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2018 WorldsACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018

Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron (Melbourne, Australia)


Start the planning for the next World Championships; The next worlds are now only 7 months away so plans are already well developed. Find out more on this event web page >>>


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MUSTO SKIFF ITA EUROCUP 2017 - Dongo Weather forecast was not pretty for the italian EuroCup in Dongo. 14 Mustos from SUI, GER, ITA, CRO and RUS met at the event. Friday was training day. Swiss national class organized (and paid, thank you) a training with rib. Alexander Greil did a great job, coaching the two, beginner and advance group on the water. We will review the photo and video stuff as soon as possible and publish it here. Weather during training, sunny with 10-12kn thermal wind, perfect Dongo condition. Read more >>>

MUSTO SKIFF NOR EUROCUP 2017 - Kristiansand We had three amazing days where we had different wind conditions, but in the whole one happy event. Five Mustoskiffer took part. All sailed at one time, but not more than two sailed all races. Geir Odmar Heldal in NOR 463 won with a steady series, but Erik Børresen in NOR 575 gave fight all the way to the doorstep.  On Friday it was nice wind Erik was superior in two out of three, but Geir Odmar took the rest of the series. Saturday and Sunday it was nice steadily 2-7 m/s breeze, with good racing and there was a lot of overtaking during the races. No one was really supreme during racing. Read more >>>

GBR Circuit After round 8 of the GBR Series the pack has shuffled with Dan Kilsby and Nationals winner Tom Wright jumping to 2nd and 3rd behind the UK Chairman Ben Schooling. Stuart Keegan has jumped up to 5th place after two recent podium finishes which compliments his fellow Derwent duo of team Trotter who head up the Eurocup Series. Other notable performances include Tom Taylor in 22nd and James Nuttal in 25th both newcomers to the fleet in 2017. There have so far been 80 individual competitors in the series which shows the circuit is in great shape. With 2 rounds remaining there are still 7 boats in contention of the title. Penultimate event is Stone SC at the end of September followed by the Ovi Inlands mid November See the standings >>>

Musto Skiff –Castle Cove Open Event 9/10th Sept 2017
Despite a rather punchy forecast, nine Musto's travelled to join the two locals for round 9 of the UK Series joined by the 470's for their National Champs. With Sunday turning purple on windguru, the PRO wisely scheduled 4 quick fire two-lap races urging the fleet to prep for a big day on the water! The first race got underway on schedule in 18-23kts. Dan Kilsby held the best lane out the blocks to lead round the windward from Alex Knight and Dave Annan. Dave & Alex overstood on the downwind layline allowing Ben Schooling though to second by the gate but Alex overhauled him up the next beat. Kilsby kept it tidy down the next run to take the bullet from Knight and Schooling.  Read more >>>

International entry at Dongo The Italian round of the EuroCup series attracted entries from 5 nations to Lake Como and was won by Switzerland’s Nicolas Duchoud. A 2nd position for compatriot Alex Greil sees him take the overall lead in the EuroCup series. See results >>>

Musto Skiff Scottish Nationals (2017) (GBR) The Scottish Musto Skiff championship was held at Dalgety Bay Sailing Club on the weekend of 2nd/3rd of September. On the Saturday, the race committee sensibly held the competitors onshore until a fickle Easterly breeze materialised. Race 1 was started in light and patchy wind with strong ebb tide.  Jaimie Hilton rounded top mark first followed by Ben Yeats. Jono Shelley and Stuart Keegan soaked lower running against the tide to take the front in that order, while Hilton decided to go for wrong gate mark which pushed him down the pack. Shelley maintained his lead to win first race with Keegan and Yeats close on his heels for 2nd and 3rd. Read more >>>

EuroCup - Team Trotter take the lead! Following the Norwegian and GBR2 EuroCup rounds, the father and son team of Ian and Dan Trotter are only split at the top by their club mate Stuart Keegan. Looking forward to the next round in Dongo (Italy). See the results >>>

GBR EuroCup Leg 2, Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club, 26th - 27th August. 2017 13 Mustos gathered at the fantastic venue of Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club. The buzz of the clubs 50th Birthday Regatta meant everybody was keen to set sail on the champagne waters of Derwent.  The fleet were well drilled from the nationals being the previous weekend and were all eager to experience the famous 'Moor-Ora' wind. For those that are unaware of this wind it is generated by the surrounding heather moorland warming through the day and creating a consistent breeze, hence it often been said that Derwent Reservoir is the UK's version of Lake Garda.  Read more >>>

