This year our Nationals are being held at Staunton Harold SC near Derby, from Wednesday 2nd August to Saturday 5th August inclusive. This event is open to all British Moths irrespective of age or helm’s experience, the only condition being that the helm must be a paid-up member of the BMBA. If you aren’t already a member, you can either join in advance with the attached form, or in person at the Nationals. Competitors can enter for the whole Open, or for individual days.
As part of the Nationals, and in celebration of 85 years of British Mothing, we are holding a draw for a brand new British Moth sail. To qualify, you simply have to be a member of the BMBA no later than the end of Nationals ie 5th August. In addition, if you have been a member continuously for the last four years, you will qualify for an additional ticket.
Also, if more tickets are desired, additional tickets will be available for sale at the Nationals at £5 each. More chances to win!
The draw will take place at the final Open of the year at Hunts in October.
If you intend to sail the Nationals, please be reminded that each boat requires a Measurement Certificate and a valid self-certified buoyancy test. These are easily obtainable from me (the Secretary), and I will be bringing some to Nationals if you need one.
Sailing is not the only activity available at the Nationals. There is an evening social programme, as well as the BMBA AGM. For those interested, there is camping available on-site. Full details are to be found on the BMBA website at www.britishmoth.co.uk/nationals-2017/
For the Nationals can I remind you that you will need your Measurement Certificate, showing a bouyancy test. If you need one I can make them available either at the Maidenhead Open (This weekend) or if you email me I will bring some along to the Nationals.
As a newcomer to the class, i note the occasional reference to use of a smaller sail to attract youngsters and beginners As far back as 2011. The Laser membership adopted handicaps for the radial and the storm sail, and the aeros have followed suit with the 5, 7, and 9 rigs, both with immense success. If the class promoted a handicap for the MM sail, approx 6m2?. And or the slimJim rig, approx 7m2? Or just one of these, the class might have a broader appeal. Are.2 piece masts a possibility? If you could simply change the top section above the shrouds, with a shorter section, (Aeros and Lasers change the bottom section I believe)., then newcomers could start with a smaller rig, and enjoy competition in mixed fleets, or in Moth fleets. I think that if this approach were adopted you could see a far more rapid growth in membership. There are already good rigs of a smaller size available, the class would I think, only have to apply to the RYA for an experimental handicap, based on one or the other of these smaller rigs to start the ball rolling.