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International Moth UK Championship 2015 Final overall

2015 International Moth UK Championship – Final overall

Chris Rashley – 2015 International Moth UK National Championship© Mark Jardine / IMCAUK

International Moth UK National Championship 2015 – The final day didn’t provide the glamorous conditions of the previous two days, but the Stokes Bay Race Team, led by Principal Race Officer Mike Rayden, managed to complete the full series in marginal foiling conditions.

With Chris Rashley clearly out in front, the battle for second place overall was hot – just six points separated five boats going into the final day.

In the end Ben Paton just pipped Jason Belben thanks to a third place in the final race. The pair ended equal on points but Paton’s greater number of second place results gave him the runners-up spot on the podium.

Ben was focused today and blitzed off the line to lead half of the first race, only for Rashley to overhaul him on the second lap. Ben said after the racing, ‘I had a tricky start to the event, two discards in my first two races, so I felt a bit under pressure but it made me work really hard and I was really pleased to go out today and do what I did. I wasn’t always in a strong position around the windward mark but I managed to fight, even though my legs and arms were in absolute agony. I managed a third in the final race which I’m really pleased about.’

Jason Belben was pragmatic about losing out to Ben on count-back, ‘I thought it was going to be difficult today and I went out there with a positive attitude, but I was very pleased with what I came back with to be honest. The first two races today I was really chuffed with and I only messed up the last one unfortunately. I think the event has gone very well, we’ve managed to get 12 races in and they’ve been good, solid races. The weather’s been ideal, we couldn’t have wished for more.’

Jason said on Ronstan’s sponsorship of the event, ‘The Ronstan product suits the Moth ideally so we’re always going to be involved with these sorts of events.’

The fleet has gone through a lot since the Moth Nationals were last held at Stokes Bay and Jason reflected on the quality of the racing throughout the fleet, ‘I think if you compare it to last time we were here, which was about four years ago, there was a big spread then, but you can see how the whole boat has developed and the people sailing it have got used to waves and everyone’s come closer together and we’re all using similar equipment now. There’s not a lot of difference in boat speed now.’

Chris Rashley continued his blistering form to make it 11 wins from 12 races, with just the slight blemish of his second place in race one, but with two discards in the event he was still discarding a first place.

Chris said after racing, ‘It feels great, when I came into the regatta I felt I was going to be really pushed to win the event, but I went out there to try and keep it simple and ended up coming through to the front by the end of most of the races.’

The next regatta for Chris and a number of the British sailors is the European Championship in Holland. Chris, who has won the Europeans title four times, said, ‘It’s a big event for me to try and win it five times, I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been done before from looking at the trophy at home. It’ll be a big challenge for me to try and win that but at the same time I think you’ve got to be realistic, everyone’s working really hard and people will be getting better and certainly catching me at this event. There are a few things going on in development at the moment which will hopefully give me a little bit of a gain in the next month to six weeks but that’s really all the time I’ve got before the event. It’s a little bit last-minute but I’m just going to rely on my sailing ability to pull me through.’

Worldwide, the antipodeans still hold the upper hand, with a Pete Burling master-class at the 2015 Worlds in Sorrento. Chris said on closing the gap to Pete, ‘If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about Moth sailing it’s about how good people are at keeping the boat going at 95 to 100% of its capability whilst racing and Pete is incredible at that, he shows that in the 49er and he shows that in anything else he’s touched really. He’s extremely good at keeping the boat in the groove and when I sailed against him in the worlds he was in a different league to me. I had some issues during the worlds and I think I would have been a little bit closer had we been racing each other this week, and I would have liked to have thought I could have taken a few races off him, but he’s a long way ahead of everyone else.’

Ricky Tagg and Graham Simmonds, who have done a lot organising events for the UK Moth class, reflected on a successful championship. Ricky said, ‘I think overall it’s been a very good event, it’s great that we got all the scheduled races in. We’ve had winds from marginal foiling to good solid breeze with waves, so I think anybody who wins here or does well is truly worthy of the title, bearing in mind the different conditions we’ve had to contend with.’

On the quality of the UK fleet Ricky said, ‘There have been a number of innovations over the last two to three years which have percolated all the way down the fleet, so people now have the relevant controls, which means that everyone can race the boat harder. People are practicing more and you’re seeing much tighter racing throughout the fleet – everybody’s racing rather than just trying to stay on the boat.’

