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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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BORA NNC

That’s double gold medalist Shirley Robertson and her CNN Mainsail producer offering the first of many apologies to top US mothie and Luna Rossa Challenge team member Bora Gulari (Detroit, Michigan) after her media boat collided with his foiling moth.  Shirley’s media boat destroyed the rudder gantry of Bora’s Mach 2 during the carnage-filled pre-start to an aborted race yesterday while the CNN crew were facing the other way; they were filming a pre-start lineup with Nathan Outerridge and Paul Goodison.

CNN took Bora’s foils to shore and then left him when help came along; Bora went into survival mode, with a club rescue RIB nearly running him over in an attempted recovery in wind-against-tide nastiness.  Finally, the ETNZ rescue boat came over and helped the American and his boat get to shore (along with helping about a dozen others, while event rescue boats milled about in some confusion).

15_004095_MothWorlds2015While CNN may be used to being ridiculed, we’re pretty disappointed in Robertson, who we know is a passionate, experienced sailor.  Given how lightly the responsible RIB got off (no injuries to Bora), Shirley would have certainly won our respect had she stood up and taken responsibility and assuring Bora that she would do what it took to get his boat back up to snuff.  Instead, she tried to divert blame from her, implying that the sailboat ran into her powerboat.   We understand that lawyers have made honesty something of a relic, but we would hope Shirley knows better.  Apparently not.

In contrast, Regatta Chair Peter Osbourne and the entire SSCBC team have been transparent and communicative, and this morning, we got a phone call assuring us that Bora would not be out of pocket for a penny.  That’s how it should be done.  Top photo credit to Petey Crawford, rescue shot to Sander Van Der Borch.

Racing is cancelled for Wednesday, with 30-40 knots on Port Philip Bay.  Join us right here on Sailing Anarchy for all the live video action on Thursday and Friday as the Worlds Finals is packed into 2 short days.

January 13th, 2015 by admin

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Top Oracle Team USA coach and multihuller Philippe Presti shares the sentiment of the Moth Worlds fleet as the nearly always sunny summer beach town of Sorrento waits for a window to get off the lee shore beach in 25+ knots; even the Aussies are under-dressed for the monster low pressure that’s touching Port Philip Bay today.  On the other hand, most of the chillin’ sailors told us ‘it’s the first good RO decision of the week’…so there’s that.

Not everyone was too scared to go out; check out the scow!  We’ll be posting real time updates on the comments section of today’s Youtube Live feed – and no, we’re not broadcasting yet.  For all of yesterday’s pics and some gorgeous sunrise action from the awesome Sander Van Der Borch, go here.  Day 3′s video highlight reel is now up as well, and thanks to Sperry for making it all possible!

January 12th, 2015 by admin

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Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 7.20.29 PMWe’re stoked to become the first sailing publication in the world to reach 100,000 likes on Facebook; and unlike a handful of our would-be competitors, we didn’t buy a single one.  Thanks to all of you for sharing, liking, and commenting on our content – it keeps it all real, and that’s what we love most of all.

True sailing geeks can go check out the sexiest collection of dinghy carbon porn shots you’ve ever seen in our Facebook Moth Worlds Bits gallery over here. 

 

January 12th, 2015 by admin

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Are you ready for it? We are. Sperry Top-Sider and Sailing Anarchy bring you what you’ve been waiting for: The Gold Fleet! 3 women and 76 guys made it through, and now, the regatta really begins.   We’ll be telling you the full story live, over three races as the Finals begins.  Bouncy video and awesome commentary at the 2015 Moth Worlds.

We might even get our super special guest star to talk on the microphone; he’s holding cables at the moment…stay tuned.

