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.
It’s not often that a class gets a first time at anything, particularly a class that has been around for eighty years, but on Sunday 17th April , British Moths sailed their first open at a Nottinghamshire club. A bright and chilly morning greeted the eight competitors, four of whom had travelled up the day […]
As we approach the mid point in April and have infested the Midlands by 17 attendees at MWYC and Girton SC hosting us on the 17th . May is going to be an exciting month where we will be travelling across the country. The notices of race for all our events can be accessed from […]
This year Cam SC open meeeting is on the 7th May, competing for the Cam Coffee Pot. The entry fee is £5,00. Briefing at 10:30 first race 11:00. Two further races to follow in the afternoon. Hot & cold drinks will be available to purchase during the day, & Chocolate, Crisps & Cake in the […]
Take one small family friendly sailing club on a tiny reservoir in leafy Warwickshire, a drop of sunshine, a nice breeze, sprinkle on a large helping of quirky scows with a heritage that can be traced back to the 1930s along with an equally “interesting” bunch of sailors that must be fed cake and you […]
17th April sees the Moth fleet descending onto the waters of Girton SC. This forms the second element of the Somerville Trophy series. Three races starting at 11:00am (briefing at 10:15am). £10 entry fee. Free overnight camping from 6:00pm Saturday. All British Moth sailors and friends to this friendly club to sail and spectate on […]