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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hawaiian Weather Has Gone a Little Koo Koo for Mothies

On the eve of the 2013 Moth World Championship, a rare October appearance of unstable weather conditions has sent shockwaves through the fleet, where 80 of the world's fastest dinghy sailors from fifteen nations are making final preparations for the prestigious event.
Loick Peyron (FRA) Photo: ©ThMartinez/Sea&Co/Moth World Championship
Renowned sailing meteorologist Chris Bedford believes they may have some spare time ahead.
Photo: ©ThMartinez/Sea&Co/Moth World Championship
"An upper low continues to move away from the Hawaiian Islands, but the associated upper trough and high cloud remains over the islands," Bedford said. The trough will keep the subtropical ridge to the North weak, and he expects the usually reliable trade winds to remain sluggish 'at least through midweek, and possibly through the end of the week.'
Aussie Mothies Photo: ©ThMartinez/Sea&Co/Moth World Championship
Dozens of sailors spent Sunday cutting, shaping, sanding, polishing, and otherwise modifying their boats' foils -- the underwater fins that allow the 11-foot Moth to fly above the waves and reach speeds unheard of just a few years ago -- to optimize them for the expected light winds.
David Holenweg Photo: ©ThMartinez/Sea&Co/Moth World Championship
Britain's Rob Greenhalgh drew first blood on the course, taking the easy victory in Sunday's single practice race. Greenhalgh was unaffected by superstition as he blazed to victory on a squally, shifty Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
Photo: ©ThMartinez/Sea&Co/Moth World Championship
Being a superstitious lot, most sailors will avoid winning the practice race before a major event, but Greenhalgh believes the opposite. 'I took the practice race at the last Worlds [in the International 14 Class] I won, so I'm fine with this one,' said the dinghy, skiff, and Volvo Ocean Race veteran.

Geoff Waller

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