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Bugs On A River - 2009 Moth Worlds

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Not much to say just yet, just finishing our packing and getting ready for the road. One bag of clothes, one bag of foulies, wetsuit, booties, gloves, etc. and 6 bags of electronics. And my sister wondered why we didn't just fly.

 

 

Big thanks to Moth builder Mach 2 for being part of OTW Anarchy from the Gorge. They're not rich, but are throwing ten Mach 2 shirts and a hundred bucks to whoever can guess the world champ trifecta. Check out the contest here, and check back often for everything we can think of about the International Moth.

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Not much to say just yet, just finishing our packing and getting ready for the road. One bag of clothes, one bag of foulies, wetsuit, booties, gloves, etc. and 6 bags of electronics. And my sister wondered why we didn't just fly.

 

 

Big thanks to Moth builder Mach 2 for being part of OTW Anarchy from the Gorge. They're not rich, but are throwing ten Mach 2 shirts and a hundred bucks to whoever can guess the world champ trifecta. Check out the contest here, and check back often for everything we can think of about the International Moth.

 

Doug is on your coast just 'down the road' , he's already invited sooo ...

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Can you imagine if Doug Lord showed up? Man I don't think I have enough memory cards for all the fun interviews we could have!

 

We are on I-84 heading westward into a light drizzle and about 84 mph AWS. Good times!

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Almost through Nebraska. Cows, corn, church, cows, corn, church, cows, corn, church, cows, corn, church, cows, corn, church.

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Pic out the sube window here: http://mypict.me/mobile.php?id=iPab

 

For those who don't know, SimonS owns this particular '96 subaru wagon, which has spent a good portion of its 150k miles towing one of his M24s around the country. The struts are blown out and the boxer burns a lot of oil like most older subes,, but the thing is a workhorse.

 

 

That was Laramie, and we are almost through Wyoming. It's been a while since I've been in this part of the country, and I always forget what great things it does for one's soul. Like a night on the open ocean, it adds awe and marvel to your life. In all my travels, I haven't seen a bigger sky than the american west.

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Ummmm love that sky. Although the most fantastic sky I ever saw (in the continental 48) was the Northern Lights over Vermont and New Hampshire one Columbus Day weekend...

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Already blowing 15 + at 0830 here above the dalles, with dozens of fisherman bouncing around in little john boats. Salmon?

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Testing...

 

 

Well, that's what we spent the day doing - testing!

 

 

Good news is that our live streaming solution works! Bad news is that in order to do it, we have to be on shore, and it's a bit far from the action. Regardless, tomorrow we're going to try to make it work for a while at least.

 

Here's a sample - quality is a bit low but we're working on it...

 

 

Watch live video from ON-THE-WATER ANARCHY on Justin.tv

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Testing...

 

 

Well, that's what we spent the day doing - testing!

 

 

Good news is that our live streaming solution works! Bad news is that in order to do it, we have to be on shore, and it's a bit far from the action. Regardless, tomorrow we're going to try to make it work for a while at least.

 

Here's a sample - quality is a bit low but we're working on it...

 

 

<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="295" width="353" id="live_embed_player_flash" data="http://www.justin.tv/widgets/live_embed_player.swf?channel=sennali" bgcolor="#000000"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowNetworking" value="all" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.justin.tv/widgets/live_embed_player.swf" /><param name="flashvars" value="channel=sennali&auto_play=false&start_volume=25" /></object>Watch live video from ON-THE-WATER ANARCHY on Justin.tv

 

Good to see. Hope you get some good footage of us out there. The racing is really quite good and the river width keeps us all close together.

 

But can you hold eye contact at the camera for more than a second? Bit disconcerting, it is as though you are watching tennis.

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Testing...

 

 

I was a bit...distracted yesterday. Got some rest though, and feeling a lot better! Will come look you up today.

 

Here's "How will you win the Velocitek Speed Challenge?"

 

 

 

And here's Bora after winning a giant check for $1,000.00 from Velocitek.

 

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Got shitloads more stuff, but I have to do a story now. Check back soon today, it should be non-stop action, and the live stream is pretty fun.

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Now that's funny; From Scott Babbage's excellent blog:

Afterwards, the daily beer keg was quickly drained when the “boom of doom” came out to play. Almost everyone was pressured into partaking, other than the ever professional Nathan and Rohan – who flatly refused. Perhaps there’s a specific exclusion in the contract, or as Arnaud said to Nathan is his slurred swiss accent – he’s just a pussy.

