Aussies lead Moths

A report form the Worlds in Les Sables d'Olonne

Tuesday August 26th 2003, Author: Scott Babbage, Location: France
The Australian Moth Team have shown their dominance on the first day of the 2003 World Moth Championships currently being held in France.

Defending World Champion Mark Thorpe maintains the speed that has seen him remain at the forefront of the class for almost a decade. With two first places, Thorpe leads current Australian Champion Rohan Veal who scored a second and third in the predominantly light conditions. In third place is Les Thorpe, younger brother of Mark and runner-up in successive Australian Championships.

Veal also demonstrated the potential of his centreboard-mounted hydrofoil configuration, taking out the practice race on Sunday by a large margin before reverting to a conventional configuration for the first two races. Veal's on board GPS clocked over 18 knots of boat speed in the weekend's moderate conditions.

The International Moth is one of only a few Internationally recognised development dinghy classes. Over 75 years of development have seen the Moth's performance far outstrip its size. Thorpe's Hungry Tiger design has set the pace for several years, with his latest boats weighing in around 26-30kgs fully rigged. Despite hydrofoil challengers in both 2000 and 2003, the Hungry Tiger appears to remain at the top of the pack.

Competitors from Britain, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, France, Denmark, The Netherlands and Australia have made their way to Les Sable d'Olonne for the week long championship. The 10 race series concludes on Saturday.

Race 1

Pos Sail no Name Nat Rgs Pts
1 AUS 9294 THORPE Mark AUS 1 1
2 AUS 9329 VEAL Rohan AUS 2 2
3 GER 1040 KLOPPENBURG Sven GER 3 3
4 SUI 607 RUF Patrick SUI 4 4
5 AUS 9318 THORPE Les AUS 5 5
6 SUI 610 DUVOISIN Frédéric SUI 6 6
7 AUS 9330 ROBINSON Mark AUS 7 7
8 JPN 1251 SHIGE Yumiko JPN 8 8
9 GBR 4024 NEWMAN Colin GBR 9 9
10 GBR 4043 HARRISON Martin GBR 10 10
11 GBR 4042 PAYNE Simon GBR 11 11
12 GER 1030 GIRGSDIES Michaël GER 12 12
13 GBR 4001 ADAMS Richie GBR 13 13
14 JPN 1242 TANAKA Tsutomu JPN 14 14
15 GBR 4040 PYBUS Doug GBR 15 15
16 GBR 4045 WEATHERSTONE Martin GBR 16 16
17 GBR 4026 WATSON Alan GBR 17 17
18 GBR 4014 PUDNEY Liz GBR 18 18
19 GBR 4046 WHEELER Russel GBR 19 19
20 GER 1034 ZURMUHL Jens GER 20 20
21 SUI 611 MOURET Samuel SUI 21 21
22 GBR 4002 WALKER Stewart GBR 22 22
23 JPN 1249 WATANABE Yasuhiro JPN 23 23
24 NED 164 KNOL Richard NED 24 24
25 JPN 1232 SUZUKI Hideo JPN 25 25
26 GBR 4039 PROPPER Simon GBR 26 26
27 FRA 2008 DAREXY Guillaume 85007 27 27
28 SUI 590 CORBAZ Alain SUI 28 28
29 GER 1004 HUELSMEYER Joachim GER 29 29
30 AUS 9257 CROCKER Ben AUS 30 30
31 FRA 2002 CHARPENTIER Jean-Jacques 85033 31 31
32 FRA 2004 DAREXY Hervé 85007 32 32
33 GBR 4031 HOWES Andrew GBR 33 33
34 FRA 3924 DESMARS Thomas 44055 34 34
OCS GBR 4050 FORDSIKE Ian GBR OCS 46
DNF FRA 3943 VROYLANDT Eric 60009 DNF 46
DNF FRA 10 VERRIER Mathieu 74002 DNF 46
DNF FRA 2006 BAUSSET Pierre 83021 DNF 46
DNF FRA 2009 BALKWILL David 85007 DNF 46
DNF GER 1038 NEHLS Olav GER DNF 46
DNF FRA 2005 DE BRISOULT Mathieu 85007 DNF 46
DNF GBR 4057 ANGELL Roger GBR DNF 46
DNF GER 1020 STEINLEIN Tim GER DNF 46
DNF DEN 100 DROST Jan Alje DEN DNF 46
DNC NED 161 BAKKER Hubert NED DNC 46

Race 2

1 AUS 9294 THORPE Mark AUS 1 1
2 AUS 9318 THORPE Les AUS 2 2
3 AUS 9329 VEAL Rohan AUS 3 3
4 GBR 4050 FORDSIKE Ian GBR 4 4
5 GER 1040 KLOPPENBURG Sven GER 5 5
6 GBR 4040 PYBUS Doug GBR 6 6
7 SUI 607 RUF Patrick SUI 7 7
8 GBR 4043 HARRISON Martin GBR 8 8
9 JPN 1242 TANAKA Tsutomu JPN 9 9
10 JPN 1249 WATANABE Yasuhiro JPN 10 10
11 GBR 4024 NEWMAN Colin GBR 11 11
12 GBR 4046 WHEELER Russel GBR 12 12
13 JPN 1232 SUZUKI Hideo JPN 13 13
14 SUI 610 DUVOISIN Frédéric SUI 14 14
15 JPN 1251 SHIGE Yumiko JPN 15 15
16 GER 1034 ZURMUHL Jens GER 16 16
17 AUS 9330 ROBINSON Mark AUS 17 17
18 GBR 4026 WATSON Alan GBR 18 18
19 GER 1030 GIRGSDIES Michaël GER 19 19
20 GBR 4042 PAYNE Simon GBR 20 20
21 GBR 4045 WEATHERSTONE Martin GBR 21 21
22 AUS 9257 CROCKER Ben AUS 22 22
23 SUI 611 MOURET Samuel SUI 23 23
24 GBR 4031 HOWES Andrew GBR 24 24
25 FRA 2008 DARESKY Guillaume 85007 25 25
26 GBR 4039 PROPPER Simon GBR 26 26
27 GBR 4002 WALKER Stewart GBR 27 27
28 NED 164 KNOL Richard NED 28 28
29 GER 1004 HUELSMEYER Joachim GER 29 29
30 SUI 590 CORBAZ Alain SUI 30 30
31 FRA 2002 CHARPENTIER Jean-Jacques 85033 31 31
32 FRA 2004 DARESKY Hervé 85007 32 32
--- GER 1020 STEINLEIN Tim GER --- 46
--- FRA 2005 DE BRISOULT Mathieu 85007 --- 46
--- FRA 10 VERRIER Mathieu 74002 --- 46
--- DEN 100 DROST Jan Alje DEN --- 46
--- FRA 2006 BAUSSET Pierre 83021 --- 46
--- GBR 4014 PUDNEY Liz GBR --- 46
--- FRA 2009 BALKWILL David 85007 --- 46
--- GBR 4057 ANGELL Roger GBR --- 46
--- FRA 3943 VROYLANDT Eric 60009 --- 46
--- GER 1038 NEHLS Olav GER --- 46
--- NED 161 BAKKER Hubert NED --- 46
--- FRA 3924 DESMARS Thomas 44055 --- 46
--- GBR 4001 ADAMS Richie GBR --- 46

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