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Bangin’ The Corners

2016 Bangin’ The Corners Cup presented by MS Amlin.

Congratulations to Iain “Goobs” Jensen on winning the third edition of the event. Thanks to our hosts Royal Bermuda Yacht Club for putting on a great show in such extreme conditions!

“One in, One out” Days in Bermuda

by Chris Museler

American Pat Wilson at “the knot” out of a gybe, big breezy Day 4 of The Amlin. BEAU OUTTERIDGE Image.

American Pat Wilson at “the knot” out of a gybe, big breezy Day 4 of The Amlin. BEAU OUTTERIDGE Image.

Sitting on the trampoline of an International Moth is rarely good. It probably means you slipped in a gybe and you’re about to get your ear sliced open by your shroud. Well, that happened to the winner of last week’s Amlin International Moth Regatta in the penultimate day when there was another 25-30-knot front.

Rob Greenhalgh looked like he was in a round with Mike Tyson and on the light wind finale on Friday, the … continue reading on Chris Museler blog

Amlin International Moth Regatta Final Day – Greenhalgh won

by bermudamoths.com

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Rob Greenhalgh today stamped his dominance on the inaugural Amlin International Moth Regatta hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

Lying in second overall entering the day, Greenhalgh won all three races to win the championship and the winner’s share of $5,000 of the $10,000 prize purse.

“The week has been fantastic,” said the 38-year-old Greenhalgh of Hamble, England. “It’s been good to come to a new venue. Everyone’s been very hospitable. I hope it keeps going.”

“Amlin is very proud to have supported this year’s successful Moth Regatta, which featured world class sailors in a world class sailing destination, Bermuda, the home of the 2017 Americas Cup,” said Rob Wyatt, CEO of Amlin’s Bermuda Branch. “We have been involved in specialist [re]insurance for over a hundred years and supporting exciting events like this enables us to reinforce our connection with the marine industry and with Bermuda.”

With the wind 6- to 12-knot winds right in Greenhalgh’s wheelhouse, he dominated the three races. His first victory was by nearly 1 minute and the second was by 1 minute, 30 seconds. He left little doubt as to who the best sailor was this week.

“Sailing is a game of boatspeed, there are no two ways around it,” said Greenhalgh. “If you can go faster than the other guys, then you’re halfway there.”

In a near repeat of last summer’s European Championship, Greenhalgh overcame regatta leader Chris Rashley for the victory. Rashley led Greenhalgh by 1 point entering today but finished 8 points in arrears in the final standings after placing 10-4-4. The 10th wound up being one of Rashely’s discards and he won $2,000 for finishing second.

“I had a bad start in the first race,” Rashley said. “There was a left hand wind shift just before the start and I couldn’t get up on my foils. I was pleased with how I sailed in the next two races.

“It was nice to lead for a couple of days but I expected Rob to win today. He really excels in those conditions. He’s quicker in the mid-range stuff,” said Rashley.

After the two leaders a pair of America’s Cup sailors battled it out for third and fourth. Paul Goodison of Artemis Racing wound up nipping Chris Draper by 2 points for 3rd place and won $1,500 while Draper won $1,000 for fourth place. Fifth-placed Simon Hiscocks won $500.

“I finished where I deserved,” said Draper. “I’ve only sailed a Moth seven days in the past six months, but I felt like my boathandling was better today. I’ve got some work to do on my setup.”

Greenhalgh dominated in part because he’s put in a lot of work on his setup. Today he was riding on his large foils because of the lighter winds. With the large foils it’s easier to get up on them and stay on them through tacks and jibes. As soon as a boat drops off the foils it loses significant speed.

Greenhalgh also used a canting rig system today. The system doesn’t cant the rig to windward. Instead it allows the rig to stand up straighter, which generates more boatspeed.

“A more vertical rig gives more horsepower,” said Greenhalgh. “It’s good in conditions like today, early foiling conditions, the 9- to 11-knot range. It’s definitely an advantage, but you need to know how to use it because it affects things like boom vang tension and tacking and how the boat handles.”