 

January 11th, 2015 by admin

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You saw it all if you watched some of our 4-hour live feed yesterday from the Moth Worlds, but you didn’t see it like this.  Hear from the runaway leader and watch 7 high-intensity minutes of the single most epic dinghy racing we’ve ever seen – from the visual stylings of Petey Crawford…

 

January 11th, 2015 by admin

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Powertools-a-grindin’, pain pills-a-poppin’, and 160 wide-eyed Mothies recounting the highs and lows of a truly gnarly day on the water. That’s the scene at the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club after day two of qualifying for the 2015 Moth Worlds in Australia. After four days of dead to light air during the pre-Worlds and day one of qualifying, beautiful Port Phillip provided in a big way today with breeze that built into the low-20’s with gusts approaching 30 knots; enough to toss the World’s best into the piss on a regular basis. With carnage all over the fleet, both in terms of broken boats and broken egos, Super Sunday at the 2015 Moth Worlds was one for the ages.

15_003005_MothWorlds2015Perhaps the world’s best racer under 25, New Zealand (and ETNZ’s) Pete Burling proved his unflappability in the big stuff, aided by blistering downwind speed and control that allowed him to score an absolutely incredible four straight bullets, and the top spot on the leaderboard entering the finals. When a 2nd place finish in an 80-boat fleet ends up as one of your drops, you know you’ve got it going on. Defending world champ, Artemis skipper Nathan Outteridge added a bullet of his own in the Yellow fleet and stayed consistent throughout the day to sit just one point back of his America’s Cup rival to assure the fleet that he isn’t ready to give up his world title without a fight. With close racing all over the fleet, a metric shitton of wipeouts, tight mark roundings and nuking downwind speeds, Sorrento is serving up an unforgettable Moth Worlds as the cream has risen to the top in this massively stacked fleet to set up a battle of epic proportions now that Gold and Silver have split.

15_001801_MothWorlds2015Two hours after the day’s racing had ended, at least one mothie was still unaccounted for, one boat was ditched a few kilometers down the beach where it will spend the night and the rest of the carnage throughout the fleet is simply too long to list. But the real story of the Moth Worlds isn’t just carnage, big names and close racing; it’s fun. When multi-time World Champions, Olympic medalists and AC sailors rock up to the bar with ear-to-ear grins on their faces, excitedly sharing stories with their on-water rivals, you know you’re onto something special. Around the world, small and fast boats are becoming all the rage attracting big, enthusiastic fleets and with the Moth being both the smallest and fastest of them all, it’s no surprise to see a venue packed beyond capacity create so many happy sailors that are more than likely to come back. And that’s always a good thing.

Day 1 of the finals starts in just a few hours, and we’ll of course continue to bring you all of the action live to your browser with Clean alongside the lovely and ultra-talented Sailor Girl Nic Douglass on the mic. Check out Clean’s call of the day here, peep on more of Sander van der Borch’s incredible photos in SA’s Facebook gallery, view a never-ending supply of skipper interviews here, and of course, follow along in the always-active SA forums.  Sperry Top-Sider makes it all happen – don’t forget about ‘em – we won’t!

-Ronnie

January 11th, 2015 by admin

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20-25 knots, short chop, and if you’re gonna watch one day of Moth Worlds racing this week, this might be the day. You want carnage? We will have carnage. LIVE from Sorrento at 1230 local/2030 EST.

Titlewise, Cake gives good cover.

 

January 10th, 2015 by admin

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SA and the US Moth Force is fitting right in with the bogan mentality; we’ve all got a little bit of redneck in us.  Here’s a look at the fun and lack of sun on Day 1 of the Moth Worlds.  Petey Crawford, Sander Van Der Borch, and Sperry get the credit for this fun one.  Results over here.

 

January 10th, 2015 by admin

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McConaghy 2015 Moth Worlds

Clean Report

WARNING: IF YOU HAVE ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER, SKIP TO THE VIDEO BELOW.  Sander Van Borch is already loading up more awesome shots here, and a title shout out to some boys that did for hardcore music what the Mothies do for sailing.  And of course a huge thanks to Sperry, who’ve been supporting Olympic youth sailing in the US for years, and now they’re learning to love the Moths like we do.

