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January update to the Hall of Fame – Jamie Hilton (GBR)
January marks the start of a new year. Perhaps you’ve made a resolution to have a dry January; join the Veganuary movement; or most likely, investing more time in your Musto Skiff.
There’s already a lot to look forward to in 2020 with a new sailing season about to start in the Northern Hemisphere and, in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia will imminently be crowning its new National Champion. The Class also has the event of the year to look forward to with the ACO 11th Musto Skiff World Championship confirmed to be hosted in Eckernförde, Germany in August.read more >>>
The 2019 MUSTO Skiff Class Association (MSCA) Survey / On-line AGM, is now open!
The annual surveys help the Class to understand the opinions of its members and prospective MUSTO Skiff owners. The survey, which will be the 16th to date, also has a section dedicated to Class Association members only, which acts as the Classes International AGM.
Regardless of whether you own a MUSTO Skiff or not, your participation in this 2019 survey is encouraged as an opportunity to share your opinions about the boat and the Class.
To complete the survey, click here >>>
2019 GBR MUSTO Skiff Series was one of the closest fought in years, finishing as a three-way tie between Stokes Bay sailors, Dan Vincent and Ben Schooling, and Aberdeen and Stonehaven’s, Jamie Hilton. Derwent sailor, Dan Trotter, made a strong surge for the podium after his recent win at the Inlands, but could only make it to 4th place.
For the first time the GBR series combined events with 7 from Scotland and North and 7 from the Midlands and South, making it a 14 race series with 4 events including the Nationals as a requirement to qualify. The 2019 circuit saw 10 newcomers and 88 individual competitors in the fleet including some legends - Peter Greenhaulgh, David Hivey, Sam Pascoe and Fynn Sterritt. The MUSTO Skiff class continues to show its strength and depth of appeal with an average of 17 boats per event. Special mention goes to Ian Trotter in 5th, Euan Hurter in 16th and Tom Conway in 33rd who competed in 7 events. To split the tie at the top a new rule had to be written, but based on the highest cumulative points, it was Jamie Hilton who came out on top. Many congratulations to Jamie who adds the 2019 GBR series to his National Champion title. The remaining places on the leader board saw Dan Vincent take 2nd place with Schooling in 3rd.
A huge thanks to the circuit sponsors, Harken, who provided stickers for all competitors and prizes for all events and continue to be a valuable partner of the fleet.
Here’s looking forward to the 2020 season! See the results here >>>
MUSTO Skiff 2019 GBR Inland Championships- 26-27 October 2019. The weather came good on Saturday with a wind range of 7 to 26knots And 180 degree shift range. The race officer placed the windward mark in the Reeds of the windward shore so this made it nice and easy for us to hoist our kites but the final approach to the windward somewhat precarious ! Read more >>>
MUSTO Skiff Open with Scottish Skiffs at Dalgety Bay – 5&6 October 2019 Dalgety Bay Sailing Club hosted the final Scottish Skiff traveller event of the 2019 season, which was held alongside the Scottish Laser championships. What was looking like a 10 boat MUSTO fleet whittled down to 5 Mustos, 2 29ers, and a Cherub. The MUSTO contingent consisted of Jono Shelley, Stu Keegan, Euan Hurter, Robbie Wilson, and Alistair Kerr (great to see him at another event). Read more >>>
MUSTO Skiff Open at Tynemouth Sailing Club28th and 29th September 2019 12 MUSTO Skiffs visited Tynemouth Sailing Club on 28th and 29th September for a combined open meeting with the International 14 class. Day one started with a strong off-shore wind gusting 28kts which proved challenging conditions for the fleet. Sam Pascoe showed some impressive upwind speed to lead race 1 at the first windward mark but a capsize downwind let Ian Trotter through to lead most of the race. Ian went for a brief swim just before the finish to hand victory to Robbie Wilson. Ian recovered to second ahead of Alastair Conn in third. Read the full report >>>