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Bug Blog Wars

 

 

The moths are unique in so many ways, but one of the most interesting is the "mothosphere" - the world of the Moth blogger. There is certainly no class with anything like the diverse and widespread blog publicity that the Mothies have - in fact, it seems like almost every sailor has one - from building diaries to race hints to shit talking, from chicks in Dubai to dudes in Australia, the US, England, South Africa; they're seemingly everywhere.

 

Here's a quick index of some important sites for learning about the moth, and for staying tuned to the latest.

 

Mach 2 Boats On-The-Water Anarchy contest for t-shirts and 100$ cash.

Official 2009 CST Moth Worlds Site

US Moth Class History

Our new favorite sailing association, the CGRA (host for Worlds)

Event Chairman Nige's blog

 

 

Before a major event, the mothosphere gets ramped up big time, and a quick scan of the Mothosphere Search Engine shows that the Mothie Blog War is heating up, just as the action on the water is about to start.

 

Scott Babbage's blog is probably the best of them; informative, funny, and not afraid to piss people off. He writes of the hype going on with some of the top factory teams: "Rohan and Nath have had a busy morning testing mast, sail and foil configurations, looking for that last minute advantage the day before the big event. It shows a lot of confidence to take such big risks so close. I’m pretty sure they know what they’re doing.

Or they’re panicking.

As has been said over and over again, the bullshit stops when the flag drops."

 

Rohan Veal has been accused of more hype than anyone - something he was able to live up to easily until the fleet caught him up, and until the Bladerider parted ways with their existing builder and started fragmenting models. They're still fast, even despite Rohan's brand new Bladerider delaminating in spectacular style during a practice day. He's so confident that his very...umm...marketing driven blog claims that "the fight for the 2009 World Championship can now probably be narrowed down to one of three people staying at our rental house in Hood River. Which one I don't know, but Nathan, Scott and myself are looking forward to some more close racing next week."

 

Simon Payne, 2006 World Champ and now top Mach 2 rider isn't quite as heavy on the marketing - just a solid blog with some great photos.

 

And the Assassin blog's here.

 

Here's the Dubai Moth Blog.

 

And Joe's Madmothist blog.

 

And if you think that's a lot of reading, here is the master list of just about every moth blog - unreal!

 

This isn't relevant, but it's a foiler chick, so we'll include it.

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Interesting news I just received, sort of relevant...

 

Audi Melges 20 production will now officially take place in the USA. The first series of boats were produced by McConaghy, a very reputable builder and their efforts are greatly appreciated as they have helped put the Audi Melges 20 on the map.

 

Moving production back to the U.S. will potentially allow for higher availability and quicker delivery. Right now, it's important to have production pumping in the USA. The Melges Team is excited about this transition and ready to take this fast, fun and truly exciting sportboat to the next level.

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Nice shots, welcome to Oregon and the Gorge... :) Enjoyed stoppng by with the kids yesterday and seeing the action come together, need to find some time this week to sneak out and see more...

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Some of the YouTube stuff I shot yesterday - get to know some of these guys if you don't already - they are a blast.

 

Intro to the Moth Worlds:

 

 

 

 

Dogs like to eat sails, Rohan coming in, and more:

 

 

 

 

 

George Peet tries to get out...

 

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Clean, you're doing a great job with this stuff, but when presenting to camera, please try to stop fidgeting and looking around. It feels like you're looking around for something which might be more interesting than talking to the audience. Sunglasses off would be good too, but mainly just look at the camera more.

 

Seriously though, good job.

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My camera got switched off of higher quality so not the best but better than nothing. Video from yesterday.

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Thanks guys. We are just back in from the water and struggling with our wi-fi, which of course worked beautifully yesterday yet today is fucking worthless. All that crap about how nice it was to finally get an OTW practice day in, and we're screwed.

 

But got plenty of video uploading, just no live stuff as of yet.

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Big news of race 1: Bora leads wire to almost wire, then capsizes just outside the pin end at the finish. Loses 5 boats...

 

 

 

 

Here's jibeset's video from practice yesterady. Thanks gary!

 

 

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Just some video from yesterday, with interviews coming shortly.

 

 

Practice Race Start

 

 

 

 

First Mark:

 

 

 

Second Top Mark:

 

 

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Big apologies for today's lack of coverage. FYI: 2 races complete, boats ashore waiting for 3 PM to go back out.

