It only seems like yesterday that the first of this year’s round of the Noble Marine UK Grand Prix took place at Queen Mary sailing club in zero degree temperatures, but now that the Moth fleet has defrosted itself it’s time to head to the south coast for the second open of the season to be held at Parkstone Yacht Club in partnership with our Grand Prix series sponsors Noble Marine. We are pleased that local chandlery, Quay West has also come forward to sponsor this event – they thought it was a great opportunity to put something back in to the class as their customers include many local south coast mothies. Our thanks go out again to our event sponsors who make every moth event so memorable.
These days the class is growing at such a fast pace. We are fortunate to have two UK based Moth manufacturers who are hard at work innovating and competing against each other as well as the manufacturers abroad. The only real winner is the moth fleet as the reliability and quality of the build and the boats continue to rise to an all time high. This means that there is also a fantastic second hand market which has endless quality boats coming up for sail along with second hand sails and kit being sold very competitively which is great news in the current credit crunch. It’s also worth noting that the Mach 2 moth design is now 4 years old and still features the top runners in the moth fleet something not many development classes can say.
This will be the last event before the fleet heads out to Sicily for the Europeans which starts at the end of April, it will be the last chance to test out new boats and rigs before the Euros so could well see a fleet size in the forties.
There has never been a better time to get into the fleet with numbers increasing impressively year on year. With sailors ranging from Olympians to weekend warriors there is great camaraderie and help available to all, with fun competitive and close racing the norm. The class is going from strength to strength and with the World Championships in the UK next year, shouldn’t you be joining in the fun?
See you all on the water
The UK Moth Class Committee
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