GBR Series Update The 2019 UK MUSTO Skiff Series is hotting up! With 2 events left to across the 13 event series there is a 3-way tie at the top with Dan Vincent, Jamie Hilton and Ben Schooling all in the mix. Robbie Wilson and Alistair Conn have climbed into the top 10 after podium positions at Tynemouth last weekend and Ian Trotter is poised in 4th place ready to attack the top 3. Next weekend the fleet travel to last years’ Nationals venue Brightlingsea SC for round 12 of the circuit before the Inlands at Grafham at the end of the month.See the results >>>
2019 Noble Marine MUSTO Skiff GBR Nationals will be hosted by Largs Sailing Club.Largs are hosting the 2019 National Champs with 36 boats entered. The forecast was looking punchy and didn't disappoint with the fleet launching in 18-22kts with some of the older and wiser heads decided to stay ashore. The PRO made the logical call to hold the racing in Largs channel rather than the North face of Cumbrae but that meant the windward marks were squeezed tight up on the shore making for some challenging approaches. Read the event report>>>
Boatman Bonanza – Sunderland YC 24/25th Aug 2019
The 9th leg of the GBR MUSTO Skiff Series was part of the Boatman Bonanza hosted by Sunderland YC in memory of Martin Boatman who sadly passed away from cancer. Ian Turnbull and Graham Oliver put in a huge effort to organise and co-ordinate a fantastic weekend both on and off the water with shore side entertainment including a raffle, live band, bouncy castle, cake-sale and beach games all in support of St Benedict’s Hospice. Martin used to race MUSTO’s back in the early days and so a great representation of 22 MUSTO Skiffs joined 30 other boats ranging from Lasers to SB20’s. Read more >>>
4 new members have been inducted into the MUSTO Skiff Gold Club. Congratulations to Dan Vincent (GBR), Rick Peacock (GBR), Dan Kilsby (GBR) and Ryan Seaton (IRL) who all won races at the recent World Championships and are now members of the MUSTO Skiff GOLD CLUB. There are now 42 members of the GOLD CLUB representing 9 different nations. Over the years there have been 152 races held at World Championships so there are a fair few people who have won more than one race. Find out more here >>>
MUSTO Skiff Open at Chanonry Sailing Club As 340 boats fought for space in the choppy, merky, waters of the Solent, Chanonry Sailing Club, located on the beautiful Black Isle in the North East Coast of Scotland was preparing to host the Scottish Skiff fleet as part of its annual regatta. Saturday was the best day of Skiff sailing that many could remember, with sun shining, sea breeze progressively building to c15-18 knots and flat water. So tempting in fact, that in the later races some chose to share a swim in the crystal clear waters with the famous Chanonry Point Dolphins. Read more >>>
Wrap-up ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 Eventful ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 sailed in challenging conditions
The two double MUSTO Skiff World Champions Jon Newman (AUS) and Bruce Keen (GBR) were again the main players in the exciting finale of the ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 in Medemblik. After a week of racing in challenging and changing circumstances on the IJsselmeer, their battle for the title came down to the 14th and very last race on Saturday July 13th. It was Bruce Keen who beat title defender Jon Newman on the finish line. Meanwhile, George Hand (GBR) did what he had to do to secure the third podium place. He won the last race and took third place from Rick Peacock (GBR), who had been in the lead for three days. Read more >>>
Event Preparation tips from the World ChampionYou have just finished the worlds and decided that you really want to do better next time, but when do you start preparing? The answer is now!
