2009 was a phenomenal year for the moth class culminating in the World Championships at Cascade Locks, Oregon.
Our current world champion Bora Gulari has set a new standard in boat handling and preparation. He’s shown us an unparalleled level of commitment which paid off with a world title. Amazing enough in it’s own right but simply unbelievable in light of the fact that he came in to the class only two years ago.
The UK found a new hero and National Champion in the guise of Mike Cook (Aardvark) who took his Kevin Ellway designed Ninja to a well deserved overall win.
In the UK Hyde sails broke the KA stronghold with many of the top uk riders using them to great effect.
More and more world champions/ olympic sailors are finding the lure of moth sailing too much to resist. Nathan Outteridge, 49er World Champion, add the US National title to his long list of wins and was runner up during the worlds.
The boats entered a new era in terms of construction, design and reliability. Highlights –
The second hand market now has a healthy number of good quality boats that make an excellent platform for beginners.
Homebuilds went in to hiding during 09 but are set to make a comeback with more and more individuals developing foils to production standards. There are also lots of innovative ideas coming through involving control systems and construction techniques.
Adam May and Katherine Knight set the standard for recycling by converting Katherine’s low rider to “carbon footprint” a state of the art size zero foiler.
Relative newcomer Phil Oligario transformed his mistress MK 1 into the “Supermistress” with a complete overhaul and upgrade of pretty much everything on the boat and has progressed to his first full build courtesy of Aardvark. We look forward to seeing the finished Ninja soon.
2010 promises to be another exciting year as the class gains yet more popularity and media coverage. The Dubai worlds in May promises to be a great event with boats and competitors flying in from all corners of the globe.
It will be interesting to see where the class is next year this time!