The Amlin International Moth Regatta is sponsored by Amlin plc, a FTSE 250-listed independent global insurer and reinsurer with operations in the Lloyd’s, UK, continental European and Bermudian markets. Additional sponsors include the Bermuda Tourism Authority, EFG International, Gosling’s, the Official Rum of the Regatta, and Kaenon Polarized.

PROVISIONAL FINAL STANDINGS (after 11 races, with two discards)
1. Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) 1-(4)-1-3-2-1-2-(13)-1-1-1 – 13 points
2. Chris Rashley (GBR) (4)-2-3-1-1-2-3-1-(10)-4-4 – 21
3. Paul Goodison (Artemis Racing) 2-3-2-(13)-10-3-1-3-4-(15)-3 – 31
4. Chris Draper (SoftBank Team Japan) 5-1-(7)-4-7-(8)-4-5-3-2-2 – 33
5. Simon Hiscocks (GBR) 3-8-(59/DNF)-2-3-7-5-2-6-10-(11) – 46
6. Ben Paton (GBR) 7-7-8-(12)-4-9-(19)-4-2-3-7 – 51
7. Jason Belben (GBR) (13)-5-11-5-8-10-8-7-11-5-9 – 68
8. Kyle Langford (ORACLE Team USA) 6-16-4-9-5-4-6-6-(20)-(29)-19 – 75
9. Anthony Kotoun (ISV) 8-(19)-12-7-6-5-7-(21)-13-19-6 – 83
10. Victor Diaz de Leon (VEN) 16-6-6-(21)-12-19-16-(24)-8-9-8 – 100
(For a complete list of results, please click here.)

Amlin International Moth Regatta Day 4 – Rashley lead on Greenhalgh

by bermudamoths.com

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The inaugural Amlin International Moth Regatta is primed for a showdown between Chris Rashley and Rob Greenhalgh. At stake is $5,000.

Three races are on tap tomorrow and it’s anyone’s guess as to who’ll come out on top of the event hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

With the wind blowing 18 to 25 knots today, Rashley retained the overall lead but only after Greenhalgh capsized in the day’s third race, the eighth of the series.

Greenhalgh had opened a 2-point lead in the overall standings after placing 1-2 in the day’s first two races to Rashley’s 2-3. In the third race, Greenhalgh found himself out of control after the end fitting on the push rod controlling the main foil broke.

“I was going really well in the first two races. I won the first race going away and had great speed in the second race, probably could’ve won that one too but had to do an extra jibe and that allowed Goody (Paul Goodison) to win,” said Greenhalgh.

“I’m not sure when the fitting broke, maybe between the second and third race. After it broke I could go upwind alright but had a massive capsize on the run near the leeward gate,” Greenhalgh said.

Greenhalgh placed 13th in the third race, which is one of his discards, while Rashley won it.

The day started off with those who have a choice of rig setups debating what to go with. The forecast called for the wind to build but some doubted it, believing that forecast heavy rain would dampen the wind strength.

“I used my flat sail, soft mast, large main foil and small rudder,” Rashley said. “It was an odd set up but I thought there would be a lull in the wind before the storm. As it turned out the forecast was spot on.”

For others, such as Chris Draper of SoftBank Team Japan, there was no choice. He only has one mast but he was left wanting for a softer one.

“I’m lighter than those guys (Rashley, Greenhalgh) so I could use a softer mast,” said Draper. “A softer mast would allow the sail to depower more. I can’t quite hike with those guys.”

Draper had been the top scoring America’s Cup sailor in the fleet, but after dropping to 5th today that honor now belongs to Paul Goodison of Artemis Racing. Goodison, who was 3rd at the European Championship last summer, placed 3-1-3 today and now holds 3rd overall, 11 points behind Rashley.

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for 10- to 15-knot winds from the northeast, which should be ideal for another Rashley-Greenhalgh showdown. Rashley has revenge on his mind after Greenhalgh wrested the European Championship away last summer in the final race. Rashley had led from the start.

“Greenhalgh is stronger than me in the conditions that are forecast, so I just have to sail my best. That’s all I can do,” said Rashley.

