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Moth World Championship – Fleet prepare for Kaneohe Bay battle + Video

by Alan Block on 15 Oct 2013
2013 Moth World Championship Thierry Martinez/International Moth Class http://www.moth-sailing.org
On the eve of the 2013 Moth World Championship, a rare October appearance of unstable weather conditions has sent shockwaves through the fleet, where 80 of the world's fastest dinghy sailors from fifteen nations are making final preparations for the prestigious event.

Renowned sailing meteorologist Chris Bedford believes they may have some spare time ahead. 'An upper low continues to move away from the Hawaiian Islands, but the associated upper trough and high cloud remains over the islands,' Bedford said. The trough will keep the subtropical ridge to the North weak, and he expects the usually reliable trade winds to remain sluggish 'at least through midweek, and possibly through the end of the week.'

Dozens of sailors spent Sunday cutting, shaping, sanding, polishing, and otherwise modifying their boats' foils -- the underwater fins that allow the 11-foot Moth to fly above the waves and reach speeds unheard of just a few years ago -- to optimize them for the expected light winds.

Britain's Rob Greenhalgh drew first blood on the course, taking the easy victory in Sunday's single practice race. Greenhalgh was unaffected by superstition as he blazed to victory on a squally, shifty Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Being a superstitious lot, most sailors will avoid winning the practice race before a major event, but Greenhalgh believes the opposite. 'I took the practice race at the last Worlds [in the International 14 Class] I won, so I'm fine with this one,' said the dinghy, skiff, and Volvo Ocean Race veteran.

2013 McDougall + McConaghy International Moth World Championship Preview from US Moth Class on Vimeo.



Greenhalgh and a small number of British sailors have shown strong light-air performance, adding to the spirited international rivalries on display here in Hawaii. 'There are strong groups from Australia, New Zealand, The UK, the US, and Italy,' said California's Zach Maxam. 'It's all in good fun, but there's some real national pride here and it definitely adds excitement to the racing.'

Detroit's Bora Gulari was crowned US National Champion here over the weekend with a strong win in the 75-boat fleet during last weekend's regatta, but he says conditions will require 'a little bit of everything' to take the 2013 World Title. 'It looks like we'll have some light wind, some medium wind, and possibly a little strong breeze,' said Gulari, the last man to win a World Championship on US soil, in the Columbia River Gorge in 2009. 'The very light guys may have a small advantage at times, but whoever can adapt the best to the widely varied conditions here will probably take home the World Championship trophy,' Gulari said.

Simon Payne says it may take even more. 'Extreme could be the new normal here in Hawaii,' said the 2010 and 2006 Moth World Champion. 'If the forecast proves true, the boys that can get to the ends of the start line to avoid the hole in the middle may find themselves looking very strong at the top mark, and those that can come up with the best foils for the conditions may see some advantage as well.' Payne has stepped away from competition this year to focus on his family, though he continues to contribute to the Moth fleet as coach and scribe.

Racing begins at 1200 tomorrow.

Entries

First Name

Last Name

Sail #

Country

Josh

Mcknight

1

AUS

Scott

Babbage

2

AUS

Bob

Gough

3

AUS

Anthony

Kotoun

4

ISV

Andrew

McDougall

5

AUS

Bora

Gulari

6

USA

Chris

Rashley

7

GBR

Julian

Salter

8

AUS

Brad

Funk

10

USA

George

Peet

3251

USA

Jimmer

Montgomery

3479

USA

Ryan

Lorence

3510

USA

Nicolas

Rousselon

3596

USA

Katherine

Knight

3604

GBR

Fabien

Froesch

3622

SUI

David

Lister

3657

AUS

Guy

Fleming

3678

USA

Zack

Maxam

3683

USA

Philip

Käsermann

3729

SUI

Ian

Andrews

3733

USA

Andrew

Chapman

3750

AUS

David

Holenweg

3752

SUI

Emma

Spiers

3770

AUS

Michael

O’Shea

3771

IRL

Rayshele

Martin

3785

AUS

Nils

Åkervall

3786

SWE

Casper

Arvefors

3792

SWE

Magnus

Gravare

3793

SWE

Emma

Aspington

3794

SWE

Philippe

Schiller

3798

SUI

Jonathan

Goldsberry

3799

USA

Kohei

Kajimoto

3803

JPN

Ryan

Seaton

3805

IRL

Fang

Warren

3824

AUS

Les

Thorpe

3832

AUS

Charlie

Connor

3847

AUS

Fabio

Mazzetti

3855

ITA

Annalise

Murphy

3861

IRL

Andrew

Cuddihy

3878

AUS

Takashi

Nakagawa

3886

JPN

John

Harris

3896

AUS

Masatomo

Suzuki

3899

JPN

Phil

Stevenson

3905

AUS

Eric

Aakhus

3911

USA

Rizzi

Stefano

3912

ITA

Ben

Newling

3920

AUS

Jamie

Woods

3934

AUS

Tommaso

Freddi

3950

ITA

Iain

Jensen

3951

AUS

Leopold

Fricke

3954

GER

Steven

Thomas

3958

AUS

Loick

Peyron

3964

FRA

Pablo

Arandia

3975

ESP

Ben

Paton

3982

GBR

John

Bartlett

3984

USA

Simon

Hiscocks

3985

GBR

Hiroki

Goto

3989

JPN

Peter

Burling

3991

NZL

Nathan

Outteridge

3997

AUS

Mark

Robinson

4000

AUS

Chris

Maas

4001

USA

Reece

Tailby

4003

AUS

Will

Logan

4004

AUS

Dalton

Bergan

4007

USA

Matt

Knowles

4017

USA

Thomas

Loughborough

4018

USA

Warren

Sare

4020

AUS

David

Robinson

4021

AUS

Kalle

Coster

4023

NED

Adam

May

4025

GBR

Nikolaus

Resch

4028

AUT

Nico

Delle Karth

4029

AUT

Marco

Lanulfi

4030

ITA

Tom

Offer

4038

GBR

Robert

Greenhalgh

4047

GBR

Tom

Johnson

4056

AUS

Christopher

Rast

TBA

SUI

Dylan

DiMarchi

TBA

USA

Mik

Bullot

TBA

NZL

Psarofaghis

Arnaud

TBA

SUI


As one of the world's most elite racing classes, the International Moth Class believes it essential to emphasize the responsible use of energy and resources in the context of sailing. Working with 11th Hour Racing, a program of the Schmidt Family Foundation, the Moth Class has come up with a number of initiatives to help all sailing events improve the energy profile and performance of racing boats and increase the personal investment of sailors in the health of our waters.

Each day, the Moth Worlds fleet will highlight a 'Clean Racing Tip' they've implemented; something that will work for regattas and racing classes around the world. Here’s today’s tip:

Lead by example! Make sure the best sailors in the fleet — the people who everyone else looks to for tuning and strategy advice — are on board with the green program. This shows the fleet that the green message is for real, and that the values of environmental conservation are truly the values of the Event website
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