2010 International Moth World Championships, Dubai
Dubai has always been renowned for it's light winds and the 2010 International Moth Worlds were no exception. At the 2009 Worlds sailed at The Gorge, USA, where strong breeze was the order of the day, KA Sails dominated the event, however the question was always going to be asked, how will they fair in light wind? This regatta proved beyond doubt that the KA Sails had the pace at the other end of the spectrum, with Simon Payne and Andrew McDougall taking the top two places.
Andrew McDougall's design experience also became apparent with his Mach 2 design filling the top 19 places in the regatta. The combination of the Mach 2 and the KA Sails ability to foil early and generate superior speed in a low wind range proved too much for their competition.
Coming into the last race of the series there was still a chance Payne may lose the title and with a bad result in the second last race he was starting to feel the pressure. 'When it dawned on me that I hadn't actually won, I put the hammer down' said Payne.
Simon Payne taking the victory!
Photo: Thierry Martinez
Payne was able to stay in the top five, clinching the 2010 PUMA International Moth World Championship. Payne's victory was more than he expected from the event; 'I didn't think I had a chance here, I just came to see my mates.'
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