The Amlin International Moth Regatta is sponsored by Amlin plc, a FTSE 250-listed independent global insurer and reinsurer with operations in the Lloyd’s, UK, continental European and Bermudian markets. Additional sponsors include the Bermuda Tourism Authority, EFG International, Gosling’s, the Official Rum of the Regatta, and Kaenon Polarized.

PROVISIONAL STANDINGS (after 8 races, with one discard)
1. Chris Rashley (GBR) (4)-2-3-1-1-2-3-1 – 13 points
2. Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) 1-4-1-3-2-1-2-(13) – 14
3. Paul Goodison (Artemis Racing) 2-3-2-(13)-10-3-1-3 – 24
4. Simon Hiscocks (GBR) 3-8-(59/DNF)-2-3-7-5-2 – 30
5. Chris Draper (SoftBank Team Japan) 5-1-7-4-7-(8)-4-5 – 33
6. Kyle Langford (ORACLE Team USA) 6-(16)-4-9-5-4-6-6 – 40
7. Ben Paton (GBR) 7-7-8-12-4-9-(18)-4 – 51
8. Jason Belben (GBR) (13)-5-11-5-8-10-8-7 – 54
9. Anthony Kotoun (ISV) 8-19-12-7-6-5-7-(21) – 64
10. Tom Johnson (ORACLE Team USA) 20-12-10-8-11-20-(21)-11 – 92
(For a complete list of results, please click here.)

Amlin International Moth Regatta Day 3 – Light winds force postponement

by bermudamoths.com

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Today’s racing at the Amlin International Moth Regatta was postponed due to light winds.

After an idyllic day on Monday and challenging conditions yesterday, today brought yet another set of conditions to the regatta hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

Since no racing was completed Chris Rashley of the U.K. remains in the overall lead of the $10,000 regatta, with $5,000 earmarked for the winner.

Principal Race Officer David Campbell-James got Race 6 underway as scheduled at 11 am. Irishman Rory Fitzpatrick aced a port-tack start on his foils and rounded the windward mark in the lead. But the race was abandoned about halfway through when the wind died away to 5 knots or less.

No other racing was conducted as Great Sound became glassed over, inhibiting the sailors from getting on their hydrofoils.

“The fleet was foiling off the start line in winds around 10 knots. After about 35 minutes of racing we had only 22 boats complete one lap, so we made the decision to abandon the race and postpone for the day,” said Campbell-James.

“Tomorrow’s forecast looks to be windy again and Friday looks very good so we’re hoping that we’ll get at least another five races before the end of the week, which would give everyone a second discard,” Campbell-James said.

Rashley has the low score of 7 points. Although he is tied with fellow Briton Rob Greenhalgh, Rashley owns the tiebreak advantage by virtue of winning the last race sailed.

Simon Hiscocks retains 3rd place with 16 points and is followed by Chris Draper and Paul Goodison, who are tied for 4th. Each has 17 points, but Draper holds the tiebreaker by placing 7th in Race 5 to Goodison’s 10th. Draper, of SoftBank Team Japan, also is the top placing America’s Cup sailor in the fleet.

The Amlin International Moth Regatta is sponsored by Amlin plc, a FTSE 250-listed independent global insurer and reinsurer with operations in the Lloyd’s, UK, continental European and Bermudian markets. Additional sponsors include the Bermuda Tourism Authority, EFG International, Gosling’s, the Official Rum of the Regatta, and Kaenon Polarized.

PROVISIONAL STANDINGS (after 5 races, with one discard)
1. Chris Rashley (GBR) (4)-2-3-1-1 – 7 points
2. Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) 1-(4)-1-3-2 – 7
3. Simon Hiscocks (GBR) 3-8-(59/DNF)-2-3 – 16
4. Chris Draper (SoftBank Team Japan) 5-1-(7)-4-7 – 17
5. Paul Goodison (Artemis Racing) 2-3-2-(13)-10 – 17
6. Kyle Langford (ORACLE Team USA) 6-(16)-4-9-5 – 24
7. Ben Paton (GBR) 7-7-8-(12)-4 – 26
8. Jason Belben (GBR) (13)-5-11-5-8 – 29
9. Anthony Kotoun (ISV) 8-(19)-12-7-6 – 33
10. Victor Diaz de Leon (VEN) 16-6-6-(21)-12 – 40
(For a complete list of results, please click here.)