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Bora with a 6,2

Dalton with a 1,3 (i think)

Nathan with a don't know, 1

 

Younger Psarofaghis in after 1 with a sheared vang shackle. Babbage in after 1 with a broken mast tip.

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Big apologies for today's lack of coverage. FYI: 2 races complete, boats ashore waiting for 3 PM to go back out.

 

hum ... So who won the 2nd race?

Thanks for trying. It's better than nothing, and it's free!

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Big apologies for today's lack of coverage. FYI: 2 races complete, boats ashore waiting for 3 PM to go back out.

 

Thought maybe Clean got locked up by the Po Po again :lol:

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Nice one, Carbon.

 

near as we can tell, Outerridge is leading with a 3,1 Bergan behind him with a 1,3, and maybe Bora with a 6,2

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This has got to be one of the most annoying things ever!!! OK, maybe not, but the internet is killing me. Sean Trew just carted me across the lake in his Whaler to try to find a better signal from Stevensen, WA, but it was even slower than this one. This place has the connectivity of New Zealand.

 

 

Results attached.

2009_CST_Moth_Worlds.htm

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Looks like all the blogging, instant results, pictures coming out of Cascade Locks has taken down the internet? No news for a few hours...?

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Just lots to do.

 

Results and report here:

 

http://www.mothworlds2009.org/?q=node/38

 

 

===============

Nathan Outtridge Tops Fleet After Day 1, 2009 CST Composites Moth World Championships

 

Working the shifts was today’s mantra for Day 1 of the CST Composites Moth Worlds, sailed at Cascade Locks, Oregon. The race committee got four races off in predominantly flat water but a shifting breeze that made for tough calls throughout the day. Racing started at noon in about 12 kts, and built to 15 with gusts to 20 at the bottom mark by late afternoon.

 

Racing was consistently tight at the top of the fleet with the top five finishers battling it out all day. Top ten finishers: Nathan Outteridge (AUS) 8 points, Bora Gulari (USA) 12 points, Dalton Bergan (USA) 13 points, Simon Payne (GBR) 16 points, Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) 18 points, Rohan Veal (AUS) 21 points, Kevin Hall (NZL) 33 points, Rob Gough (AUS) 41 points, Andrew McDougall (AUS) 44 points, and Charlie McKee (USA) 44 points.

 

Today’s lighter air played well for boats, with few disabling breakages. Scott Babbage caught a DNF on Race 2, after his mast exploded as it hit the water on an unspectacular maneuver between races – reaching for his water bottle, which was unfortunate as he sailed a solid first race, and finished in the top five for both races 3 and 4.

 

Likewise for Gulari, who had a couple of spectacular starts, and in Race 3 had a solid one hundred yard advantage over the entire fleet coming into the first top mark rounding only to blow it as he missed a puff coming out of the mark and capsized. But boat speed has been his close ally this past week and he put the pedal down to finish 3rd in this race, almost making it past Payne who just got Gulari across the line.

 

 

FOR MORE DETAILS CHECK OUT … NOTES FROM THE BOATS

 

Bora Gulari (USA)

My first race I was winning pretty handily and just kind of had a brain fart at the bottom and capsized early on top of the finish line and let five boats go by. The next race I had a good one, got a second, the next race I won, and then the last race, I had a good battle with Nathan going up the first beat, I got the last few shifts, I think I had about a one hundred yard lead. I went around the weather mark and I was so anxious just to get going down the run just to get out of there, I eased my controls off, a puff hit and I literally got blown over and crashed into the offset mark – my face was up against the offset mark just as Nathan flew by yelling, “Circle, circle,” just adding salt to the wound at that point. I had to laugh. I did my turn and got back to third though. Some competitors were actually asking me if I did my circle, and I did! You can’t win a regatta on Day 1, but you can definitely lose it. I must have been about 12th at one point there, and I almost got second – getting all the way back up there was a huge accomplishment.

 

Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI)

It’s really nice racing. I’ve had good starts and the boat is going really great. I’ve just made some mistakes – a bad tack one time when I was having a problem trimming. I just keeping doing stupid stuff. The racing’s really tight, all the guys are going fast, you just miss one shift and three or four boats pass you, so nice competition. The conditions are hard because it’s very shifty, the puff’s seem to come from nowhere. It’s hard.

