About The Class

What is a British Moth?

The British Moth class has been in existence for over 80 years, it is an 11 ft., one design, single handed dinghy which has a fully stayed rig. The simple hard chine hull is built to closely defined tolerances, however the cockpit and controls can be laid out to the owners preferences. More detailed measurements are available on the Technical Pages or from the committee. A more  detailed account  of the history of the British Moth can be found on the history pages.

Who can sail a British Moth?

Anyone can! The rig is fully adjustable and can be powered up or de-powered to suit a variety of helm weights. The National Championships sees helms with weights of 9 to 15 stones racing neck and neck. The BMBA has also adopted a junior sail plan known as the Mini-Moth sail which is ideal for the smallest of crews and for teaching purposes.

Anyone can sail a British Moth
Anyone can sail a British Moth

Where can they be sailed?

Anywhere! There are fleets of British Moths at a number of clubs around the country. The British Moth excels on rivers and in light winds, but provides an exhilarating and challenging sail in a fresh breeze on any water.

Mine is faster than yours!

Open race meetings around the country provide competitive racing throughout the season on what is a very friendly, but competitive circuit. The Somerville Trophy is presented at the final meeting to the helm with the best overall record. Every year the National Championships provides four days of exciting sailing where old friends and families meet up year after year, but new faces are warmly welcomed.

My British Moth is faster than yours!
My British Moth is faster than yours!

Where can I get a British Moth?

There are currently two active boat builders for new British Moths, elegant timber craft are available alongside the modern fibreglass version. Part built and kits are available, there are some very successful home built boats on the racing circuit. There is also an active second hand market with boats ranging from £150 to £2500 in price. Further details are available from the linked page above (or just click here) and an active forum community are generally more than happy to welcome newcomers, answer questions and offer advice as to where a good boat might be found. The community forums can be found via the link above, or if you’re feeling lazy, just click here.

What is the BMBA?

The British Moth Boat Association administers and promotes the British Moth class, a committee ensures that members’ interests are protected. A newsletter, containing articles of interest, together with race reports is produced regularly and circulated to members.

How to join the BMBA

Get all the benefits of this wonderful boat, great sailing, close competition and fabulous people. For more information enquire on our forums or just download and submit a membership form from here.