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Funk rules Key Largo

by Nick Bowers

2016 Moth US National Championship on March 19-20 in Key Largo, FL.

Results:
Sailed: 12, Discards: 2, To count: 10, Entries: 19, Scoring system: Appendix A

Funk is first in Key Largo

Rank Helm Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Total Nett
1st Brad Funk (6.0) 4.0 (DNF) 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 3.0 45.0 19.0
2nd Jonny Goldsberry 2.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 (6.0) 3.0 (8.0) 1.0 3.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 33.0 19.0
3rd Patrick Wilson 1.0 2.0 1.0 4.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 5.0 1.0 (6.0) (6.0) 6.0 40.0 28.0
4th Matt Knowles (DNF) 3.0 4.0 2.0 4.0 1.0 3.0 4.0 (5.0) 3.0 4.0 4.0 57.0 32.0
5th Nat Shaver 4.0 (5.0) 3.0 5.0 3.0 5.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 (7.0) 3.0 2.0 48.0 36.0
6th David Loring 3.0 (6.0) 5.0 6.0 5.0 6.0 5.0 (7.0) 6.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 63.0 50.0
7th Emma Gravaro 7.0 (8.0) 6.0 (8.0) 7.0 8.0 7.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 90.0 74.0
8th Ben Moon 5.0 7.0 (DNF) (DNF) DNF 7.0 6.0 6.0 7.0 9.0 7.0 9.0 123.0 83.0
9th Collin Leon 9.0 (11.0) 9.0 7.0 9.0 10.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 (11.0) 10.0 10.0 113.0 91.0
10th Chris Museler 12.0 10.0 7.0 (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF 10.0 11.0 10.0 11.0 11.0 162.0 122.0
11th Guillaume Verniers 10.0 9.0 8.0 9.0 8.0 9.0 (DNF) 12.0 (DNF) DNF DNF DNF 165.0 125.0
12th Thomas Allin 8.0 (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF DNF DNF 11.0 10.0 5.0 9.0 8.0 171.0 131.0
13th Ned Goss 11.0 12.0 (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF 223.0 183.0
14th Travis Odenbach (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF 240.0 200.0
14th Blake Cabassa (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF 240.0 200.0
14th Jeff Bonanni (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF 240.0 200.0
14th Mark Hadlock (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF 240.0 200.0
14th Michael Johnson (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF 240.0 200.0
14th Ainsley Thomson (DNF) (DNF) DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF 240.0 200.0

Heroes and Legends: The moth class today

by Phil Oligario – yachtsandyachting.com

Ben Paton on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay

Ben Paton on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. Photo © Mark Jardine

The moth class is a thing of beauty. It has been around for longer than most of its current membership worldwide and continues to thrive to this day. How is this possible? I believe it’s down to the spirit of the class and the essence of what it represents and as a result the type of people that it attracts.

The old adage ‘like a moth to a flame’ is not lost on those drawn to sail these amazing boats so what exactly is it that compels men and women across the world to take on the challenge of conquering these tiny boats?

If we look at the type of person that sails these boats we can split them into two categories, Heroes and Legends. The heroes are the ones we all know, sailing superstars who have forged their professional careers in all disciplines of sailing from Volvo Ocean Race Yachts to Olympic class dinghies, Melges 24s to Solos.

Dylan Fletcher on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. Photos © Mark Jardine

Dylan Fletcher on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. Photos © Mark Jardine

These heroes are a recent and welcome addition to the class and with the advent of the America’s cup moving to hydrofoiling, a natural choice for many professional sailors. Our heroes list is pretty much a world roster of top sailors across the globe. Here in the UK, most of our top 10 are made up of professional sailors with such accolades as Volvo Ocean Race winner, Olympic medallists, I14 POW winners and National Champions in a variety of fleets.