 

Nathan Outteridge (AUS)

I’ve just been staying in the right spots at the right time. I didn’t have a massive speed advantage, just stayed in the right spot and sailed relatively conservatively. It was really shifty as, so sometimes you had to be really risky to sail conservatively. But if you sailed too conservatively you’d get passed, so you had to have a plan and just stick to it, and if people pass you, be confident that you’ll get them back. Bora’s definitely going fast at the moment, the last two starts today were really good and he just got out of the blocks and caught a couple of good shifts and once he was in the lead he was doing a good job of staying in between us and the next mark and getting in phase. In the second race he was leading and at the top mark capsized on the spacer mark and had to take a turn so he reckons I owe him a burger or something. It’s awesome racing with this many boats at such a high level. Scott (Babbage) and I were just saying that if we could do this all the time, it would be incredible. We sail around with three boats at home, and we think that’s fun, but a fleet this size and mixing it up, it’s cool.

 

Simon Payne (GBR)

I’ve had a couple of good races today but the last race was frustrating. There were about six of us coming into the finish, Nathan was just in front, and it was so close and I just got into third place when the barge came past so there was a wind shadow and massive waves, Scotty just nose-dived and that put me back. Sometimes in this game you’re the pigeon and sometimes you’re the statue, right? But it will all come back and it was all great racing. What am I doing right? Well, I’m a lot lighter than everyone else – 65kgs – so have to work for every foot, so I’m sailing well downwind, getting out of the start ok, and the boat’s carrying me a little bit. Ideally we’ll get a little bit of everything in this regatta and if it goes light, I’ll be on fire.

 

Dalton Bergan (USA)

It’s been pretty good. I crumbled a little bit this afternoon. I capsized after my first tack off the line – bad sailing on my part - and in the last race I had a pretty bad start. I got tangled up with a couple of guys who were out of control and it was tight. What seems to be working for me … I have a pretty cool sail, made by Dan Kessler in Seattle. It seems to be working well and that’s helped. And, I haven’t had any breakdowns. The course is great, so is the racing.

 

Scott Babbage (AUS)

Describing his crash between Race 1 and 2: I was just getting a drink bottle between races and I tipped the boat over and the mast just exploded as it hit the water. The first race I didn’t do too well, I had a poor start and got boxed out at the boat end so I didn’t have enough time to get up to speed by the time the gun went so I was probably about 20 seconds late, behind the guys who got off first. I had to go back to shore for a new mast and sail, and went straight back out…only to find that they had called a break. Good workout.

 

Kevin Hall (NZL)

My races were okay. I got horrible starts in the first two races. In the first I tried to start right to windward of Nathan and that was a big mistake. He’d just got going and it was a really light spot and I eased my foils and suddenly everyone was gone. I had a lot of catch up to do but made it into the top ten so I was happy with that. It turns out I’m going better downwind at the moment and not so well upwind. Go figure, as soon as I work it out I’ll let you know! The second race was solid but not great. But the racing’s great, it’s so much fun. My gear seems to be working fine, but that being said I’ve been working pretty much flat-out since I got here a week ago to make sure the boat holds together but that’s just part of it. I tuned up a little with Bora before the start and that’s a good benchmark obviously. Dalton sailed really well today, and Nathan’s pretty handy so he’s always going to be there too.

 

Competitors and organizers would like to thank volunteers and sponsors of the CST Composite 2009 Moth World Championship. Stay tuned for daily reports. For schedule, competitors, results, and images, visit: http://www.mothworlds2009.org. Contact Nigel Oswald, event chairman, on +1-415-370-5755. Report by Michelle Slade, michelle@sladecommunications.com, ph. 415- 215-1521

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Nice job Nige. We spent the last three hours searching for some bandwidth on both sides of the river - both the event site and the hotel are more or less useless for uploading video, so we're trying to do better. Nige, Bill and the other CGRA folks have been as helpful as they can be, but the internet limits are real and very hard. Tomorrow we have another idea, and hopefully we'll be able to make it work.

 

I am uploading video from all day - it will take all night to upload so tomorrow you bored fuckers will get to watch everything we got from today, and hopefully tomorrow's action as well. Regardless, if we cannot get good video up we'll concentrate on text and picture updates and save the video posting for later.

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Nice job Nige. We spent the last three hours searching for some bandwidth on both sides of the river - both the event site and the hotel are more or less useless for uploading video, so we're trying to do better. Nige, Bill and the other CGRA folks have been as helpful as they can be, but the internet limits are real and very hard. Tomorrow we have another idea, and hopefully we'll be able to make it work.

