Monday, 23 June 2014

Irish Moth Nationals Report

Former Olympian Rory Fitzpatrick, now coach to sailing star Annalise Murphy, has proved to his protégé that experience can triumph over youth…at least when it comes to Moth sailing. After an intense two day battle on the waters of Dublin Bay this weekend, Fitzpatrick beat off stiff competition which included Annalise Murphy to reign supreme at the Moth National Championship. Many of the world’s top sailors now compete in Moths as these boats offer some of the most challenging sailing in the world whilst allowing them to further hone their skills.

Blistering sunshine and light winds greeted the country’s top Moth sailors on Saturday (21 June) for the first day of the Moth National Championship in the National Yacht Club. The light conditions proved challenging for the fleet of high speed boats so tactics and strategy were crucial. Reaching speeds of between 15 and 32 mph, the light-weight Moths almost fly across the water’s surface but achieving such speeds also means that when they capsize it’s spectacular. Buoyed on by the spectators on Dun Laoghaire’s East Pier, renowned Moth sailor John Chambers was first to take the lead. Fitzpatrick fought back in Race 2, taking the win and tying himself and rival Chambers on equal points at the top of the leader board.

Sunday (22 June) brought with it a fresh breeze and an exciting three-race spectacle. Earning his second win of the regatta, Fitzpatrick was in pole position after Race 3 just one point ahead of Chambers. After many positional changes and tight racing between the leading group, Annalise Murphy was the ultimate winner in Race 4. But this wasn’t enough to see her climb to a podium position. Now two points clear, Fitzpatrick had the championship title within grasp. In a display of skill seen only at this elite level, Rory Fitzpatrick earned his hatrick win in Race 5 to claim the title of 2014 Moth National Champion. Annalise Murphy had to settle for fourth place while John Chambers took Silver and Alistair Kissane went home with the Bronze.

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Monday, 12 May 2014

The Maymoth Form Guide

Runners and Riders - Form Guide

Ronan Wallace

The Wexford man has set aside his love of strawberries, physics and hurling to focus on Moth sailing. Nobody is exactly sure what kind of boat he has, but it was definitely developed in the CERN laboratories and runs some Ninja foils.
Odds: 12/1

John Chambers

Chambers will be racing his Mach 2 for the last time before making the switch to the “Voodoo” moth, and his confidence is high. He was recently overheard impressing a middle aged woman in the NYC with tales of foil tacking 80% of the time every time.
Odds: 3/1

Ryan Seaton

49er sailor and “Made in Chelsea Star” Ryan has been putting in some medal performances recently on the Olympic circuit, but can he bring that form to the far more competitive Irish Moth Tour? Last time he came to Howth in his Mach 2 he won two races and has to be considered a contender this time around.
Odds: 7/2

Annalise Murphy

She won the Olympic Radial Regatta in Lake Garda last weekend and has an unhealthy love for hiking. Annalise will be hoping to take the coveted tea pot back from coach Rory in her Mach 2 with the ridiculous pink tramps.
Odds: 4/1

Alistair Kissane

The Howth local has taken the wheel of the Flying Scotsman’s bright blue Ninja and will be hoping it helps him to take some races from the Mach 2 brigade. He has a tendency to fall over a lot which could hold him back.
Odds: 6/1

Ben Lynch

Ben is taking time out from his busy schedule of telling people about his recent Ironman to race his Ninja. After four years of sailing literally every other Moth in Ireland dozens of times he has plenty of experience. Expect lots of attempted port tack flyers.
Odds: 8/1

Rory Fitzpatrick

Despite age catching up on the former Laser Olympian, Rory has been the fastest Moth in Ireland for a while now and won the Inland’s convincingly in his Mach 2. If he can dose his arthritic limbs with enough Cortisone he will be the man to beat.
Odds: 2/1

Gavin Doyle

His Prowler is the most cared for boat in the fleet and is running some nice Mach 2 foils. The rumours are that he has been spending lots of time on the water as well, so he should be fast.
Odds: 12/1

Neil O’Toole

The waves in Killiney bay have been a lot quieter since the proud southsider started mothing. His Velociraptor with Mach 2 foils should be fast, particularly if the wind blows.
Odds: 12/1

