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SUI nationals should join their
It is important that we get an early view of entry numbers as we are expecting a record entry (over 100 boats) and this will require a great deal of planning especially for the social events. Please register ASAP; you can register without having to pay now so please do so to allow us to plan.Find out more >>>
Noble Marine Insurance sponsored Musto Skiff training at Stokes Bay with Dan Henderson The Musto Skiff Autumn training event was aimed at those sailors in their second and third seasons who had worked out how to sail their boats and were now keen on competing better at Open Meetings and Championships. Dan Henderson (Musto World Champion 2011) was lead coach and designed a series of exercises aimed at highlighting key race skills, including maintaining position on a start line, holding a lane in the early part of the first beat and faster boat handling. Read more and see the video >>>
2018 EuroCup Series : Very close going... The 2018 EuroCup series is heading towards its finale with current leader, Roger Oswald SUI, under pressure from Jono Shelley GBR, Yaroslav Petrov RUS, Pierre-Yves Pfirter SUI and Nicolas Duchoud SUI.
Currently 98 boats have competed in the series, so fingers crossed we can break the 100 again... See the results >>>
Iver Ahlmann(GER) passing on the baton of Chairmanship to Andy Tarboton (RSA) Iver Ahlmann – Outgoing Chairman
I have been chairman of class since 2010. Ever since I started, I have been extremely touched to be given the trust and support from the sailors over the years. I would like to express my sincere thanks for the great spirit that has been dominating the class in all of this time and has made chairmanship very honorable. Working with the international committee has always been fun and inspiring and has taught me many life lessons… Read more >>>
If you are eligible (a current member of the Class Association) and wish to put yourself forward for an International Committee position, please mail me directly to email@example.com with the title of the position you are interested in and a brief background of your experience.
All eligible members will appear on the annual survey for members to vote. Please note, some nations appoint their national representatives directly and these posts will be filled by their appointed national representative. A list of the International Committee positions can be found here
Musto Skiff Open at Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club
8-9 September 2018
Going into the Musto Skiff Eastbourne Open, it looked like it was going to be a tense battle between Danny (dog) Vincent and Andrew Tarboton, with Ben Schooling and the dark horse Richard Pelley as strong contenders. Read more >>>
Derwent Reservoir Musto Skiff Event August 25/26th 2018
The alarm went off at 04:40 on Friday morning for our drive from Bournemouth to Guilford to load up the triple trailer. Along with Jason Rickards we boarded the “fun bus” camper van kindly supplied and expertly skippered by Paulo Molesworth and 10 hours later we arrived at Derwent Reservoir. After a quick rig up dodging the showers we enjoyed a well-deserved pint or two and some Northern hospitality in the club house joined by Lord Hilton. Read more >>>
EuroCup Update : 5 different Nations in the top 5 overall! Following the GBR National Championships at Castle Cove Sailing Club, Scotland’s Jono Shelley’s long drive to the South of England with all the family has paid off as he now leads the 95 competitors to date. However, Jono’s drive doesn’t really compare to Yaroslav, who is now lying in 2nd place overall; a great reward for his mega tour of Europe! Holland’s Paul Dijkstra lies in 4th overall with Andy Tarboton in 5th. There is all to play for as many competitors have currently only completed 2 events of the 3 to count with Kristiansand (Norway) up next 24th – 25th August, followed by Dongo (Italy) 8th – 10th September and the series finishing on Lake Attersee 6th -7th October.See the results >>>
GBR Circuit Update After a fantastic Nationals at Castle Cove in Weymouth the GBR Musto Skiff Series is now two thirds of the way through the season. After 6 events, returning Quiz master Dan Vincent leads the series from Lord Hilton with Pot Hunter Pelley in 3rd. There have been 80 individual competitors on the circuit this year with 10 new comers so far demonstrating that the UK class is in great shape and continuous to attract new talent into the fleet. With 3 events left in the calendar the series it’s still all to play for! Next event is Derwent Water on 25/26th August followed by Eastbourne 8/9th September before the Ovington Inlands on 3/4th November at Grafham SC. See the results >>>
Harken 2018 GBR National ChampionshipsFifty-six Musto Skiffs descended upon Castle Cove Sailing Club for their 2018 Nationals. With sunshine and and a great forecast for the event, the fleet were raring to get on the water for some close racing inside Weymouth harbour.
