will be in the mix. Lots of years left in him. Very organized. In fact the most organized Moth sailor we’ve ever seen. Find him by following the trail of multicoloured Post-it notes…

10. Iain “Goobs” Jensen, AUS. 2012 49er Gold medalist and straight out of the AC. Will have that trademark “thousand yard” star that all those AC72 guys have. Used to being 12 foot in the air and so he could unwittingly pull his ride height adjuster right off! Timing might be off in a boat 61ft shorter than he’s used too.
THE WILD CARDS

Brad Funk, USA. Nanu Nanu! Something funny will happen. He’ll either accidently eat his car keys or inadvertently win 6 races.

Eric Arkhus, USA. Fresh from winning Melges 32 world championships, Eric could well break into the top 5. Anyway stay out of his way too! At the US Nationals at Kaneohe last year, he took out a J-105 and ran straight over a Bladerider.

Dave Lister, AUS. Once hailed as the fastest man in the world on foils.  Possibly the first ever to foil tack a moth.  Older than God.

Andrew McDougall, AUS. A freak. Take out the seemingly greater importance of tacking at this event and we’d put him right up there.

THE EXTREMELY WILD CARDS

John Harris, AUS. 2008 World Champion and 18ft skiff legend. Resides in the USA where he’s been building a business, and also, we hear, a waistline.
Just not practiced enough to get in the top 10, but form is temporary, and class is permanent.  Could be another great comeback in this iconic summer of 2013.

Julian Salter, AUS. The Charge of the light brigade!  Clever sailor, foils in a Turtles sneeze. If it’s a very light week then he’s the best equipped to take advantage of it.

So will we be right? Almost certainly not, but it will be a great event!

Good luck to all.

 

October 7th, 2013 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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