UK Racers Show Their Sterns To Fleet Before All Racing Abandoned
Kaneohe Bay, HI (14 October 2013) – An 8-knot easterly breeze swept through Kaneohe Bay just after noon today, providing a glimmer of hope for day one of the 2013 McDougall + McConaghy Moth World Championship fleet despite a dire forecast. With conditions forecast to build slightly throughout the day, Race Officer Tom Pochoreva and his Kaneohe Yacht Club-based team jumped on the chance for a solid race between two squalls shortly after 1230 PM. “The fleet was foiling around and sailing fast for a while, but when the wind started to die we realized we couldn’t get a fair race in and we pulled the plug,” said Pochoreva. “Things are looking better and better for the rest of the week, and we’re looking forward to some great action tomorrow.”
Proving the conventional wisdom accurate, the British contingent showed strong speed in the light air, with Robert Greenhalgh and Tom Offer trading the lead around the course despite leaving the start line nearly 3 minutes late. “I was a bit confused about the course signals and ended up very late for the start,” said Greenhalgh, who at one point was nearly a half leg ahead of the next competitor even after giving the fleet a head start. “The boat is going really well, and I was able to get on the foils and stay there after much of the fleet dropped down into low-riding mode.”
Tuesday’s weather outlook has improved significantly, with most models showing more wind than previously forecast. “We’re looking at around 8-10 knots tomorrow, with up to 12 knots on Thursday,” said an optimistic Pochereva.
For a breakdown of the likely Top Ten for this year’s Worlds fleet, check two-time World Champ Simon Payne’s insightful breakdown of the Moth Worlds fleet. You can find names, sail numbers, and origin for each competitor here.
Racing begins at 1200 tomorrow, with up-to-the-minute coverage on the Moth Worlds Facebook Page. You can find photo galleries of Nationals, Practice, World Championship racing in the Moth World Galleries.
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As one of the world’s most elite racing classes, the International Moth Class believes it essential to emphasize the responsible use of energy and resources in the context of sailing. Working with 11th Hour Racing, a program of the Schmidt Family Foundation, the Moth Class has come up with a number of initiatives to help all sailing events improve the energy profile and performance of racing boats and increase the personal investment of sailors in the health of our waters.
Each day, the Moth Worlds fleet will highlight a ‘Clean Racing Tip’ they’ve implemented; something that will work for regattas and racing classes around the world. Here’s today’s tip:
SMART SHIPPING: Encourage competitors to ship their boats together, using surface freight whenever possible. This will cut down significantly on carbon emissions and the regatta’s carbon footprint. Likewise, try to make local charter boats available for competitors from far away. For local sailors, lending or sharing your boat with a ‘rock star’ from another part of the country or world is a great way to get your boat tuned up and up to speed.
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