sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Zhik Moth Worlds - Record breaking fleet set to compete
Zhik Moth Worlds - Record breaking fleet set to compete

'Zhik 2011 Moth Worlds'    Howard Wright /IMAGE Professional Photography ©

The 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds are set to take place from 19th-26th August with a record-breaking fleet of 125 Moths from 20 countries set to take to the waters of Lake Garda.

A talent-filled lineup promises to deliver what could very well be the most exciting worlds ever. Only a fool will dare make a prediction about the top-ten, let alone the winner with such a quantity of red-hot talent among the 125 skippers. No less than 20 countries will be represented on the Italian waters off Campione del Garda with a score of former Moth world, European, and national champions.

The 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds will also go into history for the record-breaking number of participating nations. Sailors from the UK, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, USA, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, Finland, Austria, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Poland, Singapore, and the Virgin Islands will vie for
the world title.

They might not constitute the biggest group in absolute numbers but the 21 Australian skippers definitely have the numbers and depth to fill quite a few of the top ten spots. Taking a pick among the Aussies is even harder. Joe Turner and Scott Babbage, second and third-placed respectively in the 2011 Zhik Moth World Championships, will undoubtedly be on the front line in the fight for the title, although the 2008 world Champion, John Harris has been putting in long hours on the water.

No less than 28 British skippers will be in Campione del Garda, making Great Britain the most-represented country. Two of them could very well take a shot at the top spots. With two world and five European trophies under his belt, Simon Payne needs no introduction. Hot on his heels, a young newcomer, Chris Rashley, promises to make a splash in Italy. He’s the reigning European champion and most recently beat Payne to claim the UK national title.

No Moth world championship would be complete without Bora Gulari, the 2009 world champion from the USA and fifth-placed last year. Other sailors that could upset to form guide are Italy’s champion Francesco Bianchi, Philip Käsermann from Switzerland and Yann Adrillon from France.

However, much water has flown under the bridge since the 2011 Moth World Championship in Belmont, Australia and a number of factors could throw the form guide out of the window. New people have come into the class and sailors that did not performed well in Belmont have been putting in very long hours on their boats since then.

The Moth boats have also progressed by leaps and bounds in the last 18 months. New developments in foils, sails and rigging have been implemented, making the boats 1.5 knots faster upwind with 12 knots of breeze and upward. On average, the newer generation Moths are 10% faster all around the course than Belmont.

The Moth fleet will take to the waters of Lake Garda on August 19th for one practice race and will then go on with racing in full earnest from the 20th until the 26th, holding the 23rd as a reserve day. The weather forecast looks very promising and even if August delivers the lightest breeze, local experts expect the 'Ora' afternoon breeze to blow between 12 and 18 knots. Compared to Belmont, Lake Garda is bumpier with a rougher sea state and more importantly there is no seaweed.

Prior to the Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds, the Vela Club Campione will play host to the Italian Open Championship, on August 16th and 17th, providing a good indication on the form of the top contenders. All participants in the worlds will race in this warm up regatta but only Italians will be able to claim the title. Scott Babbage will make use of his Italian ancestry to vie for the title, prompting his fellow Australians to call him 'Scott Babbigio'.

Moth Worlds website


by Go4Image

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=101092

10:11 PM Sat 18 Aug 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Zhik news

Related News Stories:

19 Aug 2012  Zhik Moth Italian Championships - Flying Hellfish takes sixth overall
19 Aug 2012  Zhik Fireball Nationals - Ellis duo victorious
16 Aug 2012  Zhik Moth Worlds: Flying Hellfish all set
10 Aug 2012  Moth World Championships preview - Record number of entries
11 Jun 2012  Top sailors wear Zhik: The world's top sailors up close - Video
26 May 2012  The Brand is Zhik! Part two
25 May 2012  The Brand is Zhik!
12 Apr 2012  NSW Tasar State Championships - Victorians take top four
10 Apr 2012  NS14 NSW State Championship - Peter V does it again
07 Apr 2012  NSW Tasar Championships day 1 dominated by Victorians
MORE STORIES ...




News - USA and the World

















470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander by International 470 Class Association,
















































Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,


ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander - Double French RS:X gold
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sailing Energy
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Finn leaders emerge from shifty Santander breeze
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - RS:X winner images by Barbara Sanchez
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded
52 Super Series 2015 - Outlook looks hot for the 52 Super Series
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - Another early start on day 4
ISAF Sailing World - First entry leaves sailor's reputation in tatters
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Four go through to quarter finals
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard
ISAF Sailing World Champ - Buckingham finishes with career-best result
America's Cup: Oracle's Larry Ellison to step down as CEO
Classic Yacht Regatta - Sonny takes top classic prize
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham finishes with career best
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 RS:X spots claimed
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Santander + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott continues to extend lead
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 7 images by Sailing Energy
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Laser and Radial winner images by Jesus Renedo
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Medal Race images by Sail-World.com
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Dutch dominate Laser and Radial in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing more than doubles overall lead   
J/24 World Championship - Excitement builds for Newport racing   
Volvo Ocean Race - Seb Marsset joins Team Alvimedica   
Fall Seamanship training opportunities at New York Yacht Club   
Rolex Big Boat Series: More images from San Francisco - Final Day   
AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3   
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here   
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier   
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race   
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News





Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT