Moth on Foils: 35.9 knots(41.29 mph)

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    North American Moth Championship
     
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    Moth Worlds --Bermuda- Bacardi Moth Worlds 2018 Bermuda – March 25 – April 1, 2018 http://www.mothworlds.org/bermuda/

    Excerpt from Scuttlebutt Europe:
    Hamilton, Bermuda: An international fleet featuring the reigning two-time world champion Paul Goodison of the U.K. is set to contend the Bacardi Moth World Championship next week on Bermuda's Great Sound.

    Hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and co-organized with the International Moth Class Association, the 77th running of the Moth Worlds is scheduled Mar. 26-Apr. 1. Prior to that the Bermuda Moth National Championship will be staged Mar. 23-24.

    Goodison, a member of the Artemis Racing Team for the America's Cup last summer in Bermuda, won the Worlds last year in Italy and two years ago in Japan. He won the 2017 Worlds by a comfortable 20 points and the 2016 Worlds by a scant 3 points. Through the two victories Goodison has racked up seven race wins and 20 top-3 finishes in 24 starts.

    He comes into the regatta as the decided favorite and hopes to lay waste to this year's fleet with a new implement of destruction. Goodison took delivery of a new Kevin Ellway-designed Exocet Moth built by Maguire Boats of the U.K. at the end of January. He describes the boat as the same one with which he won the past two Worlds but with a potentially devastating development.

    "It has a steeper wing bar in an effort to gain righting moment," said Goodison. "It's harder to sail because the angle of the bar is so steep that I'm not sliding across side-to-side like on the old boat. It's more of an uphill/downhill action, but the benefit is more straight-line speed."


     
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    The implication that Bradley has taken a route from model yachts to Moths rather over-states the case, because it omits his other experience. Bradley was a national-level sailor in small high performance trapeze boats (Flying Ants etc) in his youth, so while his major wins have been in model yachts, he does come with a strong background in fast small boats.
     
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    Yes, and that confirms the point I was making. As the site says;

    "Brad's sailing timeline dates back to the early 1980's in Australia where he began in the Flying Ant dinghy class on Botany Bay in Sydney's south. Over the next decade and a half he skippered boats to notable success in many classes including Cherubs, 14 and 18 foot skiffs.
    Not only a keen sailor, Brad has enjoyed the opportunity to learn what makes a success on the water from the early years of building boats with grandfather Len Riley (Riley Marine fittings) coupled with rigging and tuning sails and spars to suit them with sailmaker father Kerry (Sailflite Sails), through to working closely with a number of prominent sailors, boatbuilders, designers, sailmakers and riggers during time spent racing and campaigning 18 skiffs in Sydney through the 90's."

    He's coming into foiling as someone who started sailing high performance trapeze dinghies from the age of about 13 or 14, and has an extensive skiff background. He's not coming into foiling as someone who is "just" a model yacht champion, as implied by the article.

    PS- Interesting to see that the UK Moth nationals fleet size dropped again this year. Fantastic boats, amazing performance, great sailors, and a dwindling fleet. It really underlines that while foiling is fantastic, it's showing no signs of becoming truly popular.
     
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    Since 2010, which had 43 entries, the UK Moth nationals have had fleets of 56, 41, 70, 104 (when the worlds were at Hayling), 57, 73, 49 and now 42. That indicates that the popularity of foiling dinghies, which has never been great although the boats and sailors are, is far lower than many people have claimed and that the class that is arguably the premier small foiler has basically stalled, in terms of popularity in its major centres. That is, incidentally, what the class reports itself.

    From 2013, when there were about 14 US boats at the US nationals which were sailed before the worlds, the US Moth nationals have had fleets of 23, 12, 6, 13, 16. That's not exactly a booming class in terms of numbers.

    Yes, the boats are awesome and yes, it's a great class. I've never said otherwise. But the foilers are not attracting great numbers, and since the "foiling revolution" numbers in the overall sport seem to have been declining.
     
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