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Post Options Post Options   Quote aardvark_issues Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Sep 19 at 8:17am
The single most expensive part I can find from any manufacturer is a mainfoil at £2600, but this includes both parts and it'd be pretty unusual to do both.

Mast is £900 plus VAT, sails have got a bit silly at £2k.

When Moth sailors talk about breakages most of the time it's stuff like ropes and running rigging - there is little redundancy on a Moth and if something like this fails it's generally race over and with the high loads on everything boatwork is key.

Having arrived in Weymouth after a 25+ knot day of racing I was surprised how little repair work was going on.

To be fair, your point is still valid - when the top 4 are pros with equipment deals what use is a voucher for a new wetsuit? Thankfully I know the winner donated his to his highly talented yet humble boatbuilder.

Originally posted by salmon80


When the mast breaks and takes out the sail with it £5k minimum I'd reckon

How much is the main foil?

Edited by aardvark_issues - 19 Sep 19 at 8:20am
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Interesting thread, it seems the OP is either misinformed about Moth sailing or deliberately using hyperbole.

- Prizes were vouchers not cash.  Lots of similar prizes through the fleet:
Eddie Bridle – 1st Boat older than 5 years
Brad Gibson – Trier’s Trophy
Sam Barker – 1st Corinthian & Best 1st Nationals
Ricky Tagg – 1st Grand Master
Fionn Conway – 1st Under 21
Josie Gliddon – Ladies Champion
Simon Hiscocks – 8th Overall
Jason Belben – 7th Overall
Dave Kenefick – 6th Overall
Dan Ellis - 5th Overall
Mike Lennon – 1st Master & 4th Overall
Benoit Marie - 3rd Overall
Brad Funk – 1st Jnr Master, 1st Overseas & 2nd Overall
Dylan Fletcher - National Champion

Other sponsor contributions provided free breakfast, post race beer & pasta, and socials, making a great event.

Responding on some of the other points:

- There are several very good boats available now at well under £30k.  Good opportunity for talented sailors to buy &  race in Gold Fleet at the 2020 Worlds in Weymouth!
- You'd be hard pushed to do £5k of damage even on a bad day.  I don't see many references to breakages in event reports, a quick look at reports on Y&Y website shows only one mention, a broken shroud.
- The moth fleet are mainly insured through Noble, who are excellent.  Noble have provided sponsorship for class events for years, so presumably they find the fleet to have a reasonable and sustainable claims record.    
- Yes, Brad does seem to have a nice life.  Probably why he's a nice guy to have in the fleet.  

As Brad would (probably) say, enjoy the planet and your sailing.

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