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IMCA Australia - 2002 Annual Report

Once again, it has been an honour to stand as President of the International Moth Class Association of Australia over the past year.

The past year has been a relatively quite one on the moth scene. For most Australian mothies the highlight of the year was the very successful Australian championships at Lake Munmorah in early January. A good sized, competitive fleet, with representatives from five states enjoyed ideal conditions both on and off the water. Mark Thorpe successfully defended his title yet again to make it four Australian championships in a row. Congratulations Mark.

The major issue for the moth class this year has been public liability insurance. IMCA Aus now has an insurance policy that covers all its members whilst sailing in association events. There are several important issues to be discussed regarding this insurance, including how to distribute this, one of our largest costs, amongst all moth sailors.

This current Australian Championships is the first in South Australia for over ten years, and I’m sure I speak for all of you when I say how great it is to be back. I would like to personally thank Greg Wise, whose hard work and persistence virtually single handedly made this regatta possible, as well as rebuilding the South Australian moth fleet. Let’s hope the class continues to grow in South Australia so that National Championships in this state can again become a regular part of the Nationals “circuit”.

It is proposed that next years’ Australian championship be held in Queensland, another state which has had a long time to wait. The revival of the class in Queensland continues, and should only be improved with the hosting of a National Championships.

IMCA World has recently confirmed that the next World Championships will be going ahead in Les Sable, France in the last week of August 2003. I again urge all Australian moth sailors to make the trip, and to start organising now.

This report also gives me the opportunity to thank everyone who has helped administer and promote the moth class throughout the year. Unfortunately, this also comes with a very sad note, with the resignation Peter Cleary, our long serving National Secretary. Peter has worked tirelessly at this job for many years and he will be sorely missed. I strongly believe that Peter, and his work for the class, are a significant reason why we are still here racing moths today. On behalf of all past and present moth sailors I would like to thank Peter again and wish him all the best for the future

As a final note, I would like to inform the meeting that I am again willing to stand for season 2003.

Les Thorpe
IMCA Australia

2002 Statistics...

  • Registered members in 2002 - 43
  • Active Moths sailing - 60
  • Number of boats built in 2002 - 9 + 5 that were sent overseas
  • Number of boats built in last 5 years - 40
  • Number of Moth that exist in country - more than 1000
  • Number of boats expected to attend 2003 France Worlds - 6 to 8