There is no magic bullet to pre-event preparation and most of this is common-sense, but in order to consistently improve and succeed, you need to ensure that you are as well-prepared as possible. This article can’t cover everything but gives a high-level summary of the sailing specific parts of preparation. It is taken as a given that you also take care of yourself during events and drinking heavily until 4am and skipping breakfast is not likely to be a recipe for success during a long championship. Read the full document >>>
ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championships 2019
Hosted by RYC Hollandia (Regatta Center Medemblik, NED)
13th July 2019 - Worlds Day 5 Bruce Keen wins close battle for gold at ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 On Saturday July 13th, Bruce Keen (GBR) kept his nerves and won the close battle for gold at the ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 in Medemblik. It came down to the very last meters on the finish line of the final race. He just beat title defender Jon Newman (AUS), who takes the silver medal home. Meanwhile this morning’s leader Rick Peacock (GBR) and runner-up George Hand (GBR) were fighting for bronze. By winning today’s third and last bullet, Hand secured the third podium spot. Read more >>>
12th July 2019 - Worlds Day 4 Battle for gold heating up at ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 The battle for gold at the ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 is heating up in Medemblik, Netherlands. Despite thunderstorms and heavy rainfall on Friday July 12, the race committee managed to get two out of three scheduled races in. Bruce Keen (GBR) won the second bullet, took over the second place overall and closed the gap with Rick Peacock, who is now leading by just one point. Title defender Jon Newman (AUS) also climbed on the leader board. He holds a third place, one point behind Newman and three ahead of George Hand (GBR).Read more >>>
10th July 2019 - Worlds Day 3 Big lead for Rick Peacock after day 3 ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019
After the third day of the ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019, Rick Peacock (GBR) grabbed a big lead in the provisional overall ranking. The talent coach of the Dutch High Performance Project is nine points ahead of compatriot George Hand, who stormed into the top three with two bullets. Title defender Jon Newman (AUS) fell back to third place overall. The sailing conditions on the IJsselmeer off the coast of Medemblik were light with a variable breeze from the southwest. Read and see more >>>
9th July 2019 - Worlds Day 2
New leader ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 On the second day of the ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 there is a new leader. It is the reigning world champion Jon Newman. By winning the second and third race, the Australian manages to climb from eighth place to first position. Rick Peacock (GBR) is in second place and compatriot Bruce Keen drops two positions to third place. Dutchman Paul Dijkstra is now in fourth place. With six races to go, the sailors can deduct their worst result from the provisional total score. Read more and see the Day 2 video >>>
8th July 2019 - Worlds Day 1 Bruce Keen leads after spectacular opening day of the ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 After three races on the spectacular opening day of the ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019, British sailor Bruce Keen has taken the lead. The world champion of 2012 and 2015 has a lead of four points over his compatriot Dan Vincent, who stands on equal points with the Dutchman Paul Dijkstra. Thanks to winning the second race of the day, Vincent is in second place. The challenging conditions on the IJsselmeer off the coast of Medemblik put the 92 participants to the test.
Read the report and see the video and images >>>
MUSTO SKIFF GER EUROCUP 2019
Kieler Woche : 22nd - 25th of June 2019Champagne sailing in KielKieler Woche as German Open and EuroCup After a couple of years of absence at the Kieler Woche the MUSTO Skiffs were back again in 2019 with 22 sailors representing 5 nations to fight for the title of Kieler Woche, German Open and EuroCup. Most sailors were conveniently combining it with the worlds logistically or at least using it as a warm up regatta.
