- 2002 Annual Report
2002 can really be seen as the year Moths came back to France.
After a long gap with no activity since the mid seventies, we are
now up and running.
The Europeans was a tough test from all points of view. Very mixed
conditions made for some great sailing. For us, it also made us
aware of how brilliant the host countries for the last three Europeans
have been. We still have a lot to learn about how to make a Moth
championship run smoothly, but I want to pass on a message to all
of you who are thinking about coming for the Worlds in August, the
best thing you can possibly do is to come. Firstly because this
is our 75th year, and we are all aware of how its us that makes
the class go on growing - this is a fantastic opportunity to attract
newcomers. Secondly, because the more people come, the more the
club and the FFV take us seriously, and the more they will get involved
in making it work really well. Thirdly, because we now have a real
French fleet, with new designs and new sailors, and if you don't
come, we're going to clean up !
IMCA France is now officially registered. Our boats will be measured
and payed-up before the summer. New people are beginning to get
in touch, since the skiff is becoming recognised here, and we're
the only one-man boat. Now we have the beginnings of a web site,
we will get our address on other sites, and I think we can go on
growing quickly. You can find us at www.imca-france.fr.st.
On the building front, there are four new designs. Mine, and three
boats designed and built by students from the naval architecture
school in Nantes. We also have an offer from the composites school
here in les Sables to make tooling and use the moulds as a training
exercise for their students. We need to think carefully about the
design for this, since the opportunity is there to reduce the cost
of building new boats.
Lastly, may I also remind you about the Classic Moth class which
is also growing very fast here. Please try to stick around for one
week after the Worlds, and come with us to Nantes for the multi
Moth regatta 6 and 7 September. I have just heard that Chris Eyre
and Mervyn Cook are threatening to come and show us how it used
to be done. This is a must.
And I havn't said a word about the food, the wine, or the women!
- Registered members in 2002 - 0
- Active Moths in 2002 - 5
- Number of boats built in 2002 - 5
- Number of boats built in last 5 years - 6
- Number of boats exist in country - 9
- Number of boats expected to attend 2003 France
Worlds - 10