Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Header Photo: New Zealand Moth



All spring the header photo that has graced the top of this blog has been of a capsized New Zealand Moth, somewhere on the South Island. The New Zealand Moth is a more modern interpretation of the orignal Len Morris Antipodean scow Moth (invented about the same time in the late 1920's as Joel Van Sant did his Jumping Juniper over in North Carolina). As with most things in the Classic Moth world, the Laser supplanted the New Zealand Moth, which pre-Laser, in the 1960's, was a very popular class in New Zealand. The New Zealand Moth still has a fleet in Stewarts Gully Sailing Club in New Zealand and can be found for very reasonable prices, as did this fellow yanking on the daggerboard, who bought his Moth for $200.

5 comments:

Baydog said...

As much as I love the former header photo of the capsized New Zealand Moth, I'm loving the lapstrake, gaff-rigged sweeties in your new header photo.

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Although I didn't know it at the time, it was racing against a Moth in a rain squall on Grand Lake (Colo) when I was 12 that hooked me on racing.

Romain BERARD said...

I agree with Baydog, your new header is even prettier !! ;-)

George A said...

Make that Joel Van Sant (not Zant).

Tweezerman said...

Yes, very pretty boats, one of my favorites - thanks to Romain for the photo. George, I figured I was typing Joel's name wrong but didn't take the time to Google him after I posted. Correction made. Thanks.