The McDougall + McConaghy International Moth World Championships are taking place on Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, at the Kaneohe YC. First there is the USA Nationals, from Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 October and a then number of Slalom and Dash for Cash races to raise expectations. The first worlds race proper is on Monday 14 October.
Eighty entries are taking part with 15 countries represented. The Australians have turned up in force with 26 competitors, followed by the USA hosts with 17. Britain has 7, Switzerland 6, Sweden, Japan and Italy with 4, Ireland with 3, Austria and New Zealand with 2 and US Virgin Islands, Germany, Spain, France and The Netherlands with 1 each.
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The world championship will consist of a qualifying series of at least five races and then a split into gold and silver fleets for the final series races, with a possible event total of 18 races to decide the title.
GBR entries include: Chris Rashley, Katherine Knight, Simon Hiscocks, Adam May and Rob Greenhalgh.
Defending champion is Josh McKnight of Australia and among the expected leading competitors are:
Peter Burling of New Zealand, the 2011 World Champion Nathan Outteridge and Scott Babbage of Australia and two of the GBR entries, Rob Greenhalgh and current European Champion Chris Rashley. Top host country challengers are Bora Gulari, the 2009 champion and Anthony Kotoun, ISV.
McDougall-McConaghy, the partnership that designed, builds and distributes the dominant Mach2 Moth are the title sponsor for this year’s Moth World Championships.
Official Worlds website here
8 October 2013 6:35 GMT