Please select your home edition
Edition
Pro-Set 728x90

A-Mac retains the Moth Ashes for Australia

by Louay Habib 28 Jul 2014 09:15 BST 19-25 July 2014

The Moth Ashes were retained by Australia with the result decided on the 'last ball of the last over' so to speak. Andrew McDoughall as the fifth placed Aussie is now the holder of The Moth Ashes.

The Moth Ashes Score Card:

Australia
Nathan Outteridge1
Josh Mcknight3
Scott Babbage4
Rob Gough7
Andrew McDougall14
Total 29
England
Chris Rashley2
Ben Paton5
Robert Greenhalgh6
Tom Offer8
Dylan Fletcher9
Total 30

The Moth Ashes all started in 2007 at the Moth Worlds in Lake Garda. The World Championship in 2007 was a very windy affair and broken carbon chards from English and Australian boats were put into a small silver urn, mimicking the cricket version.

Scott Babbage from the Woollahra Sailing Club, has raced at every Moth World Championship since that windy event at Lake Garda coming second and third twice.

"The Moth Ashes is won on a total score of the top five places for sailors from Australia and England. Josh McKnight was the fifth member of the Australian team last year in Hawaii, so he has the trophy. England have only ever won it once, in 2010, when there was little or no wind. Up until the morning of the final day, England were winning because Australia's fifth man, A-Mac (Andrew McDougall) was back in 16th place and needed to get the tape off his foils, because he was under a bit of pressure!"

Ben Paton from Lymington Town Sailing Club was the 2007 Men's Laser Radial World Champion and the top British sailor at the 2013 Moth Worlds. This is his fourth Moth Worlds on the trot and Ben finished 5th in Hayling Island.

"The main tactic for The Ashes is to stir it up between the Aussies and the Brits. The Aussies have been dominating with the Mach 2s but now, not only have we got four British sailors in the top ten, we also have British designed boats. It must have been a little bit scary for them, as pretty early on they looked like they needed to pull the cat out of the bag and find some extra pace! A-Mac pulled himself back up because he is a great sailor."

The British Moth sailors have really improved this year and a lot of that is down to training together. We have shared more information to try to get the group up to the Aussies' level. Once up to pace, we have branched off a bit to try and find our own advantages.

Andrew McDoughall (Black Rock YC), lovingly known as A-Mac had it all on in the Moth Ashes. Going into the last race, A-Mac needed to beat Swiss Moth sailor, Arnaud Psarofaghis (SN Geneva) by five places to win the Moth Ashes for Australia. A-Mac was totally unaware of the situation but finished 9th in Race 10, compared to Arnaud's 21st to clinch the Moth Ashes and have a good old giggle while he was washing down the boat at Hayling Island SC.

"The pressure was on, I was told by many Australians to pull my finger out." admitted A-Mac. "Yesterday, Josh McKnight started polishing the silver urn in front of me, just to wind me up. So I was made very aware that I needed to come through for the team. I changed the foil today and that made all the difference. The Brits and the Aussies have had a close run thing this worlds but wait until they come to Australia, when it's windy and there are a hundred of us and five of them.

"It is really cool to win the Ashes, but I promise not to steal all the carbon out of the urn!"

www.mothworlds.org/hayling

Related Articles

Happy fifth anniversary to The Foiling Week
Foiling Week will celebrate its fifth anniversary "The Foiling Week is the place where the foiling community meets to discuss, sail and have fun" says loudly the Foiling Week's mission statement, and in each location where the event was kept, this was proved. Posted on 12 Jun
International Moths at Stokes Bay
Jason Belben wins the SailTek Open The fleet launched in much more breeze then expected causing a number of the fleet to ignore the weather forecast and instead trust their eyes and so launched with small foils. Posted on 12 Jun
PRO-SET laminated Maguire Exocets take top 17
Total domination at the Moth Worlds in Bermuda Soon to be celebrating the creation of their 100th Exocet Moth, the team at Hampshire-based Maguire Boats are flushed with the success of recent racing results. Posted on 4 Jun
Lennon Performance Products May Update
A busy start to the year! It has been a very busy time for Lennon Performance Products so far this year. We have been developing and further improving out wetsuit apparel, sponsoring events and winning more championships! Posted on 24 May
International Moths at the WPNSA
Wind delivers on Sunday after a marginal Saturday With the ever popular Weymouth and Portland Moth open looming, it was touch and go whether there would be sufficient wind for the weekend. Posted on 20 May
International Moths at Hayling Island
More ways to turn carbon into fun The Hayling Moth Open. Venue for the legendary 2014 Moth Worlds, a place feared and revered in equal measure, and for good reason. A perfect forecast 36 hours before, turned into a light wind forecast 24 hours later. Posted on 14 May
Allen sponsor the International Moth UK Nationals
Recently expanded XHL range proves popular in the fleet Allen is delighted to announce its support of the 2018 Moth Nationals which will be taking place at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club on the 11th – 14th of July. Posted on 3 May
Noble Allen International Moth Nationals preview
All set for the flying fleet at Thorpe Bay in July July will see the foiling Moth fleet descend on Thorpe Bay, Essex for four days of racing in the beautiful estuary of the River Thames. Posted on 2 May
Why epoxy is re-energising the racing dinghy
Resurgence in popularity of the classic designs The Merlin Rocket. The Osprey. The 505. The Mirror. The International Moth. What do all of these classic dinghy designs have in common? They're experiencing a resurgence in popularity – and that's largely thanks to epoxy resin. Posted on 24 Apr
Moths, Low Riders, Waszps and Grafham midges
A different selection of boats for second Moth Grand Prix event A light forecast attracted a different selection of boats to the second Moth Grand Prix event of 2018 at Grafham Water Sailing Club. Sailors had travelled from as far as the depths of Cornwall, the heights of Scotland and even Germany to attend. Posted on 17 Apr