MOTH SAILING – In case you missed the first Moth wing sail breaking back in 2011, here it is again! Charlie McKee sailing the Object 2 built Moth Wing Sail back during the 2011 Moth World Championships in Belmont AUS. Rounding the last windward in 7th place there was a problem…
To bad the 2-part wing was banned from the class of innovation. A chicken way to go with the best development class around. Clever way to ban 2-part wings as described below in 9.5:
- 9.1 The boat shall carry only one sail when racing, with the total measured area of the rig excluding fittingsbeing not greater than 8.25m2. For the purpose of this rule, only the mast area excluding fittings abovethe lower measurement band shall be measured, unless the mast is enclosed by the sail.
- 9.2 The luff length shall not exceed 5185mm.
- 9.3 Sail area shall be measured by triangulation in the case of soft sails or via the half girth method formasts and wing sails or wing masts in accordance with the IMCA Measurement Manual.
- 9.4 All sail area calculations are to three decimal places, rounded to two at the total area.
- 9.5 In line with 9.1 (one sail), wing sails if used shall be of a single element configuration only. No slots shall be visible in the section whilst sailing.
9.6 No part of the sail may project above a reference line passing through the Throat point drawn at 110° from the Luff.
What do you think? Should the MOTH class allow 2-part or even 3 part wings? Let us know at [email protected]