Amlin International Moth Regatta Day 2 – Seven Brits in the first 10 places

by bermudamoths.com

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Chris Rashley (Southampton, England) celebrated his 27th birthday today by winning Races 4 and 5 at the Amlin International Moth Regatta in Bermuda.

Rashley (above) overcame strong winds and near-blinding conditions, punctuated by a squall with gusts topping 30 knots, to take over the lead of the $10,000 regatta.

“David (Campbell-James, the principal race officer) made an excellent decision to go out today,” said Rashley. “There were a lot of hesitant people and at times you couldn’t see because the rain was in your eyes, but we started on time and the racing was proper.”

Tomorrow Rashley will wear the yellow bib recognizing the overall leader at the regatta. After today’s victories Rashley is tied with Day 1 leader Rob Greenhalgh of the U.K. with 7 points, but owns the tiebreak advantage because he won the last race sailed. (With five races completed, the regatta now discards each competitor’s worst score.)

“I had a good day,” said Greenhalgh, who finished 3-2. “But Rashley’s just too strong in those conditions.”

With the wind blowing 18 to 24 knots as the fleet sailed to the racecourse on Great Sound some never even made it to the first start. By the end of the day at least half a dozen boats were brought back to shore on RIBs after suffering broken masts. Others suffered breakdowns that included broken booms, tillers and tiller extensions and other controls such as boom vangs and cunninghams.

“The thing with these boats is that we have all the control lines in front of us, so if you pitch pole (capsize over the bow) you tend to take that stuff with you as you fly out of the boat,” said Tom Offer of the U.K., who is placed 16th overall after enduring such an incident. “It was on the edge today.”

The strong winds resulted in some blistering speeds for those who could handle the conditions.

“I crossed the finish line doing 28.8 knots,” said Benoit Marie of France in his heavy accent. “I think I was doing over 30 knots at some points, but I wasn’t able to look at the speedo all day, you know? It was crazy.

“But I feel good about today,” Marie said of his 23-20, which has him placed 15th overall. “At the beginning of the year I couldn’t sail in these conditions. But I’ve made some adjustments and am very happy with how I went today.”

Rashley said he was doing 28 to 30 knots on the runs, but had to slow down to 22 to 25 knots approaching the leeward gate to keep in control. The runner-up at last summer’s European Championship and the 2014 Worlds, Rashley is one of the class’s all-time tinkerers, developing sails, masts and foils to near perfection over the past five years.

Before coming to Bermuda last week for practice he fashioned a new paddle for the wand that controls the height of the Moth on its hydrofoils. Hoping to make a paddle that doesn’t bounce off the water too much, which would lessen the movement of the flap on the main foil and provide a steadier ride, he had a paddle fashioned from a 3D printer that was painted bright pink. During a windy practice day, it suddenly went missing.

“I was sailing upwind and doing 16 to 20 knots last week when a fish bit the paddle right off the wand,” said Rashley. “I’m not a fisherman and don’t know anything about fish, but I’m told it was a barracuda. The paddle’s a tiny thing, but that’s what the class is about now. Everything else is so well developed.”

The Amlin International Moth Regatta is sponsored by Amlin plc, a FTSE 250-listed independent global insurer and reinsurer with operations in the Lloyd’s, UK, continental European and Bermudian markets. Additional sponsors include the Bermuda Tourism Authority, EFG International, Gosling’s, the Official Rum of the Regatta, and Kaenon Polarized.

PROVISIONAL STANDINGS (after 5 races, with one discard)
1. Chris Rashley (GBR) (4)-2-3-1-1 – 7 points
2. Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) 1-(4)-1-3-2 – 7
3. Simon Hisccocks (GBR) 3-8-(59/DNF)-2-3 – 16
4. Chris Draper (SoftBank Team Japan) 5-1-(7)-4-7 – 17
5. Paul Goodison (Artemis Racing) 2-3-2-(13)-10 – 17
6. Kyle Langford (ORACLE Team USA) 6-(16)-4-9-5 – 24
7. Ben Paton (GBR) 7-7-8-(12)-4 – 26
8. Jason Belben (GBR) (13)-5-11-5-8 – 29
9. Anthony Kotoun (ISV) 8-(19)-12-7-6 – 33
10. Victor Diaz de Leon (VEN) 16-6-6-(21)-12 – 40
(For a complete list of results, please click here.)

