Bora the Destroyer
Many of you watched as our great friend Bora Gulari turned in a truly dominating performance, bulleting the final three races to win the 2009 CST International Moth Worlds Championship by a full 12 points over Aussie Nathan Outteridge. As his mother, father and 140+ spectators looked over the Columbia River race course on the final day of racing, Bora’s sailing jumped to a new level. After coming back from fifth during the first race to win by a big margin and clinch the championship, the Bayview Yacht Club sailor was suddenly clueless on what to do. He jumped onto one of his many mentor’s boats, and Charlie McKee said, “Just don’t mess up anyone’s race and enjoy yourself.”
Bora did just that, taking it easy, rounding second at the final mark of the final race. A slow tack dropped him off the foils, nearly head to wind as the crowd cheered and whistled. Four boats passed Bora as he laughed and smiled, and as he got going lazily downwind, he waved to the crowd ashore. And then something funny happened: He sailed by everyone and won the race.
The pivotal point of the regatta may have been the final race of the fourth day of racing, when Bora also passed three boats seemingly without effort to win. “Every windward mark was like lining up a target with a rifle,” he told me. “Then at the offset, I fired.” That confidence only came on the final two days, and it made him even faster than he’d been up to that point. Given the pedigree, training, and equipment of competitors like Outteridge, Payne, Bergan, and Psarofaghis to say nothing of foiling legend Rohan Veal, the speed gap between Gulari and the rest of the fleet was truly incredible. And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.
Our own coverage of this excellent regatta, was also pretty special, with a high quality live stream that finally came together. It let hundreds of people on a Saturday afternoon watch live as Bora won, and as he was chased around by Diego Gomez-Hall’s powerboat sporting a giant American flag. We’ll have a detalied story on Wednesday about the event and the media blitz surrounding it – the info is too important to stick in an article that should be about a great friend to SA and his amazing victory, and the first Moth World Championship for a US sailor since 1976.
There are some excellent interviews with Bora as well as some 30 other sailors, designers, and other interesting people in the Day 3-5 thread, and the live footage will be available on the On-The-Water Anarchy channel on Justin.TV sometime on Tuesday for those who didn’t have the chance to see the footage from Saturday. Pics from Mer, Sean Trew, and Thierry Martinez are also posted or linked. This literally may have been the most covered dinghy regatta in sailing history, and you’ll find all the links in the OTW forum.
Special thanks for support of our live coverage of the Worlds to Mach 2 Boats, the builder of the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place boats at Moth Worlds, and special thanks to long time On-The-Water Anarchy supporter Point Loma Outfitting. We couldn’t have been here without them.
Also a big thanks for the crazy internet solutions we came up with to make our coverage so great to the City Of Stevenson, Pat with the Port of Cascade Locks, Dave, Brad, and Shannon with Saw.net, Bill and Loralei Symes and Marilyn from CGRA, and Nigel Oswald, the event chairman.