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2019 Wetsuit Outlet UK Moth Nationals at Castle Cove SC Overall

by IMCA UK 15 Sep 19:32 BST 12-15 September 2019

The forecast was dire for the final day, and calm conditions across Portland Harbour in the morning did little to dispel the pessimism of either the sailors or the race team. But Weybiza saved the best until last with a stunning sea breeze filling in after midday, allowing three cracking races to be held before the 3pm cut-off.

The Moth sailors revelled in the 12-14 knot winds and the racing was the closest seen yet. The fleet were pushing on the start line, a couple of times forcing a general recall, and having nip-and-tuck battles throughout the fleet.

The event itself was also an incredibly close affair with the USA's Brad Funk, while not being eligible for the British Nationals title, pushing Dylan Fletcher all the way. Both sailors finished on 17 points, but by virtue of his six firsts, Dylan took the title on countback.

"It was super close," said Dylan, "After today's first race, where I had a bit of a weed problem which seemed to be a bit of a magnet for my foil today and I just didn't manage it very well, I'm really happy to come away with the win and it was good with our little Portland Moth Squad, all the training we've had - Brad's been around for the past three months now and is part of the squad now."

Brad described being in the UK, joining in the Portland Moth training:

"I've been here most of the summer and basically I was the guy to beat, going faster and faster, and then Dylan got word of it, coming back after winning the Tokyo test event in the 49ers and came back in his fully serious mode, wanting to be the top dog in the Bay, so he got his act together and really started pushing the Rocket, and I think we've all gone onto another level in the last two weeks, because he's hiking harder, and he doesn't normally hike as he's on the trapeze wire in the 49er, and his boat is so slippery upwind and I'm hiking so hard, and I've got my speed suit which is half the drag, trying to do the best I can with the Exocet."

On the event Brad said:

"I'm happy, I'm really happy that my boat stayed together, probably one of the most important things with Moth sailing is to actually get around the track and complete an event without many breakages. The racing was spectacular today, the forecast suggested we weren't going to get any racing. It was the most glamour day, and we're blessed to be here on the planet and have these flying machines!"

Dylan backed up Brad's comments about the final day:

"It's incredible, this place. Even I wasn't sure it was going to be this good, so for the breeze to come in like that and for us to get a champagne day on the last day was brilliant. Four days of racing and it just reinforces why it's a top-notch Moth venue. Next year's going to be interesting with the World Championship in Weymouth and my time pretty limited with the Tokyo Olympics and the SailGP, so we'll have to see what I can fit in."

French sailor Benoit Marie finished third and was once again beaming from ear to ear after racing:

"It was perfect today! The conditions were really light before we left the boat park, but as soon as we went it was 10-12 knots, just on the small foil, which are the conditions where it's most difficult. The racing was super-tight, everybody was quick, and you had to fight for your place every second. We had some very tight battles, especially on the last downwind with Dylan where we were 30 centimetres apart for the whole leg, really enjoyable but he got me again!

"Conditions looked really difficult in the forecast, but we have a saying in France, 'If you spend too much time looking at the forecast then you're spending too much time at the bar' - you have to take what comes and the Moth is just the best boat in the world."

Ladies National Champion Josie Gliddon said:

"Today for me was about making sure I was on the start line and in the last race I was properly in the pack going around the windward mark which was really encouraging. Weymouth really excelled today and it was absolutely brilliant advert for next year's Worlds."

Race Officer Bill Barker was delighted with how the event concluded:

"It was stunning today. If you'd asked me at the beginning of the week if we were going to get all our races in bar one I'd have said absolutely no chance, but it came good. We got our three races away today in absolutely glamour conditions."

Kyle Stoneham, who has spent so much time organising Moth events and arranging sponsorship was delighted with how everything panned out at the Nationals:

"It's a big relief to be honest! We have such good backing from the sponsors to put on an event of this magnitude. For them to commit, with all the things that can happen in this sport such as weather systems coming through and all the other variables, means a huge amount. We're so grateful that we can put on this media coverage and give the event the exposure it deserves and attract the best sailors from all over the UK, Europe and beyond."

