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International Moth UK Nationals 2015 – Day 3

Moth UK National Championship 2015 – While the rest of the Solent was filled with yachts going around the Isle of Wight, the International Moth fleet were enjoying Stokes Bay at its very best. Four fantastic races were held in cracking conditions.

Chris Rashley continued his extraordinary run with four more bullets to repeat his perfect scoreline from yesterday. Today though was less straightforward as Chris explained, ‘It was a tougher day for me, I didn’t get off the line quite as cleanly as I did yesterday and I made a couple of mistakes on the starts which put me back a little bit but I fought back through, so today was a much tougher day for me, but I think I sailed better today than yesterday.’

On where he made his gains Chris said, ‘I’ve been working hard on downwind and I’m definitely the pace-setter, there’s no doubt about that, and it’s making my life easier for the next beat.’

On his tactics for the final day Chris continued, ‘I only need one race out of three, but I want to win all the races. I lost the first race of the regatta so I’m a bit disappointed about that, I came here wanting to win every race, so I definitely want to win the rest.’

The big mover in the fleet has been Ben Paton, who is now up to second overall after early gear failure during the event. Ben had some close battles with his closest competitors, resulting in yet another photo-finish with Mike Lennon in the first race of the day and then some tight moments with Dylan Fletcher around the course.

Dylan had a better day after sorting some of the teething problems with leaks in his solid-winged Moth, ‘She’s still presenting a few issues so I’m going to have another go this evening. It wasn’t quite as bad as yesterday, but it still made life quite hard out there. The goal for this boat was the Europeans and we really wanted to bring it out for the nationals. It was ready, but we didn’t have any time to fix anything or get the boat polished for here, so although it may be a bit frustrating out there, sometimes feeling like there’s more potential left in it, it’s good to be finding the little problems to change for next time.’

2015 International Moth UK Nationals

Race start – 2015 International Moth UK National Championship© Mark Jardine / IMCAUK

On getting used to the new platform, Dylan said, ‘It feels fine now and I’m getting pretty used to it. I had my rig raked back a little bit today which made my life quite hard gybing, but other than that I’m really happy with it. My aim tomorrow is to try and win some races to try and maximise the potential of the boat.’

There’s been a fair amount of chat on sailing forums worldwide about the solid wings on Dylan’s Moth so we asked him where he thinks the future lies. He replied, ‘Right now I think the future’s solid, but I think it’ll be interesting to see who comes up with a soft-winged version. I think there will be plenty of people having a go at maybe changing their wing angles or aero fairings, but I guess for now I’m saying solid.’

The strength in depth in the International Moth fleet is extraordinary. Former Musto Skiff World Champion Dan Henderson, who’s sitting just inside the top ten at this event said, ‘My day started off pretty solid, I rounded the top mark fourth in the first race only to tip it in on the finish line where I lost two or three places. In the second race I rounded the windward mark fourth again but tried to stay out in the chop and just got nailed, rounded the leeward mark in about tenth but I pulled my way back to around seventh.’

On the racing today Dan said, ‘Glamour conditions, you couldn’t really ask for much more apart from getting a load of boats going around the island out of the way!’

The general improvement in the fleet was backed by Ollie Holden, who was 23rd in the 2014 Worlds at Hayling Island and is currently lying 19th in this championship. Ollie said, ‘I don’t think I’m sailing too badly, I just think everyone else is sailing extremely well. A couple of years ago I don’t think you would have had more than about 10 boats finishing in conditions like that with the waves. Even with it not being particularly windy, the top mark was fairly rough, so that was quite interesting. There are a few people spending a lot of time in their boats, the boats themselves are becoming more forgiving and people are people are getting a bit more used to what setup they should be using.’

It will take catastrophic gear failure or an utter disaster of a day for Chris Rashley not to win the 2015 Nationals trophy, but with just six points separating the next five the battle for second overall is definitely on. Watch this space to find how it all unfolds.

