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Kevin Hall and Sean Couvreaux look forward to the CST Composites Moth World Championship on the Gorge
After the CST Composites Moth Worlds was sadly blown out through too much wind in Weymouth last year, the class are earnestly hoping that this year’s event on the Gorge will be completely different. Fortunately the Gorge is one of those places in the world where you can set your watch against when the thermal breeze kicks in and according to locals you can even decide how much wind you want to sail in by how east or west you go along the Columbia River. “It is fantastic,” claims Kevin Hall, best known for his role presently in the afterguard with Emirates Team New Zealand, of ‘the Gorge’. “I used to race 49ers there quite a bit with Morgan [Larson], Charlie and Jonathan [McKees]. It is fresh water, which is always nice. The scenery is breath-taking and there’s usually good breeze. When you sail in breeze it tends to be somewhat steady and your choice is one side or the other, but at the Gorge it is always a new thing. You have got the current going upwind pretty strongly and one side is favoured, but if you get a little under the hills then you have no wind whatsoever, and it is just really exciting racing. I think it will be a great venue - everyone is excited to be there.” Hall has owned a Bladerider for a year and a half now and says he is getting to the point where he can race rather than just survive in it. In fact he is being modest. He won a recent warm-up round, the 'Oregon State Championship' against some stiff competition on the Gorge ahead of Dalton Bergan, sailing a new Mach 2 Moth, in second but with a string of four firsts in the final four races, Charlie