Sunday, October 27, 2013

Boat Names

Maybe I'm being a bit nostalgic, but when I was reviewing the list of entries at the 1977 Moth Worlds hosted by Hayling Island Sailing Club, I saw that of the 86 entries, all but 19 had submitted a boat name. Many were indicative of the home-built nature of the class back then, but some were just plain interesting. Why are boat names on today's moths seemingly rare?

At any rate, enjoy the following look back on mothing in the late 70s...and I wonder how many of these folks have made the transition to foiling other than me.

And, yes, I'd love to make the trip again next summer if I can get the funds....

                                    HAYING ISLAND SAILING CLUB
                                    INTERNATIONAL MOTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 1977
                                    LIST OF ENTRIES

Country                                    Helm                           Boat Name                              No.

AUSTRALIA                          C. Burton                     Red Ned                                  KA8467
CZECHOSLAVAKIA             P. Tomasch                  Troll II                                    CZ1
                                                R. Andil Jnr.                Troll                                       CZ11
DENMARK                            J. Kold                                                                         D6
                                                H. Jensen                                                                    D22
                                                C. Mueller                                                                   D23
                                                T. Neilson                                                                    D24
                                                M. Freek                                                                      D25
                                                J. Boetter-Jensen                                                        D30
FDR                                        J. Segger                      Guppy                                      G1
                                                A. Messtorff                Jaimte                                      G2
                                                S. Kickhofen                Winnie                                    G610
                                                W. Briegleb                 O-g                                          G672
                                                M. Zeller                     Jumbo                                      G714
                                                B. Buhler                     Behemoth                                G715
                                                U. Fischer                    Fischli                                      G724
                                                Erica Von Borcke                                                        G734
                                                J. Pichler                     Unke                                        G738
                                                S. Gunter                                                                     G753
                                                N. Rubach                                                                   G801
HOLLAND                              D. de Boer                                                                    H3
                                                C. de Graaff                                                                  H7
                                                H. Hamberg                                                                  H10

SOUTH AFRICA                   A. Lanham-Love          Merveille du Jour                    3600
SWEDEN                                M. Lindgren                 Goofy                                      S371
                                                U. Bowallius               Mitzigainoff                              S377
                                                R. Weigard                  Blabar                                      S381
                                                D. Bolenius                 Valkyrian II                              S407
                                                A. Galmark                                                                  S415
SWITZERLAND                     B. Guhl                        Guinea Pig                               Z415
                                                G. Werner                   Heya                                         Z420
                                                H. Jorg                        Hu                                             Z425
                                                A. Wickart                   Scho    Rot                               Z475
                                                C. Kuchli                     C.C.                                          Z478
                                                B. Wicki                      Half Night Wonder                  Z481
                                                T. Schiess                    Viola da Gamba                       Z482
                                                C. Guanziroli               Calimero                                  Z494
                                                H. Dreher                    L.S.D. 7                                    Z495
UNITED KINGDOM             C. Edwards
                                                B. Spencer                   Salty Dog                                K3346
                                                Yvonne Woodwell      Soapha                                    K3361
                                                R.D. Townsley                                                            K3435
                                                J.R. Woods                  Orange Underwing                 K3437
                                                A.R. Gould                  Limbo                                      K3468
                                                D.B. Hall                     Regular Dart                            K3498
                                                R. Elliston                   Slip and Grip                           K3501
                                                J. Iszatt                        Sprite Alite                              K3505
                                                R.J. Heseltine              Whiter Shade of Pale              K3520
                                                D. Surridge                  Lemming                                  K3525
                                                M.J. Wood                  Magnalium                               K3533
                                                N.G. Blake                  Norfolk Poacher                      K3541
                                                J. Pearce                      Sidewinder Too                       K3555
                                                B.C. Cox                     Sunny                                       K3560
                                                C. Reeves                    Wendigo                                  K3562
                                                C. Walker                    Vergin’ on the Wakehurst       K3566
                                                M. Iszatt                      Tumbleweed                            K3567
                                                P. Conway                   Great Uncle Bulgaria              K3574
                                                M. Brill                       Magnum-Opus                         K3602
                                                P. Iszatt                        Final Fling                               K3608
                                                M. Green                     Down Under                            K3615
                                                C. Cottrill                    Lucy Lastick                            K3617
                                                J. Spencer-Smith         X Tension                                K3619
                                                C.A. Evans                  9 Day Wonder                         K3622
                                                B. Short                       The Galloping Maggot of         K3632
                                                                                    Bexhill on Sea
                                                B. Cole                        Just William                             K3636
                                                D. Iszatt                       Super Womble                         K3643
                                                J.G. Claridge               Magnum III                              K3646
                                                P. Dives                      Charlie                                      K3647
                                                A.J. Francis                 Hunca Munca                          K3649
                                                R. Hargreaves             Try Again                                 K3660
                                                J. Byrne                       Sul                                           K3665
                                                M. Shepherd                Hawkwind                               K3666
                                                D. Barnes                    Warrior                                    K3667
                                                A. Prower                   Collusion                                  K3670
                                                J.H. Butler                   Truffles                                   K3671
                                                R. Oates                      The Waki-Racer                      K3673
                                                G. Pither                                                                      K3674
                                                T. Gale                        Intangible Sophistication         K3676
                                                J.C. Bull                                                                       K3677
                                                C. Eyre                        Cunning Stunt                          K3679
                                                B.M. Reeve                 K.K.T.F.S.B.U.                        K3680
                                                J. Meachen                                                                   K3681
                                                S. Allen                       Schizofrantic                            K3686
U.S.A.                                    J.A. Bousquet              Try-umph                                 US4191
                                                T. Lutton                                                                      US4197
                                                R. Wallio                                                                      US4198


