By Graham Pope, Frampton SC
British Moths gathered at Northampton Sailing Club between 12th and 15th August for their National Championships. They were treated to a good range of winds and well pampered by the Northampton team at this popular Moth venue.
The practice race was run in very light winds with Tim Davidson showing no superstition in taking the win and setting the trend for the rest of the event.
The wind steadily increased as we worked through the programme and Thursday provided champagne conditions with excellent racing for all in the first race and five helms taking the lead before Davidson put in a final sprint to snatch the win. This was a familiar trend with Roger Witts, Steve Sargent and Colin Hall all providing a strong challenge to Davidson whose consistently prevailed, after the Witts challenge was thwarted by an OCS and DNF, going on to complete a clean sweep of the trophies with great skill and consistency in all conditions.
The remaining podium positions were also closely fought with Mark Wiltshire and Jeremy Higson completing the top flight to edge out Graham Pope whose wacky boom and rudder experiments failed at key times and Andrew Perrot who also suffered gear failure in the last hairy race when many stayed ashore.
The standard of racing is showing a big improvement this year testament to the popular training and tuning sessions run by the jovial Frampton pair Roger Witts and Laura Honey culminating in their team taking the Transom Trophy with three helms in the top six.
Most notable performances was Junior Tim Lupton whose light wind pace saw him at the front and his all round skills kept him in touch in the heavy stuff. His development aided by the eastern fleets winter Hot Toddy series run by Abby Freeley, Garry Tomkins and Barry Graver who have mentored this rising star on to collect the Salterns Trophy for Junior National Champion whilst themselves too collecting silverware.
Gear-wise there was no particular dominance of hull spar or sail maker and the new carbon rig showed no advantage, proving skill the primary factor.
The attendance of 24 was down on previous years despite great interest in the class and second hand boats selling quickly, so if you know of any unused moths get them onto our website. The committee will be considering the current nationals and open meeting format to address the general issue of attendance. Meanwhile, we await the arrival of the new Claridge boats and development of carbon and other rigs.
(full results are available here)
1. Tim Davison, Medley SC
2. Steve Seargent, Fishers Green
3. Colin Hall, Hunts SC
4. Roger Witts, Frampton SC
5. Mark Wiltshire, Frampton SC
6. Jezza Higson, Frampton SC
Junior Champion – Tim Lupton, SESCA
Ladies Champion – Abby Freeley, SESCA
Top Veteran – Barry Graver, Rollesly Broad
Top Vintage Boat – Richard Keefe, SESCA
Endeavour Trophy – John Pickford, Evesham SC