Racing started on time in a 12-15kt Westerly. In race one the fleet split up the first beat but converged at the top mark with no clear side paying. Andy Peake found himself in front, closely followed by Jono Shelly. Jono passed Andy down the first run but Andy returned the favour down the last. Sadly for both of them, Andy Tarboton had hit the right hand corner up the last beat and passed them both. Race one finishing order, Andy T, Andy P and Jono. Read the full report >>>
Musto Skiffs at the East Coast Piers Race
Two Musto Skiffs took part in the East Coast Piers Race over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of July (yes, they were naughty and didn't go to the circuit event at Lymington!). For those who haven't heard of it, the East Coast Piers Race (ECPR) is traditionally catamaran event involving a 48 mile long distance race from Marconi Sailing Club in the River Blackwater and racing through a series of gates to Walton-on-the-Naze and back. In recent years they have opened up the 28 mile Colne Point Race to fast dinghies and skiffs. This year was the fourth time I've done the race. I keep going back because it is something a bit different to most events, it has a really good atmosphere around it plus it's all in aid of charity! read more >>
EuroCup overall after the German Open at Warnemüder Woche Visiting Dutch sailors Paul Dijkstra and Jelmar Kruipers gave the home German fleet some great racing to finish 1st and 2nd overall from Iver Ahlmann and Russian long distance travelling superman Yaroslav Petrov.
It is particularly good to see visiting sailors and local sailors enjoying some superb conditions and its worth looking at the action on the GER / SUI / AUT Facebook group Read the results >>>
Musto Skiffs at the Lymington Dinghy Weekend 7th-8th July 2018 The weather forecast for the weekend of the 7th and 8th of July looked ideal for sun bathing, but not
at all inspiring for sailing with very light Northerlies predicted. That said, if you are likely to get a true
sea breeze in the Solent, Lymington is a good place to start looking. With this in mind 8 Musto sailors
entered the event.
True to the weather forecast the sun was out but the wind pretty much non-existent at the 1115
briefing. Luke McEwan, who helped organize the event, made the introductions and announced that
the sea breeze would come, but didn’t’t commit to its strength. Read the full report >>>
Musto Skiffs at the GWSC ASYMMETRIC OPEN 2018 June 23-24th 2018 This past weekend was the Asymmetric Open at Grafham Water and the organising committee did a stellar job of organising a great day for sailing on Saturday and a great day for tanning on Sunday.
The regatta consisted of four races in breeze ranging from 5-12 knots. GWSC fielded four Mustos and Andy Whittle travel up from Essex to join in the fun.
The five boats provided incredibly close racing with positions and the overall lead changing frequently.
Andy started off very strong but broke a trapeze elastic in race 1. He came back strong to win the second race, but a capsize in race 3 shattered left him more than a Whittle disappointed. Read more >>>>
EuroCup Standings Regattas in Switzerland and Spain where held over the weekend 16th – 17th, with Nicolas Duchoud taking the win from Roger Oswald and Alex Greil at Brunnen SV in Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne and Justo Martinez Balaguer winning in Spain from Joan Rosselló Gelabert and Nano Barceló Cuartero at Club Nàutic S'Arenal, Mallorca. We are now half way through the 2018 EuroCup series with Warnemünde up next 7th – 10th July and the overall lead has now been taken by Switzerland’s Roger Oswald.See results >>
MUSTO SKIFF NED EUROCUP 2018 - June 8-10 2018
Worlds three day test event and Dutch Eurocup Medemblik. Friday dawned beautifully upon the quiet village of Medemblik, welcoming both local and travelling sailors with warm sunshine and a light northerly breeze. 19 boats attended the event from 6 countries, one even travelling for 5 days, from Russia, to enjoy the racing. The organising team did fantastic work of putting on the regatta, and the race committee followed suit with a very professional display of running the racing. Racing started as soon as was possible and the courses were good. 3 races were promptly run in challenging conditions, varying wind and generally lumpy sea state, keeping sailors on their toes. No matter the position in the fleet, there was always other boats to have a close battle with. The Dutch brothers of Jelmer and Roelof Kuipers showed pedigree and with very little time in their boats over the last year, were right on the pace. Read more >>>
MUSTO SKIFF ESP EUROCUP 2018 June 16-17 2018 The Musto skiff euro cup this year saw 12 boats entered and was sailed in perfect conditions with our typical sunshine and sea breeze (local embat) of 10-14 knots.
