Despite the coming of the Foiling Revolution, there remain very few sailboats capable of breaking the 30-knot barrier. We all know the Moth is one with speeds recorded into the low to mid 30s in the right conditions, but average speeds near 30 are extremely rare. S’african video specialist Keith Brash managed to find one of those days with Quantum Racing skipper Bora Gulari, ripping together the above video of a 30-knot moth sesh. For more excellent Quantum content, including full time-lapsed TP52 races from Miami this week, head over here... For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
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The first sighting of the frightening 7-foot tall, red-eyed, ten-foot wingspanned Mothman occurred in Virginia nearly 50 years ago. While the residents of Point Pleasant continue to celebrate the mystery of ‘their’ creature every September, a shot captured by US Mothie Jonny Goldsberry in Richmond, CA may prove this elusive creature has migrated more than 2000 miles to the West. Of course, this hairy critter may be sporting the US Moth logo on his way to go rig up his foiler, but we like our explanation better. Tell Nugs what you think this dude is up to over on Facebook... For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
It’s just two weeks into registration, and with 182 entries on the official list, the 2017 Moth Worlds has already broken the all-time fleet size record! Earlybird entries closed on Tuesday with sailors from 25 countries registered for the event to be held at the Fraglia vela Malcesine in late July. Follow the event progress here or find MothWorlds on FaceBook & Twitter… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
All pics and Day 4 video by Pete Harmsen – www.peteharmsen.com – Full galleries at official event fb – Josh McKnight dominated the 2017 Australian Moth nats held at Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. 15 races completed and 10 bullets for the winner. Second place overall for Harry Mighell and third for Rob Gough over a 21 Moth fleet…
All images Matías Capizzano , full gallery at his Fb page – Moths & Waszp are building fleets down here. Franco Greggi leads after 3 races, today +30knots at Mar del Plata and racing was postponed. With the A-Cats still transitioning to full foiling younger sailors are going the Moth way, although there is a huge diff in perf with the Waszp aside from its lower costs….
Hamilton, Bermuda (December 8, 2016) – England’s Rob Greenhalgh, the defending champion at the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta, overtook countryman Dylan Fletcher-Scott today for the overall lead in epic conditions on Great Sound. Four races were held today in west/northwesterly winds between 15 and 18 knots on a flat sea. Racing concludes tomorrow, with competitors vying for a prize purse of $10,000 with $5,000 earmarked for the winner. Full report.
Hamilton, Bermuda – Dylan Fletcher-Scott, England’s representative in the 49er Class at last summer’s Rio Olympics, grabbed the overall lead at the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta today after posting a pair of first-place finishes in the regatta hosted by Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. With four races complete out of a possible nine, the weather has been the biggest topic of discussion. Today’s setting went from gusts to 30 knots down to low riding conditions. Full report.
In this double header to celebrate the end of a long road trip, Clean first talks to freshly minted Director of the US Olympic Sailing Team Malcolm Page. The Australian double gold medalist and multiple world champion answers questions from Clean and the Anarchists, including a frank assessment of where the US team is, why he took the job, why the US team became also-rans for the past three cycles, and the route (and how long it’ll take) to rekindling America’s prowess in olympic sailing, as well as loads more questions. More than an hour from Malcolm (with thanks to Will Ricketson and Josh Adams for their help and information provided for this podcast), learn more about him at www.ussailing.org. The second part of our podcast has quite a bit more laughs, when we are rejoined by two repeat visitors, also both world champions…
A fleet of 52 sailors, including two of the top three finishers from last year’s regatta, is set to contest the second annual MS Amlin International Moth Regatta on Bermuda’s Great Sound. Hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the $10,000 regatta begins Saturday, Dec. 3, and runs through Friday, Dec. 9. Full report.
Official web moth-european.com – Results moth-european.com/results
(June 19, 2016) – The International Moth Class Association (IMCA) today announced that Bermuda will be host to the 2018 Moth World Championship slated for May of that year. Following the inaugural MS Amlin International Moth Regatta in December 2015, Bermuda was encouraged to bid for the 2018 World Championships and edged out rivals Argentina and Australia in the bidding process. Full report.
YANMAR Moth Worlds 2016 on May 24-29 in Hayama, Japan.
