The 2019 Moth Nationals and Ladd Lewis Memorial Regatta took place this past weekend at America’s best kept secret, the Upper Keys Sailing Club. It wasn’t the biggest turn out but it was deep at the top, as always.
Richard Didham (23) from San Francisco posted a picket fence in his first moth nationals, over moth veteran Anthony Kotoun who took second and Andrew Scrivan in third.
Conditions were uncharacteristically light with just one race on Friday, none on Saturday and six! on Sunday when the weather finally shaped up.
It was cool to see a really wide variety of gear choices mixing it up throughout the fleet. A good number of Exocets have made their way into the states with the highest one finishing in 3rd. But it was equally good to see that the top two boats were several-year-old Mach2’s with that have been upgraded over time with newer Mach2 parts.
Didham was the youngest competitor there and ages ranged well into the 50’s. There were two female racers and lots of future mothie’s looking on and asking questions on the beach after racing.
There’s a full schedule planned for the 2019 US season including the Wickford Regatta in Rhode Island and the NA’s in San Diego in early Sept. – Anarchist Seth.