Moths, Minis and speed-sailing—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor on 16 Oct 2013
There’s no doubt that the Moth class is one of the most captivating and exciting classes afloat. These tiny one-person boats were foiling years before AC72s rose from the brine, and the class has long served as a hotbed for go-fast innovations and technologies.
Moth sailors in action ©ThMartinez/Sea&Co/Moth World Championship
The class is currently beginning its Worlds on the picture-perfect waters of Hawaii’s Kaneohe Bay, where some of the biggest names in the class, including Bora Gulari, Anthony Kotoun and Nathan Outteridge (among many others), are competing in this prestigious event.
According to reports, fluky conditions forced the RC to abandon racing on day one, but the weather forecast looks optimistic for the rest of the event. Get the full scoop, inside, and stay tuned to the website for more news, as it becomes known.
Meanwhile, in Luderitz, Namibia, many of the world’s fastest windsurfers and kiteboarders have gathered for the yearly Luderitz Speed Challenge, which takes place in the fabled 'trench'. Inside, be sure to check out the multimedia reports from this adrenaline-soaked event that’s already seen peak speeds exceeding 50 knots.
Speaking of pure speed, don’t miss the coverage on kiteboarding’s newest phenomenon, kite foiling. Inside, kiteboarding ace Johnny Heineken and other top riders explain what it’s like to fly on mere foils, powered by a kite.
And in offshore news, skippers participating in the Mini Transat Race are on a weather hold as a powerful weather system sweeps Cape Finisterre and the Bay of Bengal. The RC has resorted to using a color-code system to advise skippers of when the racing can begin, but the situation is obviously frustrating for the sailors who are keen to get racing.
And in Cup news, Oracle Team USA is partnering with Boeing to recycle some 7,000 pounds of carbon fiber from 'USA 71', a monohull that the team used (unsuccessfully) to challenge for AC31. This is an important development, as 'USA 71' is likely the largest carbon-fiber object to be recycled, and the process can be used by Boeing to recycle materials from its 787 Dreamliner, which uses extensive amounts of carbon fiber. More, inside.
Also inside, get the full download from the ongoing ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao and the Student Yachting World Cup, as well as the wrap-up report from the Argo Group Gold Cup.
And finally, don’t miss the image galleries from the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
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