 

I am uploading video from all day - it will take all night to upload so tomorrow you bored fuckers will get to watch everything we got from today, and hopefully tomorrow's action as well. Regardless, if we cannot get good video up we'll concentrate on text and picture updates and save the video posting for later.

 

 

Didn't they tell you that the internet connections suck there before you came? You need 5 laptops with wireless cards all doing one at a time....

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Nice job Nige. We spent the last three hours searching for some bandwidth on both sides of the river - both the event site and the hotel are more or less useless for uploading video, so we're trying to do better. Nige, Bill and the other CGRA folks have been as helpful as they can be, but the internet limits are real and very hard. Tomorrow we have another idea, and hopefully we'll be able to make it work.

 

I am uploading video from all day - it will take all night to upload so tomorrow you bored fuckers will get to watch everything we got from today, and hopefully tomorrow's action as well. Regardless, if we cannot get good video up we'll concentrate on text and picture updates and save the video posting for later.

 

 

Didn't they tell you that the internet connections suck there before you came? You need 5 laptops with wireless cards all doing one at a time....

Yeah, but then we got suckered by the light traffic on Sunday, when we had 800 kbps upload speeds - fast enough for live streaming video and quick uploads to Youtube. When the town woke up on Monday, the pipelines turned into tiny dribbles.

 

We'll figure something out. At least there are enough people doing their thing here that there is stuff to see.

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Sit tight - as people nod off to sleep, I get bandwidth back, and all my videos get up. Lots of good action - I promise!

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Front Page includes the Blog Wars post, above, as well as this:

 

 

Bug Wars

 

As top mothies Scott Babbage wrote on his blog Sunday (see below), “the bullshit stops when the flag drops.” And drop it did, on the first day of the 2009 CST International Moth World Championships from the beautiful, breezy Columbia River Gorge. When the dust cleared after a full four races (each taking around 25 minutes) in 10-20 knots on Day 1, Nathan Outteridge's speed and smarts left him with a nice 4-point jump on Bora Gulari, with Dalton Bergan and Simon Payne just behind.

 

With some real parity at the very front of the fleet, it's worthwhile to note that Gulari gave away a full 7 points on two capsizes where, in both cases, he was leading by a good clip - something we've seen before from the Detroit sailor with the USAF star on the hull of his Mach 2. He bit it at the pin end of the finish of Race 1: “I just lost distance perception of the finish boat and anchor line, and gave myself nowhere to go,” said Bora. He went from first to fifth on that one. His second capsize was at the top mark, when he literally slapped the reach buoy with his face. Bora may be the fastest mothie on Earth - but only when he's right side up.

 

Outteridge is fast in all conditions and extremely smart on the course, making few errors, while team mate Rohan Veal is at the bottom of this extremely fast group - whether from boat issues or something else, we don't yet know. Babbage would be with them but for a shattered mast tip that sent him to shore between races.

 

You would be hard pressed to find more beautiful sailing conditions anywhere - with plenty of sun, awesome scenery, and 10 knots building to 16 with much bigger puffs on the course, it's like a mini Lake Garda, well - almost. What makes this place great - pure sailing with no distractions - also makes life tough. There are few places to get even the most basic food in Cascade Locks, and it seems that high-speed internet simply never made it here. Our On-The-Water Anarchy report from the course looked so promising yesterday when we had enough bandwidth to live stream the practice race, but today, something happened; people started using their computers. And town-wide, the internet slowed way, way down - and that was the end of our live coverage...

 

So we'll continue to some of today's awesome video as well as pictures and interviews with everyone, including Bora crashing at the mark, Lindsey Bergan doing the same thing and then getting wrapped up in the anchor line, and a good chat with Morgan Larson this afternoon, and you can catch up tomorrow morning before racing starts. Assuming the web situation doesn't improve, we'll feed you text and pictures during the day, and upload the video in the evening.

 

The racing is so exciting, but different here than anything else we cover, and it is killing us not to be able to share it with you better - Be sure to check our progress in the On-The-Water Anarchy thread here, brought to you by Mach 2 Boats and Point Loma Outfitting.

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Good Morning! Shit finally uploaded while I slept...