I got off the water steamin’ mad yesterday; no matter how prepared we seem to be (and there’s no doubt this is the most ambitious coverage we’ve ever done), tech issues always pop up and bite us in the ass.  In this case we had inverter issues, but it’s always something!  Fortunately, our backup to the backup plan – streaming 540p video on battery power – worked, meaning there is zero doubt that foiling, dinghy, AC, and really anyone who loves sailing will be able to watch all of the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds completely live starting today.  And if we can get our shit together, it will all be in 720p HD quality.  If not, deal.

McConaghy 2015 Moth WorldsI stormed off down the beach with about 30 bucks worth of vodka in an icy glass, and within 100 meters, I’d been called over to look at the latest aero fairings on  49er star Simon Hiscocks Mach 2. Within moments, all my anger was gone.  “Shock” and his childlike glee at putting together a really cool piece of carbon fiber porn knocked it all out of me.  Then he  – a goddamned olympic medalist – told me that “it’s just absolutely incredible to be bullshitting on the beach and racing up the line with these guys all around me – when do you ever get to do that?” as he gestured towards Glenn Ashby, Dean Barker, Loick Peyron, and any one of dozens of other legends of the sport on the beach around us.  Think about that for a second: An Olympic medalist is completely blown away because he’s never been to anything quite like this.  And he’s not getting paid for it; he’s doing it because racing the Moth has made him love sailing as much now as he did when he was a child.

I walked the beach for another hour, talking to another dozen guys and gals about their boats, the conditions, the class – and I walked away with one overarching impression: Moth Worlds really is a window into the future of the sport.  It’s not necessarily because foils are going to somehow dominate the world – though with Amac’s new one-design “Wasp”, they might (and we’ll have MUCH more on that soon). What makes this event special is the fact that it attracts the people that will lead the sport for the decades, and they – along with everyone else here – bring a youthful energy  to the beach that is palpable, uplifting, and leaves everyone walking away with a smile and a great outlook for the future of sailing.

McConaghy 2015 Moth WorldsThe Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club knows it; their Opening Ceremony was one of the funniest and most welcoming we’ve ever heard, including a confetti canyon and dozens of local kids frolicking in the veggie-derived bio paper snow, and despite being a pretty posh place, there are more crazed kids sailing random boats off the beach than we’ve seen at any club.  The members – even those who don’t know much about sailing – are out in force, volunteering or just adding to the massive spectator crowd.  It is a scene that needs to be seen to be believed – and that’s why we’re so glad to bring it to you live.

Our singlehanded ocean racer Ronnie’s been on a crash course learning what these boats are all about, and without further ado, here’s the official SA FORM GUIDE for the 2015 Moth Worlds.

The Ballers

The podium at a Moth Worlds is perhaps the most difficult place for a sailor to reach.  Here’s what we think it might look like.

Nathan Outteridge - The name literally needs no introduction. Olympic Gold medallist in the 49er three years ago, two-time Moth World Champion (defending world champ in Hayling last year), and AC 72 skipper onboard Artemis, Outteridge has clearly established himself as being arguably the best high-speed sailor on the planet. That one-in-a-million freak of nature who can squeeze 100% out of any boat and be cool as ice on tactics and in the face of advertsity, Nath is the complete package, the hometown favorite and the smart money.

Peter Burling – Every sport has their superstar of a generation, and if Nath is “it” for the skiff world, Burling’s day is coming. At just 24 years of age, he has competed in two Olympic Games, winning 49er Silver in London 2012, won two 49er Worlds and skippered an AC 45 to a commanding win in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013. Just like Outerridge, Pete is also a hot-commodity in the America’s Cup scene, earning the position of heir-apparent to the helm of Emirates Team New Zealand. Blazingly fast in the Moth, big and strong and talented beyond belief, Peter Burling will be a Moth World Champion one day; we just don’t know if that title will be awarded this week or further on down the road.

