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Pro-Vela Mar Menor Moth Fest 2011 - Day 2

By Alan Hillman on 15 May 2011
25.5 knots for Pete Barton on day 2 of Mar Menor Moth Fest
25.5 knots for Pete Barton on day 2 of Mar Menor Moth Fest
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The 'Moth Balls of Steel' for Pete Barton on day 2 of Mar Menor Moth Fest
The 'Moth Balls of Steel' for Pete Barton on day 2 of Mar Menor Moth Fest

Day 2 of The Pro-Vela Mar Menor Moth Fest began with an uncharacteristic 20-25 knots of cold northerly air and the occasional shower. Caused no doubt by the fact that the British were in town and there was a barbeque planned.

The scheduled briefing by Velocitek agents Mundo Marine took place and the GPS units fitted to enable the hunt for the first daily winner of the Moth Balls of steel.

With a top speed of 25.5 knots Peter Barton took the honours. Competition for avoiding the pink handbag was equally tough and surprisingly due to most of the sailors preferring to sit out the challenging conditions, Tom Offer picked up the coveted award with what will probably prove to be the fastest slowest speed of the week of over 22 knots!

An emotional Barton, clearly moved by his stunning performance can be seen in the photos displaying the type of mentality required to hit such speeds...

With the rain clearing out the fleet retired to the beer filled RS Q’Ba and the BBQ run by event partner La Diva as Barton celebrated well into the night.

Tomorrow should see the return of the more familiar sunshine and another fun packed day of Coaching, Racing and socialising, the core components of Moth Fest.

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