 

Race 1 Finish:

 

 

 

Race 1 Finish Second Group

 

 

 

Scott Babbage tries to fix his rig after Race 1

 

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Bora and Charlie McKee come in during lunch break:

 

 

 

Matt Noble rocketing downwind on the way to Race 3:

 

 

 

 

Andrew McDougall doing it too:

 

 

 

 

Race 3 Start - Ignore the fact that I am about to kill our driver for just a second, and the shaky camera.

 

 

 

 

Race 3 Top Mark

 

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Fun stuff from Simon Payne:

 

TUESDAY, 11 AUGUST 2009

Day 1 at the Moth Worlds

The girl at breakfast wasn't really concentrating, Even as I repeated myself it was clear she had that "am I bovvered" look written all over her, and at my third attempt of ordering she looked again uncomprehendingly at me and said " do you speak English?"

 

"I am fucking English" I replied without adding anything insulting.

 

It was then I knew I was in for an interesting day.

 

 

 

Me and Nathan downwind.... photo ThMartinez/Sea&Co http://www.thmartinez.com

 

It was great actually! When you're my size you have to work hard in this breeze. Today I was reminded that sailing requires lots of water, mainly perspiration. Anyway, always best to work while you have the light and I had a few good starts, decent beats and buggered up a few windward mark approaches. I had problems keeping the cams on and had two off at one stage on the run. Convinced that this was slow I actually gained a place.

 

Most intense moment was gybing and getting putting my tiller extension between the outhaul rope and clew on the sail. Extracating myself was fairly hard.

 

 

Bora gybing, photo ThMartinez/Sea&Co http://www.thmartinez.com

 

Putting the cam back on downwind was easier than I expected, because I expected to capsize and get my head stuck somewhere in the shrouds.

 

But it was close racing! And its hard not to just enjoy it, Christ, people dream of this and we are doing it, I'm counting my blessings and keeping things in perspective, Sometimes I find it quite spiritual out there, looking at the scenery before the start and stuff. I'm not really religious but I find it a damn site easier sitting in my Moth thinking about God than sitting in a church thinking about my Moth.

 

It was medium conditions, maybe 18 knots at the end and in the gusts. Nathan had the best of the day, Bora did well and so did Dalton. I'm lying fourth and Arnaud is fifth. Scott and I were royally fucked by the barge that came through, due to the wind shadow and wake, and where we should have crossed in 2nd and 3rd in the last race, we didn't. The races are only about 25 minutes long, but thats enough, this is tough racing, the games moved on.

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Hey Clean or any of you smart Bug guys,

 

Why does Bora seem to fly higher than most of the others? Just personal preference or does he know something the rest of them dont? What are the benefits/drawbacks of being so far out of the water

 

Loving the bugs and the coverage. More pics of the hot chick with the camera :)

 

MS

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Best quote from Scott's blog entry: "Like 49er racing at twice the speed"

 

Not exactly the day I was after on day 1 of the Worlds. Lucky there are are another 11 races to go.

 

First race was pretty tough. A poor start pinned out at the boat end meant I couldn’t accelerate, so I was a bit back from the bunch off the line. I picked my way through into the top 10, but went up and down a fair bit to cross in 7th. Not so flash, but not too bad.

 

Between races I stopped by one of the photographer boats to pick up a water bottle, and when I capsized the tip broke on my rig. I heard a crack when it went down, and it wasn’t even a hard capsize, but it was enough to blow up my new, and pretty quick rig.

 

I disassembled the boat in the middle of the startline, and ended up putting it upside down on the front of the RIB so I could get in as fast as possible and change rigs for the 3rd race.

 

From landing on the shore to leaving again was about 8 minutes I think. Not a bad turnaround.

 

But now I only have the unused M351 and the Mach2 tree trunk of a rig to get me through. I was quite liking how quick the other combination was. Anyway, not much you can do about that. Not exactly a great way to start an event.

 

Character building.

 

So after 2 races, they send us in for lunch. My quick turnaround wasn’t really necessary. I went into the afternoon session back in 24th place.

 

The afternoon was a bit better. But incredibly close racing. Places were changing constantly, tack to tack, gybe to gybe. Changing so much that I can’t really remember which work was which.

 

In the 3rd race of the day, the breeze was pretty puffy. I was just off Nathan and Simon down the first run, when Simon takes the tiller and main in one hand, and stands up to put the second cam back on the mast, all when doing 20 knots. That effort deserved the win, but he didn’t quite get it.

