Update from the Moth Worlds

Thierry Martinez / www.thmartinez.com
Scott Babbage and Rob Greenhalgh bring us up to speed on an unusually light regatta in Hawaii
The McDougall + McConaghy International Moth World Championship being held out of the Kaneohe Yacht Club in Hawaii this week, at present looks like it will end up as a two horse race between American Bora Gulari, the 2009 World Champion and Nathan Outteridge, the London 2012 49er gold medallist, Artemis Racing AC72 helmsman and 2011 Moth World Champion. Five days into the regatta and racing has been only possible on three with proceedings canned on Monday and Thursday due to light wind. Hawaii? Light wind? Like the Little America’s Cup recently in the UK, the Moth Worlds was moved on in the calendar in order to accommodate sailors who were involved in the America’s Cup, like Outteridge or Adam May and multihull ‘Yoda’ turned newbie Moth sailor, Loick Peyron, who is sploshing his way around the race course over the last few days. Three time Volvo Ocean Race sailor (and past International 14 and 18ft skiff World Champion) Rob Greenhalgh, who won two races today and now lies in fifth place overall, just two points away from the podium, explains how moving on the date effected the weather: “If you look at any historical data for this time of year here, things are on the change from solid trades to a lighter period. Last week was very good - we had the upper end of the wind range, up towards 20 knots, but then it coughed this week. We were expecting 8-14 and its actually been a bit of struggle, particularly tough for the race management to find their windows to get races in, especially with an 80 boat fleet and a very short race track.” And this is despite Kaneohe Yacht Club being on the windward side of the island (the trade winds are northeasterly). The race area in the bay off