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We've already had forecasts for more than 10 knots a couple of times this week, and it's failed to materialize. But for the final two races, will we really see some speed and no more of the marginal stuff? Hard to say. Here's the official Puma Release that our team has been helping out with:

 

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (13 March 2010) Three races were held today for the Puma Moth World Championships in more light winds off the coast of Dubai Offshore Sailing Club. Along with most of the competition, UAE resident Glenn Raphael has been surprised by the light conditions this week. "It's pretty testing out there. Most of our training has been in the 12-15 knot range, and we've just had very little practice in these conditions," said Raphael. "Still, I'm having fun and that's what really matters."With only one day remaining, Simon Payne (GBR) tripled his three point lead from yesterday over Brad Funk (USA). "It's damned hard work, and I guess I've got a good lead but I can't seem to win a race out there," said Payne, regarding his performance. "I'll look at the board, won't be doing anything differently, maybe have a few beers, read my book, then go to bed."

 

Funk, who earned two come-from-behind, first-place finishes for the day had a 13th in the second race, making Payne's lead all-but untouchable barring catastrophe.

 

Andrew McDougall (AUS) continued his strong performance with a decisive victory in race two, lifting him over Arnaud Psarofaghis for the final spot on the podium with just two races left in the 2010 championship. Psarofaghis had a lacklustre performance, his worst of the week, with a 17th and a 15th on Saturday.

 

Amazingly, the first and third-place racers are among the oldest in the fleet. Payne (45) explains that "age isn't a barrier unless you think it is. You've got to stay fit and do your own thing and you can do well,”he said. "Who says this is a young man's game?" said McDougall. "Our average age is 50 years old, and we're not getting any slower either."

 

After making major changes to his boat, top level pro sailor George “Bear” Peet (USA) had his best day of this championship with two solid top ten finishes, but he remained baffled by the conditions. "There's no rhyme or reason to the wind. You can sail 20 degrees higher and faster than a guy 10 feet away from you. It'll make you go crazy.” With so much experience in sailing other classes he explains that “Moth sailing requires every aspect of your sailing ability to be at the top if you want to do well in this class. It's made me so much better in my other sailing."

 

In the women’s division, Emma Aspington (SWE) has opened up a 17 point lead over Kirsten Sommer (UAE). As the event has progressed both have gotten quite a bit faster. "This is one of the best regattas I've ever been to in any class. The people are so nice and helpful but it is still extremely competitive,” said Aspinton. These women have been sailing impressively consistently finishing in the middle of the men’s fleet.

 

 

Two races are scheduled for Sunday, the final day of the 2010 Puma Moth World Championship.

 

Photo credit Meredith Block/sailinganarchy.com

 

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Here's the woman who has made this event so special. Lisa Richards:

 

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Here's "weta in dubai" on camera:

 

 

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This was Amac just after Day 4, I didn't get him on camera yesterday.

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And JP Ziegert showing off some of the cool shit he's developed on his boat.

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Please don't forget our LIVE Cocktail Hour tonight at 1630 local time with the top 5 finishers!

http://www.sailinganarchy.com/otwa/2010/2010_mothworlds.php

This was Simon Payne on the end of Day 4:

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And young Alex Adams

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Hyde Sails riders Tim Penfold and Mike Lennon:

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International Class President Mark Robinson

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And an unhappy Bora:

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This was Bear at the end of Day 4. Homeboy is on a plane right now...

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And Long Beach sailor Zack Maxum, doing well with a 15

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Mer's slideshow from Day 3 and 4

 

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Take the time to watch that slideshow. That's a great band called Fred Green and some of what makes Mer's work better in my opinion than almost anyone's - the ability to tell the story of a regatta and make it interesting, even in light air.

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Simon Payne, 9 points ahead, talks about it.

 

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Dream results ...

 

Payne wins !!! Go GBR

 

AMAC wins the final race to take second and fist pumps for the camera for the OTWA camera

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Day six + awards pics and slideshow are on their way!!

 

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OTWA - Congratualtions on an excellent job

 

PS - 1) What happened to JC's leg, one sail in a Moth and a deep gash or two ? 2) where are the posts from everyone else??

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Race 13

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Race 14

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Cocktail Hour 3

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Award Ceremony

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Is the shirt competition still running? Would sure like to win one though.

 

Anyway, here is my entry:

 

Top scorer on the day and their race results from each race:

Day 6: Bora Gulari, Race 13:2nd, Race 14:1st

Top 3 positions at the end of the day:

Simon Payne, Andrew McDougall, Brad Funk

Top girl at the end of the day:

Emma Aspington

 

Top junior at the end of the day:

Alex Buerger

 

Local weather forecast:

دبي

الظروف الحالية

اليوم | صني. يدفئ.

درجة الحرارة 25.0 درجة مئوية

الرطوبة 53 ٪

سرعة الرياح 5km / ح دإ

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Sailor weights and some analysis have been published on the event site http://www.dosc.ae/moth-news/ - credit and copyright to Stefanie Schurer

 

I cannost post images here but the extract scatter diagram for Mach 2 sailors is revealing. Bora is clearly an outlier weight size amongst the top riders as the only rider in the top 25 who is heavier than about 77kg, his weight being around 85kg. In fact Bora is one of the heaviest riders at the whole event. In this regatta most of the top riders come in around 74kg-77kg with Payne being an outlier at 69kg.

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Clean / Meredith & the SA crew.

 

Thanks for the awesome coverage of the event. I was lucky enough to spend Day 2 on one of the support boats, and a couple of the others spectating from the water. The rest - you guys filled in with the live stuff, the interviews, and Mer's superb photography.

 

It is remarkable what can be done when you combine a carload of equipment, a 3.5g data card, and a whole lot of ingenuity and enthusiasm. This has to be future of sports broadcasting and reporting - especially for so called 'fringe' sports - with a global following.

 

Take the rest of the week off, and remember - there will always be a pint of the cold stuff on the bar in DOSC for your return smile.gif

 

R.

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PUMA MOTH WORLDS ANARCHY-DAY SIX SLIDESHOW

 

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Cheers Robert. Great to meet you and loved getting the chance to interview someone who has been brought into this sport because of the kind of fun new boats that we embrace here at SA.

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Brilliant job, OTWA crew!

 

It's been captivating to follow the Moth action from another continent. The broad mix of forum updates, live broadcast, recorded clips, and Mer's photography really made the coverage accessible to many readers under many different circumstances, ranging from office without audio to home-computer with Dolby surround.

 

OTWA is the next best thing after being there on the water yourself!

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JC. James is a good teacher but not good enough to get my sorry arse into a Moth :lol:

 

It was cool of him to loan his boat to me for a while. I think it's mostly just understanding the concept of getting it up and foiling and following through. Oh, and watching it for hours probably helps too. C'mon man you can do it!

 

The blood was from the nonskid of the center hull and knee. Small price to pay.

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Anyone know what condition those weights were recorded in, sailing weight, clothed or "bare"?

 

The scales were by the sign on sheet on a warm day, so most people weighed in rigging gear (shorts and tee shirts), the occasional cell phone came out of a pocket. Sailing gear was mostly booties, boardshorts, rash top and lifejacket, so I guess add around 4-5kg for sailing weight.

 

Anyone seen my scales...

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