Read more and see the videos >>>
GBR Harken Series Circuit results update
As the season now builds towards the 10th Anniversary Worlds in Medemblik, Holland with the prospect of a +100 boat fleet it’s worth noting the UK circuit has been seen some fierce competition. After 7 events in the Harken sponsored series it’s close at the top with Stokes Bay stalwart Dan Vincent leading from Ian Trotter of Derwent Reservoir with Rich Pelley in third. At the midway point in the events calendar there have been 68 individual competitors with 7 new faces and some returning legends such as Ian Turnbull. There are still 7 events left on the combined UK series incorporating the Northern/Scottish series co-ordinated by Jono Shelley including the Noble Marine National Championships in Largs so once the Worlds are over there is still plenty to play for! See results >>>
Harken Datchet Water MUSTO Skiff Open & Training 15.16th June
2019 With the 10th ACO MUSTO Skiff worlds approaching a new format of a combined racing and training format on the 15/16 of June. The Saturday involved a practice start between each race which was recorded and debriefed at the end of the day by Dan Henderson. 4 races where held with 9 starts with a short start line ensured everybody was focusing on getting a space on the start line. This was perfect practice for the forthcoming 110 boat worlds and the format of the weekend will be used again. Read more >>>
Northern and Scottish MUSTO Skiff East Lothian Yacht Club – 1-2nd June 2019Trotter ‘Trumps’ the Fleet to win the Scottish Skiff Nationals A seventeen boat MUSTO fleet were joined by seven other skiffs to give a healthy fleet of 24 boats. The forecast looked fantastic however forecasters get it wrong as often as they get it right. So, we had the Sunday as forecast and Saturday was, to be quite frank, a waste of a Saturday. We were on the water for over 5 hours and managed to get an abandoned race in and a counter which was, to say the least, pretty random. A land and sea breeze fighting made it hard work for the O.D. and mark layers. Paul Rigg won the race, Jono Shelley 2nd and Ian Trotter 3rd. Read more >>>
Northern and Scottish MUSTO Skiff Largs Sailing Club - 19-20 May 2019A suitably dreich west coast morning welcomed twelve MUSTO Skiffs to Largs Sailing Club for the third round of the Northern and Scottish Skiff Series sponsored by Harken.
Race 1 saw more wind than forecast and the fleet got a bit too eager resulting in a general recall for the first start. A fancy red and white chequered flag appeared for the next start and despite not knowing what it meant it was enough of a deterrent that start two got away cleanly, straight into the oncoming D-zeros, RS200 and Vortexes with whom we were sharing a race course. All survived and a fairly tight race followed. Dan Trotter led the way with close racing behind. Ben Schooling having made the effort to come up from Dorset decided to make the trip worthwhile and took out Jono Shelley at the last leeward mark opening up some space for Ian Trotter to slip into second with newbie Paul Rigg being pipped for third by Ian Turnbull who threw caution to the light wind and stormed through with his kite still up for the final fetch to the finish line.Read more >>>
MUSTO Skiff Harken GBR Circuit Event 3: 2 - 4th and 5th of May 2019 Wilsonian Sailing ClubA 22 boat fleet were warmly welcomed by the team at Wilsonian Sailing Club for the third Harken GBR Circuit Event of the season; breeze was forecast and the sun was shining for this two day special over the bank holiday weekend.
Contrary to Saturday’s spicier forecast, the fleet launched in relative calm, wafting out to the first bend of the river; all buoyed by the Race Officer’s optimism, and with the words, “it’s nothing you guys can’t handle”, ringing in their ears. Read more >>>
Northern and Scottish MUSTO Skiffs at Ullswater 2019 Here is what you need to know: Alastair Conn was in a different league - boat speed or tactics you ask ? Both. The second Northern and Scottish Skiff event was hosted by Ullswater Yacht Club over the Easter weekend. 6 races were held in sunshine and a shifty 6-12k took place. A healthy fleet of 12 boats raced on a shared course with the VXOne’s, Moths, Waszps and a mixed asymmetric fleet all with different starts. The standard was high with many boats that can be seen near the front of national events in attendance, the return of the rockstar Bov Turnbull and a well travelled Dave Annan to add some spice. Read more >>>MUSTO Skiff Harken GBR Circuit event 2 at Stokes Bay SC - April 13-14, 2019Big foam up for Stokes Bay MUSTO Skiff Open! On Saturday 13th July, 35 excited MUSTO Skiff sailors converged at Stokes Bay Sailing Club for what promised to be a glorious regatta. Unusually, the forecast looked perfect; a sunny 15 knots and everyone was keen to get out and compete in some waves! Even more unusually the forecast was almost spot on and we enjoyed 5 fast, close and exciting races. Read more >>>
MUSTO Skiff Open at Rutland SC - 23-24 March 2019 Day 1.