Hayama, Japan (May 28, 2016) – The fleet returned to the race course at the YANMAR Moth Worlds 2016, with yesterday’s lay day offering rest and recovery for both boats and sailors.
With three more races completed today, the second discard is now on the scoreboard. While Paul Goodison (GBR) remains in the lead after posting a 3-1-4, Robert Greenhalgh (GBR) is now in the mix after losing two races on day two due to a failed sidestay.
Greenhalgh’s 1-2-1 today now has him five points off the lead with the final three races to be held tomorrow.
Fifteen races are scheduled from May 24 to 29.
Hayama, Japan (May 24, 2016) – The YANMAR Moth Worlds got underway today in southerly winds of 5-10 knots. While the first race saw the lighter range, the second and third races were full foiling. Robert Greenhalgh (GBR), posting a 1-4-1, is currently leading the competitions. Fellow British sailors Paul Goodison and Chris Rashley follow in second and third. Winds are predicted to get stronger tomorrow with three races scheduled. Full report and video highlight.
A flashback of the 2009 Moth World Championship with 47 boats competing in Cascade Locks, Oregon. 33-year old Bora Gulari (USA) won the event, becoming the first American in 33 years to win the title. More event info. Video re-published by T2PTV on May 18, 2016.
What do you get when you cross a 24 year old kiteboarder from the Great Plains, an insane creative genius videographer, and a loudmouth Sailing Anarchy editor? It’s called the Charleston Fort2Battery, and it’s one of the big successes in ultra-performance sail racing of the past few years. Watch the video for the full story, and go here to find out about the 2017 edition.
In the world of foiling, all that matters is what impacts the water and wind. Here is mixed foil racing at James Island Yacht Club in Charleston, SC. Video by Ryan Hamm published on Apr 14, 2016.
Key Largo, FL (March 19) – Racing began today in earnest at the Moth US Nationals, with Patrick Wilson proving to be the most consistent to take the lead. Racing concludes tomorrow.
A new eye is sometimes the best antidote to a stale look, and the newest droners to enter the sailing scene have an interesting take on the Moth Aussie Nationals earlier this month in Perth. Learn more about Perth’s Skyworks WA here, and congrats to longtime SA’er Josh McKnight on yet another title.
Revolutionary rowing shell builder Chris Maas has done some pretty special things with sailboats as well – his Moth and International Canoe were some of the most beautiful pieces of worksmanship ever to grace the high-performance dinghy world.
But as a brand new dad, our own Senior Editor was more impressed with Maas’s present for his new granddaughter. From Facebook:
At 1 1/2 years old it seems like it’s time for the granddaughter to raise her game. So I built her a little sailboat model to give her the idea. It was supposed to be simple – just a carved block of cedar, a dowel for a mast and a piece of brass flat bar for a keel. It got a little out of hand…
Just a little? More pics here.
All Images: Perth Sailing Photography & Australian Moth Championships 2016 FB Page.
While some foiling cats look towards Moth for inspiration, now we have a Moth with a Twin fin / 2 hulls setup! First comment that comes to mind is more drag / better stability. Results not saying much, and I don´t know the level of those racing them at the Australian Moth Nats 2016. I will try to seek…
An international fleet of Moth sailors came to Bermuda to compete on December 7-11 for a $10,000 prize purse, including $5,000 for the winner. The US fleet was well represented, and in this report shares some of their observations of Bermuda…
It’s an absolute pleasure to visit Bermuda, just for the people alone, who appear to love where they live and are excited to share knowledge. It seems that most residents have lived on island their entire lives; some leave for a few years to “get their wild streak out” but something always brings them back.
“Bermuda is the safest place in the world,” reports our taxi driver, who explained that it was lettuce growing season, and how just about every other house had a huge vegetable garden. The island does not import in-season foods until the local source runs out.
There are few beaches in Bermuda, which was built atop a volcano, but a barefoot walk amid the pink sand on those beaches is reason enough for taking every precaution to preserve the 21 square mile island. Unlike beaches created from broken rocks or shells, sand in Bermuda comes from reef fish eating algae off coral reefs and then excreting the ‘sand’!
Coral reefs were brought up by several locals as being in danger, especially with all of the 35th Americas Cup activity.
