The British Moth Dinghy
The British Moth is an 11 foot, one design, single handed dinghy with superb light wind performance and sheer exhilaration in a blow. Quick to plane, with a fully stayed rig, scow bow and simple hard chine hull built to closely defined tolerances, the cockpit and controls can be laid out according to the individual’s preferences and the rig is fully adjustable enabling it to be powered up or de-powered to suit a variety of helm weights and sailing conditions.
Originally designed in 1932 it is the first British designed and built single handed dinghy that has now celebrated over 80 years of putting smiles on its helms faces.
The modern British Moth can come in a number of guises including:- All wood (Severn Sailboats) FRP deep and self draining Cockpit options (Claridge). THe boat is also suitable for home build and there is the option to buy an FRP hull and finish at home. The class rules allow for helms to choose the spars and foils that best suit them.
The class attracts all ages from youngsters to those in their eighties. At the 2015 Nationals 25% of the competitors fought for the ladies trophy. Boat ages ranged from those built in the 1950’s to one that was built only a few weeks before the competition.
British Moth 895 ‘Rivulet II’ can now be seen tearing along in the South Hong Kong harbour. This latest Claridge built boat is based at Aberdeen Boat Club and is challenging the lasers on the water.
The season Finale is nearly here. Hunts SC host the last double header of the 2016 season. The Somerville Trophy and Vintage Trophy are up for presentation after the racing on the Sunday. There are already rumours that there are boats coming from as far a field as Maidenhead, Frampton and Mid Warwickshire Notice […]
The final River open is on Sept 10th at Desborough SC, Ferry Lane, Shepperton. the Notice of Race can be accessed via the Calendar 2016 page.
The forecasts had been read. The tradition was quoted by those with experience of these things: ‘Strong, strong, light’. All the twenty-four Moth sailors standing by Pitsford Reservoir, Northampton, knew the score: if you play the game of Moth Nationals, you sail, or you retire. And it might be a little breezy. Never mind the […]
Two weeks out from the Moth Nationals, and it was a depleted traveller fleet that was greeted by sun, warm temperatures and a mirror-like Summerleaze Lake for Maidenhead Sailing Club’s Moth Open. For Race Officer Brian Jones, the conditions presented a challenge, as he searched the lake for sufficient wind to set a course. By […]