We had a great couple weeks in Sorrento, Victoria for the 2015 Moth World Championships this month. The team committed to the idea of training for the regatta this past year before we moved to the venue for the next America’s Cup, so we were excited to see where we stood along side some of the best Moth sailors around the world. The regatta was a bit of a bust from the conditions-side of things. The steady sea breezes never really set up while we were racing and we instead had to battle either very light air or heavy air against a significant amount of tide on Port Phillip Bay. Big chop a and heavy air are two things that the Moth doesn’t like, but it made for some spectacular sailing and even more wild wipeouts and crashes. The light air races really didn’t help my scores, being one of the bigger guys in the fleet, but I learned a massive amount about what equipment I can add to the boat to make light air sailing easier.
Ultimately, the moth class is and equipment game. The boat is very dependent to the settings and tuning, but also having the correct foils for the conditions. Having just my one set, and fairly stock equipment, I was really happy to meet my two goals: finish in Gold Fleet, and finish every race. The final race of the regatta was 25 knots in nasty chop, and it was a total battle of man against the machine against the elements. So to take a top 40 result is pleasing, but leaves me plenty of room for improvement. Luckily I’ll have plenty of other sailing to do coming up to take my mind off of the moth. We’re heading to San Francisco here in February for our last training camp before we set up shop in Bermuda in May.
Enjoy some of the video from the event: