British Moth Nationals at Northampton Sailing Club 11-14 August 2010

Witts wins

Roger Witts set the pace straight from the start, and was not shy to win the practice race and go onto lead the event at the halfway stage on Thursday evening scoring 3 wins to last year’s champion Tim Davidson’s 1 win. With the pressure on Davidson did not need the broken boom which put him ashore for race 5, leaving Witts sporting a slightly smaller sail in the lively conditions scoring another win to clinch the championship. Tim Davidson winning the final two races to conclude their duel for the title.

Following the leaders Mark Wiltshire, Graham Pope and Jeremy Higson had moments of glory at the front of the fleet but had to settle to their own battle for third place overall which was always going to be tight but finished in that order.

British Moth Nationals 2010

Behind the front runners another group had a skirmish for final placings with Colin Hall slowly turning up the dial as the event progressed to lead junior Tim Lupton, going very fast in the exciting conditions and using his light weight well in these powerful boats to squeeze out Andrew Perrott . Tony Latham followed in the final standings, having a successful Nationals debut ahead of Richard Keefe enjoying the better pace of his borrowed ship Painted Lady.

New chairperson Abby Freely arrived a day late but took advantage of the second discard introduced this year to record a steadily improving set of results and take the ladies prize ahead of Elaine Laverty who started well but tired . Laura Honey sailed well in the leading pack only to have her innovative pin head R & J sail “stolen” by partner Roger Witts on Friday, he used it to great effect however and graciously dedicated his victory to her.

In this windy event there were plenty of smiles on the screaming reaches and everyone had a great time, it was good to see some newcomers to the fleet joining us. Simon Hall with Duncan Lavety taking up the daily entry option and the Medley club making a welcome return.

British Moth Nationals 2010

We had a Mini Junior Championship on Friday evening hotly contested by Edward Higson, Ben Gribble, not content with joining the National leaders from time to time needed more excitement and joined the fray, and birthday girl Imogen Higson went very well winning the first race. Dire weather kept many ashore who joined a bank of keen spectators to cheer on the hardy few, who finished in the order above.

Later in the evening Bill Gribble’s band Free Fall rocked the house, proving him a man of many talents. As ever, Northampton were superb hosts with an efficient PRO team lead by Chris Harris and excellent catering by Elaine Tebbutt all controlled by the steady hand of Commodore Ian Castle, with our own Elaine Gillingham efficiently keeping the scores up to date and tight rein on entries.

Pinnell and Bax’s Steve Graham enthralled the fleet on Wednesday evening with an informal sail trimming talk and the pace of racing on Thursday was noticeably improved thanks to them.

Roger proved a worthy champion, campaigning a state of the art carbon rigged boat. He won in great style in lively conditions – not his greatest strength. Never shy to share his tuning tips he has built a solid fleet at Frampton, also encouraging local Moth sailors. As seen by the results below, it was no surprise that Frampton took the team prize.

British Moth Nationals 2010 Trophy Winners

Overall Results:

1st Roger Witts (Frampton on Severn)
2nd Tim Davidson (Medley SC)
3rd Mark Wiltshire (Frampton on Severn)
4th Graham Pope (Frampton on Severn)
5th Jeremy Higson (Frampton on Severn)
6th Colin Hall (Hunts)
Junior Champion – Tim Lupton (SESCA)
Ladies Champion – Abby Freeby (SESCA)
Veteran – Ian Hayward (Frampton on Severn)
Endeavour Trophy – John Pickford, Evesham)
Vintage Boat – Laura Honey (Frampton on Severn)