At the beginning of Act 3 the event organizers announced that there was a chance that we might have to wake up early in the morning to catch the ‘Ober’ wind. The race official promised that it would be an unforgettable experience, because of the extraordinary morning light that illuminates the mountains and water. He was right. After waking up at 5h30, and on the water by 6h30, it was a day that all of the sailors will remember. Maybe not only because of the spectacular morning light, but also because of the freezing air and water temperature!
Almost all of the sailors were ready for the 7h00 start this morning. The east side of the lake had great wind and the fleet completed 2 really great races and one race in marginal foiling conditions. Marco Lanulfi was on fire in the first two races scoring two bullets. In the third race the wind started to die and not all Moths were able to foil all the time. Keeping the Moth foiling around the course in 8 knots of wind is quite challenging and falling off of the foils once too many times will cost you the race.
In the last race Chris Rast SUI had an excellent start, got on the foils and immediately moved in to the lead. Afterwards he explained that he mainly attributed his good speed to his newly installed canting rig system, which allows for better aerodynamics in lighter wind conditions.
Once he had past the finishing line, Chris Rast SUI intensely followed the finishing order of his immediate rivals as this would determine the overall ranking of the event. His closest rival, Carlo de Paoli ITA crossed the line in fourth place, therefore handing the overall win to Chris Rast with only a one-point margin.
Marco Lanulfi who dominated the first two races, fell off of his foils a couple of times too many and finished in eighth place in the last race. This still allowed him to finish 3rd overall and round out the podium. Congratulations to these sailors for winning the coveted EFG prize money!
Overall the third Act of the EFG MothEuroCup was plagued by a lack of wind and some organizational issues. Even in our high-tech age that we live in, we can’t control Mother Nature and that is probably a good thing. But in the end a bad day on the water still beats a good day at the office, especially when you are sailing a Moth. We did get a total of three races in the book and we would like to thank the race committee with all their volunteers for their hard work and time.
The EFG MothEuroCup now has a break before the next Act on beautiful Lake Silvaplana, Switzerland. Please come and join us there! In the mean time the moths are not resting. In the beginning of July the Italian Nationals and The Foiling Week are being held on Lake Garda. The Foiling Week will definitely be an event to follow closely, as it is the first ever organized event where all kinds of foiling sailboats will be demonstrated. Also, the major moth event of the year, the Moth World Championships will be held in mid-July in Hayling Island, UK. The way the entries are racking up, we will probably see a new record number of Moths on the starting line.
We would like to give a big thank you to our sponsors. EFG our title sponsor, with out them we would not have such a prestigious event with prize money! We also thank our series sponsors SLAM and MACH2 for their continued support. We hope to see many more of you at the next Acts!
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First Place – Chris Rast
Second Place – Carlo de Paoli
Third Place – Marco Lanulfi