Help! Help! Wait…. Too Late

What is it?

Mint Moth

Oh no, there’s ANOTHER one:


The astute sailors among our audience will recognize these two hull shapes as belonging to (respectively) a Classic Moth Mint design (Gen. 1) and a Ventnor (Vintage class Moth).  The somewhat less astute will recognize the class by the insignia on the sail in the top picture.

(“But, Carl, you’ve written about Classic Moths in the past here, haven’t you?”

Talk about astute readers — Yes, I have, here:

“In your advanced dotage, did you FORGET that you’ve written about them previously?”

Actually, No, I remember.

“Then why, now, again?”

Well, because….  I love my grandchildren.

“What’s that got to do with it?”

Well, ever since I read John Hanson’s article about the Moth class in WB No. 37 (, and reinforced by getting to know a lot of the sailors and boats in that class at the WOOD Regattas in 2011 and 2012, I’ve been in love with the class.

In fact, to quote myself from the post in MWBotW in 2011, “I know if I had a hole in my fleet, I’d be filling it with one of these.  Some day….”  (Yes, I know it’s bad form to quote oneself.  I’m just trying to help you follow my thought process.)


Well, I bought both of these yesterday.  For a combined total less than the airplane ticket will be next year when I go to the Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart.

What I do for my grandbabies…  and for some match racing this summer on Eggemoggin Reach.  Want to join me?  Let’s all go Mothing.

And please check out the Classic Moth website and related blogs:

Thank you, George.  Thank you, John Z.  For inspiration and facilitation.

Please comment below?

Thanks, Carl


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3 Responses to Help! Help! Wait…. Too Late

  1. iain oughtred says:

    Such a fascinating class – beginning around 1928. Similar – simple – restrictions in US, Britain, Australia. Co-ordinated to make the International Moth. (My fine Aust scow was called Earwig). It used to be that anyone could build a serious racing boat; not any more. (Except in US and British Moth classes.)

  2. Iain: As a scow Moth enthusiast you should check out the scow moth club on facebook. Read about it here:

  3. Morgan says:

    And your grand babies love you!

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