IMCA Presidents Report
Firstly let me apologise for taking this long to write a report
for IMCA, I have in my normal day job, been managing a little race
called the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race which for obvious reasons
has taken some of my time since sailing at the Choshi Worlds.
Back to the important issues, Moths!
Over the past few months Rohan has been working hard to get the
finances of IMCA in order, which have been steadily going down in
recent years. Thank you to those national associations who have
responded quickly as we are now in a position to pay our class fees
to ISAF and thus remain an 'International Class', a position I'm
sure all of you wish to keep. To Rohan I think we all owe our thanks
for getting things sorted in such an efficient manner.
My thanks also go to IMCA Japan for organizing the best worlds
I have been to in any class. I'm sure all who attend will agree
that it was well worth the trip to the land of the rising sun. For
those who didn't bother (read: the Brits) all I can say is you missed
great sailing and an unbelievable social calendar.
In recent months here in Australia we have seen reigning World
Champ, Mark Thorpe, win his 5th Australian Championship, but this
time his long awaiting brother Les, in a new Hungry Tiger, was close
on his heels with only bad weather thwarting Les's chance of beating
Mark on the last day. On the social/economic front, our entrepreneurial
Steve Donavan (aka dono-san), ably assisted by the ex world president
Oliver (aka el guapo), have created a new range of accessories for
the fashion conscious moth sailor. In the near future IMCA World
will be issuing manufacturing licenses to Dono-san Industries for
these must-have items. Read Dono-san's Nationals report on the Australian
Site for what will prove to be a massive advancement to the Moth
In other areas of the planet new blood is appearing in our class,
which is encouraging for the future of the class. I urge every one
of you to keep up the work of encouraging new blood be it by lending
your boat for a test sail or helping a new moth owner with their
setup. In Australia, I am encouraging some of our regattas to be
held in more high profile areas so our class is seen rather than
some of the usual out of the way places. This is a tactic which
will work anywhere so if you are normally used to sailing around
a lake with only moths try going to a larger inter-class regatta
to spread the word and provide the visuals about moth sailing.
Looking to the future, from all accounts the venue for our next
worlds, France in May 2003, we can look forward to another great
World Championship for our class. Hopefully, using the tactic mentioned
above, we will attract some of the great dinghy sailors France has
to offer into our class, once they realise it's no fun bashing around
in a Europe or 470 compared to a Moth.