An international fleet featuring the reigning two-time world champion Paul Goodison of the U.K. is set to contend the Bacardi Moth World Championship next week on Bermuda’s Great Sound.
Hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and co-organized with the International Moth Class Association, the 77th running of the Moth Worlds is scheduled March 26th - April 1st. Prior to that the Bermuda Moth National Championship will be staged March 23rd – 24th.
The Moth is a high-performance dinghy measuring 3.355m (11 feet) in length and 2.250m (7.3 feet) in beam. The hull weight ranges between 10-20kg (22-44 pounds) and it is equipped with hydrofoils that raise the hull out of the water in winds as light as 5 knots. The ideal windspeed is 8 to 12 knots, which enables the Moth to sail at 15 to 20 knots boatspeed. To watch a Moth sail past at 20 knots is to hear nothing but the sound of the wand that controls the ride height skipping off the wave tops.
Development in the class is largely open, meaning that the sailor can tinker with aspects such as the rig, hydrofoils, sail and fairleads. Sailors will spend hours determining the best lead for a control line so that it’s led to their fingertips while they’re hiking off the rack. Sailors have also been known to spend significant amounts of time redesigning the all-important hydrofoils, playing with the aspect ratio to induce more lift and reduce drag.
Goodison, a member of the Artemis Racing Team for the America’s Cup last summer in Bermuda, won the Worlds last year in Italy and two years ago in Japan. He won the 2017 Worlds by a comfortable 20 points and the 2016 Worlds by a scant 3 points. Through the two victories Goodison has racked up seven race wins and 20 top-3 finishes in 24 starts.
He comes into the regatta as the decided favorite and hopes to lay waste to this year’s fleet with a new implement of destruction. Goodison took delivery of a new Kevin Ellway-designed Exocet Moth built by Maguire Boats of the U.K. at the end of January. He describes the boat as the same one with which he won the past two Worlds but with a potentially devastating development.
“It has a steeper wing bar in an effort to gain righting moment,” said Goodison. “It’s harder to sail because the angle of the bar is so steep that I’m not sliding across side-to-side like on the old boat. It’s more of an uphill/downhill action, but the benefit is more straight-line speed.”
Goodison has an added advantage in his bag of tricks: local knowledge. With Artemis Racing Goodison was a member of the weather team and he spent days on Bermuda’s Great Sound taking wind and current readings in the vicinity of where the Moth Worlds racecourse is expected to be set.
“It depends on where the race committee puts the racecourse, but I should know the area. I spent a lot of days out there,” said Goodison.
“The quality of the fleet is extremely high. There are some very good sailors here,” said James Doughty, President of the Bermuda Moth Class Association. “The invitational’s a couple of years ago helped show the sailors how nice it is racing in Bermuda. Everyone enjoys the island and the conditions on the water.”
“The Moth Class is very excited about hosting the Worlds in Bermuda, a perfect foiling location,” said Luca Rizzotti, President of the Moth Class Association. “For many of the class members involved with the America’s Cup this will be a welcome return to the warm waters of Bermuda. For others it offers the chance to race in one of the world’s renowned sailing destinations.”
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Bermuda J105 Fleet Racing Round Up
J105's on the Great Sound
The J105 Winter Season continued in the Great Sound with the J105 Indian Harbor Bowl Regatta.
Peter Bromby at the helm of Airforce won all three races on the day, Jon Corless sailing Mayhem was second with 6 points and James Macdonald skippered Passion to three third place finishes to finish 3rd on the day.
J105 Indian Harbor Bowl
03 Airforce - Peter Bromby 06 Mayhem - Jon Corless 09 Passion - James 13 Yabsta - Michael Neff
Friday, March 16, 2018
Argo Group Gold Cup Returns To Bermuda
The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) and Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. announced Argo Group Gold Cup will be held May 7th – 12th, 2018 and is open to sixteen teams.
Today’s announcement comes after the long standing event was shelved in order for Bermuda to host the America’s Cup.
As a result of the partnership between RBYC and Argo Group, Bermuda will return to the center of the sailing world this May, when the world’s top match racing talent descends on the island.
The event will feature one-design IOD keelboats that will compete in Argo Group Gold Cup’s traditional event format of qualifying round robin and repechage, before the knockout stages commence.
“The Gold Cup is a long-standing tradition in Bermuda, attracting the world’s best skippers and crews from the match-racing circuit,” said Mark E. Watson III, CEO, Argo Group. “As title sponsor for the ninth year, we look forward to working with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club to make this year’s event one of the best ever. Our shared commitment to innovation, teamwork and sustainability makes this partnership a perfect match.”
“The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club is pleased to continue the Argo Group Gold Cup’s association with match racing, built upon the history of the King Edward VII Gold Cup” said Jon Corless, Commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. “The Club also looks forward to welcoming World Class match racers from around the globe to Bermuda and, as always, we anticipate exciting racing on Hamilton Harbour.”
Sunday, March 04, 2018
Cooper Helps St Mary's Finish 4th in Bob Bavier
Mackenzie Cooper was back in action representing St. Mary’s College of Maryland during the Bob Bavier Interconference Regatta Team Race.
Cooper and St. Mary's St. Mary's College of Maryland finished 4th with a record of 11 wins and 8 defeats.
Cooper and his teammates got off to a bad start with defeats against Georgetown University and Eckerd College, they would be 0&3 after they were defeated by the College of Charleston, but they would finally get on the board defeating the university of Wisconsin.
A win against the University of South Florida and Yale University leveled their record at 3&3, Cooper and his teammates would next fall to Roger Williams University to fall to 3&4, before levelling their score at 4&4 at the end of the First Round defeating Jacksonville University.
In the Second Round they would once again fall to Georgetown University, but a victory over Eckerd would pull them level yet again this time at 5&5, a second defeat to the College of Charleston would set them back again, but a victory over the University of Wisconsin would make them 6&6.
Cooper and his teammates would defeat the University of South Florida to move their record to 7&6, but Yale would defeat them as they had a record of 7&7, a win over Roger Williams University and a defeat by Jacksonville University saw them finish Round Two with an 8&8 record.
Cooper and his teammates would win their three matches in the Sail-off they defeated Jacksonville University, the University of South Florida and Eckerd College.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Bermuda J105 Fleet Racing Round Up
Picture Curtsey of Somers Kempe
The Great Sound was the scene of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club’s Winter Series.
The Day saw the Third Race Day of the Series which saw the J105 Fleet sail under a gorgeous Bermuda sky.
Peter Bromby sailing Mayhem won the day with 6 points, with Airforce sailed by Buddy Rego second with 8 points and in third was James Macdonald sailing Passion with 9 points.
RBYC Winter J105 Fleet Racing Series #3
06 Peter Bromby – Mayhem 08 Buddy Rego - Airforce 09 James Macdonald - Passion 10 Hasso Platner/Glenn Astwood - Morning Glory 12 Keith Chiapa - Chequemate