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A busy weekend in Norway and Switzerland With two events at opposite ends of Europe this weekend, it is hard to decide which is a more beautiful place to go sailing, Lake Silvaplana just outside St. Moritz in Switzerland or Chritiansand in Norway, but either way I’m sure everyone had an enjoyable time! With 8 events now completed, the UK class chairman, Ben Schooling, holds the overall lead from countryman Alastair Conn and Switzerland’s finest Roger Oswald and Nicolas Duchoud followed by a list of Brit’s, Dutch, Swiss, Norwegian, German, Spanish and Russian sailors filling the top 20. When I add in the entry for Riva, this year will easily beat the previous record for the series and I hope everyone is enjoying the idea of the EuroCup. Looking forward to seeing you all in Riva.
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Musto Skiffs at Travemünder Woche & Grömitz Supercup :: GER Nicolas Duchoud reports on his holidays in Northern Germany My company holidays made me go in the high north-east of Germany this year. The combination of "Grömitz Supercup" and "Travemünde week" lay nicely on my holidays. So I took the long trip of approx. 1000 km on myself. If you go from Switzerland over Bregenz then you are able to spend the remaining distance (99%) on the A7. On the SatNavi stands "in 876 km turn right" then. :o) Arrived at Grömitz I went immediately on the water and it was started after an unnecessary start postponement. After three runs the day’s races has been closed due to too much wind. It is amazing how different the countries are, in Australia we have run out in each case only from 22kn upwards. Read more >>>

Rope Cutting List : There is now a full update to the rope cutting list from Ovington Boats; we also have a detailed list of Bruce Keen's choices and the old list for refernce. Have a look >>>

Event Polo Shirt - ACO 6th Musto Performance Skiff Worlds at Fraglia Vela Riva In response to feedback from sailors we are making an event polo availilable. These polos will be made to order and as such if you want one you SORRY ORDER BOOK NOW CLOSED Read more >>>

Musto Performance Skiff - SCOTTISH SKIFF TRAVELER -  MUSTO SKIFF SCOTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS – UK TRAVELER: (GBR) On the weekend of 1st, 2nd August a strong fleet of 15 Musto Skiffs gathered at Channonry Sailing club Fortrose in the North of Scotland for the most northern UK skiff Traveller to date.  The event was combined with a Scottish Skiff series event and the Scottish Musto Skiff Championships. The fleet consisted of a n almost full turnout of the local fleet together with  a selection of the top helms from Scotland and a large contingent who made the trip up from the North of England. Read more >>>

Musto Skiff Product Evolution : Updated Over the years a number of minor changes have been made to the standard Musto Performance Skiff to address niggles that have been noted by the owners over the years. Fortunately the class and the builder have always worked well together and these problems have been addressed in the standard boat gradually improving the product for everyone as time goes by ... However, it has been brought to our attention via the recent survey (by Neil Upton-Brown, thanks Neil) that if you have an older boat and sail in a remote location that you may not have been aware of some of these changes that could improve your own boat. Read more >>>

Norway and Switzerland are next… Following a very enjoyable UK National Championships sailed in conditions varying from 5 knots to 20 knots (gusting 31 knots), there are some new faces in the EuroCup standings. 5 countries are represented in the top 10, with 81 competitors, and long distance traveller Yaroslav Petrov in 10th position.The next regatta’s will be the Norwegian EuroCup 22nd – 23rd August and the Swiss EuroCup on Lake Silvaplana 22nd – 24th August. For more regatta information >>> or See the results >>>

The 2015 UK MPS circuit results are now updated
and after 6 events including the Nationals, Ben Schooling leads the way from Dave Poston and Dan Kilsby with Alex Knight and Bruce Keen rounding out the top 5. There are 62 active competitors on the circuit so far this year with 6 new faces joining us. There are also 30 boats who were active last year yet to join so hopefully you will make an appearance over the remaining 4 events of the season! Next event on the calendar in the Scottish Championships at Chanonry SC on 1/2nd August followed by Datchet Water SC on 28/29th August. See the results >>>

