Nagel to debut in Moth class

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Emily Nagel is primed to make her debut competing in the International Moth Class at next month’s UK Nationals in Dorset, England.

The Bermudian and Naval Architect will be among those battling for bragging rights in the foiling dinghy at the upcoming championships, taking place at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy from September 1 to 11.

“It will be my first time competing in the Moth,” Nagel told The Royal Gazette.

“I first started sailing a Moth in 2016 in Bermuda in the cheapest Moth I could find keen to just get foiling.

“I then didn’t sail one for a few years as I focused on the Volvo Ocean Race up until last summer when I finally caved into buying one again, keen to get back into high-performance sailing and foiling. It’s a bit of an addiction.”

The UK Nationals are being held at the same venue and dates as the 2020 International Moth World Championships, which were cancelled because of Covid-19, and is open to all international sailors able to travel to Britain.

The Organising Committee felt that the chances of being able to hold the Moth World Championships next month with all countries being able to participate were ‘slim at best’ due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Nagel is going into the championships fresh off a gruelling transatlantic training sail with 2022-23 the Ocean Race team, 11th Hour Racing Team.

The team departed France on August 1 and arrived in Newport on August 14 after battling against the prevailing trade winds through Gulf Stream currents and low pressure systems.

“Despite being an incredibly fast platform the trip was fairly long due to the entire trip being in upwind conditions,” Nagel said.

The experience was the 26-year old’s third transatlantic crossing and first sailing in the team’s IMOCA 60, one of two classes that will compete in the next edition of the Ocean Race round the world.

“The boat itself is far from comfortable and it was a tough trip,” she added.

“The foiling means much higher speeds than typical offshore yachts and thus much bigger impacts when crashing into waves, which made sleep very difficult and multiple breakages.”

The American racing syndicate is led by chief executive Mark Towill and skipper Charlie Enright.

Nagel made her debut in The Ocean Race in 2017-18 as a member of Team AkzoNobel.

The start of the next edition of The Ocean Race was postponed until the autumn of 2022 because of the outbreak of Covid-19.

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Published Aug 27, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Aug 26, 2020 at 6:18 pm)

Nagel to debut in Moth class

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