Saturday, February 04, 2012

Ben Paton

To make up for yesterday's story about (what is apparently) an International Moth sailor being rescued by a lifeboat, here is a video of Ben Paton sailing his foiling Moth in the Nordea Moth Europeans at Travemünde in 2011.


Ken and Karen said...

Hi There!! I follow your blog. Love the photos. I also put your blog site on my blog/website:

Keep up the good sailing!!!

Captain Karen Barber

Pandabonium said...

What is their hurry? Like playing a 33 1/3 recording of "Moonlight Bay" at 78 rpm. Seems more like a frantic comedy than leisure.

Tillerman said...

Panda, apparently in the sport of sailboat racing the objective is to make your boat go faster than the other guys' boats. That way you can cross the finish line first and achieve something called "winning" the race.

Some clever chap in the Moth Class recently discovered that if he put hydrofoils on his daggerboard and rudder, it did help the boat to go faster. So then pretty much every other chap in the Moth Class did the same thing and now they are all whizzing around at about 30 knots (when they are not capsizing.)

This is called "progress" and "exciting."

No? I didn't think you would understand.

Pandabonium said...

Interesting, Tillerman. Thanks for explaining. You're right. I still don't get it.

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