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#moth – An 8-knot easterly breeze swept through Kaneohe Bay just after noon today, providing a glimmer of hope for day one of the 2013 McDougall + Maconaghy Moth World Championship fleet despite a dire forecast. With conditions forecast to build slightly throughout the day, Race Officer Tom Pochoreva and his Kaneohe Yacht Club-based team jumped on the chance for a solid race between two squalls shortly after 1230 PM. "The fleet was foiling around and sailing fast for a while, but when the wind started to die we realized we couldn't get a fair race in and we pulled the plug," said Pochoreva. "Things are looking better and better for the rest of the week, and we're looking forward to some great action tomorrow."

Proving the conventional wisdom accurate, the British contingent showed strong speed in the light air, with Robert Greenhalgh and Tom Offer trading the lead around the course despite leaving the start line nearly 3 minutes late. "I was a bit confused about the course signals and ended up very late for the start," said Greenhalgh, who at one point was nearly a half leg ahead of the next competitor even after giving the fleet a head start. "The boat is going really well, and I was able to get on the foils and stay there after much of the fleet dropped down into low-riding mode."

Tuesday's weather outlook has improved significantly, with most models showing more wind than previously forecast. "We're looking at around 8-10 knots tomorrow, with up to 12 knots on Thursday," said an optimistic Pochereva.

For a breakdown of the likely Top Ten for this year's Worlds fleet, check two-time World Champ Simon Payne's insightful breakdown of the Moth Worlds fleet here. You can find names, sail numbers, and origin for each competitor here.

Racing begins at 1200 tomorrow, with up-to-the-minute coverage on the Moth Worlds Facebook Page. You can find photo galleries of Nationals, Practice, World Championship racing in the Moth World Galleries here.

Photos are rights-free for editorial use only to a maximum half page size.. Mandatory credit to read ©ThMartinez/Sea&Co/Moth World Championship.

Clean Racing Tip Of The Day

As one of the world's most elite racing classes, the International Moth Class believes it essential to emphasize the responsible use of energy and resources in the context of sailing. Working with 11th Hour Racing, a program of the Schmidt Family Foundation, the Moth Class has come up with a number of initiatives to help all sailing events improve the energy profile and performance of racing boats and increase the personal investment of sailors in the health of our waters.

Each day, the Moth Worlds fleet will highlight a 'Clean Racing Tip' they've implemented; something that will work for regattas and racing classes around the world. Here's today's tip:

SMART SHIPPING: Encourage competitors to ship their boats together, using surface freight whenever possible. This will cut down significantly on carbon emissions and the regatta's carbon footprint. Likewise, try to make local charter boats available for competitors from far away. For local sailors, lending or sharing your boat with a 'rock star' from another part of the country or world is a great way to get your boat tuned up and up to speed.

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#foiling– Interested in those skiffs or mad foiling machines? Dublin's National Yacht Club (NYC) is taking a leading role in developing high performance dinghy sailing by organising a presentation evening and debate at its Dun Laoghaire clubhouse on the subject of faster sailing. Former youth champion Ben Lynch (and older brother of Finn, the Laser U21 world champion) is organising the session on Friday, 4th October at 18:30 in the NYC.

The aim of the "JUST DO IT" initiative, according to sailing manager Olivier Proveur, is to 'spark something useful for all sailors interested in going a bit faster...'

The programme will cover how to get started and will cover Skiffs, 49er, 29ers and Moth dinghy sailing. (Don't forget the foiling Laser, Ben – Ed)

A programme and poster for the session is available for download below. The go-ahead club was previously in the vanguard of promoting solo and short–handed sailing and held a similar evening at the NYC in December 2009. This Summer it hosted the Route des Princes stop over, a round Europe race for ultra fast trimarans that had more than its fair share of drama on Dublin Bay.

The objectives of the October evening are:

- To inform potential new comers
- To see what level of interest there is to get into that scene...create an attendance / database list
- To detail what we are trying to achieve by coming together and what are potential routes to continue on from here if interested. (Create Yahoo Group? Facebook page? Committing to program to get involved with particular boats or to try a few, training hard in one class to perform)
- To promote the around the island challenge
- To explore the room to develop a series for Hi Perf Dinghies in Dun Laoghaire, within or outside of DBSC, elsewhere in Ireland....

Currently, club members Tadhg and Sean Donnelly are campaigning a 29er dinghy and the NYC's Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy is heading to Hawaii shortly for the Moth World championships.

