Louis Pillon, the mainstay of the French Association des Moth Classiques : http://louis.pillon.pagesperso-orange.fr/moth/ has sent me some very interesting photos of a “camping” Moth Boat which he has recently acquired. Those of us who were racing here in the states back in the 1960s had heard rumors of the French Camping Moth but had never seen one. In those times the French Mothists were quite innovative and many designs like the Duflos are still boats to beat in current Classic Moth racing. It turns out that a very few, probably no more than ten, of the Camping Moths were made and, of that number, the one which Louis owns is perhaps the only survivor. Designed and built by Parra, the Camping Moth weighs in at a hefty 120kg (~264 lb in old money)—which for a Moth Boat is substantial! By comparison, the minimum hull weight for a CMBA approved racer is 75 lb. Ah, but the Camping Moth more than makes up in civility what it lacks in speed. No doubt in the “grand salon” there’s room for a bar and perhaps a small piano for aperitifs and après race relaxation. No one beats the French in terms of refinement!
Louis: Merci for sharing! Photo credits: Pascale Guittonneau; the small advertisement is from the January 1961 issue of the French boating magazine” Bateaux”.
|The original ad for Moth Bearnais De Camping. This is from the culture which gave us fine wine, Brigitte Bardot and pain au chocolat. Ad source: Bateaux, Janvier 1961.|
|Fend la bise can be translated to "cleave the wind". In France, la bise is a strong wind from the north.|
|A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and Fend la bise! Look at that bow wave!|