This competitive fleet continues to grow and improve as all members can be seen out in Palma bay training on a weekly basis. The level is increasing year on year, 2018 seeing some new sailors to the fleet with previous Olympic back grounds.
On day one, Richard Sydenham (the Rookie) ... was the big surprise of the championship. only having sailed a Musto 4 times previously he finished the day lying in 3rd place overall. Read more >>>
Noble Marine Insurance sponsored Musto Skiff training at Wilsonian Sailing Club with Russ Clark We met with Russ at 10am Saturday. From the forecast it was clear we set for a great day Saturday with 8-10 mph of breeze, but the possibility of no wind on Sunday. It was quickly agreed that we’d have a full days sailing Saturday with a thorough analysis on Sunday before Russ leaves at midday. Read more >>>
Musto Skiff GBR EuroCup Leg 1 Largs Sailing Club - May 19-20 2018 Making my first visit to Largs in quite some time I was very much looking forward to seeing for myself what this venue, the host of the 2019 UK Nationals, would have to offer. Quite a lot as it turns out. Whilst the clubhouse and boat park are befitting that of a club that regularly hosts major national and international championships, it’s the sailing area that really steals the show. The scenery is magnificent, with the Isles of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran providing the dramatic backdrop to the open waters of the Firth of Clyde. And if wildlife is your thing, it wasn’t long before I’d spotted seals, puffins and even a dolphin. In terms of sailing, the waters are deep and wide (convenient for submarines and those who tend to turn turtle) and there’s a race area for every wind direction. Read more >>>
Bow Sprit End Plug : Now Available. There have been suggestions that we change the end of the bow sprite fitting from the block to a end plug. This arrangement is standard in the 49er, 29er, RS200 & RS400 and other classes. This arrangement has the benefit that you can't get the tack line wrapped round the pole causing a problem when you launch the pole - if this has ever happened to you, you will know this is difficult to rectify and slow See more >>>
Mast Head Fitting (Justo Martinez ESP)
I got the final solution for the mast head crane. My head crane with the hole make from ovington breaks, so I start to think in a solution.
I use a small piece 4 mm dynema to tide the halyard. I have been sailing for three months with full cunni a few days and the halyard and the dynema piece do not have any damage. See the solution >>>
Lymington dinghy regatta (and Musto Skiff open) Online entry to the Lymington dinghy regatta (and Musto Skiff open) is now available. 7th and 8th July. Entries on the day are unlikely to be available so sign up now!
UPDATE: Early Bird entry fee for this event ends on the 6th June. Currently £21.10 it will increase to £26.10 after the 6th.
