Bora Gulari fills us in on his trip out west…
From not having an organized fleet to 24 boats at the recent Gill Moth PCC’s it is amazing to think how far the US Moth fleet has come in about two years. Based on the number of new Mach 2’s present the fleet shows no sign of going back. There were another three brand new boats at the event and each one looked great and went together well. The boats were totally plug and play making new owners fast out of the box and showing potential moth sailors the ease with which they can get into the class.
On the other side of the spectrum, we had some new home builds that were extremely light and very quick. It is good to be able to have both the polished production boats and home built rockets racing against each other all the way around the track. It is also nice to know that the pioneering and development side of things is alive and kicking here in our younger U.S. fleet.
The sails are also seeing a good amount of experimentation. Chris Williams, of North Sails, had the latest offerings from Big Blue. Dan Kaseler, of Raptor sails, turned up with his 17th iteration of a more windsurf based sail and the fast and reliable MSL 10 from Amac and KA sails was also present. All sails showed good speed, and in the end the guy holding the sheet usually made the biggest difference.
With the shifty winds and the debris from recent storms making plenty of obstacles to avoid, South Bay served up perfect conditions in anticipation of a light air worlds.
We actually sailed a couple races in marginal foiling conditions and I think we all agreed that moths are much more fun when we can foil. We also seemed to settle on the idea that if you are trying to get on a foil, rule 42 does not really work. But if you are just going in a straight line with no attempts to foil then rule 42 should apply. If you are on the fence about getting a boat, do it! It will be the best sailing you have ever done (as long as you don’t mind getting wet).