The Moth regatta has begun, taking place, this year, in Bermuda.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term “Moth” sailing: it is an 11-foot hydrofoiling dinghy, sailed by a single person. Originally designed as a cheap boat to build in your home as a hobby, it has now become an expensive hydrosail, designed to hydroplane on foils.
Hydrofoil sailboats are designed with wing-like foils mounted under the hull, causing the hull to lift as speeds increase. As the hull lifts out of the water, the drag is decreased and the boat can reach speeds up to two times that of the wind. Sailboats have been using hydrofoils for years, but with modern materials and advanced designs, sailing is becoming more popular and with increased speeds.
This year, the Amlin International Moth Regatta will be run over five days with two races taking place each day. Over seventy boats from eleven different countries are expected to participate in the event, all vying for a chance to win the $10,000 prize.
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