Also overall entry is restricted and will be a sell out. Enter now >>>
New Mainsail and Mast Sea Trials Begin ... Following the supportive vote of the members in the on-line AGM Ovington Boats and the MSCA have now started sea trials of a revised mainsail and mast. The objectives of the mainsail project are to produce a sail with a more modern appearance that works with the existing mast and supports the same sailor weight range as the existing sail. The objectives of the mast project are to produce a mast with similar characteristics to the existing mast that would work with both the new, if adopted, sail and the existing one. The mast and sail projects are not dependent on each other. Read more >>>
Noble Marine Insurance sponsored Musto Skiff training at Stokes Bay with Russ ClarkOn an unusually foggy and windless Saturday on the south coast, eight Musto Skiff sailors gathered for a day’s training at Stokes Bay Sailing Club. The session was deliberately aimed at those new into the class and those looking to improve their boat knowledge to move them up the fleet. Sailing experience in the group varied from those with only a few months in the Musto Skiff to former champions from other classes. This meant the questions flowed and group participation was high. Read more >>>
Harken 2018 GBR National Championships The Notice of Race and Entry Forms are now available along with lots of other helpful information. We had 48 boats at an open meeting recently so all the signs are this will be the biggest Nationals so far for the class; make sure you will be part of it. Please help the organisers by getting your entry in ASAP; any questions please ask ... read more >>>>
Musto Skiff Camp (Germany) 2018 Being invited to Germany's hot spots: A perfect sailing destination combined with a premium campsite is waiting for you, protected from Travemünde`s party around you.
Just a few days before the German Open in Warnemünde, from the 30th of June to the 2nd of July, we will take care of magnificent conditions for practice and and a lot of fun – on the water and off. Your contribution will be 119,99€ including barbecue and dinner, campground Read more >>>
Hot of the press: The Musto Skiff GBR Nationals 2019 will be hosted by Largs Sailing Club from Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 September 2019. Largs is about as beautiful as it comes with sailing taking place on the Largs championship course on the Firth of Clyde, West Coast of Scotland. The 2018 Scottish Skiff Nationals will be taking place at Largs on 19/20 May this year if you want to get some early homework in! Jono Shelley is happy to answer any questions. Full details to follow in due course. Get it in your diary!
Musto Skiff 2018 Stokes Bay Open - 21-22 April 2018. 48 Mustos Skiffs and 7 Lionel Richie sculptures at Stokes Bay Open The Stokes Bay Open saw a record entry of 48 Musto Skiffs, which is the biggest open meeting for the class to date. With a large local fleet from Stokes Bay (20 boats), the entry numbers have been Climbing rapidly over the last few years at this popular open meeting. The fleet looked out over a Still, foggy Solent and were kept on shore until the visibility improved and the wind increased. Read and hear more >>>
MUSTO SKIFF NED EUROCUP 2018
Worlds three day test event and Dutch Eurocup from 8 to 10 June 2018, Medemblik. The Mustoskiff 2018 test event for the coming worlds is hosted by Hollandia at regattatcenter Medemblik. It is a three day event from friday june 8 thru sunday june 10. This event will give all next years competitors the opportunity to experience the Medemblik venue. The IJsselmeer is the largest lake of the Netherlands and the prevailing southwesterly winds assure flat water sailing…. for most of the time. In winds ranging from north to south-east the IJsselmeer wil give you a bumpy ride with steep short waves if over 15 knots of breeze. Those who have been racing at Medemblik will probably know. It wil give anyone who wants to come a good opportunity to experience the 2019 worlds venue in Medemblik
Read more and make your entry >>>
Musto Skiffs at the Windward / Leeward Daffodil Regatta Ullswater Yacht Club - 14-15 April 2018. Gillard brings his own ladder A strong fleet of 12 Musto Skiffs gathered at Ullswater Yacht Club for Round 1 of the Scottish Skiff Series. The fleet included Tom Gillard multiple class champion, Ian Trotter regular Musto Skiff winner and Jamie Hilton fresh from a podium place at the recent Musto Skiff worlds in Australia. A special shout to Phil Devonport from Bass who turned up to race with very few miles on his ‘Musto clock’ and showed good promise in very tricky conditions. Read more >>>
MUSTO SKIFF FRA EUROCUP 2018 at the France Open Skiff regatta Three day of racing at the France Open Skiff regatta with 44 competitor from six different country. The first day, two races with a wind blowing from 6 to 8 khots. Great performance from Musto Skiff sailor Pierre-Yves Pfirter who came second and third these day. The second day, the wind was blowing from 8 to 20. We manage to do race four races. The first race was the one the must heavier wind. We have seen lot boats capsize some minor breakage for some boats. Read more >>>
