Foiling with the Mountains!

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MAR_7184We had an early start this morning, after some big storms rolled through the mountains in the night.  The wind stayed around long enough to finish two foiling races.  There was a battle for the top three positions in both races from Chris Rast, Matthias Renker, Araund Psarofaghis, and Giovanni Galeotti.  Chris Rast and Matthias Renker are the two locals from the lake and best friends from grammar school.  Arnaud is trying out a few big modifications in the aerodynamic department of the boat.  Tomorrow we have another early start hoping for some more ‘Oberwind’.

benoitThere are different ways to fall in love with moth sailing.  A majority of the sailors try the boat out with a friend and go on to order a new boat or buy a used boat.   Some of the sailors just know that the moth is the boat for them, Benoit Marie is one of those guys.  Benoit’s hometown is Nantes, France he has been in competitive sailing since a young boy and his passion is sailing.   Like many youth sailors in the world he started sailing the optimist and moved on to the Europe, which is a part of the moth family.  He knew he wanted to do something great with sailing but also wanted to be educated in the process. Benoit took a break from sailing to finish his engineering degree.  After some thought about the next step, he set his goal on the mini-transat. Everything Benoit did in the years leading up to his victorious win in 2013 became research and development.  He began sailing on bigger boats in all different positions, the bow position being his favorite. He was the under dog going into the mini-transit but he had the knowledge and the edge to beat out his experienced competition.  After his Mini-Transat campaign he decided to buy a moth in time for the EFG MothEuroCup Act 1. With the help of his sponsor Volotea he was able to make this happen.  “During my first experience on the moth the wind was a solid 20 knots, and it was interesting to say the least!” Even though he is having fun on the moth his next career goal is to compete in ocean racing trimarans.  He explained that the feeling of driving a big trimaran is not much different then sailing the moth.

DavidDavid Hohlenweg is another sailor that decided that the moth was his kind of boat. He received his moth from Scott Babbage after the Silvaplana European Championship, loaded it on top of his car and went directly to southern France to try out his new toy.  David has been in the sailing scene for a long time starting in the optimist and moving into double-handed boats such as the 420 and a few different skiffs. David now owns and runs an Architect firm out of the French part of Switzerland, specializing in private residences. He is happy when he has enough work in his 10 person firm to be able to go and sail his moth.  He is working towards being able to sail around the course with the top guys, he is well on his way.  David is a great sailor and points out, that the beautiful thing of moth sailing is that you have to be good at many different skills to be competitive in the class.

simonSimon Owen-Smith is a well-known name in the moth world, he has been named the carbon magician!  We are lucky enough to have him here for this regatta to first enjoy Switzerland, after working night and day at the Moth Worlds, and as always to talk shop about the best way to optimize or fix a problem with the moth.  He works closely with the Mach2family and we are really happy he could make it to Thun and join the fun!

 Tomorrow we have another early start hoping for some more ‘Oberwind’.

Photos from both days!


SUI 4112 Rast, Christoph 3 pts


ISV 4022 Renker, Matthias 5 pts


SUI 3796 Psarofaghis, Arnaud 5 pts


BEL 4049 Galeotti, Giovanni 7 pts


SUI 3752 Hohlenweg, David 10 pts

August 8, 2014 EFG MothEuroCup Act 4 Day 2 from EFG MothEuroCup on Vimeo.