We are just over two weeks away from the European Championships and it seems more like a World Championships with nearly 80 boats registered.
It also seems like a record for team GB with 17 boats making an appearance. This promises to be the biggest International Moth Europeans to date with pretty much all of the worlds top sailors attending.
Team GB consists of:
|May||Adam||GBR 10||Mach 2|
|Phare||James||GBR 3713||Mach 2|
|Peats||Jonathan||GBR 3730||Mach 2|
|Payne||Simon||GBR 1||Mach 2|
|Knight||Katherine||GBR 3021||Home built|
|Penfold||Tim||GBR 3607||Mach 2|
Interestingly, there are 5 Mach 2′s, 6 Ninjas, 2 Bladeriders, 1 Fastacraft, 1 Velociraptor and 2 homebuilds so despite recent thoughts it seems there is a nice mix of designs in the team.
In terms of any kind of form guide, I’m not knowledgeable enough to know the subtle intricacies of what will make a winner in this class so I’ll leave that to the experts. Suffice to say that by sheer numbers alone, team GB should do ok. Whatever happens it looks to be an unprecedented European event and racing should be pretty tight across the fleet. The start line will be interesting with so many foilers which is possibly a sign of things to come.
Notable absentees from the team are Mike Lennon our new UK class president, Ricky Tagg, Jason Russell, Graham Simmonds, Tom Offer and Sam Tozer (who is currently lying 3rd in the RS200 European Championships) amongst others.
Best of luck to everyone and I’m sure with Twitter and the TracTrac system they are planning on using throughout the event, everyone will be kept up to date on progress as it unfolds.