Belben shows how its done

The UK Moth National Champion showed his skill at the final UK Moth event of the season

Tuesday October 9th 2007, Author: Mike Cooke, Location: United Kingdom
A dozen Moths braved a rather dire weather forecast for the Draycote Water end of season moth bash, with boats ranging from an old-school Magnum 8 to the latest in foiler technology.

An unexpected five to ten knot breeze had appeared on the lake in time for the start of the race, making for some interesting tactical choices and testing the marginal wind skills of the foilers. Jason Belben sailing his Prowler showed his nationals-winning form, to take all three races by a considerable margin from Russ Wheeler, king of the lowriders, who was sailing his Hungry Tiger. Ed Sibson, sailing in his first Moth open meeting took third in his Skippy, having finished on equal points with Alex Adams in his Mistress 3 and Mike Cooke in his Axiom v3.

The evening saw a fine roast from the host club and plenty of cake to fuel the conversation and tip-sharing into the evening.

Sunday morning dawned to a windless lake and an early start for the hardcore Mothies, who were found huddled around a portable TV outside the sailing club watching the Formula 1! There was a postponement to allow the wind to do something, but it continued to do nothing, so the Race officer made the sensible decision to call it off. Until the next time....


1-Jason Belben, Prowler Foiler
2-Russ Wheeler, Hungry Tiger Lowrider
3-Ed Sibson, Skippy Lowrider
4-Alex Adams, Mistress 3 Foiler
5-Mike Cooke, Axiom v3 Foiler

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