Aside from a precious few standouts, mainstream US news does a pitiful job of covering sailing – a sport that can be arcane and esoteric for anyone not born to it, and one that comes with a presumption of rich, white douchebaggery. So when a local newspaper in the middle of nowhere publishes a full feature on a small Moth regatta, it stands out. And when that reporter – the area’s most senior journalist – captures exactly what happened, it’s a small miracle. It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, though: New York Times reporter and longtime SA’er Chris Museler joined the fleet recently, and between his knowledge and new US Moth Class media queen Lara Dallman-Weiss’s enthusiasm and social media skills, we expect plenty of new interest and solid growth over the next 12 months. And pieces like this one can only help.
Some sailors will tell you that if you want to go fast, you should get a power boat. That presumes that boats with sails are, by nature, pokey.
But not all.
Consider the Moth.
Moths are the kind of boat that makes you look twice, their hulls held aloft by hydrofoil legs, high above the water that other boats ply.
In mid-November there was a chance to see Moths in action in Pamlico County waters. For a few days, just off of Steve Benjamin’s newly-opened Minnesott Beach Sailing Center, the Moths zipped along several feet above the Neuse River.
Steve knows about sailing a boat fast – in early November he’d placed 2nd in the World Etchells Championships in Hong Kong – but these Moths were faster still and he’d invited the Moth sailors to come here for a weekend Moth camp with an important mission. It would be their one last training and practice in advance of a December regatta in Bermuda where they’ll face sailors with Americas Cup experience.
The Neuse was perfect for practice this time of year says Anthony Kotoun, the US champion Moth boat sailor. That’s because the river has the same kinds of sailing conditions he and other Moth sailors expect to encounter in Bermuda.