Tuesday, 27 May 2014

US Moth 11th Hour Cup : Sunday Crowds Treated To Foiling Spectacle

Kotoun Continues To Shine As Podium Battle Heats Up
The ideal Moth racer is part rubber, part steel, and all muscle, as Tommy Loughborough shows off in 11th Hour Cup racing. Newport, RI. Image copyright 2014 © Meredith Block/US Moth Class

by 11th Hour Racing media

Anthony Kotoun didn’t spend much time in the lead of the 11th Hour Cup’s racing fleet on Sunday, though you wouldn’t know it from the scores; the Virgin Islands native and longtime Newport resident scored another 4 first place finishes from 5 races, identical to his scoreline from Saturday. Second-place Matt Knowles was the worst effected by Kotoun’s penchant for being in the right place at the right time; Matt led the way around the course for most of three races, only to get pipped at the pin by Kotoun in two of them. “It’s pretty frustrating to see him always lurking there waiting for his chance to pass no matter how far ahead you are,” said Knowles. “I can’t blame him – I left the opening both times by missing a puff or a layline, and he grabbed the openings and rode them to wins.”

Anthony Kotoun (background) and Brooks Reed cross tacks while picnickers at Fort Adams look on. Newport, RI. Image copyright 2014 © Meredith Block/US Moth Class

Sunday featured the biggest spectator crowds yet at the tip of Sail Newport’s historic and picturesque Fort Adams home, with hundreds of locals and visitors enjoying the action from the Moth fleet and the ocean racers of the Atlantic Cup, sharing a starting line barely 200 meters from the crowd’s picnic blankets and folding chairs. They weren’t the only ones enjoying the scenery on Narragansett Bay, though; 11th Hour Cup leader and reigning Moth US National Champ Kotoun says he’ll never get bored racing in Newport. “I can’t think of any other place where you have all this going on at one time, and even in the middle of a race, you can’t help but love it,” said Kotoun, referring to the hundreds of sailing vessels on the water for the unofficial opening of summer. “You’ve got 12 meters in tacking duels, Class 40s from all over racing around the cans, beautiful historic schooners, Open 60s, Maxis, and cruisers and racers of every size and shape. How can you beat that?” he added.

Kotoun flies through the finish line on a memorable Memorial Day weekend. Newport, RI. Image copyright 2014 © Meredith Block/US Moth Class

Just one more day of racing remains for the inaugural 11th Hour Cup, with Newport’s sea breeze finally scheduled to kick in with gusto, giving Tommy Loughborough and first-time Moth racer Brooks Reed some power to play with as they fight for the final podium position. Loughborough and Reed are tied on 28 points, and the fleet expects 15-20 knots of breeze for today’s final 5 races. The action begins at 11 AM on Monday.

MIT grad student Brooks Reed races hard in front of a busy Newport harbor. Newport, RI. Image copyright 2014 © Meredith Block/US Moth Class


1 – Anthony Kotoun – Newport, RI – 8 Points
2 – Matt Knowles – Boston, MA – 16 Points
3 – Tom Loughborough – Newport, RI – 28 Points
4 – Brooks Read – Cambridge, MA - 28 Points
5 – Zach Maxam – Costa Mesa, CA - 35 Points

Tommy Loughborough sails close to Newport landmark the Claiborne Pell Bridge. Newport, RI. Image copyright 2014 © Meredith Block/US Moth Class

11th Hour Racing US Moth Class Tenet Of The Day

As one of the world's elite, high-profile racing classes, the International Moth Class takes stewardship of the waterways seriously, working hard to emphasize the responsible use of energy and resources in the context of sailing. Working with 11th Hour Racing, a program of the Schmidt Family Foundation, the US Moth Class has come up with a number of initiatives to help sailing events improve the energy profile and performance of racing boats and increase the personal investment of sailors in the health of our waters. This week, we’re focused on how to educate fellow sailors and event organizers on achievable ways to make a positive impact on our local marine environment, and our daily news stories will include an essential tenet of our educational philosophy.

Today’s tenet: Report, Report, Report

While it’s imperative to set out a plan and work to emphasize its importance to your stakeholders, making progress requires a constant effort. We think an ongoing commitment to measuring your team’s performance of your organization’s goals and analyzing your progress with a critical eye can make the difference between a failed effort and a model program of sustainability. Reporting your results to stakeholders and the public can provide credibility, goodwill and great exposure for your organization and its supporters.