2017 Harken UK Musto Skiff National Championship After negotiating the tricky creek, resulting in a short postponement, the fleet got away with a clean start to see Neil Ashby lead to the top mark with Andy Peake, Dan Trotter and Bruce Keen chasing at his heels. Bruce Keen took an impromptu swim on the hoist allowing George Hand and Richard Pelly to pass through and take 4th and 5th respectively. Neil, Andy and Dan retained their positions to the finish and after a blinder of a recovery;Bruce sailed through Richard and George to take 4th. Big Dave Poston, a sure favourite in these conditions, was noticeably absent having snapped his mast. Read more >>>

EuroCup update After 5 events around Bruce Keen (GBR) holds a very narrow lead over Justo Martinez (ESP), with a group including sailors from GBR, RSA and SUI bunched not far behind. The Norwegian and 2nd GBR EuroCup events are being held at the end of this week, so it could be all change again! Results >>>

Swiss EuroCup Thun SUI (15.-16. Jul 2017) On Saturday unstable and shifty breeze 8-12knts delivered challenging racing for the Mustos, racing on the same course with Finns and Tempests. The committee managed to run 4 races so the fleet deserved the traditional Dammfest celebration at the club, always outstanding hospitality.Read more >>>

2017 Rig Update: Mast tracks, masts & sails Over recent years there has been an ongoing effort to eradicate the mast track and mast tip failures sometimes experienced by sailors; some of the possible solutions to this have created other rumours and ideas; some of which have gained traction on social media. Read more >>>

Musto Skiff 2017 – 1-2 July 2017 Eastbourne Sailing Club Fleet sharpen their skills ahead of the GBR Nationals ...10 Musto skiffs arrived to a friendly welcome at Eastbourne sailing club.  Race one was sailed in gusty and shifty offshore breeze.  Ben Schooling and Paul Molesworth got to the windward mark first by going right up the beat managing to avoid some of the tide.  Read more >>>

55th Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy Ian Turnbull takes the win; the first time a Musto Skiff has won Circa 230 competitors were greeted on Saturday 1st July with Bright Blue skies and building breeze.
Ian Turnbull who was last in a Musto Skiff @ 9 years ago, took the Ovington Demo boat by the scruff of the neck, renamed it ‘Ropes4Boats’ and set about pimping to give him the best chance.  At 1pm, the gun started the long slog up to the top of Ullswater.  All competitors away 1st time and a breakaway formed with x3 49ers, x2 VX1’s  x1 International 14 and x4 Musto skiffs (Ian Turnbull, Stuart Keegan, Steve Robson and Josh Moran). Read more >>>

2017 GBR Circuit after 4 events The circuit for 2017 is in great shape with 52 boats so far competing including 4 new comers to the fleet and a few returning faces. Ben Schooling heads up the scoreboard followed by Dave Poston and Dan Kilsby with 6 different clubs in the top 10.
The Worlds might be over but the main event in the UK circuit is still to come – the National Championships at Brightlingsea Sailing Club. There are so far 18 entries and the early entry discount runs out on July 20th so make sure you get your form in soon: Document >>>
The season approaches the half way mark with the Scottish Championships at Chanonry on the beautiful Moray Firth on 5/6th August.
See the results >>>

ACO 8th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2017 Club Nàutic S’Arenal (Bahía de Palma, Spain) Please find below a summary of all the photo galleries and videos from the event ... Congratulations to Frithjof Schwerdt (GER) is the New World Champion. Read more >>>

Musto Skiff Harken UK National Championships - GBR EuroCup Leg1 - event update The UK National Championships is approaching and the club are most keen that people get their entries and accommodation in as soon as possible. Firstly, take advantage of the reduced early entry fee and help support Brightlingsea Sailing Club to plan numbers.Read more >>>

ACO sponsored Musto Skiff Training at CNA, Palma de Mallorca (26-27 May 17) - Report by Russ Clark I have just had the pleasure of coaching over 30 sailors from countries from as far afield as Australia and Norway during the @ACOwater sponsored Musto Skiff class training. Based at the fabulous Club Nàutic S’Arenal in Palma de Mallorca the entire bay became the playground for two days. This training built on the success of last years format in Carnac which gives me the unique opportunity to be in amongst the sailors on the race course during the pre-worlds, watching, offering assistance with set up and sailing style around the racecourse and providing tactics and strategy advice between races. Read the full reoprt with video links >>>

