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Posts Tagged ‘moth worlds’

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Pete Burling’s late charge wasn’t enough to catch a streaking Paul Goodison as he takes the first back-to-back Moth Worlds Championship since Mark Thorpe in the pre-foiling days.  Great work from the GBR team, and great work from Beau Outteridge and ‘Randy Cunningham’ for the fun media over at #mothworlds, where you can find the final highlight reel here.  Our favorite video of the week?  Inside Simon Owen-Smith’s (a/k/a S/O/S) mobile moth workshop, of course.  Title shout out to memorable 80s ads.  Results here.

 

July 31st, 2017 by admin

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Pete Burling went on a tear yesterday, overhauling all but Paul Goodison on the penultimate day of the huge Garda Moth Worlds.  Goody’s double-digit lead is strong but not unassailable, with the top 5 on the list all vets of the 34th America’s Cup.  Our standout performer of the week so far is Checcho Bruni, who at 44 years old sits just outside the top ten in the ultra-competitive fleet.  Think he’s trying to tell Luna Rossa owner Patrizio Bertelli something about his ability to compete against the nippers?

The event has slowed way down on its Facebook content, but there are still photos and interviews to play with; check it out here.

July 29th, 2017 by admin

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The monster breeze that broke ribs in at least four sailors (and rigs on four more) on Thursday gave way to picture-perfect Garda conditions for the first day of post-qualifying action at the Worlds. Worlds social media/video host Randy Cunningham gets up above it all for a birds-eye view from an ultralight in this fun highlight reel from Day 4 of the Moth Worlds.  UK, Aus, and Kiwis own the entire top ten, with Cup sailors owning much of it…results here with racing beginning soon over here.  Photos by Martina Orsini here.

 

 

July 29th, 2017 by admin

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We were all set to deliver our own Moth Worlds prognostications (late, as usual), but then we ran across this piece on The Foiling Week’s blog from flying scribe Neil Baker, and we knew we wouldn’t be able to do much better.  So we pulled some excerpts to post here – with a Day 1 cancellation meaning it’s just in the nick of time – and advise you to head over to the original pieces (Part 1, Part 2) if you want the rest of the story.  Shoutout to “Randy Cunningham,” the funniest on-air personality in sailing, in the Worlds intro video above, and tune in to the Worlds video feed for more gems from his generation’s Mouth of the South.  Here’s Baker:

On Any Moth Worlds:

Why is it horrible? Well mostly it is the crushing realisation that you have to deliver. Its high noon in the racing stakes and you have nowhere to hide now. You have to make good on what you’ve invested training, in brownie points with the wife (or husband!) and of course in carbon. Moths have that extreme element for sailors of trying to calculate the biggest bang for your buck when buying your kit for a season, and also figuring out the best time to do it so that you haven’t, quite literally, blown your wad too soon. It can be frustrating to buy something new, like a high lift foil, only for someone to release a newer better one a few months later. Of course most annoyingly for one still stuck at the desk looking over a London train station…the really horrible element this week is the self-gratifying pictures of people already on their way or even already at the best sailing spot on the planet, lake Garda, filling social media feeds with increasing regularity.

On Garda:

The wind is like clockwork (touch wood) and the Italians are superb hosts. The pasta always seems to be ready just when you’re going sailing?? The coffee is good enough to make even the most committed Melbournian barista swoon, and for those of a “Patonator” type persuasion, an Aperol Spritz is the finest post sales recovery beverage you’ll get anywhere in the world. The water is also Pan flat when the Orais blowing. Less so when the evil northerly wind is blowing and if we get some f that again it will no doubt separate the men from the boys. If it happens before the gold fleet selection is made it could really change the make up of the fleets.

On Gear Evolution

The kit has changed in an imperceptible yet highly effective way. 2012 was a year when gains were increasingly marginal around the foil horizontals despite a lot of the focus being in that area. There have only been small improvements since. However, many other areas have progressed. Aero tramps, lower mast stumps and stiffer EVERYTHING. Adjustable wands have gone mainstream and then moved onto become telescopic and hang off the Bow sprits to give the boat extra stability and much more control in waves. The foil verticals have got thinner and stiffer and the sails have evolved to a whole new level with Carbon battens being de rigeur. Of course there have been a few howlers along the way, the less said about the twin wands idea the better,one can only assume those guys were trying to make up for something. We also don’t see too many wing sails either although that was partly because it was found they didn’t measure.