Harken UK Musto Skiff Nationals : Day 4 Report.
A day of dolphins and breeze! The boats were met by a pod of dolphins as they launched this morning into a fresh and rather overcast Torbay.
After a short postponement, the fleet got away for race 10 at the first attempt under a U flag, with the majority opting to head left. Event overall leader, Bruce Keen, led at the leeward gate, Read more & final results>>>

Harken UK Musto Skiff Nationals : Day 3 Report.
The forecast promised breeze, but come 11 o’clock – it was yet to deliver both in strength and a settled direction. Following the inevitable delay the fleet set off for Race6 in around 14kts. Read more >>>

Harken UK Musto Skiff Nationals : Day 2 Report.
Race 4: After a general recall, the fleet started cleanly under U flag again. In 8kts of breeze and a tricky lumpy swell from the SE, Dave Annan sailed a great first beat and rounded first overlapped with Bruce and Alex Knight in 3rd.. Read more >>>

Harken UK Musto Skiff Nationals : Day 1 Report.
Race 1 saw a light start to the day with 6-10 knots from the south-east and speed sapping short chop. Ben Schooling lead to the windward after a excellent first beat however was closely followed by the menacing black kite of Bruce Keen. Read more >>>


Ullswater Euro Cup at the Lord Birkett On the 4th and 5th July a record breaking fleet of over 230 boats gathered to compete at the 53rd Lord Birkett at Ullswater Sailing Club. In amongst them was a keen fleet of Musto Skiff sailors who were competing for Northern Euro Cup points. Sailors arrived on Saturday to lots of rain and no wind however by the 1pm start time the wind had filled in as promised and the sun was shining. After a general recall the race got underway with Jono Shelly showing great upwind speed to lead round the island with Dan Trotter and Ben Schooling in pursuit. Gusty conditions and big wind shifts gave the fleet a hard time, causing many of the fleet to capsize, but Jono demonstrated great boat handling and went on to win the race followed by Dan and Ben. Read more >>>

A busy few weeks! No sooner as Kieler Woche has passed the first of two GBR EuroCup rounds was held over the weekend 4th – 5th on stunning Ullswater as part of the 53rd running of the annual Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy. From the event website “One of the most spectacular sailing events in the North (of England), the Birkett was rated number eight in the top ‘must do’ sailing regattas by Yachts and Yachting magazine. The unique race was first sailed in 1963 to commemorate the successful defence by Lord Norman Birkett of the right of public access to Ullswater which was threatened with reservoir status” with an amazing record entry of 230 boats. So if you have not been to the Lake District put it in your calendar for 2016! Here’s the club link if you are interested for next year Thursday 9th sees the start of the UK Nationals in Paignton Sailing Club and don’t forget there is a weekend worrier prize, so if you can’t make the whole event why not come down for the weekend? See the results >>>

GER EuroCup Leg Venue: Kieler Yacht-Club 21 Musto Skiffs competed in Kiel Woche 2015 from the 25th-28th June. We were treated to first class race management, amazing organisation on and off the water and fantastic German hospitality. ACO generously offered free accommodation to all Musto Skiff sailors and their families which made the event even more affordable for the travelling competitors from six nations. Thursday dawned with a light offshore breeze. The Musto fleet were sharing the closest course with the RS800s which ensured a short sail out to the race area. Ben Schooling (GBR) signalled his intent by scoring a 1, 2, 1 in the shifty breeze to lead the fleet. Iver Ahlmann (GER) posted a 2, 1, 5 to just squeeze out the consistent Alistair Conn (GBR) 3, 3, 3. After the racing the fleet enjoyed the carnival atmosphere by knocking back a few (!) 1 euro beers, brätwurst and ice cream! Read more >>>

EuroCup after 3 events With three events sailed and the Dutch regatta postponed to later in the year, there are almost as many countries in the top 5 as there are competitors! That’s the great thing about the EuroCup, it attracts sailors from all over Europe to compete. The Spanish regatta had Philippe Koch travelling from Switzerland but not to be beaten, Yaroslav Petrov made the drive from the Black Sea to Kieler Woche (see the road trip story for more detail). As you would expect from Kiel the organisation of the worlds biggest sailing event means it ran as well as you could imagine and sitting at home watching the SAP tracking and live race coverage was great fun! The 4th – 5th July is the UK round on Ullswater for the Lord Birkett Trophy and the weather is looking hot, this is followed on the 9th – 12th July for the UK Nationals Championships at Paignton Sailing Club on Torbay before travelling to Norway for the Kristiansand round 22nd – 23rd August and the Swiss round on Lake Silvaplana over the same weekend. For all those taking part, have a great summer of skiff racing! See the results >>>