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#moth – Irish Moth sailors, including London Olympian Annalise Murphy, joined the 30–knot club last weekend at the biggest ever UK Moth National championships held in Weymouth. The foiling class, introduced into Dublin Bay by Jon Chambers in 2011 is attracting something of a cult following both here and in the UK. A number of the space age craft now grace the deck of the National Yacht Club.

Noted British Volvo Ocean Race, Olympic and Extreme 40 sailor, Rob Greenhalgh emerged the winner of the 12-race series at Castlecove Sailing club in Portland harbour.

Greenhalgh said afterwards 'Absolutely delighted with the win against some great sailors; Chris Rashley, Simon Hiscocks, Mike Lennon, Jason Belben and Tom offer. All these guys are so quick and it was full on. I just love the racing and it was very satisfying to have everything click into place at Weymouth'.

There was some Irish success too in the 70–boat fleet with 2004 Athens Olympic Laser sailor, Rory Fitzpatrick winning the silver fleet, in 23rd place overall.  Jon Chambers, pictured above, was 35th overall.  Annalise Murphy. who bought a Moth last season finished 61st but did not compete in the first six races. Results here

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#annalise – Afloat's Irish sailor of the year Annalise Murphy is the latest sailor to bite the bullet on the hydrofoil sailing Moth dinghy craze.

Annalise who competes at the ISAF World Cup in Palma at the end of this month was on the Ulysses car ferry last week heading for Holyhead to pick up her new boat!

The Moth Class is the name for a small development class sailing dinghy. There are three types of moths and possibly up to 5 currently in existence: the International Moth, a fast sailing hydrofoil dinghy

Annalise, who finished fourth at the London Olympics and is campaigning again for the 2016 Olympics says she is 'learning how to sail all over again'.

The 23–year–old National Yacht Club sailor has just been awarded €40,000 in funding as a 'podium athlete' by the Irish Sports Council.

She spent a lot of time 'cart-wheeling' around Dun Laoghaire Harbour, much to the amusement of other the local DMYC Frostbite fleet.

Other international Laser stars such as triple world Laser Champion and Olympic Gold medallist Tom Slingsby have found sailing the foiling craft helps their Laser technique.

Annalise is not the first to sail the hydrofoiling craft in Ireland. In 2011 the Moth made its debut in Irish waters.


Annalise gets to grips with the hydrofoil

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#MOTH – Progress towards establishing a Moth class in Dun Laoghaire continues with news that two of the high flying craft are entered in to the 2012 Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) summer series. Promoted by Dublin sailor John Chambers the craft first appeared on Irish waters in 2011 when the Bladerider Moth was spotted blasting across Dublin Bay. It has hydrofoils on the dagger board and rudder which lift the boat out of the water when sufficient speed is achieved.

Since then Chambers has been keen to get more dinghy sailors to have a go in the airborne craft. This latest winter video was shot in just 12-knots of breeze and although gybing looks tricky enough Chambers maintains the boat is easy to handle, a point he is keen to let readers know.

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Since our report on Ireland's debut at the Moth worlds in January it was inevitable that one of these high speed sailing dinghies would appear on Irish waters soon enough. Yesterday, John Chambers took his first tack of 2011 on Dublin Bay in a Moth he bought in France. Clearly the high speed foiling craft did not go unnoticed. It got an immediate thumbs up from the nearby DMYC frostbite fleet sailing their penultimate race.

The Bladerider Moth came blasting back from the Baily lighthouse, according to eyewitness accounts.  It has hydrofoils on the dagger board and rudder which lift the boat out of the water when sufficient speed is achieved.

It is Chamber's intention to sail the innovative dinghy in this Summer's Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) summer season. 

Video of the Dublin Bay sail plus a photo from Bob Hobby is below:


Moth sailing on Dublin bay. Photo: Bob Hobby

Moth sailing in Ireland on facebook HERE


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Is there no end to the achievements of Irish boaters against seemingly impossible odds?

The winter may have been a time of hibernation for some of us but as the stories in Afloat's March/April issue will bear out Irish sailors have been battling the elements all winter long.

James Carroll competed in January's Sydney-Hobart offshore race and, much closer to home, Paul A. Kay journeyed through snow and ice in December from Dun Laoghaire to a new marina on Valentia Island.
As if to prove a point that we're down but not out, a winter of results on foreign waters includes a win in the Mirror World Championships in Australia and a top Olympic result in Florida, USA.