MUSTO Skiff Training at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club coaching with Ian Turnbull
Noble Marine Insurance sponsored GBR class coaching
- 30th March - Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club coaching with Ian Turnbull & organised by Ian Escritt
Yorkshire Dales was the venue for the Musto Skiff fleet training on Easter Friday. Ian Turnbull was invited to take on the roll of coaching the fastest growing fleet in the north, who now have 8 regularly sailed boats. Read more and see the video >>>
Musto Skiff 2018 Rutland Open - 24-25 March 2018. Having just held a world championships in Australia 2 continers full of MUSTOs were delayed and still in transit so on the 24th of March a reduced fleet of 16 eager Musto skiff sailors met at Rutland sailing club, full of optimism and enthusiasm for the first event of the year. Unfortunately for them, the weather gods were not feeling as enthusiastic and the sailors were greeted with a becalmed mirror like pond. Read more >>>
Learning to sail a MUSTO Skiff on a limb ... Article by Peter Doherty (IRL) The Irish ‘skiff scene’ has always been something of a misnomer. No club in the country could claim to have anything resembling a skiff fleet. Although they can sometimes be seen honing their skills on local waters, for the most part, the Irish 49er squaddies ply their trade in the Olympic sphere. As a result, there has been no ‘trickle-down’ effect to weekend-warrior level. Read more >>>
RYA Dinghy Show 2018 report Following what can only be described as some interesting weather in the week before the show, there was some trepidation by organisers and their stands as to the turnout for this annual show. But all concern disappeared as queues of people appeared at the doors of Alexandra Palace early on Saturday morning. Thanks to all those who volunteered their time to help man the stand on Saturday and Sunday and it was great to see friends from as far afield as Russia, USA, Australia, Italy and Norway.
Finally, I'd like to thank the hard work put in by Ovington Boats in supporting the class and getting the equipment from a very snowy Newcastle to an equally snowy North London.
The RYA Dinghy Show continues to be a fantastic way to meet up with old and new friends and to see the show boat going away to a new member of the class shows the continued enthusiasm in which the class is received by show goers and class members.
ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018
Equipment Inspection Report At the end of each World Championship the International Class Association receives a report from the event Measurer.
We should all be proud that all of the officials, jurors and measurers have been extremely complementary about the attitude and conduct of the class sailors and managers: Read the full report >>>
New Boats Update
Class builder Ovington Boats have a strong order book and all current stock boats have been sold. The next scheduled build for a batch of Musto Skiffs is scheduled for early August and Ovington are currently taking deposits against the build slots. If you want a new boat in the August production run please contact Nathan Batchelor at Ovington Boats ASAP. e. firstname.lastname@example.org. 0191 2576011
The MUSTO Skiff Learning
Curve; this item was written by Dan Vincent some years ago; now he has rejoined the fleet perhaps he can benefit from re-reading his own words.
First published by Yachts and
yachting in October 2007 Introduction
There can be very few people who step in a MUSTO Skiff
, or any other singlehanded skiff, for the first time
and find it easy. High performance dinghies are designed
for speed and tend towards the unstable and overpowered
corner of the dinghy design envelope. They are not easy.
In order to race them or to even to really enjoy them
most people will have first have to learn how to sail
them. As long as new owners realise this and manage
their expectations accordingly then learning to sail
them will be a fantastically rewarding experience. Read more >>>>
Tuning Guide update by 2018 World Champion It has always been the culture of the class for the front runners to be open and help the chasing pack as much as possible. It is great to see new world champions, Jon Newman (AUS) and runner up Will Philips (AUS), continuing to uphold this tradition with full disclosure of their rig set ups. As can be seen there is no freakish settings to make you win as their set up is similar to those who have gone before ... looks like it is still a matter of practice, talent and fitness to win ... these factors are less easy to copy but at least it is simple of get your boat set up like a champion; now the hard part ... to sail like a champion. See the figures >>>>
Noble Marine Insurance sponsored GBR class coaching Please keep an eye on the events calendar and GBR Facebook for more information.
