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MS owners world
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ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championships 2019

Hosted by RYC Hollandia (Regatta Center Medemblik, NED)


The Notice of Race is now available and the Event Website is now open for registration.

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Northern and Scottish MUSTO Skiff Largs Sailing Club - 19-20 May 2019 A 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 Club A 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, 2019 Big 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 (surfiver@gmail.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.
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Rigging Manual Updated It 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 for ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 2019 build. Supplied with new mainsail (BYO spinnaker), delivered to regatta site. £1,350   Contact nathan.batchelor@ovingtonboats.co.uk 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 details. nathan.batchelor@ovingtonboats.co.uk

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 chairman@mustoskiff.com.   The World champs are fast approaching and many tasks need attention.  Therefore please let me have your application before 8th February 2019.

2019 EuroCup
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 - Obituary
It 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 ...
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2019 Membership An annual courtesy note to our members that their 2019 membership is due on the 1st January.
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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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