Monday, 14 April 2014

The Wineport Lodge Inlands, Lough Ree

The Irish Moth fleet planned a weekend away in Lough Ree for our third ever event! Ronan Wallace (moth newbie) and myself (Annalise) arrived down to Quigley’s Marina in Killinure early on Friday afternoon which gave us time to set up our boats before easily launching off the pontoon (staying nice and dry!) and heading out into the main lake for a great sail up and down to Hudson Bay 2 or 3 times! By the time we got in Ryan Seaton had arrived guided by his tomtom on the scenic route from Belfast to Athlone and John Chambers arrived not to soon after! Both told stories of passers by asking what kind of airplane was on the roof of their cars! We all headed to Glasson Golf Club for dinner before going back to the Killinure Chalets where we had taken up residence in the 17 man house!

The next morning we all got rigged and changed, then had a short briefing where Con told us the plan for the day! The idea was to do 3 races off the marina before racing downwind to The Wineport Lodge for lunch, followed by another 3 races in front of the Wineport then a race home! After one rather traumatic race where nearly everyone manage to crash into each other or the rushes at some point we headed off downwind to the Wineport which turned out to be a real adventure sailing through small cuts and around islands! Once we arrived down to the area in front of the Wineport, we did another 2 races, Rory was in good form so far winning 3 out of 3!

We then headed in to the Wineport Lodge for lunch. We were treated like kings, and had an amazing selection of soup, sandwiches, chicken wings and chips all while in our wetsuits! After possibly a sandwich or five too many we headed back out on the water, Ryan and I now regretted our decision to park our boats in the forest as getting out through the thick reeds proved to be extremely difficult, after 15 minutes of swimming while towing my boat in the extremely chilly Lough Ree water I was back on the race course, Ryan however ended up abandoning this tactic and carried his boat around to the jetty at the Wineport!

Back for more racing and it had got a bit more patchy so looking for wind was what proved to be important (and not capsizing). In race 4 Rory crashed out meters from the finish line and watched Ryan, myself and John all speed by him. Race 5 was Ryan’s race finishing close to a leg ahead of the rest of us! Race 6 was a quick upwind to the windward mark then a fast reach across to the cut then a 20 tack upwind back to Quigley’s Marina. Rory, Ryan and I all managed to get through the cut in the rushes foiling and we then met up with Gavin who had chosen the more sensible route home! It was then a battle of fitness and boat handling all the way back to the marina. John and Ronan unfortunately hit a lull as they raced through the cut and spent quite a bit of time stuck in the rushes.

After an exhausting day 1, moth newbie Neil O’Toole had a quick blast in John’s boat before we all headed to the Killinure Chalets Pub for dinner. A mix of T-bone steaks and giant crispy ducks came out so we were all very well fed at the end of a long day!

Sunday started off looking like a nice medium day but by the time we were launching it was up to 20knots gusting 25 sometimes, so Con made the call to race us just of Quigley’s marina again! All 7 of us got out on the water after Gavin fixed his main foil and Neil got his boat sorted too. In some of the gusts downwind we were hitting 25-28 knots and trying to turn up at that speed is extremely difficult but luckily we had a good incentive to get the turn ups right as if we didn’t we would crash into the reeds at the side of the lake! Race 7, race 8 and race 9 were won by Rory with Ryan and John taking second in one each. Ronan and me were busy trying to get around the leeward mark in both these races! In the last race of the day Rory and I were neck and neck all the way around and after an out of control round up I managed to get just ahead of him to win by a boat length!

Rory retained the teapot trophy, with Ryan in second, John and Annalise finished on equal points and then Ronan, Gavin and Neil. We all had a great weekend and would like to thank Quigley’s marina for letting us launch from there, The Killinure Chalets for the great house, The Wineport Lodge for the amazing lunch and letting us sit inside their restaurant in our wetsuits! The Wag class for showing us they are definitely the class who has the most craic! But particularily to Con for being OOD and Eddie and Dara for helping out on the committee boat! Clara for the photos and not getting irate over the amount of carbon chat that happened at the weekend, and last but not least Cathy for organizing everything! It really was a brilliant weekend!