Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

International Moths at Parkstone

by International Moth Class on 15 May 2011
. .
Perfect sailing conditions greeted the fleet of 25 Moths who arrived at the second Moth Grand Prix event of the year, the Why Jewellers Parkstone Grand Prix Event, at Parkstone YC, Poole Harbour over the weekend of 7 – 8th May.

The event saw many of the top British boats lining up against each other for the first time since the World Championships in Australia in January, and it was the perfect proving ground to see what performance gains had been made over winter months.

New foil designs and new boats were being used for the first time and some new, and old, faces to the fleet had been putting in some serious sailing hours and clocking up some outrageous speeds – with Mike Cooke recently achieving 28.8 Knots. However, an edge of nervousness appeared to creep into viewings of the latest Mach2 and Ninja foils, which were being kept closely under wraps, indicating that the Nationals tile this year is being regarded as a highly coverted prize to win.

Race 1 kicked off with a glorious 10-15 knot SE breeze, and immediately saw some of the usual suspects in the top bunch; Mike Lennon (Hyde Sails), Simon Payne (Abarth), Jason Belben (Sailtek), and newcomer Chris Rashley. Mike Cooke (Aardvark Technologies) showed the potential of the latest Ninja foils by climbing over the fleet from behind up the second beat to go on to take the race, followed by Lennon, with Rashley narrowly in third from Belben.

Race 2 started in slightly less wind, with patches across the race course that served to frustrated a few. But Lennon put the hammer down, leading right from the start with Rashley – also sporting new Ninja foils – second, and Mike Cooke third.

In Race 3 Lennon showed he was on full mojo, making the day his by port tacking the fleet, to lead the peleton round with ease in a building breeze, followed by Rashley and Ricky Tagg.

Sunday opened with a fresh Southerly buster at 20-25 knots. However, with some of the fleet feeling fatigued from the previous day, and probably the memorable evening session organised by Rod Harris, the fleet readying themselves for Race 4 was reduced. In part, with quite a number of boats being shipped out to ‘Foil Fest 2011' at Mar Menor in Spain that evening, some decided to pack their boats early.

Race 4 opened with Simon Payne showing he meant business, leading from the start with all guns blazing, and feeling more in the groove having switched to his favoured KA MSL10 sail. Jason Russell and Jason Belben chased hard, where the downwinds were not for the faint hearted, where many were seen many sailing flat chat on the limit.

Race 5 saw Payne lead until the final beat when he stuck the beak in at the windward bare away, allowing Belben to take the race followed by Russell.

Going into the last race, the weekend could still have been won or lost for three boats. Payne showed he had his race face on, owning the day, followed by Chris Rashley and Belben, which was also reflected in the overall results.

Some events are far more memorable than others. But no more than to Simon Payne, who as Grand Prix winner, won his best ever prize by taking away the enviable glittering overall prize of a diamond, followed by Chris Rashley who won the sapphire for second, whilst Jason Belben finished third, a clear 11 points ahead of fourth placed Jason Russell.

A big thanks go to WHY Jewellers and Rod Harris, for sponsoring and organising a really well run and enjoyable event, assisted by the dedicated team from Parkstone YC.

Top 10 Overall:

1. Simon Payne – Mach2 / KA
2. Chris Rashley – Ninja / KA
3. Jason Belben – Ninja / KA
4. Jason Russell
5. Alex Adams
6. Olivier Vidal
7. Mike Lennon
8. Doug Pybus
9. Richard Westbury
10. Tom Ollerenshaw

http://www.internationalmoth.co.uk/
Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Southern Spars - 100Barz Optics - Kids range

Related Articles

Olympic Gold medalist and Volvo Ocean Race winner up for WS Board
Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing in November. The five times Olympic medalist, Volvo Ocean Race winner and several times America's Cup competitor will bring a much needed sailing edge to the Board of World Sailing if he can navigate the politics of the controlling body of the sport.
Posted on 25 Sep
Medal Race movement closes Sailing World Cup Qingdao
Medals slipped away and medals were snatched on final day as racing came to a close confirming the seven fleet podiums. There was some last minute drama as the double point Medal Races shook up some of the fleets and left a few thinking of what might have been in the waters of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition.
Posted on 25 Sep
RS Aerocup - Another magic day at Lake Garda - Day 2
Per Christian continued his domination with a string of firsts showing magical downwind speed through the waves. Per Christian of Norway continued his domination with a string of firsts showing magical downwind speed through the waves.
Posted on 25 Sep
World Sailing President nominated by 45 Member National Associations
Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has welcomed nominations from 45 Member National Associations Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has nominations from 45 Member National Associations [MNAs] for his re-election as the President of Sailing’s International Federation. Nominations for the position of President have been formally published by World Sailing and show widespread support for Croce.
Posted on 25 Sep
Day 5 - Medal Race day at the Sailing World Cup Qingdao
It's Medal Race day at the Sailing World Cup Qingdao as the five day regatta reaches crunch time for the podium hopefuls It's Medal Race day at the Sailing World Cup Qingdao as the five day regatta reaches crunch time for the podium hopefuls. It's business as usual on the forecast as strong currents, light winds and a hot and humid day welcomes the sailors to the Qingdao waters to fight it out for medals.
Posted on 25 Sep
Sailing World Cup - Qingdao chances shorten as top tens confirmed
It was all about a place in the Medal Race on day four of the SWC Qingdao as top ten were confirmed in all seven fleets. It was all about a place in the Medal Race on day four of the Sailing World Cup Qingdao as the top ten were confirmed in all seven fleets.
Posted on 24 Sep
RS Aerocup – Malcesine, Lake Garda, Day 1
Three great races were held with the breeze increasing from 12kn to 16kn in the southerly Ora. After a race briefing and a fantastic lunchtime opening ceremony spread, washed down by a couple of glasses of bubbly waiting for the afternoon breeze, racing got underway on time on a pristine blue sky day. Three great races were held with the breeze increasing from 12kn to 16kn in the southerly Ora.
Posted on 24 Sep
Day 4 - Sailing World Cup Qingdao Medal Race places at stake
There are places in Medal Race at stake on day four of the Sailing World Cup Qingdao, and it's another hot and humid one There are places in the Medal Race at stake on day four of the Sailing World Cup Qingdao, and it's another hot and humid one.
Posted on 24 Sep
Missing marks in choppy waters on Day 3 at Sailing World Cup Qingdao
Cloud cover and current played havoc with on water decisions in China as sailors continued learning the tricky elements. Cloud cover and current played havoc with on water decisions in China as sailors continued learning the tricky elements Qingdao has to offer. It wasn't just about the visiting sailors either as fleet leaders and home nation competitors were not exempt from mistakes cutting point gaps at the top.
Posted on 23 Sep
Carolina Yacht Club to host 2018 Sunfish World Championships
Carolina Yacht Club will be hosting the 2018 World Championships October 3 through October 13, 2018. Carolina Yacht Club, (Wrightsville Beach, NC) will be hosting the 2018 World Championships October 3 through October 13, 2018.
Posted on 23 Sep