On Boats

Exocets have gone from just single figures in 2012 with just one in the top 10, to being the boat of choice for many. They even finally managed to win the worlds in 2016 at the 5th attempt (took long enough!). Does that mean they’re the best…we’ll find out. Cookie has taken the Rockets into the solid state design and they are going like, erm, something fast that flies, wait, it’ll come to me, and Mach 2 have continued to make small, incremental but effective improvements. There are a few other new designs coming through, we might even see the Lennon “Thinnair”doing well although it’s not raced yet. The Voodoo is getting there and now has some good sailors developing it, we still don’t know what the heck Josh McKnight is going to turn up with. Really, between the big builders, the margins are now very fine. We don’t know which design will win, we know that a Wazsp won’t so stop ****ing asking. One thing we can be certain of is that the best sailor will still probably carry the win. Actually, one more thing we can be certain of is Simon Owen-Smith, the mothies SoS. The most important bit of Moth Kit will be there and he will be busting his ass off for everyone to keep them on the water. Buy that man a beer, I doubt Aperol is his thing, although you never know.

On Fleet Talent

If anyone can name an event with the quality of fleet to match this then I’d like to see it. There really is a depth of talent here that is eye watering. In fact it’s enough to make you cry if you spend the majority of your week trying to do an honest days work flogging lubricant to the over 50s. The majority of Dinghy sailors never get to race against the best in the world. A few occasionally get to race against an Olympian, the odd one of us gets to race against a medallist. At the moth worlds in 2017 you’ll be banging on the toilet door just before launch o’clock, complaining at the wait, with a good chance that it’s someone you’d normally go a bit weak at the knees about if they sailed within 200 metres of you at the round the island race.

On British Hopes

First to go is the current holder of the world championship title, the UK. In fact that very World Champion is Paul Goodison who is turning up fresh from the AC and, knowing nothing about how much time he’s had to sail, he’s definitely got a good chance, he is pure quality. Another strong UK sailor will always be Rob Greenhalgh; usually well prepared and driving some primo, slightly experimental kit, you’d be a fool to bet against him. However, time in the boat is also a challenge for him of late. Well that’s what he’ll tell you anyway. Sadly the current UK champ, Dylan Fletcher, is not available. As member of the GB Olympic squad he’s being marched off to Kiel to continue the relentless Olympic cycle. Far be it for people to have a break in the first year of the cycle. It’s a real shame as Dylan was unbelievably fast at the UK nationals. Still, his Solid State Rocket, not to be confused with a skate park for mice, is coming and will be sailed by none other than former Euro champ Cookie himself. Now we’ll find out if it’s the boat or the sailor eh Cookie? No pressure. There are plenty of other strong UK contenders but it’s unlikely they’ll fight for the title. Ben Paton has already reserved 4th place and Rashley has moved on to some kind of sunsail holiday, or is it Nacra sailing, it all looks the same.

On The Other Big Moth Nation

From the Australian contingent we’ve got a huge bevvy of talent coming, including former Moth world champions Josh McKnight and Nathan Outteridge , Americas cup sailors like Tom Slingsby and Iain Jensen and of course long time Worlds contenders like Scott Babbage and Rob Gough. Whilst many of them have been heavily involved in the AC, or several other types of boat, they’ve all got some great kit and will no doubt be loving the idea of getting stuck into racing at Garda. Rumour is a few of the AC sailors went straight from the Cup to Malcesine to get practicing. Commitment like that shows why they are so much better than the rest of us. I’d have been happy to just get away from boats for good I expect.

Again, read the full breakdown at The Foiling Week here.

And if you want to know Sailing Anarchy’s picks, here they are:

First: Pete Burling

Second: Paul Goodison

Third: Rob Greenhalgh

July 25th, 2017 by admin

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Andrew “AMAC” McDougall is always a good chat, and we grabbed him at the end of the Moth Worlds to talk about his umpteenth win as Grand Master (and ignore the fact we thought he won Master as well – that honor went to the newly-turned-45 Dave Lister).  We also took the time to learn the essential bits of what is a far more interesting development – the soon-to-be-revealed Waszp.  At less than the cost of a one and a half Lasers, this fiberglass and alloy ‘foiler for the masses’ might just provide the engine for an explosion in sailing that we’ve not seen since the Hobie 16 or the Laser itself.  Reality or hype?  Listen to Amac and decide for yourself, and get psyched for next week’s “Moth Worlds: The TV Show” from Penalty Box Productions with support from Sperry.  We’re not done yet.

 

January 30th, 2015 by admin

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The On-The-Water Anarchy/Sperry Top-Sider/Line Honors team is off to the pubs with the Moth World Champ, but not before gettin’ you the goods on the overall action.  And the action is all about Peter Burling – so motherfuckin’ ill!  Huge thanks to all of you for watching, and sit tight; we’ll have one hell of a reality show/reel in a couple of weeks.

Sander Van Der Borch’s sick-ass photos from the day are all over here.

 

January 16th, 2015 by admin

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Wanna watch the most insane sailing you might ever see?  NOW IS THE TIME, and it’s live from Australia!