Well here it was, the first circuit event of the season! The event was held at Rutland Water and sponsored by Harken. Didn’t it ever come around quick?
The forecast for the weekends’ event was not great and, really, no-one was expecting anything special, but dam was we wrong. If there was ever a time where the saying ‘a bad forecast always ruined a good days sailing’ was appropriate it was this weekend! As always some very keen sailors turned up Friday to get a sneaky sail in, some might say this was cheating Read more>>>
Mainsail development update, February 2019 As a follow-up to the update given in November, we would like to clarify the position on the potential equipment developments.
We are aware that the consideration over the last couple of years of a possible (i) change of mast, and (ii) a potential new mainsail design, has been unsettling for the class. It has not helped the growth of the class and commitment of existing members. read more >>>
MUSTO SKIFF GER EUROCUP 2019
Kieler Woche is back!
Kieler Woche has for many years been a successful event for the class since 2011 and after skipping 2017 and 2018, the MUSTO Skiffs are back in 2019!
The event is approaching fast and to help your planning our class sponsor ACO has again put together a great accommodation offer.
There is free accommodation available for all sailors on a first come/first serve basis. There is a total of 10 rooms available (some of which are double). Please get in contact with Iver Ahlmann for booking (email@example.com). This accommodation is part of the ACO campus in Büdelsdorf and is 30miles/35min away from the Kiel harbor. This accommodation is usually used for visitors of the ACO campus. Read more >>>
Rigging Manual UpdatedIt is some time since the Rigging Manual was updated. The Class name need updating. There were also some unintentional restrictions in the Manual (when read with the Class Rules), for example on a strict interpretation, it would not have been allowable to adjust the Spreader angles or length. These have been corrected. If you spot anything, the Technical committee will be pleased to hear from you. See the guide
Charter boats forACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 2019 build. Supplied with new mainsail (BYO spinnaker), delivered to regatta site. £1,350 Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve
GBR MUSTO Skiff 2nd hand market update.....As the snow falls it's difficult to picture the action packed season of sailing we have ahead of us but the Worlds entries list heads towards the 100 mark and there are 15x events lined up across the North & South UK circuits so it's set to be a great year! As it stands there are only 4 used boats available in the UK so if you were considering it, now would be a good time to upgrade whilst demand for second hand boats is high. Ovington have 4 in stock (3 of which have been allocated) but will build another batch as required in time for the start of the season. As a new initiative Ovi's are also offering 3 charter boats for the Worlds and UK Nationals as per the advert below. Contact Nathan for email@example.com
Administration Vacancies In December I let everyone know that Paul and Rick are stepping down from their roles. We therefore need to find willing and enthusiastic people with knowledge of the Class to take over their great work. This is your opportunity to help drive the Class forward to an even greater future; developing on the considerable base that Rick & Paul established. We invited interested people to put their names forward. A brief outline of the proposed roles is set out at [marketing and sec]. I would like to make this final invitation for interested people to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The World champs are fast approaching and many tasks need attention. Therefore please let me have your application before 8th February 2019.
The ever popular EuroCup series starts with the GBR event at Stokes Bay Sailing Club 13th – 14th April and we have 6 confirmed events in the calendar to date, with 3 events to count.
Roger Oswald (SUI), one of the main driving forces behind the series, was top sailor last season, who will it be in 2019?13th – 14th April – (GBR1) Stokes Bay Sailing Club
19th – 22nd April – (FRA) CSL UFOLEP Lac du Der
15th-16th June-(ESP) CN Arenal PALMA
22nd – 25th June – (GER) Kieler Wocher
5th – 13th July – (NED) 10th ACO MUSTO Skiff World Championships, Medemblik
5th – 8th September – (GBR2) Largs Sailing Club
7th – 8th September – (ITA) CSVM Dongo
AUS MUSTO Skiff National Championship 2019 Hosted by Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club (AUS) DAY 1 REPORT- RACE 1 & 2 RACE 1
With a prediction of sunny 20 knot sea breezes, the fleet set off in anxious haste having been sternly informed by our PRO that no late starters would be tolerated. We were greeted by a 10-12 knot north easterly sea breeze predicted to increase.