These men and women are made of different stuff, driven by a passion and commitment to racing that many of us mere mortals can only dream of. They push the envelope of development and tuning to places unforeseen by others. Committed to winning, they focus their energies on their given craft and their bodies, Racing to them is their life and winning is what drives them.

The fleet on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. photo © Mark Jardine

The fleet on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. Photo © Mark Jardine

But it wasn’t always like this in the moth class…

Back in 2007, I saw my first youtube video of foiling moths. This was essentially the UK moth fleet consisting of just a handful of boats. Among those names were Alex Adams (who went on to become part of the Vesta’s world record breaking Sail Rocket team), Adam May (now working with America’s Cup team Artemis), Simon Payne (Multiple World, European and National Champion in the moth), Mike Cooke (Builder of the Ninja and the Rocket and also National Champion, filming at the time but nonetheless amongst those present) and James Roche who went on to be part of the design team of the 2014 Winter Olympics Gold winning Skeleton and is now part of the Ben Ainslie America’s Cup design team.

Alex Adams on day three of the International Moth worlds at Horsens, Denmark

Alex Adams on day three of the International Moth worlds at Horsens, Denmark. Photo © Th.Martinez / www.thmartinez.com

Simon Payne on day 6 of the Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds at Campione del Garda. Photo © Th.Martinez / Sea&Co / www.thmartinez.com

Simon Payne on day 6 of the Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds at Campione del Garda. Photo © Th.Martinez / Sea&Co / www.thmartinez.com

These guys formed the nucleus of what we see today in the UK and without their pioneering spirit, many of us would not be in the class today. Skip to the other side of the world and down under a similar movement was taking place. Rohan Veal was the poster boy of Mothing at the time having joined forces with Amac (THE man behind the game changing Mach2), we had people like Bruce McLoud proving that homebuilding a moth was possible. Taking that to the next level was David Lister who was one of the first people to foil tack consistently and is arguably the fastest mothie alive.

Rohan Veal on day one of the International Moth worlds at Horsens, Denmark. Photo © Th.Martinez / www.thmartinez.com

Rohan Veal on day one of the International Moth worlds at Horsens, Denmark. Photo © Th.Martinez / www.thmartinez.com

In the UK, fleet numbers are now up to 70 plus at a National Championship so the question is… who are these people?

The current demographic is hard to pin down because no two mothies are the same. We have a huge mix of self employed, high flying city execs, craftsmen, artists, designers, IT professionals, recruitment consultants and pretty much everything else, so trying to pin it down to career path is a tricky one. The only thing that I have been able to ascertain from my years in the class is that we are all slightly mad. We are unique in that we share the same goal of being on the edge of control in challenging situations whilst happening at the speed of light. Some are more determined than others and that is reflected in their position at regattas. On the other hand, some of us have more time to commit than others and this also helps to move up the ranks however, moving up the ranks is not on everyone’s mind. Some of us love having the opportunity to just race these fantastic machines alongside some of the greatest sailors in the world and on occasion, beat them.

If you ask any moth sailor what it is that keeps them coming back for more, it’s always the same answer. Here is what some of our heroes have to say:

Rob Greenhalgh, current European Champion (Volvo Ocean Race winner among other titles) says, “I’ve been in the moth since 2012 and I keep coming back for more because the moth is the most technically advanced singlehander on the planet and, being a development class, gives me options to evolve elements and work on new stuff.”

Robert Greenhalgh on day 5 of the International Moth World Championships. Photo © Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com

Robert Greenhalgh on day 5 of the International Moth World Championships. Photo © Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com

Chris Rashley our multiple European and UK National Champion says, “I started in the moth just over 5 years ago after watching the highlights on youtube of the 2009 European Championships in Lake Silvaplana, Switzerland. I keep coming back because the boats are getting faster easier to handle and the standard of the competition and the racing improves all the time. I won’t be going anywhere until I win the the World Championships.”