“The coastal development that’s needed for allowing bigger ships demands the physical removal of sections of reefs,” says marine biologist Samia Sarkis. “Corals do not recover quickly from these impacts, and damaged and unhealthy reefs will entrain changes in fish composition and abundance.”
Local sailor Ted Gosling gave a tour of his property where he and his wife Rachel share one car – a government restriction. Ted pointed out the beautiful tree grown on top of the soak-away pit built adjacent to his house used for domestic wastes. To help the environment, Ted also refuses to eat fish.
“Fishing pressure continues to threaten commercial species and the scope of illegal harvesting of protected species is not known,” explains Sarkis. “Recreational fishing is still largely unregulated, apart from species-specific daily catch and size limits and the seasonal closures for some species.”
Boat hose down is a topic of interest, as all water in Bermuda is captured from rainwater. The reverse-osmosis systems have been adapted, but the important thing to understand is this process still requires energy. – Read on
RACING: Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) stamped his dominance on the inaugural Amlin International Moth Regatta on the final day of the event hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. Lying in second overall entering the December 11, Greenhalgh won all three races to win the championship and the winner’s share of $5,000 of the $10,000 prize purse. Full report.
Hamilton, Bermuda (December 11, 2015) – Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) today stamped his dominance on the inaugural Amlin International Moth Regatta hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
Lying in second overall entering the day, Greenhalgh won all three races to win the championship and the winner’s share of $5,000 of the $10,000 prize purse.
“The week has been fantastic,” said the 38-year-old Greenhalgh of Hamble, England. “It’s been good to come to a new venue. Everyone’s been very hospitable. I hope it keeps going.”
“Amlin is very proud to have supported this year’s successful Moth Regatta, which featured world class sailors in a world class sailing destination, Bermuda, the home of the 2017 Americas Cup,” said Rob Wyatt, CEO of Amlin’s Bermuda Branch. “We have been involved in specialist [re]insurance for over a hundred years and supporting exciting events like this enables us to reinforce our connection with the marine industry and with Bermuda.”
With the wind 6- to 12-knot winds right in Greenhalgh’s wheelhouse, he dominated the three races. His first victory was by nearly 1 minute and the second was by 1 minute, 30 seconds. He left little doubt as to who the best sailor was this week.
“Sailing is a game of boatspeed, there are no two ways around it,” said Greenhalgh. “If you can go faster than the other guys, then you’re halfway there.”
In a near repeat of last summer’s European Championship, Greenhalgh overcame regatta leader Chris Rashley (GBR) for the victory. Rashley led Greenhalgh by 1 point entering today but finished 8 points in arrears in the final standings after placing 10-4-4. The 10th wound up being one of Rashely’s discards and he won $2,000 for finishing second.
“I had a bad start in the first race,” Rashley said. “There was a left hand wind shift just before the start and I couldn’t get up on my foils. I was pleased with how I sailed in the next two races.
“It was nice to lead for a couple of days but I expected Rob to win today. He really excels in those conditions. He’s quicker in the mid-range stuff,” said Rashley.
After the two leaders a pair of America’s Cup sailors battled it out for third and fourth. Paul Goodison (GBR) of Artemis Racing wound up nipping Chris Draper (GBR) by 2 points for 3rd place and won $1,500 while Draper won $1,000 for fourth place. Fifth-placed Simon Hiscocks (GBR) won $500.
“I finished where I deserved,” said Draper. “I’ve only sailed a Moth seven days in the past six months, but I felt like my boathandling was better today. I’ve got some work to do on my setup.”
Greenhalgh dominated in part because he’s put in a lot of work on his setup. Today he was riding on his large foils because of the lighter winds. With the large foils it’s easier to get up on them and stay on them through tacks and jibes. As soon as a boat drops off the foils it loses significant speed.
Greenhalgh also used a canting rig system today. The system doesn’t cant the rig to windward. Instead it allows the rig to stand up straighter, which generates more boatspeed.
“A more vertical rig gives more horsepower,” said Greenhalgh. “It’s good in conditions like today, early foiling conditions, the 9- to 11-knot range. It’s definitely an advantage, but you need to know how to use it because it affects things like boom vang tension and tacking and how the boat handles.”
