The 2015 McDougall–McConaghy Moth World Championship is set to be even more of a spectacle this year, with the return of the Zhik-sponsored ‘Mothapalooza’ – a fun, freestyle event, which promises a potential head to head with teams of America’s Cup and Olympic sailors. The event will take place alongside the Moth worlds in Sorrento, on the Mornington Penninsula in Victoria, Australia between 10-16 January 2015.
The last Mothapalooza event was held at Lake Garda 2012 and the moth design award was won by German sailor, Carlo Mäge.
This year, the Zhik Mothapalooza has evolved into a unique two-event series for individuals and teams, all devised to test the competitors’ innovative foiling skills and boat handling to the extreme.
The individual event ‘How Slow Can You Go’ is a test to find the ‘slowest foiler’ sailing between two points. You read that right – the slowest! Competitors will sail at 90 degrees to the wind over a straight 100 metre course. The sailor who takes the longest time whilst still keeping their boat foiling at all times, without tacking or gybing, will be the winner! Anyone who has tried foiling for themselves, will quickly recognise just how difficult this test will be.
Prizes on offer include vouchers for Zhik dinghy sailing gear and these excellent T-Shirts.
The team event will be the World’s first foiling ‘Sailing Relay Race’. Teams of four, many of whom are Olympic and AC sailors, will have to pick up, carry and deliver a baton to a floating bucket, and get out of the way so the next team mate can grab the baton and head back in the opposite direction.
Catch up brief: 2012 Mothapalooza event
This is set to be an exciting event that will test the sailors’ ability to work as a team, and we expect there will be some very close calls! Any Moth Worlds entrants can team up together to battle it out for overall honours and generous prizes awarded by ZHIK.
The current entry list for the Moth Worlds reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of sailing and is littered with Olympic medallists and America’s Cup sailors, all who are captivated by the Moth foiling bug.
With names including Tom Slingsby, Rome Kirby, Kyle Langford, as well as Dean Barker, Glenn Ashby, Ray Davies and Peter Burling it will be fascinating to see if the sailors form their relay teams under the banners of Oracle Team USA or Emirates Team New Zealand, or whether some national teams will emerge. Either promises to be a fabulous spectacle!
moth world championship logo.
Other well known names include Bora Gulari, Nathan Outteridge, Paul Goodison and Chris Draper. Will we see the Aussie Olympic medallists team up versus the British medallists too? With $5000 worth of Zhik prizes up for grabs, this is an event not to be missed by competitors and public alike! Mothapooloza promises some serious fun on the water and off!
Brian Connolly, founder and CEO of Zhik, said “The Zhik Mothapolooza is an outstanding test of the sailors skills, and enormous fun for the spectators to watch too. We are delighted to be involved with this event. The Moth class is right at the forefront of dinghy sailing technology, and Zhik is right there with the sailors all the way.”