Chris Rashley on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. Photo © Mark Jardine

Chris Rashley on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. Photo © Mark Jardine

And from some of our legends:

Neil Baker, current ‘voice of the UK fleet’ has this to say about what mothing is to him: “I’ve been sailing a foiling moth since November 2010. But I had a gentleman Jim lowrider (similar to magnum 8) from 96 to 1999. I continue to sail it and no other dinghy appeals. There aren’t any other boats that are enough of a buzz that I’d bother to go practice in. Frankly I could never race the moth and just go for a play in it every now and then and be happy, I only sail because I love racing. All my other sailing was based around regattas. And there aren’t many that equal a moth event so you just get bored and sell it.”

Neil Baker, a wise International Moth sailor. Photo © Martina Orsini

Neil Baker, a wise International Moth sailor. Photo © Martina Orsini

James Sainsbury, the only man to build a competitive moth in his front room (no exaggeration!) started sailing foiling moths three years ago and simply says: “It’s fun, it’s fast and you’d be hard pushed to get the feeling you get in a moth anywhere else.”

James Sainsbury on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. Photo © Mark Jardine

James Sainsbury on day 3 of the International Moth UK Nationals at Stokes Bay. Photo © Mark Jardine

Ricky Tagg who is known to many, having been sailing since before the 2nd World War says, “I had my first sail in a Moth, a Mistress back in 2006/7, courtesy of my old friend David Ellis. I learned to sail at age of 5 and for nearly 40 years I got to race against and coach great sailors in iconic events and locations across the world. However, whilst I enjoyed the various campaigns and successes in a wide range of boats, I just got bored of racing and sailing.

After that one sail in a Moth, I just had to sail again and I didn’t care if I raced or not. In those days the boats were unrefined at best, however today, with much better boats and control systems, you pay no heed to the fact that you are doing mid to high 20s downwind and it still makes me smile and poke my tongue out! Am I tempted to change class? HELL NO.”

Event winner Ricky Tagg during the Draycote International Moth Grand Prix. Photo © Fabian Katz

Event winner Ricky Tagg during the Draycote International Moth Grand Prix. Photo © Fabian Katz

As for me, Seven years in and the class has become a part of me and visa versa. I cannot think of anything else I’d rather be doing then building them, sailing them, thinking about them or talking about them. I never foresaw this in my life years ago and I would like to think that I’ll be involved with them for many years to come.

The moth today is a strange class in that it draws out the legends and the heroes from all walks of life. One thing is for sure, once you’ve sailed one, you’ll never be the same again. It is such a force of nature that it has changed the face of sailing forever, proving the concept that foiling is possible even with a 72 foot catamaran. Anyone who sails a moth is a legend!

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Foiling Week expands in 2016

The Foiling Weektm is the first and only series of global events dedicated to the amazingly fast foiling boats, their sailors, designers and builders.

After two successful editions in 2014 and 2015 held at Fraglia Vela Malcesine on Lake Garda in Italy, Foiling Weektm is happy to announce that in 2016 the Foiling Week will also hold an additional event in the USA.

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In its third year Foiling Week Association has decided to follow up on the numerous overseas requests to hold a Foiling Week event and as a result, Sail Newport, in Newport R.I. will co-organize the second act of the Foiling Week Series 2016.

The first event in Malcesine on Lake Garda from July 7th to 10th is the ‘classic’ Foiling Week organized by Foiling Week Association together with Fraglia Vela Malcesine.

The second event of Foiling Weektm in 2016 takes place in Newport, Rhode Island, USA from September 8th to 11th.

The program will include the Forums to be held in the morning and the on water activities mainly in the afternoon with a Foiling Expo and Foiling Boat Trials available throughout the week. There will be races for the one-design classes, long distance races along with prototypes, a speed contest and a permanent training area for those not racing at that time.

Foiling Week – Malcesine, Lake Garda

At Malcesine the Moth class will have an excellent opportunity to test the waters of the venue that will host the 2017 International Moth World Championship.