Please book with the coach or event organiser as spaces are limited on a first come basis.
A huge shout out to Noble Marine Insurance for their continued annual support of the GBR fleet.
ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018 -
NEWMAN WINS THE WORLDS ON A BIG BREEZE DAY
Four races on a windy final day of the ACO Musto Skiff World Championship held the potential for all kinds of place changing, but Jon Newman kept his nerve to win a second world title in this demanding singlehander.
With the breeze gusting up to 25 knots off the Blairgowrie shore, but also shifting through as much as 30 degrees, it was a far from straightforward race course. Blasting out to a corner was rarely the best answer, unless you wanted to minimise manoeuvres. Playing the shifts and gusts was the best way to do it, provided you had the skills to make it work. Read more >>>
ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018 - Day 5
BLAIRGOWRIE DELIVERS FOUR SEASONS IN ONE AFTERNOON
The race was on to get the ACO Musto Skiff World Championship back on schedule with the prospect of four races today.
The international fleet headed out on to the water expecting a windy day, and at times it was. But the breeze was very shifty and pulsing with every dark cloud that came over the top of the fleet. In race one it was medium airs, full-stretch sailing up the first leg but as the leaders reached the first windward mark the breeze kicked up a few knots and it was a wild and hairy ride back to the bottom gate. Then the breeze dropped really soft and patchy for the second windward leg. Read more >>>
ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018 -
Day 4 - Lay Day
BIGGER BREEZE IN STORE FOR MUSTO SKIFF FINALE
Weather forecasts suggest the final two days of the ACO Musto Skiff World Championship could be windy in Blairgowrie, Australia. What effect that has on the outcome of the regatta, we’ll have to wait and see. At the moment the local sailors are in control of the top of the leaderboard, with the fight for the world title shaping up to be a duel between 2014 World Champion Jon Newman and 49er supremo Will Phillips who has won two heats and is only two points off Newman’s lead. Any more breeze won’t concern these two supreme boat handlers, who will relish the chance to show what they can do with these challenging boats even in the most challenging of conditions.
Read more and see and interview with class ever present Tim Chapman (GBR) >>>
ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018 - Day 3
PHILLIPS FIRES TWO bulletS TO HOME IN ON NEWMAN
It was a long wait for the thermal breezes to settle their differences, but three more races took place in the late afternoon of day three of the ACO Musto Skiff World Championship in Blairgowrie, Australia.
In the first race of the afternoon, Switzerland’s Alexander Greil sailed out of his skin to win the race after a tense battle on the final downwind leg against a pack of fast-approaching Aussies. Paul Newman took second with Blairgowrie member Wayne Bates coming in third across the line. Greil was ecstatic with his first win in a World Championship. “I managed to get a good start, sail the right way up the course, tacked on the layline in the right place, and it all worked for me. It feels easy, but of course it’s not easy to do all the time! But yes, I’m really happy to have got my first win at a Worlds.” Read more >>>
ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018 - Day 2 YELLOW MUSTO JERSEY GOES TO NEWMAN AFTER TRICKY OPENING DAY
They had to wait a day for the wind to settle, but the competitors enjoyed a fantastic day’s racing on day two of the ACO Musto Skiff World Championship in Blairgowrie, Australia.
It was blowing 14 to 15 knots at the start of race one, and Britain’s Andy Rice did his customary port-tack start from the pin end across the top of the fleet and out to the favoured right-hand side of the course close to the shore. However Richie Robertson from Australia is famed for his big-breeze speed and by the top mark had closed the gap to Rice by two boatlengths. Rice bore away, let out too much mainsheet, and the boat tipped in to windward, leaving the way clear for Robertson to cruise to a clear win. Another Brit, Dave Annan, was holding second for a good chunk of the race, but just missed out on the finish line to the fast-closing Thor Schoenhoff from Australia who took second place. Read more >>>
ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018 - Day 1
Big Breeze forces Big Boys into Baby Boats
Winds gusting up to 30 knots meant no racing for day one of the ACO Musto Skiff World Championship in Blairgowrie, Australia. At least, not grown-up racing.
