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2022 Wetsuit Outlet UK Moth Class Nationals to be held the WPNSA, 9-12 June

by IMCAUK 26 May 07:56 PDT 9-12 June 2022
Wetsuit Outlet UK Moth Nationals 2020 © Mark Jardine / IMCA UK

This year's event is shaping up as an important guide for next years Worlds, to be held at the same venue, with a number of local front runners looking to lay down a solid marker.

Since last year's event held at Stokes Bay, a number of new boats have been launched with the new Aerocet (Dylan Fletcher, Jason Belben) and Exploder (Dave Hivey, Kyle Stoneham, Mike Lennon) designs making their UK Nationals debut.

Meeting the new boat challenge head on will be a line up of recent designs headed up by form skipper Simon Hiscocks in his ex Slingsby Bieker, Eddie Bridle in the V2 Thinair, the Rockets of James Gray, Alex Adams and emerging talent Alex Barone, the Volante of Ben Clegg and the Maverick of Dan Ellis.

To date we have overseas entries from Nicoli Jacobsen (NOR/RHKYC), Max Godfrey (AUS/RFBYC) and expect our regular USA guest Brad Funk to also add his name to this list, with all sailing Biekers.

You could be mistaken for thinking that the very top end is where the action cuts off but that is not the case with the Moth class. Through the fleet will be a healthy mix of new and experienced campaigners looking to climb the ranks.

Within this group is a large number of extremely well sailed Exocets, Rockets and Mach 2s capable of high end results if all the dots are joined.

In recent years the International Moth Class has worked very hard at opening the class up to more female participation. We are excited to have the defending World Women's Champion Josie Gliddon looking to defend her national crown against a building line up of talent including Emily Nagel, Rachael Jenkins and Kay Myerscough and add another impressive overall result.

On the home build front we are expecting another good contest with Andrew Friend showing good early form with his Stripey. Challenging Andrew will be Chris White R2 Rocket(Chockit), James Sainsbury (Valkyrie), Brad Gibson (BG/Bladerider) and Adrian Coatsworth (Hascot Mk1).

In all 4 days of fast flat water foiling to look forward to where our hosts at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy will provide the perfect setting. Post race snacks and drinks with an evening BBQ, campers on site and prizes for categories right through the fleet. One not to miss!

IMCA UK would like to say a massive thank-you to the event sponsors, who have been very supportive to the Moth class, especially during the challenging times over the last 2 years:

  • Wetsuit Outlet - Wetsuit Outlet is Europe's largest technical watersports clothing and equipment retailer. Priding themselves on friendly, expert customer service, Wetsuit Outlet stock a huge range of the top watersport brands including Zhik, Gill, Musto, Sail Racing, Gul and more.

  • Optimum Time - Optimum Time, design and build timing devices that are precise, practical, and robust enough to perform in the competitive sailing environment. Pioneers of the game-changing sync function, their 'big yellow timer' is the badge to wear out on the water.

  • Lennon Sails - Lennon sails have been at the forefront of Moth sailing since its formation in 2014. Winning multiple World, European and National titles. Working with cutting edge design tools the latest materials and some of the best sailors on planet. Lennon Moth sails are made to fit any moth design - Mike lennon is at many events and happy to discuss moth developments any time!

  • Blueteq - Blueteq develops bespoke software for the NHS as well as many private healthcare providers. Its systems are used in every NHS Hospital Trust in England and Wales as well as 75% of the Commissioner Organisations which includes National systems for NHS England. Blueteq is proud to have been involved with the class over so many years, providing the membership and entry systems as well as financial support.

  • Maguire Boats - Builders of the Exocet Moth, Simon and the team are in the process of producing the Aerocet. Dylan Fletcher says of the Aerocet "Its exciting to get the first production Aerocet racing, Simon and the team at Maguire boats have put in a huge amount of time developing this concept alongside Kevin Ellway. P1 has racked up over 7500kms of sailing since it first hit the water, testing every last detail. The goal every year is to win the worlds, the nationals will be a great shakedown for the boat as I start to find the potential within the boat."

  • Allen - UK manufactures of performance sailing hardware. The Allen design team works closely with many of the World's best Moth sailors and builders to design, create and produce race winning hardware that meet the demands of the International Moth Class.

  • Shock Sailing - Shock Sailing is located in the heart of the Osprey Quay development adjacent to the National Sailing Academy. Specializing in high performance sailboats, the Moth Class is in our dna. We have an extensive range of parts and accessories.

  • Mainbrace Rum - Born in Cornwall, Sourced in the Caribbean.
The class encourages Moth sailors to support our sponsors wherever possible, since they are so good at supporting us.

For all UK Moth class event updates and news on how to enter, follow us on our FB events page at www.facebook.com/MothClassUK or on our UK class website at www.internationalmoth.co.uk

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