Friday, February 15, 2013

Foiler Moths at James Island Yacht Club

The U.S. International Moth guys wanted an East Coast Regatta series as a tune up for the upcoming Moth Worlds to be held in Hawaii in October.  James Island Yacht Club (near Charleston, South Carolina) is hosting a series of regattas on three dates (11-13 Jan; 15-17 Feb; 12-14 April) to contest the North American Championship.  The Youtube video shows some of the action from the January racing.  This video, although blurry in spots, captures the speed of hydrofoiling Moths better than most which I've seen and also demonstrates the difference in speed between foil borne boats and those that have dropped down to "low rider" mode.  A good example of this differential can be observed at about the 1:00 minute mark as the leaders go around the first mark.  The boat in second place drops off her foils during the mark rounding and is immediately gobbled up by the next two boats which stay up on their foils during the maneuver.  Towards the end, there appears to be a little argie-bargie between two boats at about the 2:40 mark in the video!  Enjoy.


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