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.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

KA Sails Australian Moth National Titles - Update

So today is the lay day and I finally have some time to sit down and fill you in on whats been happening.  I must say we have picked an exceptional day for the lay day, with a leisurely 59.3knot recorded at the yacht club at eight o'clock this morning.

Most of the results have been covered by Simon and he even managed to beat me too getting the first of our videos out, which I'll still add below.  I also have racing from day two to go up below.  Stay tuned for plenty more of them, coming shortly.

Rog Gough - Revelling in the conditions

I'll give a brief run down of how things have gone so far.  Day 1 saw the invition race sailed in light, mostly non foiling conditions, where Jack Sherring, the lightest sailor in the fleet took the win.  After an hour or so of waiting the race committee started race 1 in non foiling conditions, knowing that the breeze was building.  By the top mark a number of the leading boats found themselves cartwheeling before they got to the clearance bouy, in what was now a 15-18 knot westerly with waves quickly growing.  For many this moment was their first introduction to a 'real' wave.  I won't go through all the results, but needless to say that all the regulars are dominating, although it should be said that Rob Gough is loving the rough conditions and can be quoted as saying 'bring on more waves'.

Amac - Doing well in the waves

On the first night KA Sails support of the event meant the competitors were able to relax with some free food and beer, which helped num the bruising.

Day two presented more waves and even more wind in the beginning of the day.  Some boats went out, however it was quickly determined that conditions were un-sailable.  Eventually the postponement flag came down and racing commenced.  Conditions were lightning off, making life tough with the swell that was still rolling in.  Upwind it wasn't uncommon to see boats cartwheeling with the trough being so large the wands were flicking forward and driving the boat under the next wave.

Day three saw more of the same, with waves being a little more confused, particularly at the top end of the course.  Racing was challenging and as the breeze grew to nearly 20 knots only half the fleet made it to the finish line in the race six.  Race seven was started, however before the bulk of the fleet made it to the top mark the race was cancelled as a squall came through and made conditions un-sailable.

Joe Turner - Not loving the waves here

Tuesday night saw a lay day eve function at the club, again proudly sponsored by KA Sails, where the competitors were treated to a sit down meal.  There is bound to be plenty of people wearing a nice hangover today.

On another note we had the agm today and Wangi is hosting the nationals next year.  Seems like dejavu given it's on Lake Macquarie, venue of last years nationals.  I'm sure they will put on a great regatta, we're all looking forward to it.

Video won't link properly yet but can be found at  Day 2 of racing

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