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.
Congratulations must go to those who have competed in this year’s Winter Big Lakes Series. Jonathan Twite (Nottingham Sailing Club) ventured out to the Draycot Dash in what proved to be a bit windy on day one but calmed down for the second day. Two juniors from Staines SC – Starsky Torchia and Theo Kokuburn […]
The last of this year’s Moth Opens was held at Hunts Sailing Club on the weekend of 19-20 September. Despite the weather warnings, 14 Moths (along with the Lightning Open on the Saturday) participated over the two days in what only could be described as ‘Waiting for wind’. Day one was calm, with a patchy […]
Nationals at Harold Staunton seem to attract Moths that haven’t been seen before, but this time a Moth turned up that had not been seen by its intrepid helm at all. As others were going through the formalities of remembering which bits of rope go where, Moth 893 was being measured and weighed for the […]
A variety of conditions and the added hazard of other non-Open boats sailing on the lake made the recent Moth Open, held at Maidenhead Sailing Club on Sunday, July 7, an interesting competition for the sailors. Competitors from around the country joined the three local Moth sailors in what became a tight contest of patience […]
The Fowey Sea Championship had passed into British Moth legend as the Open that wasn’t. It was competitive, yes, but very, very laid back. Revived last year, its reputation confirmed, it was enough to entice seventeen British Moth sailors, various family members, and their boats, to overcome the tyranny of distance and long weekend traffic […]