Sunday, February 5, 2017

Header Photos: Scow Moth, Largs Bay 1986


I switched it up slightly with the header photos. I put two consecutive photos of the Australian scow Moth up without a post in between. The first one was a stylized stern shot of the skipper acrobatically hiking, as some skippers do when the photo boat shows up. This was in the pre-wing days.

Scow Moth Club - Facebook

The second photo is a scow Moth rounding a mark in a cloud of spray at the 1986 World Championship, Largs Bay, Adelaide Australia. This was the Worlds that would mark the end of the scow Moth as a competitive design type in the Moth class. At the Largs Bay Worlds the Southerly Buster blew hard, blew the "tails off the horses" every day. This was survival racing, ideal scow weather but this time the contemporary wisdom was reversed, a narrow skiff won; Australian Steve Shimeld in his Gladiator design. Thus the shades were drawn on the scow.

Scow Moth Club - Facebook



I've collected some other photos from the 1986 Largs Bay regatta.

The launching beach.

Scow Moth Club - Facebook

A start. This looks relatively moderate for the beginning.

Scow Moth Club - Facebook


Scow Moth Club - Facebook

Some of the scow Moths had become thinner in an attempt to match the skiffs. This is one of them, with the wings right at the back end, launching off a wave.

Scow Moth Club - Facebook







Scow Moths at the Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta - 2016

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