McConaghy 2015 Moth WorldsJosh “Yoshi” Mcknight – If a guy like Nathan Outteridge is the Iceman in this fleet, then Josh McKnight is Maverick. Like Maverick, he’s cooler than the underside of the pillow, but also happy to stir the shit and create a little conflict when he can. Josh won a tough world champs in Garda three years ago and plenty thought it was a bit of a fluke, but in the intervening years, he’s proved as fast as anyone over the long haul.  McKnight has raw boat speed and talent to spare, while his one weakness may still be a touch of youthful arrogance. Sticking to the basics on boat set-up (he told us that much of the work in the boat park is probably just mental masturbation) and just doing massive amounts of sailing, young Yoshi is a potential World Champion if he can sail a smart regatta.

Bora Gulari – America’s fastest foiling helm and the two-time American World Champion in the Moth, Bora is something of a public enemy hear in Sorrento, though you’d never hear the polite Aussies ever say it. With Australians like Nath, Josh, Babbage, and the rest of the all-stars leading  a 97-boat home nation team into this Moth Worlds, no one wants to see an American walk away from ‘straya with the goods. With arguably more hours in a Moth than anyone else, hundreds of hours of development on rig, foil, and ride control and an aerospace engineers intuition, the Detroit-based Luna Rossa sailor is always a factor.  He’s also never lost a Moth Worlds to Nathan…

The Top Ten

Tom Slingsby – A 5-time Laser World Champion, Laser gold medalist and strategist aboard Oracle Team USA during their historic win in AC 34, ‘Slingers’ a god on the tactics, ultra-fit, able to hike for ages.  He’s got plenty of time training in Oz recently, and there is no doubt in our minds that Tom could walk away with his first Moth Worlds.

Blair Tuke – Sailing alongside Peter Burling to win Olympic Silver in the 49er, and also in the AC 45’s, Extreme 40’s and Moth’s, Peter is also well in line to become a superstar for a generation. Reportedly well on the pace, don’t be surprised to see Blair mixing it up at the very front of the fleet.

Scott Babbage – Obi-wan Kenobi in the Moth, the the current Class President has put a million hours into the boat and has been within striking range of the title on countless occasions. With a huge fleet racing in highly varying conditions that Babbs knows well, he’s got the experience and race craft to manage a big fleet and finally secure the elusive Moth World title…if he can just close the deal.

Chris Draper – The Luna Rossa skipper and Olympic medalist has the speed, tactical prowesse and experience to win in any fleet, but may be hampered by lack of time in the boat due to other commitments.

David Lister – A-class stalwart and Moth aficionado, Lister sails a fully one-off boat that he built with his own two hands. With as many hours in the Moth as anyone and boat speed as his tactical trump card, David is a threat to the podium whenever he lines up.  And his foils are all over the fleet;

Paul Goodison – A 3-time Olympian in the Laser with a Gold medal to show for his efforts, Goodison is the naturally gifted sailor that will sail near the front of any fleet that he sails in. Reportedly on-form, Goody will look to improve on his 12th place Worlds finish from last year, with more time in the boat.

Andrew McDougall – The Builder and developer of the Mach 2 and the only guy who’s ever been able to successfully produce a mass-market Moth, AMAC defies physics and medicine, and can easily win races despite being old enough to be some of the fleet’s grandpa.  In fact, Amac seems to look younger every year, and be having more and more fun to boot.

The Dark Horses

Iain Jensen - The Artemis wing trimmer and 49er Olympic Gold medalist crew offers the total package, and can sail with the best of ‘em when he’s on point.

Chris Rashley – Immensely experienced in the Moth and ultra successful over the years, the 2014 Worlds runner-up won the pre-Worlds practice race.  Rashie blew out a spinal disk and was laid out in the middle of the street just a week ago, but some steroid injections and a bit of rehab combined with an attitude harder than an Ice Road Trucker might just see this light-air speedster performing at the top of the fleet…or laying in a hospital bed..

Rob Gough -A super fast all around sailor with tons of experience in the Moth, many within the class have them as their biggest dark horse to break into the top 5. A popular pick among the fleet, strong, heavy, and no-nonsense.