Final Results (Top 10 of 58; 11 races, 2 discards)
1. Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) 1-(4)-1-3-2-1-2-(13)-1-1-1 – 13 points
2. Chris Rashley (GBR) (4)-2-3-1-1-2-3-1-(10)-4-4 – 21
3. Paul Goodison (Artemis Racing) 2-3-2-(13)-10-3-1-3-4-(15)-3 – 31
4. Chris Draper (SoftBank Team Japan) 5-1-(7)-4-7-(8)-4-5-3-2-2 – 33
5. Simon Hiscocks (GBR) 3-8-(59/DNF)-2-3-7-5-2-6-10-(11) – 46
6. Ben Paton (GBR) 7-7-8-(12)-4-9-(19)-4-2-3-7 – 51
7. Jason Belben (GBR) (13)-5-11-5-8-10-8-7-11-5-9 – 68
8. Kyle Langford (ORACLE Team USA) 6-16-4-9-5-4-6-6-(20)-(29)-19 – 75
9. Anthony Kotoun (ISV) 8-(19)-12-7-6-5-7-(21)-13-19-6 – 83
10. Victor Diaz de Leon (VEN) 16-6-6-(21)-12-19-16-(24)-8-9-8 – 100
ABOVE: Rob Greenhalgh won the final three races of the Amlin International Moth Regatta and $5,000. Photo by Beau Outteridge/Amlin International Moth Regatta
Hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the fleet was competing for a $10,000 prize purse, including $5,000 for the winner, with racing on Monday, Dec. 7, to Friday, Dec. 11.
Source: Sean McNeill, Amlin International Moth Regatta
Hamilton, Bermuda (December 10, 2015) – The inaugural Amlin International Moth Regatta is primed for a showdown between Chris Rashley and Rob Greenhalgh. At stake is $5,000. With three races on tap for the finale tomorrow, it’s anyone’s guess as to who’ll come out on top of the event hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. Full report.
British Moth specialist Chris Rashley celebrated his 27th birthday today by winning Races 4 and 5 at the Amlin International Moth Regatta in Bermuda.
Hamilton, Bermuda (December 9, 2015) – Racing at the Amlin International Moth Regatta was postponed today due to light winds. After an idyllic day on Monday and challenging conditions yesterday, today brought yet another set of conditions to the regatta hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. Since no racing was completed Chris Rashley of the U.K. remains in the overall lead of the $10,000 regatta, with $5,000 earmarked for the winner. Full report.
Hamilton, Bermuda (December 8, 2015) – Chris Rashley (Southampton, England) celebrated his 27th birthday today by winning Races 4 and 5 at the Amlin International Moth Regatta. Rashley overcame strong winds and near-blinding conditions, punctuated by a squall with gusts topping 30 knots, to take over the lead of the event. Racing continues to Dec. 11. Full report.
Hamilton, Bermuda (December 7, 2015) – A quartet of Britons set the pace today in the first day of the Amlin International Moth Regatta. Rob Greenhalgh, Paul Goodison, Chris Rashley and Chris Draper hold first through fourth, respectively, after the first three races of the regatta. The three races were held on Great Sound in mixed conditions. The first and third races saw 10 to 12 knots of breeze, while the second race saw lighter winds. Full report.
Hamilton, Bermuda (December 3, 2015) – With winter descending on the Northern Hemisphere and shutting down home training bases, as many as 60 sailors from 14 nations have been invited to the British territory in the Atlantic Ocean for the inaugural Amlin International Moth Regatta. Hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the blue ribbon fleet begins racing for a $10,000 prize purse, including $5,000 for the winner, on Monday, Dec. 7, with the final day of racing scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11. Full report.
Climb on board and experience what its like to sail an International Moth, thanks to innovative 360° camera technology…
by Chris Museler
“OK, someone has to take a picture and send it to our hosts as a thank you gift,” shouted Anthony Kotoun, the Dali Lama of the US Moth fleet at dinner a few nights ago. “Then we have to shanghai Zack Maxim’s boat from the shipping company. There’s a $200 prize for anyone willing to wake up at 6 a.m. tomorrow for the 1.18-hour drive…” And the list rolled on that way until our beers and grilled oysters were delivered.
It was a pretty spendy call in November to take a week from work and family and head to the Neuse River in North Carolina for a training session in the outrageously quick and touchy Moth. The US fleet was offered rooms and a launch at Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s compound on this enormous estuary of brackish water and oyster fishermen.