The international class association are very pleased to announce Ian Renilson as an honorary member of the class. Ian was at the forefront of the class in the early days of its growth and was instrumental in its growth in Scotland. He helped with R&D product development and was also key to introducing the class to Australia through his contacts and friends from the Contender class, which led to the inaugural Australian World Championships at Black Rock, Melbourne – Australia. Read more >>>

Spain leads the 2017 EuroCup series
Following a top 5 performance at his home clubs World Championships, Justo Martinez continues to lead the 2017 EuroCup standings from club mate Joan Rosselló and Germanys Christian Brandt in 3rd and newly crowned World Champion, Frithjof Schwerdt, in 4th.
The next event will be 15th – 16th July at Thunersee Yacht Club.See the standings >>>

ACO 8th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2017 Club Nàutic S’Arenal (Bahía de Palma, Spain)

Frithjof Schwerdt (GER) is the New World Champion.
The final day of the championships dawned with battles to be done for all the key titles. The sun was shining but the sea breeze was taking its time to build so the 12 oclock start was postponed. After a short delay the fleet set out and started just before 13:00 under P flag; which was general recalled so the U flag came out and then the race got away at the second time of asking but there were a number of boats recorded UFD. Read more >>>

The Berlin Skiff Bash 2017 And again the Müggelsee has called, the area in which Jochen Schümann has learned to train and train. To sail in the beautiful southeast of Berlin with gusts and shifts is always proving to be an exciting challenge! We were a guest at the sailing community at the Müggelsee (SGaM - http://sgam-friedrichshagen.de/) on a wonderful terrain with direct connection to all possibilities of the big city and nevertheless in the nature. There were various Skiff classes, an RS 500, 6 moths and 7 Musto skiffs. Through for the holiday, it was a good idea to arrive on Thursday and sail the first winds on the lake. Read more >>>

Every day in Palma is better than before so we are expecting a lot of tomorrow; but for now we focus on today. Today the sea breeze put in its best performance so far with great 14- 18 knot breeze and a good wave pattern giving the boats plenty of opportunities to leap down wind. With the sun shining brightly picking out the white caps of the wave the scene was set for 3 further races. Race 10 started in 14 knots of breeze under P flag; there was an individual recall and no-one returned ... this was to be bad news later for Krsto Matulić (CRO) who was scored OCS. Read more >>>

Another great day in the Bay of Palma with brilliant sunshine 10 - 16 knots of sea breeze and 3 slick races run by the Club Nautic S'Arenal. The sailors are now at the beach bar re-fueling with water, energy drinks, pasta and fruit replacing the calories burnt up on the race course today. Today was scheduled as a lay day but as we lost races earlier in the championships the day has been put to good use to bring the race programme back on schedule and we now have 9 races completed which means the second discard now is applied giving a slight re-shuffle to the overall leader board. Read more >>>

Normal service has resumed! The fleet arrived at Club Nautic S'Arenal to clear sunny skies and 25 degrees on the Bay of Palma and the beginning of a sea breeze pushing back the clouds over the land. Race 4 was away first time a couple of minutes after the official start time of 13:00 in 10-12knots of westerly sea breeze, with the the fleet splitting with some competitors choosing left towards the shore, others heading out right towards Palma and the remainder working the shifts up the middle of the course. Read more >>>

Worlds Day 2 'It is REALLY not normally like this here' ... a phrase frequently uttered at a World Championships and so it has proven on day two here at Club Nàutic S’Arenal. There was a short postponement and then as the postponement flag came down so did the rain with such enthusiasm that the English and German competitors really started to think they were at home; However, the home fleet launched not knowing what it is like to sail in the rain at Palma ... Read more >>>

Worlds Day 1 'It is not normally like this here' ... a phrase frequently uttered at a World Championships and so it has proven on day one here at Club Nàutic S’Arenal. The fleet assembled for a skipper's briefing where the international jury chairman Andres Manuel Perez Alvarez (ESP) assisted the fleet through a helpful briefing and subsequent questions; then the postponement flag was hoisted as the race team waited for the wind to settle. Read more >>>

Pre-Worlds regatta. Today was the day of the pre-worlds practice races. At 11:30 Ferran Muniesa from Club Nàutic S’Arenal welcomed the fleet at the competitor briefing held at the beach bar in the glorious Mallorcan sunshine ... as per usual the weather didn't behave as expected and so there was a short delay ashore whilst the wind conditions stabilised on the bay to permit racing. Read more >>>

