Thursday, 17 March 2011


The Sydney Opera house isn't, I'm told, very good for Opera. But who cares? It's still one hell of an occasion to go there, eight jumbo jets can sit wing tip to wing tip on the site, and the place is so legendary that it has even had it's own opera written about it.

(Eighth Wonder)

The Sydney Opera house is therefore a perfect example of the occasion being the most important thing, not the perfection.

And we should think about that as a class as we strive for the purest way to decide who is the World Champion to the exclusion of anything else.. We can't control nature and so we cannot be certain about what will happen. Dreadfully dull Weymouth was a good example of that, as was Switzerland where you lost your image rights and all feeling in your hands within 20 minutes of arrival, and at the same time so was Belmont where 10 percent less main foil really just meant ten percent less weed.

The Mothfest however already has 40 entrants and there you don't have to race at all! I think that's wonderful and a signal for all who are in the unpleasant position of having to organise a Championship to take note of. If I'm honest the only really competitive event I'm looking forward to is the 2012 World Championships in Lake Garda. Sure we have the Europeans in the meantime, and I'm prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt, but last time I was at Travamunde my tent blew away and a small hurricane destroyed a caravan park.. No, Garda it is.

And to the purists who say that we must have 20 knots every day largely to cater for the ever increasing girth of the average moth sailor, or perfect GPS laid windward marks, which mean you spend so much time waiting for the race officer to move it 5 metres to the left, then to the right, then to the left...that you are buggered before the race starts. An irrelevance when you can't see the fuckin thing anyway.

Perhaps therefore we should think differently and I recognise this is a possibility only realisable if the class pays for a resource who can take this on.

And if we had that, would it, do you think, be possible for us to approach a venue like say The Bitter End Yacht Club and take the whole circus there? Do we really need a Yacht Club to sail from? Oh and 19 races? Do we really need that? Even the most blindly enthusiastic puppy like Moth sailors in Belmont must have been thinking 'Oh for fucks sake, not again..'

The only vocational race course I can think of, where someone else long before us rose above the water, would be the sea of Galilee. Now that would be cool.

Just a thought, My thought on a cold day where I'd dearly like to be somewhere nice .


Anthony said...

We are moving this way in the Melges 32 class. Figuring out how to control our own regatta destiny through having our own RC gear and a paid PRO that answers to us not the YC. We can set our own schedule and play as we please.
I sailed my first world championship at the Bitter End and was there last month...You can't get any better, the rum is almost as plentiful as the sun and wind.

Anonymous said...

you will see, Travem√ľnde will be the perfect venue: sunny, not too much wind, beer, friendly people all around you.

had to be said...

money with clickbank said...

The Sydney Opera house is a "must see"!

Fred said...

Funny, we just recently had some fierce discussion in the DN class if we really should try for 20 races in total in our Championships. It gets pretty boring after 10 races and nothing really happens position-on-the-list-wise. Only that you are feeling like a dead cow in the evening. And one throw out for every five races also does not change anything. As Ron Sherry, several times World Champion once said: It is 50% racing and 50% social... to meet your friends from around the world at a Championship.

I think that Alan got the formula right. And yes, I wanna go to the BEYC before biting into the grass.

Have a look into this great vid from CNN Mainsail. Might you out of that depression a bit:

Joe said...

Those fucking 3 lapped races.....

not fair for us light under 75kg folk is it Si?!?!

have you got your new boat Si?
when is the Mach 2.5 arriving?

the best thing about the Opera its Bar!

JT - (Mothsquad...and not an Olympian)

Simon Payne said...

Under 75? You fat bastard.

Boat's on its way. just the Mach 2.0 The other 0.5 I will have to make up. Fat chance.

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James said...

I want to vote a min water temp requirement so we can leave the wetsuits behind. +25degree tropical water with a bar on a sandy beach should be the new requirements for a moth event.