Wings over Belmont

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Adam May not attending Moth Worlds; Bora Gulari's wing observations
While they may have taken the world by storm over recent years with their airborne foiling antics, focus at the 2011 Zhik Moth Worlds to be held in just over a month’s time in Belmont, Australia, will be on wingsails. First the bad news. While C-Class enthusiast and Moth sailor/designer Adam May was ‘first to market’ with his wingsail Moth back in August (read more here), sadly he will not be in Belmont. As he reports: “Sadly I am unable to go out to the Worlds in January. I've got a slightly unscheduled hospital appointment, nothing serious, but unfortunately it will keep me off the water, at a rather inconvenient time. My wing debut will have to wait for another time. Best of luck to all out there, and it is great to see so many entries. I'm sad to be missing it.” This is most unfortunate because over the last weeks May has been busy constructing a Mk2 wing which has shed a further 2kg over Mk1. The good news for the ex-Tornado Olympian and trained aeronautics engineer is that following the demise of TeamOrigin he has recently been confirmed as part of Artemis’ design team for the 34th America’s Cup. Meanwhile two Australian Moth sailors, David Lister and 18ft skiff sailor John Harris are believed to be pitching up at the Worlds with wings believed to around 6m tall, ie substantial higher aspect than the competition, but at present no decision has been made on their legality by the International Moth Class Association. Aside from the Aussies and with no May, in Belmont all eyes will be upon American 2009 Moth World Champion Bora Gulari, who after unveiling his first effort in October has since built two substantially lighter Mk2 wings, all three of which have been shipped off down under. Gulari’s wingsail has