Bora Gulari's Moth wing Mk2

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The American foiler guru tells of his plans for this year's Worlds on Lake Garda
Detroit-based Moth guru and former World Champion Bora Gulari is already gearing up for this year’s Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds due to take place over 18-26 August out of the Velua Club Campione on Lake Garda. Gulari, who won the Moth World Champion when it was held on the Gorge in 2009, looks set to be having a prolonged Italian holiday this year as the World Championship for the Melges 24s – another class in which he campaigns fiercely - is taking place in nearby Torbole over 27 July until 4 August. Over the winter Gulari has been Moth sailing out of Miami and is continuing to develop the kit for his Mach 2. “We have still been playing around with foils. Everyone seems to think that going small on both foils is good, but my gut feeling is not 100%. There are definitely trade-offs to having a small foil.” Going small with the lifting element of the rudder foil is something that has been tried by various Moth sailors including the Mach 2’s designer Andrew McDougall and Scott Babbage in Australia, but now it seems focus is shifting to the main lifting foil forward too. “At some point a bigger guys must need a slightly bigger foil,” points out Gulari. “We have been playing around with sails and masts and we are lucky now that we have John Harris in the States, who lives in Chicago so we have another great person to sail with and tune with - that has been really good for our fleet.” Australian John Harris was the 2008 Moth World Champion but is best known for his lengthy tenure in the Sydney 18ft skiffs, where he usually helms Rag & Famish Hotel. But the most interesting area of development for Gulari – who like Adam May is a trained aerospace