Introducing the Mach2.3

The third major upgrade in the illustrious life of the Mach2 Moth has been completed and is now shipping.

We've been working hard to make the Mach2 faster, stronger and more reliable, whilst only adding 150 grams to the overall weight.

The M2.3 incorporates production improvements, lessons learned from the Sorrento World Championships and sailor feedback.

This is the best version yet of the our 7 times World Championship winning boat.

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Sailor Profile - Olivier Vidal

Remarkable people sail Mach2 Moths! This section gives you a glimpse of the sailors, and an insight into what makes them tick. This month we give you...

Photo courtesy of Thierry Martinez

Name: Olivier Vidal 

Age: 29

Nationality: British

Sailing club: Hayling Island , UK

Sailing Highlights: 49er GB team when at Uni, it was great to race against the best - 30 knots in Hyeres & the weirdest World Champs in Russia were highlights, I was never big enough or strong enough, but it was great fun.  RS 800 racing for a few years with great friends and ample beer drinking.   Any moth race where I beat Tom Offer or Peter Barton.

How it all began: Aged 15, I persuaded my mum to buy be a Skippy Mk 1 copy called the Victim of Fashion.  30cm wide, no T foil with an  aluminium mast. My Optimist sailing career hadn't quite prepared me. I got back to Moths in 2009 - buying one of Adam May's Velociraptors as my first foiler, some how he arranged a sunny 10 kt day in Weymouth , I was hooked.

Why a Mach2?: Robust build, modular upgrades, precision of control.  I live in the London and always arrive late - I don't have time to tinker in my garage.  

Funniest Moment:  I've been thrown off moths in nearly every way possible and normally see the funny side .  

Favourite piece of kit:  Whatever's holding my beer. I'm not a kit geek , I just like using it.  

Sailing Targets 2013:  Enjoy Sicily 2013 - good wine, racing and friends.  I made a big effort to get to Garda 2 weeks earlier and frankly it didn't make me any better... I need more time in the boat to keep up with the best, so this year is about having fun and growing the depth of the UK moth class. I'm going to run some marathons as well.

Who is your sailing hero?  I'm a big fan of the amateur side of sailing, people who value passion , risk and fun above goalsetting and performance analytics (eurgh) - the banal platitudes of the RYA & pro-sailing leave me underwhelmed.  Paul Larsen should be applauded by everyone for his focus, eccentricity, determination and borderline insanity.

Finally what 10 words would you use to describe yourself?
That idiot launching a moth!

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