The fleet of international sailors was suited and booted and just beginning to hoist mainsails when the postponement flag went up. Local competitor Richie Robertson is famed for his big breeze prowess but even he felt it was the right decision to hold off on launching into the white horses. “It’s full on out there, we’ve got lots of days ahead of us to get this championship done, so it’s the right call.” Read more
ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff AUS National Championship 2018 - Day 2
Uncle Bob KO’s Tyson to win the Aussie Nationals
Arthur Brett steered Uncle Bob just ahead of Jamie Hilton’s Tyson at the finish of the final race to win the ACO Musto Skiff Australian Championship by a hair’s breadth. The two contenders probably didn’t even know they were in a fight for the title, but Brett found a gust from heaven on the final run of snakes and ladders, and it was enough to carry the Australian past the Scotsman who had fallen out of the best of the breeze. Brett surged across the line just a boatlength ahead of his rival, narrowly averting the embarrassment of a Pom winning the Aussie Nationals. Read more >>>
ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff AUS National Championship 2018 - Day 1
Melbourne’s Morris motors into an early Musto lead
Brett Morris shocked even himself by winning the opening race of the ACO Musto Skiff Australian Championship on an extremely hot and sunny Saturday afternoon at Blairgowrie.
It’s only Morris’s second season in this tricky singlehanded skiff, but some recent secret Tuesday afternoon training sessions at his home club of Port Melbourne paid off today. “I tried to stay in the pressure and it seemed to work,” smiled Morris as he came ashore from a light airs race in hot northerly winds. “I can’t quite believe it, it just all seemed to come together.” Read the full report >>>
MUSTO Skiff Survey / On-line AGM, 15th Year Running
The 2017 Musto Skiff Survey is now closed and
the results indicate that we have a great future ahead. Thank you to all those who took the time
to complete the survey. This is the 15th year we have conducted
Below are some key points from the survey,
with a link to the full results at the bottom;
Survey Overview - Responses from 18 countries
- 13% of responses came from people who don't own a
- There is good awareness of our EuroCup Series and strong World Championships See the full results >>>
2017 Musto Skiff GBR Series Review The 2017 UK Musto Skiff Series was the best attended this decade with nearly 90 individual sailors competing in one or more of the 10 events! The table below shows the stats over the last 7 years:
The series went down to the wire with 4 sailors in the running after round 9 at Stone SC. Tom Wright and Dave Poston couldn’t make the Inlands so it became a two horse race between Dan Kilsby and Ben Schooling. Kilsby was looking favourable overnight leading the pack but the UK Chairman managed to claw back on the Sunday to take the title for the 4th season in the last 5. Read more >>>
Musto Skiff 2017 GBR Inlands – 18-19 Nov Grafham Water Sailing Club 32 boats enjoy eight tight races as part of the Ovington Inlands. Despite a number of key competitors having their boats half way round the world en-route to the world championships in Australia, a strong turnout of 32 competitors joined the other Ovington classes to enjoy some incredibly close racing on the 18th and 19th November 2017. PRO Peter Saxton organised 8 slick races in a light, relatively steady breeze over the weekend. Read more >>>
MUSTOSKIFF BLAIRGOWRIE TEST EVENT 2:: AUS With a forecast of 28 degrees and clear skies Blairgowrie put on it’s second test event for the 9th ACO MUSTOSkiff Worlds at Blairgowrie.
15 boats made the trip to the peninsula in shorts and t-shirts weather, launched into crystal clear water, a strong tide and a fading westerly, forecast to turn South East.
Paul Newman and Wayne Bates led a group comprising Hayden Harding, Casey Bates, Chris Bick and Tim Hill into the channel looking to benefit from the current. Paul led to the top mark, followed by Wayne, Casey and Hayden. Read more >>>
Nicolas Duchoud wins the 2017 EuroCup : 125 competitors took part in at least one round of the EuroCup this season and congratulations to Nicolas Duchoud for taking the title by winning the SUI, ITA and LIE rounds.
