Moth update

Simon Payne and National Champion Mike Cooke share their views from the sharp end of foiling
Foiling Moth sailing continues to go from strength to strength with new models coming out, refinements in gear and techniques and ever more top notch dinghy sailors joining the elite flying club. The Worlds this year at the magnificent Cascade Locks on the Gorge in Oregon, featured present day Olympic sailors such as Nathan Outteridge and Brad Funk, and numerous ex-Olympic and America’s Cup sailors such as Dalton Bergan, Charlie McKee, Kevin Hall, Morgan Larson, etc. Moths are now jockeying with A-Class cats as the world’s fastest singlehanded dinghy, regularly beating them around the race track down under. We reckon it is probably remains the world’s fastest growing dinghy class. At present the dominant foiling Moth is the Mach 2. This has taken over from the Bladerider as the grand prix boat of the moment. Bladerider International Chairman Mike McAuley told thedailysail that his company has modified their plans and are only now manufacturing RXs, their “cost effective carbon boat” (as opposed to the top of the range VRX). “We are currently arranging with well established boat builders to Europe and US to build hulls. We will still be manufacturing parts (hydrofoils, centreboards, etc..) in China/Taiwan. Hulls will still be manufactured in Taiwan, but only to supply the Asia/Pacific region. Assembly will occur at the boat builders, who will supply the market directly. We will be announcing the successful boat builders in a few weeks.” McAuley adds that, in due course, they may well license other manufacturers to build the VRXs and entry level FXs. Rohan Veal, for so long the leading light and pioneer in Moth foiling is also no longer with Bladerider and has announcement his retirement from Moth sailing (although he has done this previously and returned…) Meanwhile production total of the McConaghy-built Mach 2 is now up