I thought it would be interesting to see how other moth fleets are doing? Whether you are a one man band or a 10 boat fleet, what has mothing at your club been like in 2013? Have you managed to increase your numbers and if so how?
At Frampton we have had 6 of our 7 mothists out at one point or another, including our newest recruit. Weve had some good close racing at times but I am hoping we can manage to get more of us out at the same time next year. Mixed bag of results for us all but weve had some successes and more importantly a lot of fun. We are still managing to get 3 of us out in the winter series which is a good effort as the numbers seem to drop off in other fleets as the weather gets colder.
Intersesting to note your comments on the Moths at Frampron. The Earlswood Lakes fleet (total number two) has put in a steady performance with John Pickford having come away at the end of the season with two trophies and both of our boats being well up the fleets in all series. The Lakes are well suited to the BM and still generate a lot of interest and considerable envy as to our consistent performance even considering the very strange handicapping system used by the club. We are now into our winter series, my Moth is in the garage for some winter maintenance and believe John will be doing the same but will certainly be in the mix for the coming series. Smile and satisfaction levels for the year consistently high Cheers to all Ian Edwards
Having walked round Earlswood lakes I can see why they would suit Moths so well, just a shame you can't persuade a few more to go for one. We now have 7 Moth at MWYC, 6 of them sailing regularly & turning in good results even on windier days, the confined water & tight courses really suit us. I'm not sure we can grow the fleet much more but in real terms we are the only fleet we have at the club.
Sounds like a good year at Earlswood. I hadnt realise that you and John sail there. I think I crewed in a vintage N12 in an open at Earlswood about 10 years ago. A really nice day and very friendly club. If its how I remember it the wind was blowing straight down the hill/ slipway and creating an interesting patch of considerably stronger wind. Probably one of the most enjoyable days racing ive had. I think ive still got the mug with the clubs badge somewhere come to think of it.
Elaine I think that the Moth is probably just about the best boat for your club and its great to see the class thriving there. Were you the first to sail one there?