They are gutsy performances from youth teams that shows, if nothing else, the next generation of Irish sailors is really up for a fight. All this plus lots, lots more on news-stands next week!

Selected contents from Ireland's only boating magazine include:


Surveyors Issue Boat Launch Warning, Buoyant Dinghies Buck the Market, Ice Diving in Ireland, German U-Boat Rediscovered in Cork Harbour, an Historic Trophy for South Pacific Dream Cruise, MGM open in Cork, Hugh Mockler joins Crosshaven Boatyard plus lots, lots more.

News Focus

A new masterplan for Dun Laoghaire harbour is badly needed but it needs buy in from all those that use it

Going Offshore

The tenth Dun Laoghaire to Dingle offshore race was launched in style

Marine Conference

Combating the downturn was the focus of a unique marine gathering on both sides of the Irish sea.


Gear Review

New dinghy gear, a new Crosshaven boot from Dubarry, a new raincoat for girls and an upgrade for Musto's MPX.


This Island Nation

The decision to shut down the fog signals was based on a detailed risk assessment. Tom MacSweeney on the loss of fog horns


Sailor of the Year

Anthony O'Leary of Cork is the Independent "Sailor of the Year" in celebration of his outstanding achievements afloat nationally and internationally.

Tall Ships

W M Nixon looks at the realities of national sail training in the 21st Century.


Tall Ship Conference

Ireland could yet have a tall ship to replace the Asgard II and the Lord Rank, if a new group formed to press for a replacement is successful

Racing update

Ulstermen's World Title, Topper worlds for Dun Laoghaire, Two Irish campaigns line up for Figaro Race, SB3 Sailors Cry Foul at Dun Laoghaire Parking Fees and an Irish entry in the Moth worlds in Australia, Irish Mini 6.50 Campaign in Prospect.


Youth Worlds preview

Results achieved abroad this Winter are the backbone for further Irish youth


Figaro Preview

Two fledgling Irish La Solitaire du Figaro campaigns edged closer to the start line last month

Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta has taken in 22 entries six months ahead of the first race of the biggest regatta in Irish sailing.


Fireball Worlds preview

Dun Laoghaire's Noel Butler intends to continue his winning run in the Fireball class this season but the year ahead doesn't look so easy as the World Championships come to Sligo

Sovereigns cup preview

Up to 30 Quarter tonners will be at the Sovereigns Cup this year including one from New Zealand.

Shiver to deliver

A journey through snow and ice from Dun Laoghaire to Valentia Island

Sydney-Hobart Race

Outside of the Volvo Ocean Race, the Sydney Hobart is one of the world's most challenging offshore races. James Carroll Raced it in January.


As the cuts begin to bite, it may be time to look at the British direction for our waterways, writes Brian J Goggin

Dubarry Nautical Crossword


A Google aerial photo proves useful navigating for Baldoyle Estuary

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Ex-Pat Michael O'Shea has finished fourth in the silver fleet of the Moth world championships staged in Belmont, Australia.

The class promises to be the next hot thing because of its high speed through the use of foils that keep the hull clear of the water.  The class has yet to be established in Ireland.

The Cork sailor set a personal best of 27.5 knots (10 second average) in one of the races.

O'Shea, a former 49er and Hobie 18 sailor from Monkstown, is now living in Sydney and was the sole Irish competitor at the Moth event.


Michael has heard that heard there are a couple of boats in Dublin and is keen to help out anyone who is looking to get into the class with tips and tricks.

Watch the interview with Michael below. More pics of Michael HERE.

His next target on water is to try and hit 30 knots, not bad in a sailing dinghy! but his target ashore is to spread the word of these great advances back home.

"I'm looking to see if I can promote the class in Ireland and get some other sailors interested. The next worlds (2012) are in Lake Garda, somewhat easier to get to fro Ireland, he told

And it appears the boats are easily transportable- thanks to Ryanair - click HERE

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For most involved in conventional stick and cloth boating, the 49er dinghy is the ultimate speed machine. Its description as 'the high performance class' at the Olympic regatta gives it that ultimate status. Before you watch the vid below tho, ask yourself what's fastest: Moth, kiteboard or 49er.....choose carefully before clicking play on this (strong language) video!

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.


The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

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At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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