Monday, December 29, 2008

The Other Circle M Moth

The International Moth originally had a Circle M class insignia. In the late 1960's, when the International Moth class merged with the Australian Moth, the class adopted; the tall fully battened rig , 7' beam and the Australian Moth class insignia, affectionately known in Classic Moth circles as the "Squashed Bug" symbol. The Classic Moth, when it was resurrected in the early 1990's retained the Circle M insignia but there was another class that had been using the Circle M since it's inception in the 1930's. This is the British Moth.

From the history of the British Moth ;

The British Moth's ancestor is the American Moth, which was popular across America in the 1930's, almost 1500 moths were registered with the American Moth Boat Association. Based on this, Sydney Cheverton designed a boat more suited to British waters.

The length of 11 ft. was retained, with the scow bow and hard chine construction. The mast was increased to 20 ft. carrying a sail of much higher aspect ratio but smaller overall area (75 sq ft. to 63.5). The small cockpit with wide side decks was retained to permit "dry" capsizing.

The British Moth, as the name indicates, is solely a British class. It remains the most popular Circle M Moth with consistent 30's attendance at their national championships.

Here is a Youtube on the British Moth which popped up recently. You have to overlook the sound track which seems to have been stolen from some kiddies TV show, but the sailing looks good.

1 comment:

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Here's my only Moth story. Almost too peripheral to mention.