Paul Williams, Managing Director of Wetsuit Outlet had these words to say about their title sponsorship of the event:

"Wetsuit Outlet is delighted to return this year, growing our sponsorship to be the lead sponsor of the Moth Nationals. As the largest online retailer of premium performance sailing brands, such as Zhik and Gill, it's a perfect association to be involved in the all-action Moth class.

"Over the last 14 years Wetsuit Outlet has grown to be Europe's biggest dinghy and yacht sailing retailer, supporting everyone from the leisure sailor to the serious racer, by offering the best customer service and next day delivery from our extensive stock."

IMCA UK (the UK Moth Class Association for those not into acronyms) is fortunate to have the support of some key sponsors who we'd like to thank individually below:

  • Noble Marine Insurance have been involved with the class for many years and probably provide the best service to Moth sailors when things don't go as smoothly as planned. A quick chat with the sailors in the dinghy park will reinforce this.

  • Allen Brothers have been designing and manufacturing high quality deck hardware in the UK for many years. Their XHL blocks are in use in many of the kicker systems across the fleet thanks to their extraordinary load-bearing capabilities - it does no harm that they look the business as well.

  • Maguire Boats are the builders of the market-leading Exocet Moth but have supported designs of every flavour during class events. Simon and his team work tirelessly to ensure that every sailor spends as much time as possible during a championship on the water.

  • Shock Sailing are based just around the corner from Castle Cove SC at Portland, servicing high-performance boats at the WPNSA and around the world. This is a company which is always innovating, and they are loaning a RIB for the Nationals.

  • The Rutland Moth Squad are a growing band of competitive sailors who are notching up some top international results. They take the phrase 'loyal to the foil' to new levels and the class are actively looking to add Rutland to the Grand Prix circuit.

High Resolution Photos:

Available to download from flickr here...