One final day, 25-30 knots, and 80 of the world’s fastest dinghy sailors will put on a show for you today, and we’ve got our superstar team on the water to bring it all to you live.  Watch today and you might even win a highly sought-after Sailing Anarchy/Sperry/Line Honors/Moth Worlds Flexfit gangsa cap like the ones we rock.  And yeah, we’ve got another special guest star on the microphone today…

Please go and thank Sperry for their patronage, but only if you want more…

 

January 15th, 2015 by admin

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last 1Amid calms, gales, controversy and carnage, the 2015 Moth Worlds has become an easy target for criticism. From a fleet that was arguably too big and star-studded to manage, to a struggling race committee, to weather that refused to cooperate for days on end, to a multi-time world champ getting run down by a CNN media boat, almost everything that could go wrong in this regatta has. None of that seemed to matter after Thursday however, when beautiful Sorrento and Port Phillip Bay twisted up the good stuff for this record-setting fleet with flat water and 25 knots in the sun, allowing the race committee to run four races in the Gold Fleet and three for the Silver Fleet. With just one race sailed during the past three days, day five of the Moth Worlds was a critical juncture for both the organizing club and the sailors alike; those on point solidified a good regatta while those that floundered have watched their championship hopes slip away. As the last remnants of a low moved east across the region on Thursday morning, the rain cleared out almost on cue to allow the fleet to get an early 1100 start, and it was game-on from the get go. Defending Moth world champion Nathan Outteridge and current regatta leader Peter Burling squared off for the first time in this Moth Worlds, hooking up to engage in a long-awaited battle at the front with the young Kiwi crashing ass-over-teakettle on the second downwind leg to relinquish a valuable point to Outteridge as the battle for the world title has taken focus. From there on out it was all Burling however, with the future skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand going lights out with a downhill advantage over everybody to score three straight bullets and stake his defining claim to ownership of this championship regatta. With Moth specialists Josh McKnight and Chris Rashley alongside America’s Cup stars Outteridge, Burling, Draper and Slingsby consistently going head-to-head in 15-25 knots of breeze and full-on flat water boat speed conditions to contest the top five, the incredible competition that we have long anticipated from this regatta has finally begun to materialize in the final two days.

‘Slingers’ broke a foil on the way to the race track to miss the first race but came back to show blistering upwind speed, sailing on his light-air foils, though a DNF in the first race and UFD over-early in the second race saw his chances at a good finish in the worlds slip away. Peter Burling is close to having this Moth Worlds win wrapped up, he needs two decent races and he’s got it. While numerically any one of the top three can grab the win, as long as Burling doesn’t suffer a major gear failure, we can’t see how he’ll lose it. Nathan Outteridge sits in a solid second place, while the final podium position is well and truly up for grabs, with Aussie Josh McKnight battling pommy rivals “the Chrisses” (Draper and Rashley) in an effort to make it a southern-hemi clean sweep of the podium.

last 2US top gun Bora Gulari was uncharacteristically off the pace Thursday, apparently both shaken up and lacking in boat speed after being run over by Shirley Robertson and the CNN Mainsail bunch, watching his chances at a good worlds fade to black. To add insult to injury, Robertson and her boats’ driver didn’t even agree on their story in the room, with the driver claiming they were filming, and Shirley saying they (conveniently) weren’t. Thanks to the self-serving testimony, Gulari got screwed out of redress, and the international clown court said the crash was partially his fault. Motor boat vs. sailboat…unfuckingbelievable, and we had multiple reports of the same asshats refusing yesterday to help a stricken sailor waving his hands in the international distress signal. Yet another American got completely screwed yesterday; event videographer Beau Outterridge apparently didn’t know how the finish line worked, and he was directly in front of US Class President Matt Knowles as Knowles rolled around the mark to head upwind for his final lap. The whole media thing is shocking; who would ever have thought that it would be Robertson/CNN and young Outerridge wrecking regattas while the SA media boats are the responsible ones.

Top American and perhaps the most over-achieving sailor at this worlds right now is one-design rockstar Anthony Kotoun who is having an incredible regatta to sit in seventh place with a realistic shot at the top five going into the final day. There’s great battles all over the fleet with Mach 2 builder Andrew McDougall leading the Masters division, 17-year old Italian Gian Maria Ferrighi leading a big juniors fleet (his twin brother sits a bit deeper) and local Mothie Samantha England leading a close battle over Irish Olympic radial sailor Annalise Murphy and Japanese Olympic hopeful Wakoko Tabata for top women’s honors. You can check out interviews with all these cats on Facebook or with links in the forum.