Hayden Brown distinguished himself by capsizing at the pin end on port tack with 30 seconds to go to the start. The fleet crossed in front of the capsized skiff, with Marcus Hamilton and Peter Kendall led the fleet to the left, while Richie Roberston and Tim Hill bailed out and headed right, hoping to pick up a shift on the southern headland.Read the full report >>>
RIP Martin Boatman
- ObituaryIt is with great sadness that the MUSTO Skiff family has lost one of its own in January 2019. Martin finally lost his courageous battle with cancer aged 35 on Sunday after a two and a half year fight. In that time he managed to cram in a lot of sailing, getting a spin on BAR’s (As they were) foiling AC 45 and even winning a race at the SB20 Europeans as recently as August last year, testament to his fighting spirit until the end, always with a smile and a wise crack
... Read more >>>
Committee Personnel Changes / Situations Vacant Paul Manning and Rick Perkins are stepping down from their roles on the committee. I have been advised that Paul and Rick wish to step down from their roles within the class association. Paul & Rick have put a combined 35 years into the development of the class and have been a key part of what has made our class a huge success. Their contributions have been wide and varied and without their input we would not be the strong and successful class we are today.
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MUSTO Skiff Gold Club
To join the MUSTO Skiff Gold Club you need to win a race at a World Championship*; simple. First rule of Gold Club: You must help others to be able to join ... Second rule of Gold Club: You must contribute to the buying of beers to host a drink on the beach during the world championships ... Gold Club members will host the party and share their expertise over a beer; the Gold Club Member with the highest membership number present will be responsible for organising the beer. See the list of Gold Club Members >>>
MUSTO Skiff Victorian State Titles 2018
Port Melbourne Yacht Club (PMYC) AUS The Victorian 2018 MUSTO Skiff State Titles were scheduled for March, but due to bad weather were rescheduled to the 24th and 25th of November. Murphy, however, struck again and as the fleet headed down to PMYC the forecast was again unfavourable with 20-25 knot winds and big seas. The fleet arrived at PMYC to find the forecast was as predicted with strong wind and a large swell breaking on the beach. After some deliberation and waiting for the wind and swell to subside after some small fronts pushed through, we got underway in the late afternoon. Read more >>>
FAT HEAD MAIN : TEST UPDATE 19/11/18
The mainsail shown in the photo in the last report is continuing to be tested, including in Australia. The ongoing testing continues to follow the plans as detailed in the original report
(http://www.mustoskiff.com/reports-and-n ... pment.html).
Feedback has been given to Hyde’s. As everyone knows, nothing can be adopted without approval of the class members. Given the current situation, no proposal is likely for at least 12 months and then the vote will not be until at least end 2019, if an acceptable design is found. Read more >>>
GBR MUSTO Skiff Circuit 2018/19 As many of us hang up our sailing boots for the winter it is a good opportunity to reflect back on what has been a great season. The MUSTO Skiff fleet in the UK has been enjoying growing numbers year on year for the last 8 seasons. The 2018 season saw 93 individual competitors over the 10 event series and also saw the largest attended open meeting at Stokes Bay in April with 48 boats. Read more >>>
Ovington Boats recommends the evaluation programme of a mast from an alternative supplier now terminates and the class continue with Selden spars. At the request of the committee, driven by sailor requests, Ovington Boats has been following a two tracked process to increase the durability and reliability of the MUSTO Skiff spars. There have been revisions for improvement with the existing Selden spar (detailed here: http://www.mustoskiff.com/sub-pages/rig-update.html ). We also considered a design, development and tested a new spar from an alternative supplier.Read the detail >>>
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