Sunday, April 28, 2013

Moth European Championships KIck Off In A Sirocco Wind

Marsala, Italy
Sunday 28 April

An 18 knot Sirocco wind (south-east) with gusts up to 23 knots has greeted the beginning of the 2013 Moth European Championships 2013 in Marsala, Italy. Marsala has a unique coastline shape, thanks to the Lilybeo Cape, that allows the race committee to lay a race course sheltered from the Sirocco in almost flat water.
Photo: Martina Orsini
Today's practice race was held in these conditions with only 16 of the 36 entrants participating. The practice race is not addressed with the same competitive spirit as a standard race. The best tend not to be aggressive at the start and don't care less about tactics and more about on speed and maneuvers. Despite this it is clear who is faster by between 4-5 knots.
Photo: Martina Orsini
Chris Rast (SUI 3990) ruled yesterday in training by setting the new world speed record in the Moth Class. Equipped with a Velocitek, he recorded a top speed of 32.2 knots and an average of 29.1.
Photo: Martina Orsini
For Italians the only one to finish the race was the great Stefano Rizzi, team leader of the Italian Mothies, with a respectable fourth place hinting that this year he has found the pace. Lanulfi Mark, Luke and Thomas Rizzotti Freddi, the other Italian, abandoned the race before the finish to avoid risking their equipment.
Photo: Martina Orsini
The European Championship trophy is on display at the Marsala Sailing Club Marsala with reigning European champion Chris Rashley's name already engraved twice. Since 1955 the trophy has changed hands and on it are inscribed the names of sailors like Simon Payne, Mark Thorpe and Rohan Veal who are not only known for their accomplishments on a Moth but also for the active contribution to the world of sailing and it's evolution.

The Moths hit the water tomorrow with the Sirocco's intensity is expected to peak between 20 and 30 knots. The Kuehne + Nagel 2013 International Moth European Championship is being held over six days where  the foils of the Moths are expected to blast through the Marsala waters.

Lulu Roseman

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