Swiss compatriot Alex Greil finished second overall after competing in 4 events including the World Championships, his boat is now in a container on its way with other European competitors to Blairgowrie and GBR’s Dan Trotter finished 3rd overall. See the results >>>>
2017 Dutch Eurocup Bruinisse 2017On 7 and 8 October the Dutch eurocup was held in Bruinisse, 48 boats spread over three separate fleets where devided in RS500 and two open fleets separated by their PY number. The Mustoskiff was placed in the fast open fleet together with one RS700, two 49er’s and two RS800’s. Saturday started rainy and very windy, up to 32 knots, but on shore the wind seamed to be sailable so the race committee decided to put a couple of races in. Nearly all sailors launched and took off to the racing area. Due to the many capsizes the race committee was too busy rescueing and after a short while the race committee abandoned racing for the day and sent all boats back in. All of this resulted in one broken RS500 mast… Read more >>>
2017 Class Survey. The class annual survey is not far away and we have received a number of questions from the national reps. In order to be sure as many views are covered as possible, if you have a question you would like asking, please can I ask you to forward this on to your national rep.
Please ensure you provide some background information to explain your question.
If you would like to stand for any of the International Committee posts as listed .... please contact the class secretary. Please respond by 3/11/17
Bow Sprit End Plug TestingThere have been suggestions that we change the end of the bow sprite fitting from the block to a end plug. This arrangement is standard in the 49er, 29er, RS200 & RS400 and other classes. This arrangement has the benefit that you can't get the tack line wrapped round the pole causing a problem when you launch the pole - if this has ever happened to you, you will know this is difficult to rectify and slow ...Also - with the current set-up it is a class rules requirement that there is an end plug in for safety; you would not want to be hit with a pole with no end plug as it may take a core sample of you !!! Frequently we see people sailing with no end plug which is not good for safety.
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Forums and Facebook Pages and Groups. These currently work well with the Facebook groups having a local membership and deal with local issues primarily dealing with local national events. We use the International page in partnership with the forum to foster international discussion. Read more >>>
German EuroCup was held from 30th September - 3rd October and hosted by Deutscher Touring Yacht Club, The German South EuroCup was held from 30th September - 3rd October and hosted by Deutscher Touring Yacht Club, who kindly wrote this report. The weather forecast could have been for a big storm but fortunately this did not materialise, instead the regatta was held in good conditions with wind forces between 10 and 15 knots.
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MUSTO Skiff Liechtenstein EuroCup Walensee SUI (23.-24. Sep 2017) Walensee in Eastern Switzerland is one of only a few lakes that can enjoy good thermal winds, perfect for Musto Skiffs. Unfortunately, the fleet had no such luck on Saturday as the East-West gradient wind couldn’t get over the high mountains flanking the lake. 13 sailors waited all afternoon for enough breeze to run a race, in the end no luck so time for a barbeque in front of the club hut. Read more >>>
NZL Sailing Season Starts with a Bang! On the 23rd September at 4:30 pm there was a loud bang and a huge cloud of smoke as the 2ft long antique ships cannon was fired at Naval Point Club Lyttelton, declaring the season open. It was the best opening day for as long as most club members could remember, with a warm sunny day, 10-12 knots and an incoming tide yielding flat water, perfect Musto weather. Read more >>>
Musto Skiff 2017 Stone Open - 30/9 & 1/10 2017. After losing his national championship title Alex Knight is fighting back and has made it two from the last two open events of the 2017 calendar, with only the Ovington inlands to go. Although Alex and some others will be unable to attend opting to ship their boats to Melbourne for the worlds in January over a November weekend at Grafham, aka the coldest place on earth. Read more >>>
Season Nine for the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series 2017/18 Now in its ninth season, this winter dinghy handicap championship brings out the best and the bravest to compete at seven big events throughout the chilly months. Advance online entry opens in a few weeks…. Read more >>>
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 >>>
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