Overall Results:
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PosSail NoBow NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11Pts
1463522Dylan FletcherWPNSA1411‑5151(RET)1217
2424Bradley FunkWPNSA2‑11‑72142212117
3749Benoit MarieSno Nantes(DNS)3‑4216321336340
4458447Mike LennonHISC10‑15412‑36341327560
5450119Dan EllisYealm YC81011‑252931198‑1871
6455743David KenefickRCYC‑20(DNC)35131478114671
745095Jason BelbenStokes Bay SC57‑194106‑1391091272
8438636Simon HiscocksCastle Cove SC‑18(RET)21417816573880
9873Dan WardStokes Bay SC‑13913136787810‑2481
1045461Alex AdamsCastle Cove SC‑2213151815‑222210554107
1141498Eddie BridleBrightlingsea6620‑3918116‑26141615112
12463734Ross HarveyHISC16(DNC)10(UFD)12121012161414116
13459940Danny InkyovKSSS‑315189913(UFD)1461728119
1446592Arthaud AymericAntibes‑29141422(DNC)10124191511121
15430929Paul GliddonNetley Sailing Club11G1‑29111417232313‑297136.7
1645803Sam BarkerCastle Cove SC719161525‑31‑3115211219149
17408048Max LutzKieler Yacht Club14822‑40271518‑2820189151
18449370Ricky TaggHayling Island SC27(RET)31218(UFD)1721151310163
19453352Jim McMillanStokes Bay SC9(UFD)534514(UFD)4DNCDNC196
20470567Kyle StonehamTBYC152121‑583433‑4818231123199
21452512Ben CleggBrightlingsea4212302026326(DNC)(DNC)DNC208
22439010Cian ByrneRCYC/UCCSC3535231731‑48‑5016122713209
23452256Tim PenfoldHISC‑3024282372929‑32272322212
2439416Menno BerensVW Braassemermeer‑403227241119‑3529242126213
25453463Jason RussellHISC/QMSC38(DNC)447282319221720(DNS)218
26431221Conway FionnNational Yacht Club121691019284617(DNC)(DNC)DNC233
27452438Ollie HoldenHISC24.525252016181520(DNC)(DNC)DNC239.5
28398059Ed RedfearnBrightlingsea4323(DNC)‑553821927352816240
29454133Jeremy HartleyStokes Bay SC33(DNS)‑392933302425252221242
30455466David SmithwhiteHISC3628‑3726‑41272831303330269
31409628Josie GliddonNetley Sailing Club(DNS)(DNC)471922362739312431276
32420845Tom LambertWilsonian SC(DNS)(DNC)433439441133183233287
33460262James RossNetley Sailing Club‑3933‑413330343830373620291
34457823Andrew FriendNorfolk Punt SC21(DNC)264542‑535235282527301
3545629Craig BurltonNetley Sailing Club2317403649242519(DNC)(DNC)DNC309
36463318Luka DoganJK Split(DNS)(DNC)324848402637263517309
37404935Paul HirtzmannSNL‑42(DNS)383223383036383837310
38449268Nic StreatfieldRutland Water SC26(DNC)36621202138(DNC)DNCDNC320
39467342David JessopOMSC5118342726373324(DNC)(DNC)DNC326
40362372Roald VerschuureFrisia(DNS)(DNC)503535324444293736342
41316927Brad GibsonMYA413746464441‑47‑48323434355
42458931Adam GoldingHISC(DNS)(DNC)524732433445424329367
43454854Tom OfferRock24.518824(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC369.5
44423020Mark EmmettHISC(DNS)(DNC)483154474946343032371
45448974Chris WhiteRestronguet SC282745‑51(DNC)505149414546382
46452330Greg GoodrumStokes Bay SC50(DNC)5549(UFD)424041364035388
47397961Ian RenilsonDalgety Bay SC(DNS)(DNC)DNSDNCDNC253640222625402
48457758Doug PybusQMSC3720543745564242(DNC)(DNC)DNC409
49392225Paddy GambleHayling Island SC4631(RET)(DNC)DNC494147403940409
50449939Dominic HuttonStokes Bay SC32343542(UFD)392056(DNC)DNCDNC410
51454564James SainsburyRutland SC48(DNC)332852(RET)DNCDNC333138415
52429360Alex ReidQMSC45(DNC)51385358(DNC)DNC391939418
53452111Madeg Ciret‑Le CosquerASNG5326304347543757(DNC)(DNC)DNC423
54454446Matthew LeaRutland Water SC193017523745(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC428
55466257James PhareQMSC17(DNC)24(RET)291639UFDDNCDNCDNC429
56373055John PeatsCCSC44(DNC)5353‑55555350444444440
5745817Stu BithellHollingworth Lake SC312644(DNS)(DNS)DNSDNSDNCDNCDNC445
58387026Eddie GatehouseHISC52(DNC)‑575751525454454145451
59407269Morgane SuqartASNQ(DNS)(DNC)58544046RET51434642456
60406171Billy Vennis‑OzanneWPNSA4729(DNC)(DNC)46514343DNCDNCDNC487
61447913Adrian CoatsworthRYA493659(DNC)(DNC)5955DNCDNC4241493
62378717Mark DickerRORC(DNS)(DNC)565650DNC5752DNCDNC43542
6381A7M. CookeHollingworth Lake SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC354534DNCDNCDNC570
64467751Ewan McMahonHowth YC3422(RET)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC588
65441132Christian HamiltonDatchet Water SC(DNS)(DNC)495043DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC598
66394814Neil CooneyCarsington Sailing Club54(DNC)60(DNC)DNCDNC5655DNCDNCDNC605
67362953Thomas MehewAYC(DNS)(DNC)DNCDNC5657UFD53DNCDNCDNC622
68470215Gareth DaviesBlackwater Sailing Club(DNS)(DNC)DNC41DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC649
70=465665Graham SimmondsHayling Island SC(DNS)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC684
70=444241Paul JenkinsEastbourne Soverign SC(DNS)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC684

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