Mach 2 Wins 7th Straight Moth World Championship
Published: Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Peter Burling from New Zealand sailed his Mach 2 Moth to a convincing victory in the McDougall + McConaghy 2015 Moth Worlds held at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club in Victoria, Australia last week. Burling took nine first places in the regatta, which was divided into two fleets of 79 and 76 boats.
Also sailing a Mach 2, Australians Nathan Outeridge (Olympic gold medallist and defending Moth world champion) and Josh McKnight (2012 Moth world champion) took second and third, respectively.
The Mach 2 Moth designed by Andrew McDougall (13th in gold fleet and winner of the masters title) and built by McConaghy Boats has consistently proven to be the most successful hydrofoiling Moth since first launched in 2008, with seven consecutive world titles and over 500 boats launched to date. The Mach 2 has become the weapon of choice for Olympic Gold medallists, America's Cup crews and weekend sailors just looking to experience the thrill of foiling. Out of the 79 boats in the gold fleet, 73 were Mach 2’s.
Burling emphasised that he was using all standard Mach 2 equipment. “The boat’s been going really well this week, no problems,” he said.
McKnight was using all Mach 2 equipment, except for an aftermarket boom that failed in his last race
“There are some great guys in this record fleet, I am absolutely stoked to win,” said Burling. “All the time I have put in to this campaign paid off,” You get on a winning roll and just keep going. Nathan (Outteridge) and I spent a lot of time working on our boats and nothing broke."
As co-creators of the Mach 2, McDougall and McConaghy have always been strong supporters of the Moth class. This year’s spectacular event held by the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club is the second world championship to be sponsored by McDougall and McConaghy, who also provided boat builders on site during the regatta to keep the fragile machines – more akin to model airplanes than sailing boats – on the water and sailing regardless of the punishment that was dished out in the extreme conditions.
(Photos: Thierry Martinez)