What will happen on the last day of the Moth Worlds? The hell if we know, but already, the Silver Fleet has been AP over A’d thanks to the big breeze, and with a major NW’ly running against a fairly big tide, we can guarantee big carnage and the chance of a major gear failure at the top of the fleet, throwing the scoring into mayhem. Will Burling hold on to claim his first Worlds? Will he falter and somehow allow Outteridge an unlikely repeat? Can Bora stage some late-race heroics to move back up the board, passing Kotoun for top US spot after a worlds he’d likely rather forget? It’s Finals Friday, bitches and there’s only once place to be. And you know where you can watch it, right? More awesome photo work from Sander Van der Borch…check his Worlds galleries here.

 

January 15th, 2015 by admin

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Repeat after me: Sailing ain’t a spectator sport.  Yet another myth, busted, thanks to Petey Crawford and the Moths on the penultimate day of racing at the Moth Worlds.  One more day to go, and the dogs are already blowing down the beach, chains in tatters.

 

January 15th, 2015 by admin

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15_003953_MothWorlds2015 The wheels are dangling by a single bolt on the bus that is the ultra highly anticipated Moth Worlds. Despite sailing just one light-air, low-riding race in the finals the fleet has been bloodied from top to bottom with the carnage spilling over to a humbled race committee who is feeling the pressure and has used their one life-line in hopes that they can salvage a regatta that’s been slipping away from them.

A few boats again didn’t make it home after sailing yesterday, a two-time world champ got taken out by a press boat, another ended up tangled in the rig of a moored yacht, and one boat dropped a rig without a single race to show for all the effort, and with just two days to go, the pressure is on to do everything possible to get in three a day on Thursday and Friday.  Meanwhile, the Anarchy team went hunting for two elusive species in Southeast Oz: Bogans and kangaroos.  We”ll have more on that when our regatta recap/Reality TV episode next week

Recap:

Peter Burling’s dominant performance, both in the heavy and in the light, means he has a nice cushion at the top of the leaderboard. Following up his unforgettable four-bullet performance in breeze-on conditions on Sunday to own the right side of the course, keep it on the foils and secure a handy third place finish in race 1 of the gold fleet, Burling has now opened up an eleven-point lead over now second-placed Josh McKnight. Japanese Nacra 17 Olympic hopeful Hiroki Goto relied on a special ‘samurai’ foil and some smooth moves at the top mark of the second lap to gybe inside of Chris Draper and take his first ever worlds race win. While Burling, Bora and Hiroki were both happy to be interviewed live aboard M/V Anarchy during the postponement that followed, several other skippers weren’t so stoked to race in non-foiling conditions with just 7 of 80 starters getting around the race track within the time limit. After a three-hour postponement to wait for breeze, the RC finally pulled the plug and called off the day’s second race. With Murphy’s law in full effect, a perfect 12-15 knots built in the late afternoon sending several Moths back onto the course for a beautiful sunset sail.

15_004445_MothWorlds2015-EditFollowing up ‘Super Sunday’ and ‘Mellow Monday’ was ‘Terrible Tuesday’ at the Moth Worlds. With northerly breeze and it’s associated twenty miles of fetch combining with blinding rain and poor visibility to wreck the race course, the race committee was eager to get a race off but gun-shy of sending the fleet out into controversial conditions after the reaming they had taken in social media the day before. At three o’clock, after four hours of postponement, a competitors meeting was held under the marquee with the decision to race or not coming down to a show of hands amongst the sailors. Silver fleet voted almost unanimously to hit the shower and then have a rum in lieu of sailing while gold fleet wanted to get a race off. Almost exactly the opposite as Monday, as soon as the decision was made to go racing, the conditions deteriorated again with northeasterly breeze well into the 20’s and an opposing flood tide at the height of it’s flow creating a virtual minefield of short, choppy waves for the Moths to contend with. Just getting out was going to be a dilemma with the lee-shore boat park, heinous conditions and a large mooring field full of peril. The media, spectators and other competitors watched on in anticipation to see who would be the first one to go out and with little surprise it was Moth builder Andrew ‘A-Mac’ McDougall who led the charge on what was truly a boat-builders day. About 30 Moths followed and what ensued was complete and utter chaos with Moths crashing in every direction, carbon bits exploding and of course, the Bora incident. With half the fleet in the water and the other half afraid to bear away and put the bow down, RC was again in a bind and made the call to go in for the day. The sail back to the beach was just as hectic with as many sailors needing assistance to get back in as those that were able to sail in. The Emirates Team New Zealand boys were amongst the dozen chase boats that stayed out for an hour until all boats could safely make it back to the beach, several of them having sustained too much damage to foils, wands and other bits to sail in under their own power.

The predicted front came through on the lay day, the Club has brought in a class-recommended technical advisor to prevent more gaffes on the RC boat, and the weather should  allow for some solid, (if wet and low-vis) racing on the final days of the regatta.  We’re looking forward with cautious optimism and will continue to bring it all to you live from Sorrento.  Check the thread for the latest.

Sander Van Der Borch photos, with big thanks to Sperry Top-Sider for their support.

 

January 14th, 2015 by admin

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