As you know the class was active until the Laser came on the scene
in the '70s. Mothing as we know it stopped, only to rise again from
the dead in 1990 in its original form (i.e. the 1928 rules). Hence
the "Classic Moth" was born, and continues today as a
development class, albeit with the original 1928 sail plan (15'
luff , and 9' foot). The class is active, and the racers are enthusiastic,
although at this year's nationals they couldn't give away the junior
trophy because the youngest skipper was 24, and the next was 42!
This should give you a snapshot of the action.
Scott Sandell in his Moth.
In the late '90s the U.S. Modern Moth morphed out of the IMCA Moth.
There are a handful of Mothists who just don't buy the "Classic"
program, and we have spun off to do something a little bit different.
There have been several serious attempts at getting the narrow boats
going (including one I still have scars from!), but most of our
fleet are larger guys (and in our extremely late thirties, or so...read:
we remember the Kennedy assassination). Many of the Modern racers
also like the idea of being able to convert their boats to race
as a Classic because there is a good deal of quality competition
available. So what we have is mostly a fleet of wide skiffs, where
in 2002 an asymmetrical spinnaker will be class legal (the sail
is unmeasured, and will be flown off a 5' bowsprit, and can be hoisted
no higher than the top of the mainsail). There was some debate about
the chute issue, however at this moment only two narrow boats are
active, and the majority preferred the wide skiff with the chute.
I think we should stay in close contact with IMCA, as we are certainly
interested and supportive, however committed to a slightly different
direction. I am certain that we will have some exciting sailing
in 2002, but perhaps at a slightly slower pace than those of you
who will elevate themselves with foils. On a personal note, I am
not in favor of the foils because I think it distances the Moth
even further from being a "dinghy". However, in the same
breath I have to say who cares! The Moth has always done its own
thing, and certainly should continue in that direction, foiled or