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21 knots upwind in a Moth: Amazing on-board video from Dylan Fletcher sailing in December

by Dylan Fletcher 31 Mar 2020 05:13 PDT
Dylan Fletcher wins the UK International Moth Nationals at Paignton © Mark Jardine / IMCA UK

Back in the depths of December Dylan Fletcher was learning how to hike and sit out at over 21 knots upwind in training on Portland Harbour. This video taken from the bowsprit shows just how extreme this is...

As Dylan describes, "The difficulty for me is my lack of weight compared to the other guys. I have always pushed towards lower rigs and flatter sails to help me compete against the heavier guys. It's electric fun going this fast upwind, I actually find it more enjoyable than downwind. The apparent wind is nearing 35 knots!"

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