The major selling point? A $10,000 prize, of course! Amlin International Moth Regatta in December has hand-selected the best sailors in the world to bring their personal, single-handed boats to Bermuda and race for not only a prize purse but bragging rights.
You see, all the top America’s Cup teams (with the highest paid sailors on the planet) have fleets of Moths for their sailors to train with. And the Royal Yachting Association has sponsored elite Mothies from the UK for a few years now to top this influential class. They all want to beat the crap out of each other on their own terms, with their own boats. Trimmers wanting to take races off their Cup helmsmen, etc.
Then there are the Americans, layered in wetsuits during the camp, getting ripped off their trampolines and hucked into the brown water of the Intercoastal Waterway when the chop would pitch the boats while they were hitting 30 knots.
Strangely absent from many of the Cup teams, and only supported by the environmentally forward thinking 11th Hour Racing, this group of pro and amateur sailors have been covered in carbon dust and resin every week for the past season adjusting, designing, 3-D printing and training their way toward their goal of out sailing the privileged group in Bermuda.
This was my chance to witness how the DIY approach to boat work and training can get someone ready to beat the most well paid, and funded, teams in the world. Very American! – Read on
The first Amlin International Moth Regatta, scheduled Dec. 5-11 in Bermuda, will feature a blue ribbon fleet of sailors with credentials abundant in World, continental and national championships, mixed with a slew of sailors from teams entered in the 35th America’s Cup.
“We’re very excited to host this regatta because of the great interest in the class among the America’s Cup teams,” said regatta organizer Andy Cox of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. “The Moth is a fantastic class with a history of development. Given that it can sail as fast as 30 knots, it should be a week of phenomenal racing on Great Sound.”
The Amlin International Moth Regatta has attracted a fleet of 60 sailors from 11 countries and they’ll be vying for a share of the $10,000 prize purse, which includes $5,000 for first place.
The list of entrants includes six of the top 10 from the 2015 International Moth World Championship and is headed by Australian Nathan Outteridge, a two-time Moth World Champion (2011, ’14) and three-time runner-up (2009, ’13, ’15). Last month Outteridge helmed Artemis Racing to first place at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Bermuda, an experience that will likely be beneficial when Great Sound is full of Moths blasting to and fro.
More than 20 America’s Cup sailors have entered and others of note include Outteridge’s teammate Iain Jensen, who was 10th at the 2015 Moth World Championship, Tom Slingsby and Kyle Langford of ORACLE Team USA, and Dean Barker and Chris Draper of SoftBank Team Japan. Draper placed 5th at the 2015 Worlds.
“The racing is a lot of fun,” said Draper. “You have to have smarts to go with the speed. Good boathandling goes a long way.”
The fleet also includes the top two from the 2015 European Championship, Rob Greenhalgh and Chris Rashley, both of England, and the top two from the 2015 U.S. National Championship, Anthony Kotoun of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Newport, R.I., and Victor Diaz de Leon of Venezuela.
“The key to doing well in the Moth is a combination of speed and boathandling,” said Kotoun. “The boats are made for speed and if you’re going slowly you’ll feel it. Boathandling is also hard. The ‘shangri-la’ of foiled tacking is hard to find. But you have to stay up on the foils as much as possible. The boat that is on foils and stays together is the one that’s going to do well.”
The Moth is an 11-foot hydrofoiling dinghy and is sailed by one person. The first Moth dinghies were launched in the late 1920s and the International Moth Class Association was founded in the 1930s. The class has always attracted “tinkerers” because it allows latitude for development.
In the past five years the Moth has gained popularity with America’s Cup sailors because it hydrofoils, similar to the catamarans currently used in the competition.
The Regatta will be run over five days with two races per day and will be overseen by Principal Race Officer David Campbell James.
Event website: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/9953#_home
Source: Sean McNeill, Amlin International Moth Regatta
The date and place is set! The 2016 International Moth World Championship will be held in Hayama, Japan on May 20-29, 2016. Check out the promo video above!
2015 Moth US National Championship on August 14-16 in Cascade Locks, OR.
Photos by Jan Anderson.
Cascade Locks, OR (August 16, 2015) – The final day of the 2015 Total Domination IPA Moth US National Championship completed three races for the 12-boat fleet. Anthony Kotoun, who held a five point lead entering the day, posted a 3-3-5 to win the nine race series by 11 points. Click headline for details.
