Forty-four sailors representing 10 nations are in Dubai, UAE to battle for the 2010 PUMA Moth World Championship title where racing begins today.
Registration is almost complete with just a few sailors left from the 44 strong fleet to sign up to compete in the PUMA Moth Worlds. The first race starts at 15:00 local time this afternoon giving the competitors a few more hours preparation, making last minute adjustments to ensure their Moths are ready to start the battle for the championship.
"The Moth Class is delighted to have PUMA sponsoring the 2010 Moth International World Championships in Dubai," said event organizer and Moth sailor Chris Graham
(UAE). "The Moth class is growing so fast, attracting the best dinghy sailors in the world and putting them in one boat against each other. Along with PUMA's entry into the world of sailing, we feel that the synergy between Moth sailors and PUMA is a perfect fit. Both PUMA and Moths share a love for fast, exciting and very high calibre sailing matched with a sense of fun an friendliness off the water."
Yesterdays "Marine Tech Dash for Cash" slalom saw Australia's Rob Gough take the top prize fund followed by Simon Payne
from Great Britain and third spot went to the current World Chamion, Bora Gulari
On Saturday, the Worlds pre-race days kicked off with big winds and even bigger waves! The weekend provided two days of racing for the UAE National Championships and a great chance for everyone to get set for the World Championship battle. Just 15 starters took to the water for race one, held in a 15-20 knot westerly, while many of the international sailors took the time to fine tune their boats and acclimatize themselves to the balmy conditions of the UAE. Arnaud Psarofaghis
(SUI) took line honours in race one with locally based sailor Graham following in second and Gough from Australia in third.
The second race hosted only nine starters. Many pulling out due to kick failure or after a high speed crash. Again Arnaud Psarofaghis of Switzerland took first place, second place was taken by Scott Babbage
of Australia and Gough took third. Over the weekend, local favourite Graham showed his consistency across a range of conditions with three top-three finishes in races three, four and five pushing up into first overall to take the UAE National title. Psarofaghis came in second with Gulari third.
Race one of the World Championship is set for 15:00 local time today. Three races are then scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (Thursday is a reserve day) with the final two races of the World Championship on Sunday 14 March.