Posts Tagged ‘moth worlds’
Sailing Anarchy was launched right around the time when the first Moth – Brett Burville’s surface-piercer – went flying. As the Moth took over the world of ultra high-performance single handing, SA took over the sailing internet, and we’ve had a special relationship with the Moth ever since. That explains our joy when we see just how incredibly strong the Moth is, with 2014 likely to mark the strongest year in the history of the foiling Moth.
This year’s North American circuit is well underway, with longtime SA’er and two-time World Champ Bora Gulari defending his National title this coming weekend against new US Sailing Team member Brad Funk and a fleet including Star Gold Medalist Freddy Loof, multiple keelboat world champ Anthony Kotoun, and all the rest of the adrenaline junkie crowd. We’ll be there helping the US Class get photos, video, and news out via the US Moth Class Facebook Page this Friday to Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Moth Worlds at Hayling Island in the UK is about to set an all-time record for entries in a Moth WC – with 5 months to go until the event! We Expect somewhere over 150 boats in Hayling including full teams from a number of America’s Cup campaigns – foils will be the key to the next Cup, and the smart designers and sailors know that, with the A-Class split over whether to go forward or backwards, there is only one singlehander that will let them hone their skills for the biggest trophy of them all.
Europe is heating up just as quickly, with the first Act of the EFG MothEuroCup taking place in Bordeaux, France soon. It’s the first of six awesome events held all over Europe, including the excellent Delta Lloyd Regatta in Holland in May, the Swiss and German Nationals, Traunsee Week in Austria and of course Europe’s best sailing spot in Lake Garda has to be on the calendar as well. In this second year edition of the MothEuroCup, EFG Bank has stepped up to the plate as the series Sponsor, offering more than € 13,000 in total prize money.
With EFG Bank supporting Stars, Vipers, Melges 24s, and now the Moth, we’re giving them a shout out; keep it up, bankers! For a little video teaser of the Europcup, check this out on Vimeo. Thierry Martinez photo from Hawaii.
March 20th, 2014 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
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
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.
October 17th, 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
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
Another day, another likely glass off here in Kaneohe Yacht Club as the Moth Worlds fleet shades itself from the sun. Credit ThMartinez/Sea&Co/Moth Worlds, and go to the Facebook Page for the latest updates – and no, you don’t need to join Facebook to check out the info, dinosaurs.
Oh – and check out this video from yesterday’s abandoned race and shoreside fun; the best sailing video of a non-race day you’ve ever seen!
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October 15th, 2013 by admin
The background may be pretty but the forecast ain’t; with the trades looking weak to non-existent, the mothies are doing whatever they can to get their boats ready for an unexpectedly light regatta. Above, Petey Crawford gives you the first HD look at the Worlds fleet; Like the Moth Worlds Facebook Page for a little On-The-Water Social Anarchy from Mr. Clean throughout the week.
October 14th, 2013 by admin