Bora Gulari - World Champion again
With the wind once again failing to deliver, there was no racing on the final day of the 2013 McDougall + McConaghy International Moth World Championship, off Hawaii's Kaneohe Yacht Club.
After a three hour wait, racing was concluded and the 2013 World Champion, Michigan’s Bora Gulari, was tossed into the club pool.
Gulari becomes the first American two-time Moth World Champion since 1959: he won the 2009 World Championship in Cascade Locks, on Oregon's Hood River.
“It hasn’t really set in yet,” said Gulari, after drying himself off. “One thing I know for sure is that without Anthony, George, Brad, and pretty much the entire US Moth racing team, I would never be World Champion again.”
Gulari attributes his success to his Mach 2 Moth, which he says “is a perfect platform for this kind of sailing,” combined with the cumulative effect of dozens of small changes to the boat.
“We’ve been working for a solid year in Detroit, refining and changing things bit by bit until they’re perfect,” said Gulari. He also gave credit to his sail package, adding “North Sails and specifically sailmaker Chris Williams came up with an extremely powerful sail design for this Worlds; I’ve never sailed with a faster sail since I bought my first Moth.”
Full interview with Bora coming up...Full results below