surprise champ

the win

surprise champ

In a hotly contested 11-boat series at the Little Traverse Bay Yacht Club in picturesque Harbor Springs, Adam Lowry fought his way to become the new 2010 International Moth North American Champion in ideal Moth weather. Day 1 proved challenging sailing, a gusty land breeze spiking to 25 knots giving everyone some fun, and a few with less.  Lowry lost his rig on the way to the course, but in true Moth Class spirit and thanks to help from quick-acting support boats, he repaired and re-rigged on the water – while the fleet waited for him to start!  With most of the standings swinging at every rounding, Bora Gulari won the first three races, with Lowry upsetting the former World Champ during the fourth race.  Day 2 saw Gulari called away on TP52 duties, setting the stage for a real battle between those without the huge number of hours of the OCD Detroit sailor.

George "Bear" Peet looked solid, walking away with a first place in Race 5, until carbon tragedy struck with a huge start-line collision in Race 6.  Bear was left with a damaged and sinking Moth, and Lowry’s battle began, with Chris Rast and Matt Knowles finding their pace and coming on strong.  Lowry would keep his cool during both foiling and marginal conditions on the final day of racing, taking his first major win in the Class, giving him yet another class to claim honors in.  Racing was tight all weekend, with many newcomers improving all the time and working hard to wipe the big grins off their faces after sailing.  Results are here. Day by day report here.

The circus now moves on to the Sailing Anarchy ISAF Regatta in Coronado, CA from Sept 24th through 26th. And the new 2010 International Moth North American Champion will be there. How about some of the Moth hot shots come see if they can knock him off?

-Richard Davies