New style spinnaker sock Following class feedback Ovington Boats and the class association has worked with Jack Grogan at Hyde Sails to produce a new spinnaker sock. See more >>>




What's your road trip? Part of running a World Championships is helping all those sailors coming from different parts of the World to get to and from their regatta. I say 'their regatta' because although it is of course a class event, everyone has individual stories and the decision as to whether to compete is sometimes driven by how much hassle you want in order to go to and from the venue. Some of the lucky ones simply meet up with a booked multi-boat trailer load their boat, fly to the nearest airport, arrive at the venue and their boat is there. For some, even this sounds like hassle, but its all part of the experience and, in this case, if you haven't been to Lake Garda to sail a skiff, what have you been missing! See the mind blowing maps >>>

GBR EuroCup Leg 2 Venue : Ullswater Sailing Club The Lord Birkett has been confirmed as the 2nd round of the UK EuroCup series. The Lord Birkett will run over the weekend of 4th – 5th July on Lake Ullswater in the Lake District, one of the most scenic places to sail in the UK. More Information >>>

Musto Skiff Open at Highcliffe: 20/21 June: (GBR) On the 20th and 21st of June 10 Musto Skiffs converged on Highcliffe Sailing Club for the next round of the UK Series. Sharing a course with the D1s and the Contenders we enjoyed two days of challenging conditions with winds from 5-20 knots, 60 degree windshifts, tide and big waves coming from strange directions! Read more >>>

Scottish Musto Training at Dalgety Bay next weekend, the 20/21 June: (GBR) Eight mustos gathered under blue skies and fair winds for a training weekend hosted by Dalgety Bay SC. Jamie Hilton managed to juggle attendance at a wedding with coaching as he returned to his childhood club. The Trotters and Stuart Keegan showed their pace in the brisk winds which increased throughout the weekend, while Jono Shelley pushed out forward. Read more >>>

Musto Skiff Spanish EuroCup - Round 3 (ESP) Summer had well and truly arrived in the Mediterranean and the 2 days of training and 2 days of racing were held in temperatures around the mid. to high 20’s degrees without a sign of a cloud. The club at Arenys de Mar put on a fantastic event and a huge thank you must go to Lorenzo Brualla from the local fleet for the effort he put in and to the clubs Race Officer Magali Colomer for her excellent race management, to Aina Gelpi for her equally efficient mark laying and to Enric Rosselló, commodore of the club for laying on a great regatta.
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Musto Performance Skiff - 2015 GBR Curcuit : (GBR) The 2015 MPS UK Series is now in full flow and after 3 events there are 32 boats that have competed. Dan Kilsby from Stokes Bay is in 3rd place, Dave Poston in 2nd and last year's circuit winner Ben Schooling is leading at this stage. Four events (including the non-discardable Nationals) are required to qualify for the series. Up-coming events on the Calendar to look forward to are .... Read more >>>

Harken 2015 Musto Performance Skiff GBR Nationals: (Paignton Sailing Club) Paignton Sailing Club are the host of the national championships which runs from 9th – 12th July on the English Riviera.
Notice of Race is now published and you can neter on-line >>>

Musto Skiffs at Minorca Sailing, Musto Skiff Training Week 1-8th May 2015 (ESP) The MPS race training week at Minorca Sailing was a great success, with a wind range of 5-25kts and warm sunshine (20-25 degrees) the group were blessed with the full range of conditions. With all 7 boats filled there was a range of ability and experience and so the coaching was fairly fluid based on the conditions. The mains topics covered were: Read more >>>

Demand for boats The Riva World Championships (September 11th - 19th) will soon be upon us and following a busy first half of the season with new and used boats, demand has meant that as this is written there are only 5 used boats for sale in the UK. If you are considering a new boat for the World Championship Ovington Boats currently have stock available for immediate delivery.
For more information on new boats please contact
Paul Manning or
Nathan Batchelor


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