The Tiger that wasn't

This weekend saw an small fleet of Moths up at the Tiger Trophy at Rutland. Unfortunately the weather forecast was dire which meant that only myself, James Phare and newcomer Gareth Davies made the racing.

Saturday’s racing got off to a slow start with the racing delayed while waiting for the mist to clear (which it didn’t!). It was pretty marginal allowing foiling at times and keeping to the handicap of 700 was going to be damn near impossible. I had a pretty rotten start with a 800 tacking onto port at the pin end and parking in front of me leading to a capsize avoiding him. I managed to recover foiling downwind and up a bit of the beats and finished close to the leading boats but needing a lot of time on them to do any good. Similar story in the second race with lots of lowriding but some fun downhill rides dodging the masses of boats all parked on the run.

Unfortunately for me, for the second weekend on the trot the race team didn’t seem to count all my laps, placing me behind Gareth overall, despite nearly lapping him in both. James had a disagreement with the black flag and was dsq’d from the second one!
With even less wind on the Sunday for the pursuit race we all decided to call it a day and get packed up. Eventual winner was a Merlin – hardly surprising given the top 20 was made up almost entirely of Merlins and Phantoms…

Hardly a classic weekend for the Moths but was still good to raise the profile a bit with all the youth squad teams who seem to inhabit Rutland…

Full results are HERE and some photos have been posted here

4 Replies to “The Tiger that wasn't”

  1. They got my results wrong in the first race as well….had me down as 150 something, did much better – more like 130th…!Also had to capsize during the first start at the committee boat end after getting wedged between two fireballs and a 29er. Fortunately no one mentionned it ashore however as apparently a lairy pink moth in a similar situation is more noteworthy!Oh the joys of mothing when there is no wind.

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