Third win for Chris Rast

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The EFG MothEuroCup Act 4 has been completed and the prizes have been awarded, thanks to the sailor’s understanding and cooperation. The wind on Lake Thun can be great, but this weekend we were not so lucky. Even though this was only a two-race regatta we saw some great sailing. The top three sailors were awarded with prize money that is provided from our title sponsor EFG. In third place was Arnaud Psarofaghis from Geneva receiving 300 Euros. Matthias Renker, who has recently received his PhD in physics, placed second and was awarded with 500 Euros. Chris Rast has once again won a 1’000 euros for placing first, rounding out an all Swiss Podium! “I had decent speed and was able to reduce my mistakes on the race course. The foiling tack at the top mark ahead of Arnaud was the win for me,” (of Day 2) Chris Rast explains (See video of Day 2. Thunersee Yacht Club has been a great host for the EFG MothEuroCup and we thank them for their hospitality and hard work on and off the race-course. We also would like to thank our series sponsors, MACH2 and SLAM for supplying a magnificent amount of merchandise and vouchers for all participating sailors and volunteers.

MAR_7424Chris Rast, EFG Sailing Team Skipper, has now won three of the four EFG MothEuroCup Acts. Chris was born in the United States and grew up in Switzerland, where he was first introduced to sailing on an International 420 dinghy. Since his first regatta, competitive sailing has become his life’s passion. He has competed in three Olympic Games for both Switzerland and the USA and has won many national and international titles along the way. Chris is a professional sailor and is driven to excel in this demanding team sport. He loves sailing and is happy when he can share his passion with others and help them improve their game on the water.  Sailing is constantly evolving and as a sailor Chris wants to continue to evolve his sailing skills as well. Foiling is where the sport is heading towards right now and the moth is the perfect platform to work on the basics of foiling, but also to develop/design new systems. Put a couple of ambitious moth sailors together and great things happen! Together with a bunch of other fellow moth sailors Chris was part of the team that set the new speed record at 37.9 knots on the recently launched foiling GC32 catamaran on lake Garda! Now, THAT is some serious speed for a 32 foot catamaran!

MAR_6951The moth has not always been foiling around the race-course. It became a foiling boat because it is a development class. Anything goes as long as it is inside a few strict measurements. Harald Steiner from Germany began sailing moths at age 13 when the concept of foiling was not in the picture, yet. He now owns a small carpentry business, specializing in roof building. Harald has built three moth boats since he started sailing in the class, his most recent one is a successful foiling design for which he also built his own foils. He competed in the 1994 Moth European Championship in Estavayer, Switzerland with a full wooden moth, including the wings. Harald had a chance at winning what was supposed to be a light air event on Lake Neuchatel. As the saying goes, “it is never like this here”, the normally very calm venue became windy for 7 days straight. Harald unfortunately wasn’t ready for it. He took some time off from moth sailing in order to pursue wind surfing. When Harald came back onto the scene the foiling moth had been introduced and it rekindled his love for the boat. He now sails his home made moth in many different regattas and hopes that he conveys to others that it can be done and the moth doesn’t have to come from a factory!

We thank the sailors for coming to Act 4 and hope to see you next time in Wittensee Germany for Act 5 of the EFG MothEuroCup. We will have more sailor profiles at the next two events!

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Act 4 Results

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SUI 4112 Rast, Christoph TYC/RCO

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ISV 4022 Renker, Matthias RCO

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SUI 3796 Psarofaghis, Arnaud SNG

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BEL 4049 Galeotti, Giovanni RYCB

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SUI 3752 Hohlenweg, David CVE

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