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David Hivey at the International Moth European Championship 2018 in Borstahusen, Sweden - photo © Martina Orsini
David Hivey at the International Moth European Championship 2018 in Borstahusen, Sweden - photo © Martina Orsini

International Moth European Championship

International Moth European Championship at Borstahusens Segelsällskap

It’s been a long time coming…

Last week saw over 65 moth sailors descend on the small sleepy fishing village of Borstahusen in southern Sweden. Perhaps uncharted waters for the Moth class however near perfect conditions prevailed all week and the club provided fantastic hospitality – many thought the food was the best they have ever had at any sailing event and the Moth class certain are a hungry bunch after six hours on the water!

Day one was probably the most testing with short wavy conditions causing most of the fleet to pitch pole at least once as the thermal enhanced breeze built from the north to a steady 15-18 knts. Carlo de Paoli on his standard Lennon mast combo won the first two races followed by Dave Hivey with his Lennon decksweeper who won the third, putting them on equal points. This was going to be a close competition….and a long one with twenty races scheduled over five days! Main aim was to keep a cool head with the well-deserved beer after racing strategically placed at the top of the slipway by the hosting club (nice touch!)

Day two dawned with less breeze and overcast. Was the thermal going to increase again like the previous couple of days or not? With a 5 hour postponement the fleet waited ashore keeping entertained by the usual debates; was a decksweeper faster or not and what foil should we go out on if we were to go? 3 o’clock came and the fleet were sent out for 3 almost perfect races in 12-15 knots before the breeze died.

Lots of foil changes later across the fleet with the changing breeze, Dave manages another 2 race wins and the other going to Paul Gliddon (shortened North rig), taking his first ever moth race win. The top three – Dave, Carlo and Paul now were close on points with Tom Offer (Lennon decksweeper), Adriano Petrino (KA decksweeper), Benoit Marie (Custom decksweeper) and Andreas John (Lennon standard) all making some appearance as top three finishers.

Day three racing started on time and with a much lighter breeze, the weed in the water became a real issue and many of the fleet were forcing capsizes to clear the grass like clumps off their foils. The unavoidable weed clumps forced a pretty quick de-acceleration from foiling to low riding.

Carlo de Paoli at the International Moth European Championship 2018 in Borstahusen, Sweden © Martina Orsini

Carlo de Paoli at the International Moth European Championship 2018 in Borstahusen, Sweden © Martina Orsini

The only solution was to foil as high as you dare to stay above most of the weed, and try to clear weed on a tack. Lighter sailor Paul Gliddon managed to stay in pressure and took a comfortable win in the first race, before the thermal kicked in again and weed seemed to become less of an issue for the fleet.

Dave then managed another two race wins, with the last going to Carlo. Dave was on a roll and the question was, with only half the scheduled races completed, could he win his first Moth event after four years? Back in the pack the fight for first youth was starting to get tight with Alexander Ringstad and Jacob Clasen only a few points away from each other.

Day four turned out to be another four-race day and with another 10-15 knots the fleet was getting tired. Physical fitness is key and even the race winners were starting to feel it. Benoit Marie made a pretty awesome comeback having had a few sketchy races at the start of the week winning three of the four races. Dave took another win, and the 1st Female race was getting closer with Emma Gravare closing the gap on Josie Gliddon. But perhaps it was all too late….

Final day of racing wasn’t looking good whichever weather model the sailors looked at and whilst PO, the race officer, did his best to get a race going it was just not going to be. Day’s four results stood and finally Dave managed to be crowned European Champion!

Massive thanks to the club and event sponsors for a well organised championship and to Martina Orsini for the incredible photos taken during the event.

Overall Results:

