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  • 101 Moths on The Line at 2011 Moth Pre-Worlds

    Day one of the Zhik Moth Australian Championship had a record-breaking 101 foiling Moths on the start line. Scary thought? “100 boats? It wasn’t too bad – just those port-tackers! The stunt-drivers!” said local Aussie Warren Sare.

    The fight to foil was the name of the game. Getting to that first puff and flying up and out of the pack meant everything – and with a pin favoured start line, the fleet was chock-full of kamikaze port-tackers risking all to foil first.

    “Once you’re [at the pin], you’re committed to doing something crazy,” admitted Sydney sailor Phil Kurts, adding with a smile, “If you’re going fast enough, a gap will appear.”

    Local hot shot Joe Turner took race 1, who 4th at the first windward mark made impressive gains and by lap two lead into the finish. Iain Jensen landed 2nd a whole 6 places in front of his 49er skipper Nathan Outteridge who suffered a bad start and worked back to 8th. Rob Gough, Scott Babbage and Tom Slingsby rounded out the top 5.

    After two generals, racers finally got out the gates for race 2, with Nathan Outteridge pulling a kamikaze manoeuvre. He nailed a port start, terrifying more than a few starboard tackers with a few close ducks, and launched into clear air. Outteridge cleaned up with minutes over 2nd place Scott Babbage.

    Race 3 started in a puff that cut out when the top guys hit the first mark – further separating those that foiled and those that did not. ISAF Sailor of the Year Tom Slingsby lead the 1st first beat, but the lighter and faster Outteridge and Babbage quickly overtook him on the run. Outteridge took the win, after Babbage went for a quick swim putting him back to 2nd.

    The mixed fleet of international sailors suffered more than a few general recalls and black flags dragging out the 3 races to a staggering 6.5 hours. Lake Macquarie’s light and shifty South Easterly clocking North challenged the visitors, favoured the locals (top 4 in race 1 were all Lake Macquarie boys), and was universally frustrating.

    Forecast promises 10-15 knots and sailors hope to have a full day on the foils.

    Day One Results:

    1st Babbage, 4,2,2 8

    2nd Nathan 8, 1,1 10

    3rd Gough 3,3,5 11

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    Race 1 Results

    Race 2 Results

    Race 3 Results
    Last edited by PD Staff; 01-06-2011, 06:04 PM.
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  • #2
    That's a lot of carbon. How many wings? How do they hold up to crashes and collisions?

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    • #3
      Solid
      A little disorganization goes a long way toward fun sailing.

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      • #4
        I thought there was supposed to be 2 wings. Surprised to see bora's results although I didn't see him practicing nearly as much this year

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        • #5


          A video from Race 1

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            Race 2

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              Race 3

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Zipped View Post
                I thought there was supposed to be 2 wings. Surprised to see bora's results although I didn't see him practicing nearly as much this year
                Last I heard only Charlie McKee was using a wing. Bora switched back to soft sail. Not sure about Bear.
                Whizzo Butter: "Absolutely indistinguishable from a dead crab."

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                • #9
                  Broken wings don't fly good.
                  ~Every cloud has a silver lining (except for the mushroom shaped ones, which have a lining of Iridium & Strontium 90)~

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