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The Flying Phantoms will hold a regatta as part of the 2016 Flying Phantom Series and the GC32 foiling catamarans return for a leg of the 2016 GC32 Racing Tour. The Waszp, S9, kitefoils and prototypes will also race over two race courses during Foiling Week in Lake Garda.

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Nicolas Felix from Phantom International: “For the second year in a row, the Flying Phantom Series will join the Foiling Week event in early July. Lake Garda is one of the favourite sailing venues for European sailors and a perfect place to organize Flying Phantom races. With its unique dedication to foiling boats with new foiling classes this year, The Foiling Week is definitely one of the key events of the season and also a great opportunity to enjoy this fantastic area.

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About their participation at Foiling Week 2016, Christian Scherrer, the GC32 Class Manager, declared: “The GC32 Racing Tour is looking forward to coming to Malcesine on Lake Garda for the second event in our season. Having the GC32 Malcesine Cup as part of The Foiling Week gives this event a very special status. The Fraglia Vela Malcesine will become the hot spot for the foiling community for the first week of July. We are counting on a great event and interesting meetings ashore.

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The President of Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Gianni Testa, says: “We’re enthusiastic to be part of such a successful project that this year will also expand to Newport, USA. The Foiling Week has gained a very special status within the foiling community and in the 2016 we welcome as new member of our foiling family the GC32 catamarans with their Racing Tour. Lake Garda is one of the best spot for sailing and we’re happy to organize for the third year in a row this exciting event together with the The Foiling Week Association. We look forward to the first week of July and to lots of exciting days with foiling boats!

Foiling Week – Newport R.I.

Newport will hold races including the Moth North-American Championship and the A Class Catamaran Pre-Nationals. The C Class multihulls and a lot of prototypes will fly during the week from 8th to 11th September.

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Brad Read, who heads Sail Newport, which masterminded the last Volvo Ocean Race stopover, declared “We are very excited to bring this international event to Newport. High-performance sailing has a home here and has for generations. Sail Newport Sailing Centre is the home of one of the nations largest foiling Moth classes. Narragansett Bay is popular for kite boarders which are now equipped with lifting foils as well as the foiling A Class catamaran fleet in Bristol.
Boats that literally fly out of the water are not a new development. The technology is becoming more ‘mainstream’. We look forward to the sharing of technology and showcasing ideas among sailors from around the world in Newport Rhode Island in September.

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In the past editions a lot of flying boats including foiling mono hulls, multi hulls, kite-surf boards, windsurfers, and a wide variety of prototypes have been sailed by sailors including professionals such as Sebastian Col, Francois Gabart, Josh McKnight, Stefano Rizzi, to name just a few.

In both venues the Forums will be scheduled during the week with presentations in the morning and a round table with Q and A’s to close the sessions on these days.

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Around 40 influential speakers will join in the most relevant Foiling Forum subjects worldwide for three days. In previous editions, designers, sailors and builders including Tom Speer, Martin Fischer, Kevin Hall, Davide Tagliapietra, Doug Schickler, Guillaume Verdier and Andrew ‘Amac’ McDougal have provided detailed analysis, explained projects and shared informative discussion on the art of foiling and ideas for future developments.

Forum Workshops will be scheduled during the mornings and at the end of racing in the afternoons from Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th July in Malcesine and from Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th in Newport. Special forum sessions are open to those who have innovative ideas and projects to propose.

An Exhibition of foiling crafts and test trials on board some of the boats, provides a rare opportunity to try the ‘third mode of sailing’.

Nominations are now open for Boat Show exhibitors and sponsors who would like to support the events.

Foiling! – Fast, Furious and Fun

The foiling week is pleased to invite applications to the Malcesine and Newport Forums. We are also pleased to invite local and international companies to sponsor and/or exhibit at the Foiling Week events 2016. Please write to contact@foilingweek.com

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.

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“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.

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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.

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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

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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.)