Graham added to this by saying, ‘I think the main difference in the two and a half years is we’ve had a shift away from Australian-based development to UK-based development, obviously with the introduction of the Maguire Exocet, which is now competitive in all conditions.’

Ricky concluded on this with advice for anyone wanting to join the Moth fleet, ‘Go to the UK website and drop us an email through the contact page and we’ll be happy to help anyone to get into the class.’

At the prize-giving, the competitors and organisers thanked the race committee, club staff, catering staff, bar staff and the sponsors who have kindly supported this event; Noble Marine, Ronstan and Blueteq.

Full results

Rank Sail No Bow Helm Club Net Pts
1 4 41 Chris Rashley Stokes Bay SC & Royal London YC 10
2 3982 37 Ben Paton Lymington Town SC 33
3 3942 4 Jason Belben Stokes Bay SC 33
4 4208 15 Dylan Fletcher WPNSA 36
5 4147 34 Mike Lennon Hayling Island SC 38
6 4097 14 Rory Fitzpatrick NYC / RIYC 61
7 4309 36 James McMillan Gurnard SC / Stokes Bay SC 76
8 4040 24 Dan Henderson Stokes Bay SC 82
9 4251 56 Dan Ward Frensham Pond / Stokes Bay SC 90
10 4062 23 Jonathan Heathcote Stokes Bay SC 91
11 4099 54 Ricky Tagg Hayling Island SC 100
12 4115 25 David Hivey Datchet Water SC 122
13 3979 12 Dan Ellis Yealm YC 145
14 4301 10 John Clifton Homeless 149
15 3940 8 Penny Clark Stokes Bay SC 153
16 4144 17 Fabien Froesch SNG 161
17 4074 6 Eelco Boers WV Roerkoning 167
18 4149 26 Ollie Holden Hayling Island SC 170
19 4189 30 Phillip Kasermann SNG 177
20 4037 45 Jason Russell Hayling Island SC 201
21 4075 40 Doug Pybus Queen Mary SC 204
22 4060 3 Neil Baker Hayling Island SC 218
23 4096 38 Tim Penfold Hayling Island SC 223
24 3776 47 Philippe Schiller SNG 233
25 4067 51 Cameron Stewart Hayling Island SC 244
26 4277 21 Jeremy Hartley Stokes Bay SC 249
27 4100 31 Alex Koukourakis Eastbourne Sov SC 260
28 3959 1 Alex Adams Castle Cove SC 261
29 4121 60 James Phare Queen Mary SC 268
30 3943 11 Richard Edwards Parkstone YC 273
31 3922 52 Kyle Stoneham Thorpe Bay YC 276
32 4299 9 Chris Clarke Thorpe Bay YC 287
33 4065 44 Anthony Rezzoug ASNQ 304
34 4043 33 Matthew Lea Grafham Water SC 308
35 4072 32 Tom Lambert Wilsonian SC 322
36 4344 22 Ross Harvey Hayling Island SC 329
37 4049 18 Giovanni Galeotti RYCB 335
38 4280 57 Constantijn Weber WSV Muiderberg 341
39 4233 27 Dominic Hutton Queen Mary SC 343
40 3715 29 Chris Jeeves Homeless 390
41 412 2 Leigh Albrecht Queen Mary SC 393
42 3674 20 Simon Grundy Homeless 402
43 4307 42 Hans Rasmussen Troense Badelaug 405
44 3914 16 Ole Frey Sonderborg YC 410
45 4162 35 Steve McLean Hayling Island SC / LSC 417
46 3794 5 Menno Berens Marina Muiderzand 434
47 3924 39 Robert Pike Eastbourne Sov SC 440
48 4281 53 Nic Streatfeild Rutland SC 454
49 3190 55 Chris Tilbrook Starcross YC 464
50 3945 7 Eddie Bridle Brightlingsea SC 479
51 3756 28 Andrew Jarvis Oxford SC 483
52 4254 49 David Smithwhite Hayling Island SC 485
53 3980 48 Graham Simmonds Hayling Island SC 488
54 4343 46 James Sainsbury Grafham Water SC 501
55 4126 58 Luka Dogan Marina Kastela 501
56 3870 59 Eddie Gatehouse Hayling Island SC 502
57 3720 50 Bruce Spratt Thorpe Bay YC 504
58= 398 61 Cameron Harris Parkstone YC 600
58= 3131 43 Guy Raynes Weston SC 600


by Mark Jardine

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