11ft long. 15.5 knots upwind

Following the debut of the Mach 2 in Australia, its jockey Simon Payne describes the latest foiling Moth
Newest foiling Moth on to the scene is the 'Dreadnought-bowed' Mach 2, the latest spawn of the union between Bladerider designer Andrew McDougall and Australia-China based boatbuilder McConaghys. The Mach 2 had its first outing in Melbourne in January where former Moth World Champion Simon Payne was leading the charge in the prototype Mach 2 only to be beaten in the closing stages of the regatta by Australian Olympic 49er sailor turned newbie foiler, Nathan Outteridge, aboard a Bladerider. Back in the UK following his jaunt down under, Simon Payne, who’s company handles sales and marketing for the new foiler, has another prototype Mach 2 in the UK. Weekend after this the Mach 2 will be making its European debut at the RYA Dinghy Show, where this year all the foilers will be on display in Palm Court, the Alexandra Palace foyer. “We built three boats initially over the Christmas and January period, of which two went to Melbourne and we used one at the Geelong Australian Nationals event,” recounts Payne. “But now hulls are being built at McConaghys to satisfy orders we’ve got. Basically we want to sell 100 boats and we are about a quarter of the way there, which isn’t bad considering we haven’t had a boat to show anyone.” So why would Johnny Foiler buy a Mach 2 rather than a Bladerider? According to Payne there is parity in price between their boat and Bladerider’s top of the range VRX - in their case around £14,000 all up including VAT and delivery from McConaghys works in China. But the real attraction is that after his success with the Bladerider, the Mach 2 represents Andrew McDougall’s latest thinking. “In terms of windage, it has a much smaller hull. Most people look at it and think how tiny it