In the midst of the latest round of the AC45’s in Naples, Emirate Team New Zealand member Glenn Ashby has shown his passion for speed and excitement by buying a new Mach2 Moth.
Few come bigger than Glenn Ashby! A multihull specialist, Glenn won the Australian A Class championship in January for the 10th time. He has won 14 world championships across three multi-hull classes, including seven in the A class. In more recent times he has ventured into sailing and coaching in the Extreme 40 class and was head coach with BMW Oracle's 90ft trimaran for the 33rd Americas Cup win. Now, with Emirates Team New Zealand he is a core member of the sailing team where he sails with fellow Moth sailor Adam Beashel.
It’s becoming more apparent that there is a definite bond between the latest generation of America’s Cup style boats and the exciting Moth Class with its amazing hydrofoil technology. Sailors who share their time between the two designs now include Nathan Outteridge, Tom Slingsby, Adam Beashel, Arnaud Psarofaghis and now Glenn Ashby.
So what's attracting sailors from across the globe? Well, the ease with which anyone can buy a competitive package ‘straight out of the box’ and be on the water within minutes, all at an affordable price is key. As a result the Moth class is seeing growth like no other, as sailors of all types find a newfound enthusiasm for the sport.
Fellow Moth/AC45 Sailor Nathan Outteridge - Cherrie Owen-Smith
The upcoming World Titles at Lake Garda, in August, will be quite a spectacle with a number of America’s Cup sailors, Olympians and Volvo Ocean Race sailors battling it out with the worlds best Moth sailors in one of the worlds greatest sailing locations. Expect over 100 Moths and intense competition throughout the fleet!
After a long period of stability, sailing has come a long way in a very short space of time. Speed, excitement and innovation have become paramount for both the spectator and the sailor, and it appears that the America’s Cup and the Moth Class are catapulting the sport forward like no other time in history. With all the recent developments it will be exciting to see what the future holds for the sport.
by Leigh Dunstan
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