Pos Nat Sail No Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 Pts
1st GBR 4542 David Hivey ‑3 2 1 1 2 1 ‑6 1 1 2 2 1 2 3 19
2nd ITA 4180 Carlo de Paoli 1 1 4 3 5 6 3 3 2 1 3 ‑10 4 ‑7 36
3rd GBR 4309 Paul Gliddon 4 4 3 4 1 2 1 4 7 7 6 11 ‑14 ‑14 54
4th GBR 4548 Tom Offer 2 7 6 2 7 ‑26 ‑21 11 9 4 5 3 5 6 67
5th FRA 7 benoit marie 5 (67 2 ‑40 3 28 27 2 4 3 1 2 1 1 79
6th SUI 4404 Adriano Petrino (67 3 7 6 9 4 10 7 8 11 11 4 8 ‑20 88
7th GER 4047 Andreas John 11 ‑21 ‑18 14 10 3 12 13 10 5 8 5 6 2 99
8th GER 4417 Maximilian Mäge ‑27 12 12 15 12 5 7 6 5 10 ‑17 9 9 10 112
9th JPN 3989 Hiroki Goto 8 6 8 5 13 25 4 ‑29 (67 8 7 7 18 15 124
10th SUI 4275 philippe schiller 6 10 14 12 ‑28 8 ‑31 8 6 13 12 15 27 19 150
11th SWE 4508 Danny Inkyov (67 8 10 20 6 15 ‑24 16 11 12 18 8 20 17 161
12th UAE 4312 Chris Graham (67 9 11 9 14 11 16 20 15 ‑22 16 12 12 21 166
13th FIN 3851 Erik Lindahl 14 11 13 (67 (67 DNC 2 5 12 16 9 13 10 12 184
14th GER 4049 Fabian Gielen (67 (67 DNS 7 4 45 9 26 3 6 4 14 3 4 192
15th AUT 3799 Maximilian Stelzl 20 5 17 ‑24 15 9 20 17 24 9 20 18 ‑33 22 196
16th AUT 4511 Michael Schönleitner 7 24 20 ‑25 ‑31 24 17 19 14 20 15 6 23 11 200
17th FIN 4087 Thomas Castren 9 22 22 17 30 12 22 15 19 ‑39 22 19 32 ‑34 241
18th GBR 4544 Matthew Lea 12 25 33 22 19 10 52 14 (67 (67 10 24 11 18 250
19th SWE 4330 Stefan Järudd 23 16 ‑43 21 20 23 37 9 13 18 28 (67 16 28 252
20th NOR 4328 Alexander Ringstad (67 18 15 (67 11 7 45 39 17 17 38 17 21 9 254
21st GER 3975 Jacob Clasen 22 27 16 18 26 ‑37 11 ‑37 23 19 14 33 24 23 256
22nd AUS 4101 Andrew Sim 10 13 28 16 33 19 14 25 20 24 29 ‑35 28 ‑37 259
23rd ITA 4270 Fabio Fumagalli 18 ‑39 19 11 24 14 ‑36 18 18 35 34 29 15 32 267
24th GRE 4104 George Boussoulas 16 20 24 13 21 30 26 21 25 26 26 ‑38 37 ‑49 285
25th SWE 4305 Martin Wigforss ‑39 34 31 38 18 ‑39 19 24 35 14 13 21 25 16 288
26th SUI 4393 Philip Käsermann 24 40 23 10 22 22 38 33 22 25 25 25 (67 ‑46 309
27th GBR 4492 Nic Streatfeild (67 23 30 19 29 32 15 43 ‑45 41 23 32 19 5 311
28th GBR 3979 James Ross 19 19 21 (67 27 18 32 ‑40 30 30 30 26 39 33 324
29th FIN 4371 Jyrki Taiminen 38 (67 (67 30 16 29 39 12 26 15 33 37 26 24 325
30th NED 3794 Menno Berens 30 ‑31 26 31 23 20 29 30 27 29 ‑32 31 28.3 28.2 332.5
31st SUI 4152 Guillaume Rigot 13 (67 (67 29 DNC 13 41 10 28 34 27 20 29 40 351
32nd BEL 3915 Morgan Good 15 37 ‑42 (67 34 17 13 27 36 36 39 40 40 25 359
33rd GBR 4562 Craig Burlton (67 (67 DNS DPI 17 36 34 48 37 48 42 16 17 8 401
34th FIN 4526 Sami Jokinen 26 28 25 37 35 35 33 ‑47 33 38 36 42 41 ‑51 409
35th GBR 4096 Josie Gliddon 34 30 32 26 40 38 23 44 31 31 43 ‑47 ‑49 42 414
36th FRA 4065 anthony rezzoug 29 15 27 (67 (67 DNS 51 42 29 DNC 21 27 13 27 415
37th SWE 4252 Emma Grävare 41 38 35 32 39 ‑46 ‑42 35 40 27 31 34 36 39 427
