Sunday, July 01, 2007

Moth Worlds Wrap-Up

Although not a great result it was a very enjoyable Worlds in Garda. 8th overall reflected my lack of preparation, and launching of the new boat just days before the event.

Having had such a busy year it was nice to just be sailing again though, and although I did more pitchpoling than ever before, I’ve just about got the new boat sorted and learnt a lot more about these flying craft again.

Particularly enjoyable was the atmosphere in the British team this year. We had a great bunch out in Garda, and I look forward to catching up with everyone at the Nationals.

A brief summary of the top ten:
1. Rohan Veal. - On top of his game after a lot of training and time on the water this year. Original reports of Bladerider pace suggested it could be close, but in the breezy conditions and tricky waves experienced in Torbole, the boat had pace and a level of control no other package could match.
2. Scott Babbage – A very solid series using Bladerider pace and control to good effect.
3. Simon Payne – On the back foot after loosing his gantry/transom on day one. He never had the upwind pace or control downwind in the breeze to match the Bladeriders in full flight. He did win the lightest race of the series though, so it would have been interesting to se some more races in different conditions.
4. Sam Pascoe – A great result for Sam. Always tipped for a good series if it was windy. Good pace with the new Full Force main foil, but possibly a few too many swims and the odd average start cost him a possible podium.
5. Graham Vials – An early Bladerider preproduction boat slowly fell apart around him. Leaks and wand issues during the regatta after a host of problems before the regatta ended with a hull deck joint failure in the final race that could have cost him forth overall.
6. Amac – A snapped foil, lost main flap, and a few other boat issues upset his series. He sailed really well though, and certainly deserves all the credit for the pace of the Bladerider package.
7. Jason Belben, – I’m not really sure what happened to Jason, he’d done lots of sailing and pushed Simon hard in UK opens, but
8. Adam May – Ready for the Worlds to start once it had finished! No chance to sort out the boat in average conditions before the regattaSurviving the first day helped out a lot, but control issues and never
9. John Harris – A top result for a relatively new foiler.
10. Les Thorpe – Solid sailing in the breeze early in the week, probably sailing close to the limit of his boat and foil package.

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