Measurement and Registration. The pre-worlds regatta is tomorrow but at the Club Nàutic S’Arenal the competitors are gathering in preparation for the regatta. The regatta has a total of 64 entries from 13 different nationalities which are spread over 5 ifferent continents. The club is welcoming all the guests from around the world and they are quickly being taken through the measurement and registration process. Each boat is being fully scrutinised by international measurer Rob Taylor to ensure all boats are class legal guaranteeing a level playing field for competitors. Read more >>>

ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018 Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron (Melbourne, Australia) Whilst everyone is on their way to Palma it is also time to start thinking about what happens after Palma ... the 9th Worlds will be hosted by the Australian fleet and they will be keen to tell you all about the event in Spain, but just to give you a preview take a look at the provisional details.

 

Musto Skiff 2017 – 13/14th Mayl 2017 Datchet WaterSailing Club A well know inland sailing location home to many Musto Skiff sailors, over 20 Skiff sailors arrived to sun and breeze, perfect sailing conditions! The first challenge of the weekend for every sailor started before they got a chance to leave the shore line. Launching the skiff is testing but launching in a head on breeze whist attempting to stand on an extremely slippy slipway certainly was an interesting way to start the weekend. Read more >>>

Travelling to the World Championships However you are planning to travel to Palma for the upcoming ACO World Championships, please take a moment to read this document, as it may help with your even planning. Read more >>>

VICTORIAN MUSTOSKIFF CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 :: AUS
16 Victorians travelled to the venue for the next Australian Worlds to Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron for an unseasonable break to our extended summer.  Rather than sunshine competitors were greeted by a 20-25 knot south westerly which local legend Richie Robertson promised to be sparkling flat water conditions, as close to ‘absolutely perrrrfect’, as you can get. In reality, as mist drizzled in horizontal sheets, conditions were more than challenging, making the race course closer to a game of Mario Kart than racing. Read more >>>

2017 Worlds Social Programme Anyone who has been to a championships hosted in Mallorca will know what to expect; those who have yet to enjoy the fine hospitality on offer have a treat ahead. As well as the usual on-the-water programme for the racing we are providing an opportunity to enjoy the fine hospitality of the Club Nàutic S’Arenal. See more >>>

Worlds - Regatta Support by Ovington. The Ovington van will be leaving the factory on Sunday the 20th of May, arriving in Palma the morning of Wednesday 24th of May. If you would like to place any orders for equipment to be delivered to the event (carriage free) please contact; Nathan Batchelor Nathan.Batchelor@ovingtonboats.co.uk or John McAfee john.mcafee@ovingtonboats.co.uk There will be a degree of spares on the van to cover any emergencies during the event. I am looking forward to meeting you all out there!

New Class Rules now published ... As you saw in the survey, the technical team spent a lot of time reviewing the class rules to bring them into line with what has been happening in the class. We looked at the way that lots of people have rigged and pimped their boats. Various pimps have been made to the boats over the last 10 years to make the boat easier and more fun to sail and rig; many of which are on the Class Website. Also, the format of the original rules was cumbersome and they had some deficiencies (along with all other classes) arising from the format required by World Sailing and changes in their Regulations. Read more >>

Musto Skiff at the Ullswater YC for the first Scottish Skiff Series - 2017 A weekend that had it all (apart from a steady force 4)....12 Musto Skiffs joined the 3 Day Easter Regatta at Ullswater YC for the first Scottish Skiff Series event. In an interesting format the Skiffs shared a line and racecourse with a 30 strong mixed A symmetric fleet including SB20, VX1 and 49er amongst others. This gave the feel of a busy start line and put a premium on who you started next to and who you arrived at the marks with. Read more >>>

Two spaces have become available on the Sailboat Delivery trailer for Palma. If you've yet to sort transport then please book asap. Price £700 please contact Pippa or Abby on below details to book your slot. 01243 377633 or abby@sailboatdeliveries.co.uk

Musto Skiff 2017 – 08/09th April 2017 Stokes Bay Sailing Club :: 35 boats do battle ....
A record open entry of 35 Musto Skiffs took to the water for round two of the UK Series at Stokes Bay Sailing club, the home of the Musto Skiff class. As per Rutland the fleet was joined by the RS800’s, B14’s and 4000’s (in place of the Cherubs) which made for a great atmosphere and buzz around the club with +70 boats rigging up in anticipation of a great weekend of racing. It also meant that the club were a little short of marks for both courses which was to prove costly for one competitor! Read more >>>