Joe Bousquet said...

From Colin Newman:

Definitely a bit nostalgic, but I agree with you. I always give my boats names. As an oldie (just on 71) I called my present foiling Moth ‘Must Fly’ for the obvious reason, but also making reference to the way folk say ‘must fly’ when they are about to go off and do something else. In my case that is about to come true as regards Moth sailing. A friend at Draycote joked about buying my Moth off me and that led on to a sale. I have decided to concentrate on my International Canoe sailing having earlier this year had Andy Patterson build me a new rules, light weight boat. Taxi Davis of HD Sails, who was a Moth sailor, has just made new sails for the boat. I have called the IC ‘Endgame’, both a reference to where you sit when sailing the boat (end of the sliding seat) and at 71 it will definitely be my final IC. My previous IC, ‘Extended Play’ in which I won the Europeans in 2006 is now ten years old. I am still in with a chance of being competitive in the IC (sixth in this year’s Europeans), whereas in the Moth I am just not nimble and quick enough about the boat to race it properly anymore and it is not very rewarding when I know I am no longer getting any better. So ‘must fly now’.

At Draycote, the young members of our fleet have organised an open this weekend. I plan to make this event my last Moth race but will not launch if it is too windy for me; having agreed to sell the boat I do not wish to risk any breakages! So in a way this is my ‘good by’ to the class after over 25 happy years sailing Moths. It must be my age, but I noticed in your list of boat names from 1977 I know at least seven of their owners most of whom moved over into International Canoe sailing. I started Moth sailing at age 45 in 1987 with a second last at the Draycote Open, so may be I will end with an another second last this weekend! Somewhere in between I got up to fourth in the UK Nationals and hold one ‘record’ that will probably stand for ever, the last low rider Moth to win the UK Travellers Series in 2004. Adam May won it the year after in a foiler and inevitably foiling Moths have won it ever since.

In recent years I notice how the members sailing in the class have changed a lot with only half a dozen or so of the guys who were sailing Moths with me in the 1990s still in the class today. After Paul Hignett, I think I am the second longest serving member of the UK IMCA with continuous membership since 1987. I must say a big thank you to the class and all who sail in her for all the fun, camaraderie and friendships I have experienced over the years. I have met some of the finest, mainly young folk one could hope to meet anywhere. It has been very rewarding to find I was always welcomed by guys who I was old enough to be their fathers and in recent year’s their grandfathers! Thanks guys. It has been a great class in which to sail even if I ‘must fly now’. All the best to all who have sailed with me.

Colin Newman

Unknown said...

In a word: stealth

isleofwightlen said...

"Red Ned" is safely tucked up in Ray Hutchings workshop on the IoW.