Hi gang, I'm Doug, the new Moth UK President. As Nige didn't manage
to sort out the hydrofoil reply he promised, please find a summary
of our discussion below, as well as the summary of our year you
requested from Simon. As described below, things are looking up
for us in the UK, with the class surviving the onslaught of newer
classes which have appeared over the last few years. The class is
enjoying a resurgence of interest as people realise that none of
these new designs can compete with the moth for sheer balls out
adrenaline rushes and satisfaction.....when you get it right that
Sorry that none of us made it over for the Worlds. I'd probably
have been there if i'd bought Nige's 'hungry tiger' a bit sooner.
UK Moth Association on Hydrofoils
The UK Class association formally considered the use of hydro-foils
at its AGM on 30th August 2001. It was agreed that the following
position would be communicated in writing to the IMCA.
The UK class AGM voted unanimously to reject the use of hydro-foils
in International Moth races. The mainreasons for this are:
- We believe hydro-foils would
have a detrimental effect on class numbers in the UK.
- The additional cost and
complexity are undesirable.
- The essential character
of the class as a mono-hull dinghy will be lost.
- Development of hull and
rig continues to be possible within the 'conventional' mono-hull
- There would be no logic
in permitting complex and expensive hydro-foils while disallowing
cheaper and simpler windsurfer configurations.
- None of the current UK fleet
is interested in adopting them.
As a result we wish to propose:
That clarification is sought about the legality of foils within
the existing rules. If the result is ambiguous or foils are found
to be legal under the existing rules, we wish a rule to be incorporated
specifically banning them.
UK International Moth Class Review 2001
The class has had a successful season in the UK with steady numbers
and strong interest from prospective new members and the media.
The association has about 50 members and 7 new boats were registered.
The nationals were held over four days in Portland Harbour, Weymouth
on the south coast (shared with International Canoes). 20 boats
entered, all but one of which were narrow skiffs. The generally
light wind event was won by Ian Forsdike sailing his Axeman 6 with
'bolt rope' sail. Nigel Oswald was second in his Hungry Tiger with
sleave luff rig. The rest of the fleet comprised another Hungry
tiger, Skippy 1 and 2s, Axeman 6 and 7s and magnum 9.9s. The most
innovative boat was a Skippy 2 built to support an unstayed sleave
luff rig. This was fast in bursts. The light winds helped the less
experienced and the fleet was closely spaced with tactical racing
all the way to the back. A number of regulars were absent but 5
first timers more than made up for them.
Four open meetings were held in the run up to the Nationals. Support
was patchy with a core of about 10 sailors making the effort to
travel. Active consideration has been given to making the opens
more attractive in 2002.
Promotion and New Recruits
Interest in the class has been strong this year. We have perhaps
got a little better at converting this into new sailors. One success
was 'a have ago' day where sailors from other classes were given
trial sails on modern Moths. This resulted directly in two people
buying boats and joining the class.
The IMCA UK
has a new website which is updated pretty regularly. This has
highlighted one of our key problems narrow second hand boats are
in short supply and sell on the site in days.
We are covered regularly in Yachts and Yachting and on sailing
web sites, and are getting better organised at sending in articles
and event reports.