2015 Amlin International Moth Regatta – Day 2 Highlights

by International Moth Class Association

Day 2 video highlights from the Amlin International Moth Regatta. We caught up with Chris Rashley​ after he scored two bullets on his birthday. Shore team for ORACLE TEAM USA​’s moth contingent, Dean Curtis, showed us what happened to Andrew “Rookie” Campbell’s booms (yeah, we said booms). Enjoy!

Quartet of britons stake early lead at Amlin International Moth Regatta

by bermudamoths.com

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To no one’s surprise, a quartet of Britons set the pace today in the first day of the Amlin International Moth Regatta.

Rob Greenhalgh, Paul Goodison, Chris Rashley and Chris Draper hold first through fourth, respectively, after the first three races of the regatta.

Greenhalgh, the European champion, leads with 6 points, followed by Goodison with 7 points, Rashley with 9 points and Draper with 13 points. Greenhalgh and Rashley are class veterans while Goodison and Draper are from America’s Cup teams Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan, respectively.

The three races were held on Great Sound in mixed conditions. The first and third races were ideal, sailed in 10 to 12 knots of breeze, and the fleet was able to get on the hydrofoils and stay on them, which is the key to success in the class.

The second race was started in winds around 10 knots but the breeze died out as the fleet approached the first windward mark during a light rain squall. In the light winds it was harder to get on the foils, especially for the heavier sailors, and some dropped from the leading pack.

Greenhalgh acknowledged that the regatta is only in its infancy (as many as 15 races are planned), but he was very satisfied with his 1-4-1 scoreline. “The second race was tricky when it got light, but I was able to let it rip a bit more in the other two races,” said Greenhalgh. “It’s all about how you get better during the event.”

Third-placed Rashley is sailing the Moth for the first time since the Europeans last summer. He felt he was rusty with his positioning on the start line and was a bit out of phase with the windshifts in the first and second races. But still came away happy with his 4-2-3 scoreline.

“I lost my lane off the start line in the first and second races and had my tactics dictated because of that,” Rashley said. “I felt too powered up. I was expecting it to be a bit lighter and used a fuller sail than I probably should have. But it was perfect sailing conditions and the race committee did an excellent job with the start line and racecourse.”

While the four Britons are well respected amongst the fleet, there are many others who are fixing for a long fight after enduring breakdowns today. Tom Offer of the U.K. is sailing a new boat and plans to replace a vang cleat and a vang line. Another Briton, Simon Hiscocks, had to withdraw from the third race when a splice in his mainsheet came undone. “There was more load on it than I anticipated,” he said.

Australian Tom Slingsby also has a breakdown story; his main foil broke while he was leading Race 1. “It’s a long regatta,” said the ORACLE Team USA sailor.

The Amlin International Moth Regatta is sponsored by Amlin plc, a FTSE 250-listed independent global insurer and reinsurer with operations in the Lloyd’s, UK, continental European and Bermudian markets. Additional sponsors include the Bermuda Tourism Authority, EFG International, Gosling’s, the Official Rum of the Regatta, and Kaenon Polarized.

PROVISIONAL STANDINGS
1.
Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) 1-4-1 – 6 points
2. Paul Goodison (Artemis Racing) 2-3-2 – 7
3. Chris Rashley (GBR) 4-2-3 – 9
4. Chris Draper (SoftBank Team Japan) – 13
5. Ben Paton (GBR) 7-7-8 – 22
6. Kyle Langford (ORACLE Team USA) 6-16-4 – 26
7. Victor Diaz de Leon (VEN) 16-6-6 – 28
8. Francesco Bruni (Artemis Racing) 9-19-9 – 37
9. Anthony Kotoun (ISV) 8-19-12 – 39
10. Tom Johnson (ORACLE Team USA) 20-12-10 – 42
(For a complete list of results, click here.)