Glenn Ashby – The 8-time A-Cat World Champion and Emirates Team New Zealand wing trimmer knows how to make a boat like a Moth go fast, but lacks experience compared to the front runners. The nicest guy you’ll ever meet, Glenn Ashby is the sentimental favorite amongst his competitors to score an unlikely podium finish.

There are battles throughout the fleet; Youth champions, masters champions, women’s title – and we’ve only mentioned a handful of the sailors, constrained by space and time from giving everyone their due. in a fleet where sailors like Route du Rhum winner and ocean sailing legend Loick Peyron, current Mini Transat champ Benoit Marie, and Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Dean Barker blend in with the masses, you know you’re in for a special regatta.  We sure do.

January 9th, 2015 by admin

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A proper sizzle reel gets you excited for just about anything, and no one does it better than Petey Crawford.  Here’s a taste of what you’re in for.

 

January 6th, 2015 by admin

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Ronnie Simpson, our resident writer, war/shipwreck vet, singlehanded racer, and now engineless cruiser landed in Melbourne just 3 hours ago, and he’s already hit the ground running in SA’s quest to bring every bit of the Moth Worlds to you.  If you’re as stoked as we are to watch this epic event, go and thank our new mystery sponsor Sperry Top-Sider; who asked us a few months back: ‘if you could cover any event, which would it be?’  Here’s Ronnie to explain as only he can, and photo credit to Petey Crawford/Penalty Box Productions.

I feel a little like I’ve stepped into a Hunter S. Thompson novel. Clean’s the lawyer, (no, seriously, the dude’s passed the bar), I’m the wiry journalist nursing a tumbler full of Jim Beam behind a typewriter, and we’re headed out West to cover a bunch of guys going really, really fast in a big, important race.  There’ll be plenty of cocktails involved, loads of pranks and secrets and laughter, and someone may even get hurt. Only one thing’s for sure; the next week and a half are going to be chock full of some of the most interesting, technical, and straight up insane boats and sailors, and the only place to see it all unfold live is right here on Sailing Anarchy.

IMG_8323Australia.  Originally settled by the English to house an overgrown convict population, it’s a land so rugged that merely existing without dying proved a struggle for generations. An isolated island continent so full of land-and-water borne dangers that they’ve literally named a city after Darwin himself. A place where the average teenage girl can drink you under the table and the c-word can be a term of endearment, it’s no wonder that Australians have earned a reputation as being a hearty bunch. Get in the water with the Aussies and engage in battle and they’re nearly unstoppable, no matter the discipline. Home to professional surfing’s first world champion, the first group of sailors outside the US to win the America’s Cup and more foiling moths than anywhere else on the planet (including the defending world champion), it’s only fitting that when the Moths decided to go off with their biggest Worlds ever, it would be held down under.

IMG_8313The Moth got its start more than eight decades ago in nearby Inverloch, based on the very ethos of being an open, box-rule 11-foot dinghy, and has since seen constant development across three different continents to become the foiling monsters that they are today, and the fastest dinghy in the world. With the America’s Cup switching to foiling just two years ago and an unprecedented amount of resources being dumped into foiling-development, the class has surged in poularity to become the single most important dinghy class in the world, and as a result, everybody’s here. Well, almost. Staying true to its roots of open development, we’ll be seeing everything from beautiful homemade boats to bone-stock production moths to highly customized hulls, foils, control systems, aero, and rigs on the very cutting edge of technology.

With enough Olympic Gold present to fill Fort Knox, somewhere north of 160 entries and the deepest fleet of any moth race in history, the 2015 McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds are set to go off in a big way, and we’re coming locked and loaded with video interviews, daily write-ups, sit-down talk shows, tech profiles, live racing feeds, kick-ass photos and more. Post your questions and feedback in the forums and we’ll take it from there.  And don’t forget about Sperry, where Odysseys Await.  Also a big thanks to Line Honors Yacht Racing Outfitters for supplying us with some last-minute shirts and hats – no one does it better and faster than Bobby, give ‘em a call!