Cascade Locks, OR (August 15, 2015) – The second day of the 2015 Total Domination IPA Moth US National Championship completed six windward leeward races for the 12-boat fleet. Racing concludes Sunday, August 16.
1. ANTHONY KOTOUN, 1-1-1-1--1- ; 5
2. Jonny Goldsberry, 3-2-2--1-2- ; 10
3. Victor Diaz de Leon, -5-3-2-3-5- ; 18T
4. Patrick Wilson, 2-3-4--5-4- ; 18T
5. Matt Struble, 4--5-3-6-3- ; 21
6. Matt Knowles, 5--7-6-4-7- ; 29
7. Nat Shaver, 7--8-7-8-8- ; 38
8. Dylan DiMarchi, -9-9-8-7-6- ; 39
9. John Harris, 6-4-6-[13/DNS]-13/DNS-13/DNS- ; 42
10. Zack Downing, [13/DNS]-13/DNS-10-9-9-9- ; 50
11. Todd Twigg, [13/RET]-10-11-10-10-13/DNS- ; 54
12. Andrew Brazier, 10-11-12-[13/DNS]-13/DNS-13/DNS- ; 59
Hamilton, Bermuda (August 14, 2015) – The Amlin International Moth Regatta will take place this year in Bermuda scheduled on December 5-11. Organised and hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, it will give sailors an opportunity to battle it out on the Great Sound in what should be ideal racing conditions for these foiling boats.
“This invitational Regatta has been in the planning stages for quite a while and we are delighted that it has now become a reality thanks to our sponsors,” said Andy Cox, chairman of the Regatta. “The foiling Moths will perfectly showcase Bermuda and show just how special the sailing conditions here can be.”
A fleet of 60 sailors will be competing at this inaugural Moth regatta and will be aiming to take home a part of the $10,000 purse along with the title of champion sailor. The early entry list includes Nathan Outteridge who will be looking to recapture the form that gave him two Moth World titles (2011 and 2014). America’s Cup teams are also featured with both Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing taking part. Other notable entries include Chris Draper, now sailing with Softbank Team Japan, as well as current UK National Champion Chris Rashley.
The Regatta will be run over five days with two races per day and will be overseen by Principal Race Officer David Campbell James.
“We wanted to try and make this event more accessible to everyone and so we will be providing daily video uploads to the event website and social media platforms,” Cox added. “Whilst the Club will be open to the public as usual, the best place for the action will be on the water and everyone is welcome to come out and watch.”
The Amlin International Moth Regatta is sponsored by Amlin plc, a FTSE 250-listed independent global insurer and reinsurer with operations in the Lloyd’s, UK, continental European and Bermudian markets. Amlin’s CEO of Bermuda Branch Rob Wyatt said, “Amlin are proud to continue our support for Bermuda by sponsoring the Amlin International Moth Regatta. It is a very exciting prospect, and an early chance to see some of world’s best sailors racing against each other in advance of the America’s Cup”.
Additional sponsors include the Bermuda Tourism Authority, EFG International, Gosling’s the Official Rum of the Regatta and Kaenon Polarized.
Source: Nicole Butterworth, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club
This one is a bit excruciating to watch unless you are a foiling fanboy, and we admit our fanboyness for AMAC’s new Waszp thanks to the decent shot we think it has to be a game changer. So here’s 46 minutes of Andrew introducing his price-point, one-design foiling moth to the world at The Foiling Week.
Blazing sunshine and a 10 knot southeasterly greeted the 59 boat Moth Nationals fleet at Stokes Bay Sailing Club.
After missing his hoped-for launch date by a few months, Andrew “AMAC” McDougall’s long-awaited ‘people’s foiler’ is finally wet! This pic posted by SA’er “Phil S” shows the shroudless, stayless, wishbone-boomed foiler that Amac’s been working on for five years, shot recently near Mach 2 HQ in Melbourne, Oz. Will the Waszp change the sailing world the way the Laser or Hobie 14 did, or will it be just another fun, fast toy for the privileged few to jump into on their way to the faster, more expensive Mach 2 and its successors? Listen to the man himself back in January, and decide for yourself.
We’ll know more soon, and if you follow the thread, you can too.