Musto Skiff 2017 Derwent Training
5 visitors travelling from Yorkshire dales and Loch Lomand joined 8 local boats on Saturday the 8th of April for an action packed weekend of training. The wind and sun gods were informed that we required sun and a gradually increasing wind over the weekend. The weekends coaching was taken by Ian Turnbull from Rope4boats and his glamorous assistant Alistair Conn. The theme for the weekend was lots of starting practice focusing on holding your lane after the start. Short compact lines were the order of the day making the 14 boat fleet feel like a replica for a worlds start line. Saturday concluded with a 1hour debrief followed by a trip to the pub. Read more >>>

MUSTO KITS OUT THE NEW GENERATION OF SAILOR WITH THEIR 2017 DINGHY COLLECTION Musto present their return to dinghy sailing with a collection designed to meet the needs of the world’s most demanding boats, and the new breed of performance athletes that sail them. In order to do this, the world's no 1 sailing brand has worked directly with their partner Groupama Team France to produce one of the most forward thinking-collections ever created. Read more >>>

Musto Skiff 2017 Rutland Open - 25-26 March 2017.
24 Mustos gathered at Rutland for a fantastic start to the season - 2 days of sun and wind, and some very close racing! Race 1 got underway in a 12-15 knots NE breeze, with the sailors unsure which way up the beat would pay. The answer was to sail the shifts and say in pressure - very tricky to get right! Stuart Keegan made the best of it to round the first mark first, closely followed by Alex Knight,  Dan Kilsby and Dave Poston. The four fought it out changing places several times, with Dan taking the win from Alex and Dave. read more >>>

Musto Skiff 2017 AUS Nationals Race Reports
Overall a great regatta even though the wind and regatta planning didn’t align.  ex World Champion Jon Newman showed he is still on top.  Thor again fast and consistent.  AST sailor Will Phillips sailed brilliantly on day 1 and found the racing really relevant to his Olympic training. Day 1
The wind on the course was between the below two systems and oddly sometimes the RHS paid and sometimes the LHS, plus shifts in the middle.  Really fun racing. Read more >>>

1st Pre-Worlds training regatta - Club Nàutic S’Arenal (Bahía de Palma, Spain) Club Nàutic Arenal hosted their Olympic classes training regatta over the weekend of 9th - 12th March. The strong local Musto Skiff class were invited to join in as part of their build up to the World Championships in May. The Olympic classes are in Arenal as part of the build up to the prestigious annual Princess Sofia regatta, one of the major World Sailing regattas. Read more >>>

New boat finance  Ovington Boats have arranged a finance package with Pegasus Marine Finance for those looking to buy a new boat and spread the cost over a period of months. The link provides you with the option to have the flexibility of entering both the amount to borrow and the period of borrowing to tailor your needs.Click here for details. If you require further information, please contact the sales team at Ovington Boats to discuss.

Pre-Regatta Training with Russ Clark sponsored by ACO We are pleased to announce we have booked Musto Skiff sailor and highly experienced coach Russ Clark (GBR) to provide coaching in the build up to the 2017 World Championships in Palma. This coaching will be aimed to support all sailors, from the first timers at a world championship to those who wish to pick up some coaching tips to refine their performance. Find out more and book your space >>>

Musto Skiff class at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2017
The class has been a regular of the annual RYA dinghy show ever since it first appeared there as a prototype back in 2000. At the time, I recall it created a huge amount of interest from the public and press, with one very well known sailor commenting that it would be impossible to sail as you simply don’t have enough arms! ctor that is always a draw. Read more >>>

High demand for Palma charter boats If you are not planning on sailing at the Palma Worlds, please can you drop Paul Manning a line if you would be interested in chartering your boat. We are getting an increasing number of sailors from Australia who are keen to sail and would like to tie up as many teams as possible. Email Paul >>>

Musto Skiff Harken UK National Championships
The website and NOR for the Musto Skiff Harken UK National Championships is now live at http://musto-skiff-nationals-2017.sailbrightlingsea.com with a newsletter you can sign up to now and online entry opening soon. Brightlingsea Sailing Club is a very friendly and professionally run club, with racing taking place in the Colne and Blackwater estuaries providing quality tactical racing. The club will be open all day for families and Colchester (the countries oldest recorded town and capital in Roman times) is just up the road, where you can visit the castle or pop in to see the animals at Colchester Zoo!

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