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12 October 2001, 03:22 pm
Thorpe Dominates
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Mark Robinson (AUS)

Moth World Championship
Chosgi Marina

Mark Thorpe from Australia won both races yesterday convincingly showing his long time in the class with better boat handling in the hard conditions.
Two races were sailed yesterday in very sloppy conditions with 4-5m waves still left over from the previous days cold front. This along with only 5-6 knots of breeze made sailing very difficult as the apparent wind moved 90 degrees depending whether you were on a wave or not.

Last night was the International Moth Class Association annual general meeting (AGM), and Mark Robinson from Australian was elected as as the new World President. Initially there was some debate by some people on the use of hydrofoils, but the focus was to determine if hydrofoils were actually illegal under the current rules before the class decides if they want them or not. There are Moths at the Japan Worlds with hydrofoils. The next worlds are in the ocean off France in 2003, and it is unlikely they will get any use there either.

Two more races today starting at 11:00. Hopefully there will be more breeze which would make it easier for sailors to handle the swell downwind.
Moth Worlds Press/News Editor
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