The National Titles will be from January 8th to the 13th at Mornington Yacht Club on Victoria's spectacular Mornington Peninsula, situated on Port Phillip Bay. The waters off Mornington provide a fantastic variety of conditions and launching is out of a sheltered harbour, perfect for sailing a moth.

Monday, 9 January 2012

KA Sail 2012 Australian Moth National Titles = Carnage

I have to apologise for the delayed post, turns out being one of the organisers, sailing and providing the press releases is quite time consuming.

Mornington has turned on some very challenging conditions for the sailors over the first two days and the forecast for day 3 is no different.  I would go as far as to say that I'm not aware of any major regatta in the foiling era of the moth class has seen waves of this nature.  As a class the vast majority of it's sailors have become accustomed to sailing in relatively flat water where they can just 'send it!'  Do that on Port Phillip Bay in a westerly and you may last 2-3 waves, but you won't get past the 4th without ending up five feet in front of the boat.  It has taught the visiting fleet a new way to sail a moth, where they have to stall the boat to survive the large waves and sail aggressively for a safe avenue downwind.

Simon has already got his hands on the results and filled in some of the details so I won't repeat it, except to say that I will post further updates shortly.

We are very fortunate to have Drift Media on board who are the crew who covered the worlds at Belmont, so footage should start coming through VERY soon.

In the short term if you want some pics and more info check out the Australian


  1. Carlos Scheibler10 January 2012 at 07:17

    Hello, I am very interested in the Moth class, but I have a doubt.
    How many degrees he sailed against the wind? By looking at the video, seems to be an angle less than 45 °.
    Please send the information to


    Carlos Scheibler

  2. Leigh, this may be the windiest foiling Moth regatta, but ask Stray and Andrew Lechte about the '87 Worlds in Largs Bay. That was equally momentus, as it was the regatta that put the final nail in the scow coffin. Won by "the man of steel" Steve Shimeld in a skiff, the regatta consisted of 2 light races and seemingly one other race that blew 30 knots for rest of the 2 week regatta. The local sailmaker was inundated with Moth sailors coming up with new and novel ways of cutting down sails for the regatta.
    (3077 Excitable Boy)