Where next for the foiling Moth?

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Lead figures such as Mach 2 designer Andrew McDougall, Adam May and Scott Babbage share their views
It has now been more than six years since Rohan Veal gobsmacked the sailing world with his foiling Moth airborne acrobatics. Since then the flying 11ft long singlehander has gone from strength to strength with Moth owners now including America’s Cup sailors like the McKee brothers, Kevin Hall and James Spithill or even Ernesto Bertarelli to the majority of the Australian Olympic team (Tom Slingsby, Nathan Outteridge, Matt Belcher, etc) to offshore sailors like, Seb Josse and Chris Nicholson. During this time a number of foiling Moths have gone into production, the most successful by far being the Bladerider and more recently, the clear coated carbon fibre (yum) Mach 2. It is estimated that around 400 foiling Moths exist now. Hand in hand with this, performance has improved by as much as 30-40% on some points of sail and the top sailors are all higher and faster than they were upwind and faster and lower downwind. The market place in foiling Moths is now dominated by the Mach 2 – as an example at the recent Puma Moth World Championship in Dubai, the top 19 boats of the 43 foilers entered were Mach 2s. The common denominator to both the Bladerider and Mach 2 are their designer, Andrew McDougall (above), who while he is increasingly becoming known for this role, also runs KA Sails from his base in Melbourne and is also an accomplished foiling Moth sailor. With the Bladerider and now the Mach 2 so strong in the class, there remain only a handful of smaller manufacturers and, even rarer, individuals such as Dave Lister, still with their own sheds and enough time to innovate. We were going to say it was becoming increasingly hard for them to compete, however Lister has recently come out of the closet with his new Italian-built Monstro