Sailing rock stars and their Mach 2's

Most of our customers are Mach 2 sailors like you and me - dinghy sailors from all over the world who sail as much as they can in the free time they have, and enjoy it immensely! A number of our customers however are well known professional sailing heroes who have won medals, broken records and achieved accolades the world over, and are now choosing the Mach 2 as their weapon of choice. You can probably understand how pleased and honoured we are that the world’s best have chosen to sail a Mach 2, and we thought you would be curious to know their names. Of course many of these sailors span sailing categories, often from the Olympic Games to the Cup, and part of the problem is - where to start with such a glittering line up?


Well for no other reason than that the Australian Nationals have recently finished (which is of particular note because at one point there were three gold medallists and one silver medallist from the 2012 Olympics in the top 8) - we’ll start there! Peter Burling won with ease and although he wasn’t able to take the trophy away (being a New Zealander), it was clear that the 2012 49er Olympic Silver medallist was in a class of his own. An outstanding effort, beating the world’s best in his home water. In particular… Nathan Outteridge. The 2012 49er Olympic gold medallists has long been a stalwart of the class and won the 2011 Moth World Championships. Nathan manages to mix Moth sailing with his Olympic sailing/America’s Cup duties, and his foiling experience surely will stand him in good stead as the newly appointed helmsman of Artemis Racing. Nathan’s crew in the 49er Iain “Goobs” Jensen also sails a Mach 2! There’s also a battle shaping up in the form of two more Olympic greats. 2012 Laser Olympic Gold medallist Tom Slingsby has been sailing a Mach 2 for a while now, but add in Britain’s Paul Goodison, the 2008 Laser Olympic Gold medallist and you have a battle royale developing. Both of course have other careers. Tom is with the Oracle America’s Cup team and holds the unlikely title of the person who has pitch-poled both the world’s smallest foiling craft, and the world’s biggest! Paul too is involved with bigger boat programmes, but he has recently taken delivery of a new Mach2 and the casual observer will be rubbing his hands together with glee to see who comes out on top when these two meet in their Moths. Of course as we all know that the America’s Cup brings together the best sailors in the world but we wouldn’t mind betting that once the day is done, the subject shifts to how to make your Mach2 go faster! We of course believe that there is no truth in the rumour that the reason James Spithill (2010 America’s Cup winner) and his crew of Tom Slingsby, Joe Newton, Kyle Longford and Kinley Fowler have all recently taken delivery of new Mach 2’s is that Larry Ellison wouldn’t allow them back on his boat until they could each demonstrate a successful foil borne bear away ;-) Whilst on the subject of catamarans, it’s also important to mention Glen Ashby. Glen is the 2008 Tornado Olympic Silver medallist and an “A” Class Cat legend. As of last year Glen is also a Mach 2 owner. Right now he is putting his vast multihull experience to good use at Team New Zealand with fellow Aussie and Mach 2 owner Adam Beashel. Again we will see another delicious contest when Spithill and Ashby race against each other. Anyway, the Cup finishes just before the next Moth World Championship in Hawaii, and we hope that all America’s Cup Mach2 sailors, including Kevin Hall (Artemis) and Arnaud Psarofaghis (2009 Moth European Champion and Energy Team crew member) will be able to compete by way of a well-earned holiday. In particular we would like to see Adam May race. Adam is part of the Artemis design team and has been sailing Moths since 2004. In fact Adam is the inventor of the “May Stick”, still present on Mach 2’s today. Given the above, the west coast of America is arguably the present home of the richest Moth talent on the planet, but newly appointed High Performance Director of the US Olympic Sailing Team Charlie McKee and his brother Jonathan are true Californian boys. Charlie has won two Olympic bronze medals in both the 470 and 49er and is a regular Mach2 sailor. Jonathan won Olympic Gold in 1984 at the LA Olympics sailing a Flying Dutchman and again bronze with Charlie in Sydney 2000. A couple of years ago Jonathan also demonstrated that he is one of the most flexible sailors on the planet when he entered the ocean-racing arena on board the Spanish Open 60 Estrella Damm in the last Barcelona World Race. Barcelona leads us to Spain! Specifically to Iker Martinez, Skipper of “Telefonica”, the winning boat of the 2011/2012 edition of the Volvo ocean race. Iker is also 2004 49er Olympic gold medallist and 2008 Silver medallist, and as super stars go is bigger than Julio Iglesias to us. Great news then that he also has a Mach2 and we hope to see him at some events this year. Perhaps we’ll see him double trailing to the 2013 Moth European Championship in Sicily in April with Spanish resident Simon “SiFi” Fisher navigator extraordinaire and most recently of Team Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. We’ll see, but it would after all be significantly easier and cheaper than moving a Volvo 70 around. So there we have it. A list that continues to grow and the Mach2 Moth seems like a nautical Starbucks where everyone goes to hang out, have fun, seek inspiration and duke it out in one of the purest forms of sailing there is. It’s definitely a boat with performance and passion, and for many of the world best career yachtsman this puts the fun back into sailing.

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