Shirley Robertson OBE, Double gold medallist and TV Presenter

  CNN Mainsail – March 2015
20 March 2015

CNN Mainsail – March 2015

The 2013 America’s Cup sent shock waves around the planet using a design concept that has altered the shape of sailing.  Shirley and the team are at the 2015 Moth World Championships in Sorento, Australia with some of the best sailors on the planet looking at this development class that is considered the future of the sport of sailing. Shirley talks to Loïck Peyron, Dean Barker, Nathan Outteridge ( reigning Moth World Champion), Tom Slingsby, Andy Mcdougal (designer Mach 2 Moth) & Pete Burling the newly crowned 2015 World Champion.

The International Moth is 11 feet and 30 kilo’s, fast and technical without a set of confined rules which makes the class attractive to designers and tinkerers, creating a race on the water and in the dinghy park. The International Moth first added foils in 2000 but the concept of foiling boats has been around since 1907 with first foiling power boat appearing on Lake Maggiore, Italy.

The science behind foiling has been researched since 1969 at Southampton University, UK who now have a leading faculty in foil development and design. What they do not know about foiling is not worth knowing, Shirley meets Joe Banks a Research fellow and Gabriel Weymouth a Lecturer to find out more.

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