Bora Gulari - Moth World Champion for a second time

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The Michegan sailor talks of his victory and some ground breaking new Moth projects he's working on
At the McDougall + McConaghy Moth World Championship in Hawaii last week, American sailor Bora Gulari proved to be the class act, winning the world title for a second time, following his 2009 victory on The Gorge in Oregon. It is now becoming something of a tradition of the class since they began foiling a decade ago that World Champions win twice – both Aussie Rohan Veal and Britain’s own son Simon Payne also managed this. “Three of us have won twice on foils,” confirms Gulari. “But I did it in the same boat and the class was little harder.” This latter statement is indisputable, with a formidable line-up competing at the regatta, held out of Hawaii’s Kaneohe Yacht Club, including Olympic medallists, America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race sailors. Gulari says it was not just the 80 strong fleet (bearing in mind none were already based in Hawaii), but the quality of the competitors this year that surprised everyone. And this bodes well for next year’s Worlds in Hayling Island when more than 100 boats could be on the start line... This season sees a return to form for the Turkish-born Michegan-based sailor, who explains the sad reasons why:  “My mum had a severe brain injury two years ago and being the only child, I have one mum and I pretty much dropped everything in my life to make sure she was going to recover and make it down the road. So I dropped off the scene for a while. I made last year’s Worlds, but I hadn’t had the chance to really get back into it until this year." Fortunately his mother is now recovering well and received her son's first phone call on hearing he'd won the Worlds. “She is great and super excited. I lasted about five seconds talking