- 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
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
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.
- Registered members in 2002 - 43
- Active Moths sailing - 60
- Number of boats built in 2002 - 9 + 5 that were
- 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