It is still difficult for most yachtsmen to imagine having a true moth hydrofoil regatta. Drone optics bring new perspectives and a sense of involvement from the US championship.
The Moth class is probably the coolest thing sailing has ever done in recent years. The video shows how the race proceeds relatively “normally”. In addition to high speed, more and more the race is based on strategic positioning relative to the wind and opponents.
And since more and more sailors remain on their hydrofoils and do not sink into the water during turns, the tactical possibilities of the regatta are expanding. This is a big difference compared to the previous hydrofoil catamarans, which lost a lot of time when turning.
However, another strong point of this class slows down its spread, which is also a disadvantage. We are talking about a design of this class, with great freedom in technical solutions, where amateurs can express themselves. Since the limits of development, obviously, are far from being exhausted, the desire of amateurs to achieve greater speed will lead them to new design solutions and old materials will become less competitive.
This makes hydrofoil very expensive. New boats are well above the € 20,000 price tag and are difficult to get hold of. Thus, the 13-yacht race in the US Championship is depressingly small.
Also in Germany this class is not represented in the quantity it deserves. Maybe this problem can be solved by cheap Onedesign Motte Waszp or others.
Moth Wings Mania: Video of a drone from the US Sailboat Championship.
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