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.
The Moth Bowl is one of the oldest events in the Moth calendar. This year’s was held in light and tricky conditions, ensuring a worthy winner. Race officer Iain Tullis set an angled line to spread out the fleet of eighteen boats. In Race 1 Toby Cooper started at the pin end and led […]
Recovered from last year’s nightmare of men in skirts, sixteen gallant Moth sailors and assorted family members braved long weekend traffic, school buses, miles of A30 roadworks, and, in one case, extreme boredom, making the (mostly) arduous journey to Fowey for the FOVIEY Sea Championship 2016. Once there, boats were rapidly rigged […]
The Mini races, Sea Championships and Brown Willy Series are now Completed and THe Results can be viewed here
Twelve Moths took to the water on Saturday at Frampton on Severn Sailing Club for the third Open of the Moth calendar. Five visitors joined seven locals in shaking off the cobwebs of winter laying-up, with a four-race program that encompassed conditions from planing to sitting on the lake waiting for the wind to […]
Seven boats competed in Cam Sailing Club’s British Moth Open for the Cam Coffee Pot trophy this year. Following a start postponement while waiting for the wind to fill in, the first race was held in a light breeze. The wind steadily filled in during the day to give some pleasant sailing conditions in warm […]