 

January 6th, 2015 by admin

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Considering his New Year post below, the Ed obviously has better sources than I do, but I loved this quadcopter footage from high above Sydney Harbour and one of the biggest fireworks displays in the world.  It’s a beautiful way to send out a great year for sailing, and a good opportunity for all of us at Sailing Anarchy to wish you and your family a most awesome 2015.

There’s a lot to be excited about if you love sailing like we do.  In the USA, after decades of slumping participation and almost 10 years of economic turmoil, the sport is finally seeing real recovery for those classes, companies, venues who’ve adapted to the times.  Sportboats and multihulls continue to surge ahead in popularity compared to any time over the past 20 years, one-design racing continues to grow, and cruising classes are adding hundreds of new sailors to the sport.  While a small part of the yacht club crowd remains mired in the past, there’s little doubt that a new ethic of inclusivity is beginning to reign at clubs and sailing centers – all with support from US Sailing.  And the social media phenomenon is beginning to solve many of the problems that have so hurt the sport: Elitist perceptions, poor communication, and attracting and retaining youth in the sport.

Sailing Anarchy continued to be the only ‘must-read’ website in sailing, with our reach extending from the corners of China to the tip of Tierra Del Fuego, and over 500 contributors wrote, shot, and edited stories for all of you this year. We’re grateful for each and every one of them, just as we are for each one of you – our millions of readers spread over 200 countries.

2015 will bring our most widespread coverage yet of the sport we love; thanks to our advertisers, event sponsors, and a few exciting new corporate partners, we’ll be starting off with a bang – for the first time in 5 years, our photo/video/social media team will bring you a solid week of photo, highlight, and live video coverage of the entire Moth Worlds starting on the 9th of January in the Southeast corner of Australia.  And that’s just the beginning.

Stay tuned, and Happy New Year!

-Mr. Clean

 

January 1st, 2015 by admin

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We get a lot of fun Christmas cards every year, but this one from SA’er iTa303030 made us chuckle the most.  Share your Kwanzaa, Hanukah, and yeah, Christmas wishes in the thread, and remember: Just ’cause you ain’t working doesn’t mean we ain’t!

So what’s in store for the end of the year?  Plenty! 

We’ve got boots on the ground in Sydney and Hobart, and we’ll get you everything you need to listen to both Nic Douglass’s all-day live radio show and the official Yahoo/Channel 7 streaming video start of the Sydney-Hobart Race on December 26th (25th in the US and Europe)

Mr. Clean hits the road for Abu Dhabi on Sunday to bring you his customarily awesome interviews, analysis, and live commentary from the In-Port Race and Leg 3 start of the Volvo Ocean Race on January 2 and 3.

Our favorite cornbelt photojournalist Jen Edney is off to Barcelona to get all the inside stories from the 3rd Barcelona World Race.

and Petey Crawford’s International Date Line troubles means he’s missing Christmas entirely as he heads to Melbourne, Australia at this very moment to scout for our world-leading coverage of January’s Moth Worlds.

If you love sailing, 2015 is going to be one hell of a year.  Don’t change the channel.

December 24th, 2014 by admin

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This is NOT some high-end riggers supply drawer.  It’s not the remains of four skiffs crashing into each other, either.  Nope – it’s the meat in the middle of the modern Mach 2 Moth – the junction between flight and control.  With canting rigs added to the already silly amount of controls on the world’s fastest dinghy, racing a Moth at the top end is tougher than it’s ever been.  Meanwhile, racing around the bay is easier than ever, thanks to the same advancements that are helping the front of the fleet, like Zack Maxam, from whom we stole this shot.

With just under 160 entries, the 2015 Worlds are set to be not only the biggest ever, but the deepest as well.  And we’ll be there to bring you every minute of it live.  Shhhhhh!  Don’t tell anyone, but make sure you can stay up late for a few days in the middle of January…

December 11th, 2014 by admin

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