The event is kindly sponsored by Noble Marine, Ronstan and Blueteq.

Provisional Results

Rank Sail No Bow Helm Club Nt Pts
1 4 41 Chris Rashley Stokes Bay SC & Royal London YC 7
2 3982 37 Ben Paton Lymington Town SC 19
3 4208 15 Dylan Fletcher WPNSA 24
4 3942 4 Jason Belben Stokes Bay SC 24
5 4147 34 Mike Lennon Hayling Island SC 25
6 4097 14 Rory Fitzpatrick NYC / RIYC 40
7 4062 23 Jonathan Heathcote Stokes Bay SC 51
8 4309 36 James McMillan Gurnard SC / Stokes Bay SC 54
9 4040 24 Dan Henderson Stokes Bay SC 54
10 4251 56 Dan Ward Frensham Pond / Stokes Bay SC 64
11 4099 54 Ricky Tagg Hayling Island SC 77
12 4115 25 David Hivey Datchet Water SC 92
13 3940 8 Penny Clark Stokes Bay SC 98
14 4144 17 Fabien Froesch SNG 98
15 4189 30 Phillip Kasermann SNG 104
16 4301 10 John Clifton Homeless 104
17 3979 12 Dan Ellis Yealm YC 108
18 4074 6 Eelco Boers WV Roerkoning 109
19 4149 26 Ollie Holden Hayling Island SC 115
20 4096 38 Tim Penfold Hayling Island SC 130
21 3776 47 Philippe Schiller SNG 131
22 4037 45 Jason Russell Hayling Island SC 139
23 4060 3 Neil Baker Hayling Island SC 144
24 4067 51 Cameron Stewart Hayling Island SC 149
25 4049 18 Giovanni Galeotti RYCB 155
26 4075 40 Doug Pybus Queen Mary SC 158
27 3922 52 Kyle Stoneham Thorpe Bay YC 169
28 4277 21 Jeremy Hartley Stokes Bay SC 181
29 3943 11 Richard Edwards Parkstone YC 189
30 4100 31 Alex Koukourakis Eastbourne Sov SC 192
31 4065 44 Anthony Rezzoug ASNQ 195
32 3959 1 Alex Adams Castle Cove SC 195
33 4043 33 Matthew Lea Grafham Water SC 206
34 4299 9 Chris Clarke Thorpe Bay YC 207
35 4121 60 James Phare Queen Mary SC 212
36 4280 57 Constantijn Weber WSV Muiderberg 233
37 4072 32 Tom Lambert Wilsonian SC 234
38 4233 27 Dominic Hutton Queen Mary SC 250
39 4281 53 Nic Streatfeild Rutland SC 274
40 3715 29 Chris Jeeves Homeless 275
41 4307 42 Hans Rasmussen Troense Badelaug 278
42 3674 20 Simon Grundy Homeless 279
43 3914 16 Ole Frey Sonderborg YC 281
44 4344 22 Ross Harvey Hayling Island SC 284
45 4162 35 Steve McLean Hayling Island SC / LSC 293
46 3794 5 Menno Berens Marina Muiderzand 295
47 3945 7 Eddie Bridle Brightlingsea SC 299
48 412 2 Leigh Albrecht Queen Mary SC 302
49 4254 49 David Smithwhite Hayling Island SC 305
50 3980 48 Graham Simmonds Hayling Island SC 308
51 3924 39 Robert Pike Eastbourne Sov SC 313
52 3190 55 Chris Tilbrook Starcross YC 318
53 4343 46 James Sainsbury Grafham Water SC 334
54 4126 58 Luka Dogan Marina Kastela 343
55 3756 28 Andrew Jarvis Oxford SC 348
56 3870 59 Eddie Gatehouse Hayling Island SC 360
57 3720 50 Bruce Spratt Thorpe Bay YC 388
58= 398 61 Cameron Harris Parkstone YC 420
58= 3131 43 Guy Raynes Weston SC 420

by Mark Jardine

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