Please select your home edition
Noble Marine 2022 YY - LEADERBOARD

Noble Marine International Moth Northern Championship at Rutland Sailing Club

by Alex Adams 3 Apr 09:48 BST 30-31 March 2024

A very excited fleet arrived at Rutland Sailing Club for the Noble Marine Northern(ish) Championships. With signs of a foiling breeze and clear blue skies the fleet had all launched before the race officer was ready to say there was enough wind. This meant there was a bit of a wait as the wind pulsed through, at which point everybody started flying around before the wind dropped again.

Eventually after a false start the fleet got away with enough wind. Henry Wetherell took an early lead that only looked in danger at the first windward mark when the whole fleet ran out of wind. After that the wind filled in enough for the leading group to complete a dry final lap. Jason Belben and Eddie Bridle closely followed Henry into the finish, before the wind died for the day leaving a slow finish for most of the fleet.

A standout performance from the day was Simon Goodwin who has recently rejoined the fleet sailing a Mach 2 who climbed as high as third at one point before finishing 5th.

The second day was very different to the first with a much stronger colder wind blowing. Combined with the fresh water it was strong enough for the 30 Knot club to gain at least one new member.

The first three races formed a pattern with Henry striking out early and leading commandingly to the finish. Behind things were much closer with Gareth Davies, Ross Harvey, Ronan Wallace, Alex Adams and Jason Belben all taking turns to lead the chase. By the end though the top three were always Henry, Jason and Alex.

The final race of the day did add some extra excitement though when the cold caused Henry to fumble in his tack and get stuck head to wind. Sensing an opportunity for the victory a group headed by Ross struck out to go for the win. Unfortunately Henry was too fast and by the finish the top three were back to the now familiar order.

It was great to see the fleet keen to get the season going, with this year's season opener attracting double the number of boats to last years. Included in that was Andrew Friend with his brand new home build with a few interesting ideas. Teething problems meant we will have to wait a bit longer to see what the boat is capable of.

This year we have a competition to win a free nationals entry for the first Mach2 and the first Exocet over the four events before the nationals at Restronguet sailing club. That competition is being led by Simon Goodwin in the Mach2 and Paul Myerscough in the Exocet. But don't worry there is still plenty of time for your chance to win, as it is the best two of four events to count. So the next event, Queen Mary sprints, on April 13th is a great opportunity to get your first result in.

Overall Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stAerocet4999Wetherell, Henry‑111114
2ndAerocet4990Belben, Jason‑222228
3rdAerocet4906Adams, Alex‑4333312
4thBeiker4848Wallace, Ronan64‑84418
5thAerocet4838Harvey, Ross7545(RET)21
6thExploder4938Davies, Gareth‑12657523
7thExploder5011Adams, Joe‑8766726
8thMach23779Goodwin, Simon58‑99931
9thHomebuild4Sainsbury, James9(DNC)78832
10thExocet4036Myerscough, Paul‑10101010636
11thExocet4385Evans, John1511(UFD)111047
12thEploder4944Bridle, Eddie3(DNC)DNCDNCDNC63
13thAerocet4905Hartley, Jeremy(DNC)9DNCDNCDNC69
14thRocket4968Lea, Matt11(DNC)DNCDNCDNC71
15thAerocet4589Golding, Adam13(DNC)DNCDNCDNC73
16thAerocet4966Smithwhite, David14(DNC)DNCDNCDNC74
17thExocet4534Myerscough, Kay16(DNC)DNCDNCDNC76
18thHomebuild5035Friend, Andrew(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC80
18thThinair4826Mclean, Steve(UFD)DNCDNCDNCDNC80

Related Articles

Noble Marine Moth Sprint GP at Queen Mary
Perfect conditions for 8 sprint races on Saturday 15-20 knots, 18-degrees and sunshine greeted the Moth fleet, promising a day of champagne sailing conditions. The sprint format was set out in the briefing; 8 races of 10-15 minutes back-to-back. Posted on 16 Apr
World according to a British 'International' Moth
A couple of great initiatives within the class for the 2024 season Unseasonal weather conditions in June last year proved to be a challenge for the International Moth World Championships held on the waters of Portland Harbour from the National Sailing Academy more commonly known as WPNSA. Posted on 9 Mar
Banjo Shoreline Crown Series overall
Tasmanian sailors were tested in all conditions on the River Derwent in Hobart Tasmanian sailors were tested in all conditions on the River Derwent in Hobart in the 20th anniversary of the Crown Series Bellerive Regatta last weekend, with wild conditions on Friday night, glamour sailing on Saturday, and confusing breezes on Sunday. Posted on 26 Feb
The Wise Man of the Solent
Osprey and Moth champion Tony Blachford passed away in December Although nominally a single-hander, Tony Blachford was also known for going afloat with the family dog as crew, which must have been interesting in the cramped cockpit of a Moth. Posted on 12 Jan
Enter early for the Draycote Dash
Entry closes earlier than for most events It's just under two weeks until the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash on 18 & 19 November, the first of eight events in this season's Seldén SailJuice Winter Series. There are almost 40 boats of different shapes and sizes already signed up. Posted on 7 Nov 2023
The Morning Sun
...when it's in your face really shows your age Taking the positive feedback that was received as the main metric, it seems a pretty fair assessment that the recent article on the state of the domestic dinghy scene struck something of a chord with a number of classes and individuals. Posted on 29 Oct 2023
Lowrider International Moths National preview
Many questions to be answered There will be bags more buzz in store at Burton SC this weekend, as the Lowrider Moths return to Foremark Reservoir for an eagerly anticipated National Championship. Posted on 12 Oct 2023
International Moth UK Nationals at Plymouth
Dominant performance by Simon Hiscocks on the Sound to retain the title The wind gods have not been kind to the Moth Fleet through the Summer of 2023 with a disappointing home Worlds due to lack of wind and numerous other events suffering the variability of the British weather. Posted on 28 Sep 2023
Compare and contrast
"Pretty painful yachting," was how Glen Ashby described the Match Race Grand Final in Vilanova "Pretty painful yachting," was how Emirates Team New Zealand's Glen Ashby described the Match Race Grand Final at the first Preliminary Regatta of the 37th America's Cup in Vilanova i La GeltrĂș, Spain. Posted on 18 Sep 2023
Something so right
Dougal Henshall looks at what makes for a good championships attendance Jack Knights coldly set out that the golden age of dinghy racing had already had its day, and by the mid-1970s he felt that that all the signs were that activity levels had peaked. He claimed to see the first signs of a downward trend. Posted on 13 Sep 2023