38th FIN 4069 Sampsa Hyysalo 21 26 29 23 49 (67 54 50 44 23 48 30 (67 31 428
39th GER 3684 Sven Kloppenburg 33 33 41 (67 36 42 8 49 46 45 41 ‑50 31 30 435
40th SWE 4112 Rasmus Rosengren (67 (67 DNS DNS DNF 50 5 23 DNC 28 24 22 7 13 440
41st SWE 4291 Jonatan Bergström ‑49 48 (67 34 42 40 28 22 43 44 47 28 35 44 455
42nd FIN 4574 Lauri Kääpä 43 46 37 (67 (67 31 50 32 21 32 40 39 44 54 469
43rd GER 4377 CARLO MAEGE 37 (67 (67 35 32 21 44 54 DNC 33 35 48 34 36 476
44th ITA 4399 Riccardo Giuliano 32 36 36 28 41 ‑49 ‑56 45 41 46 46 45 46 45 487
45th FIN 4403 Antti Keurulainen 36 29 34 (67 50 (67 46 34 39 42 53 56 45 26 490
46th SWE 3770 Gustav Theander 46 47 (67 (67 48 16 35 53 38 43 44 44 42 43 499
47th NED 3623 Roald Verschuure 28 42 39 36 43 (67 ‑55 36 42 37 45 49 50 52 499
48th ITA 4491 Marco Lanulfi (67 14 5 8 8 27 40 (67 DNC DNC 67 DNC DNC 67 504
49th NED 4408 Eelco Boers 17 17 9 (67 25 34 43 58 (67 DNC 67 DNC DNC 67 538
50th FIN 3882 Juhani Pulkkinen 35 35 (67 39 45 43 49 ‑55 48 49 52 51 47 53 546
51st CRO 4126 Luka Dogan 31 32 38 (67 (67 DNS 67 46 51 DNC 37 43 43 38 560
52nd SWE 4363 Magnus Lövdén 25 41 (67 (67 DNS DNS 67 RET DNC DNC 19 23 22 29 561
53rd FRA 4072 Madeos Ciret‑Le 50 (67 (67 DNS DNS DNS 67 28 16 21 54 46 38 47 568
54th GER 397 Franziska Mäge 45 44 (67 (67 44 44 18 31 32 53 67 DNC DNC 67 579
55th SWE 4231 Ola Persson 52 (67 (67 DNS 47 48 30 51 50 47 49 53 48 41 583
56th ITA 4209 Michele Trimarchi 51 (67 (67 DNS 38 41 53 38 DNC DNC 67 41 30 48 608
57th SWE 4353 Joakim Wiklund 44 45 (67 (67 46 51 25 57 DNC DNC 50 OCS 51 50 620
58th SUI 4031 Yvo Duerr 40 (67 (67 DNS 51 47 67 56 47 50 56 55 54 55 645
59th GBR 4554 David Smithwhite 42 (67 (67 33 37 33 67 41 DNC DNC 67 DNC DNC 67 655
60th SWE 4253 Magnus Grävare 47 43 40 (67 (67 DNS 67 DNS DNC DNC 51 52 52 35 655
61st SWE 4264 Michael Magnerius 54 (67 (67 41 52 DNC 67 60 52 52 57 58 55 57 672
62nd FRA 97 Lisa Scheigert 53 (67 (67 DNS DNS DNS 47 59 49 51 55 54 53 56 678
63rd GER 3259 Gerold Pauler 56 (67 (67 DNS DNS DNS 67 52 34 54 58 57 56 58 693
64th GBR 3169 Arthur Chabernuad 55 (67 (67 DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS 53 40 59 36 DNC 67 712
65th FRA 407 Morgane Suquaet (67 (67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 48 61 DNC DNC 67 DNC DNC 67 779
66th IRL 4517 Rory Fitzpatrick 48 (67 (67 DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNC DNC 67 DNC DNC 67 785

Women’s Results: (top three)

1st Josie Gliddon GBR
2nd Emma Gravare SWE
3rd Franziska Mage GER

Youth Results: (top three)

1st Alexander Ringstad NOR
2nd Jacob Clasen GER
3rd Morgan Good BEL

Full Results at motheuropeans2018.com/#/41facf35-5017-4b87-8794-669c6f578b84/results

by J Gliddon

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