 

The top bunch was gybing on the front of the pressure all the way down the track. Gybe after gybe after gybe. Crossing ahead, then behind. I just held out Arnaud at the finish line by a second to take 5th. Bora, Simon, Nathan, Rohan then me. I overlaid the top mark in the last rounding by about 20m, and that put me just out of touch of Rohan and Nathan. Damn. So much work to get there only to stuff up.

 

The next race was worse. I pulled away with about 25 seconds to go to find a gap to leeward, only to load up and put the bow in. By the time I got it back under control I was underlaid and had to tack through to thread the needle on port. Charlie nailed it on port at the pin, and I punched through lower down. Not good, but not too bad. Again I picked my way through the fleet upwind, and rounded in a reasonable spot behind Brad. A good downwind then a great upwind put me back in contention. I lifted into the top mark layline on port, held my breath and put myself through the boatlength gap between Rohan and Dalton belting in on starboard.

 

 

Down the run I took better pressure across the middle, and put myself into 2nd. With 10m to go, I held 2nd from Simon, but a set of waves put up by the passing barge meant I planted the nose in a big hole just after the final gybe. In the 5 or so seconds it took to re-foil, Dalton, Bora and Arnaud had blasted through ahead.

 

Fark!

 

So the first day is down with a 7, DNS, 5, 5. I’m in 14th spot overall, way way back off the leading scores. There’s a long way to go though – at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

 

Nathan leads from Bora and Dalton. The top 7 or so boats are incredibly close. As Nathan mentioned, just like tight 49er racing at almost double the speed. The quality of this fleet is just awesome. It would be ideal to put this group of sailors together for an event like this every 3 months. The standard would be just so high.

 

The adrenaline is still pumping hours after we got off the water, and it wasn’t even that windy.

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Hey Clean or any of you smart Bug guys,

 

Why does Bora seem to fly higher than most of the others? Just personal preference or does he know something the rest of them dont? What are the benefits/drawbacks of being so far out of the water

 

Loving the bugs and the coverage. More pics of the hot chick with the camera :)

 

MS

The ultimate goal, MS, is to ride as high as possible without coming out of the water. The less foil in the water, the less drag, meaning the more speed. But just like sailing on a monohull with a narrow vs. wide trim groove, riding very high gives you very little room for errors. When the waves pick up, they have to ride lower or the foils come out of the water in between waves, with expected results (SPLASH).

 

Here's Dalton Bergan, whose wife Lindsay is the only chick in the fleet, as well as being Bill Buchan's daughter. Met Bill and his wife yesterday spectating from the bleachers. what a cool dude and a big fan of SA.

 

 

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We're in postponement right now, MUCH lighter air then yesterday, maybe 5 knots. Should make a VERY interesting day!

 

We will be posting commentary and mark roundings and finishing order from our RIB, and then after the second race will run to shore to load pics and video. Thanks to sa'er Kanaka we may have our live stream set up from the water after tomorrow's lay day.

 

Thanks for watching!

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We're in postponement right now, MUCH lighter air then yesterday, maybe 5 knots. Should make a VERY interesting day!

 

We will be posting commentary and mark roundings and finishing order from our RIB, and then after the second race will run to shore to load pics and video. Thanks to sa'er Kanaka we may have our live stream set up from the water after tomorrow's lay day.

 

Thanks for watching!

 

 

will these moth's foil out of the water in 5 knots?

 

i think these things are cool as shit.

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Bora, Nathan, and a few more go back to clear their start, and in the light air scott babbage leads at the top mark, followed by simon payne, and dalton bergan! Go the string beans!

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Yeah, they'll foil if you're light enough, fc. They really are amazing- 1.5 mile course in less than 30 mins?

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Yeah, they'll foil if you're light enough, fc. They really are amazing- 1.5 mile course in less than 30 mins?

 

 

thanks for the update. wasn't sure if they would or not in such light air.

 

any idea where k. hall is standing in this race?

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Finish:

 

Simon Payne

Scott babbage

Arnaud psarofaghis

Nathan

Dalton bergan

Charlie mckee

Andrew macdougall

Rohan veal

Rob gough

Bora gulari

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Seriously whacked conditions, on the left, the breeze is coming from oregon while on the right its coming from washington. 40 degree variation from one side of the line to the other!

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Race 4 Start:

 

 

Great chat with George Peet:

 

 

 

 

And the granddaddy - the ultimate warrior, Andrew "Amac" Mcdougall.

 

 

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