- Denia Spain
2 days training with coach Mark Rushall, in varying
conditions between 4-30 knots, the class racing got
underway on the 13th July with competitors from 6 nations.
Race 1. With continued
brilliant blue skies and 30 degree temperatures, race
1started in a light sea breeze. Rick Perkins and Richard
Smith rounded the first mark in the lead, closely followed
by a group including local sailor Pablo Arandia, Ian
Trotter, Ian Renilson and Richard Stenhouse. There were
places to be won and lost as boats searched out the
most pressure. However, Rick Perkins kept a cool head
to pull out a good lead at the finish.
Race 2 saw the sea
breeze swing right towards to cliffs close to Denia,
and increase to a stable 15 knots. Richard
Stenhosue showed good upwind speed to pull into the
lead, and although a group including Ian Trotter and
Ian Renilson were close behind, they could not close
on Richard Stenhouse to make an impact on his lead.
The sailors enjoyed the near perfect conditions as they
pushed the boats hard to gain any advantage.
the breeze had stabilised from a southerly direction,
and the majority of the fleet chose the right hand landward
side of the course for the first beat. Again, it was
Richard Stenhouse who managed to gain a small but significant
lead at the windward mark, and consolidated on the exhilerating
downwind leg, to take his second win.
Day 2 of the MUSTO Skiff Gold
Cup was sailed in light winds. With a small North to
South flowing current, and a sea breeze that steadily
shifted right all day, the sailors had to make good
tactical decisions to stay at the front.
4 saw Ant Chapman lead the fleet around the course.
Ant´s father Tim has been a skiff sailor from
the early days, and I am sure he was proud to see his
son at the front. He kept a cool head in the hot Mediterranean
sun and slowly pulled ahead to win comfortably. Ian
Trotter continued his consistent form to finish 2nd,
with Paul Clememts 3rd.
started in a similar light breeze, and it was Simon
Reynolds who showed good speed on the first beat, along
with Pablo Arandia to lead at the windward mark. It
was interesting to watch some of the fleet taking the
advice of their earlier coaching with Mark to make tactical
downwind gains. Simon Reynolds held off Pablo Arandia,
Paul Clements and Ian Trotter to take a well deserved
the wind had increased slightly, and not for the first
time this week, the fleet got away at the second time
of asking with the biggest gains coming on the first
beat by people taking the pin advantage, and then tacking
onto port to gain from any right shift in the sea breeze.
Kit Stenhouse, Pablo Arandia and Ian Trotter all rounded
the windward mark close together, and shared the lead
on the downwind leg. Ian Trotter gaining the advantage
and covering the fleet up the second beat and down the
final run to take the win.
It was noticeable how close the fleet
were and it was good to see close racing throughout.
Following an on shore postponement, the fleet got away
in a light sea breeze for race 7.
Pablo Arandia, and Kit Stenhouse led around
the windward mark for the first lap, closely followed
by a group including Ian Trotter, Richard Stenhouse
and Ian Renilson.
Richard Stenhouse made a small but significant
gain on the first downwind leg, to round the leeward
mark close behind Pablo.
The leaders worked their way out right,
but boats rounding later picked up a small left hand
shift, and closed on the front two boats. Pablo Arandia
continued right, but Richard Stenhouse tacked. This
was to be a significant move, and after some close tactical
sailing in the light breeze, Richard Stenhouse rounded
the windward mark for the second time with a small lead.
He then covered the fleet on the final
downwind leg, taking the win from Pablo Arandia, with
Ian Trotter pulling through the third.
The light breeze began to drop, and so
the race officer cancelled all further racing for the
is the “Bous a la mar” season where the streets of Spanish
towns echo to the sounds of bull running, and as well
as enjoying some superb sailing in glorious sun, the
MUSTO boys and girls spent this week watching firework
displays, and crowds of spectators running down the
streets in front of the famous fighting bulls.
Last night, the class was invited by the
locals to take part in a paella making competition.
For reasons mostly relating to alcohol the skiff team
started cooking their food last, and finished first.
This was a real concern, as the other teams were still
preparing their entries. When it came to the judging,
it has to be said that some of the panel of experts
were none too keen to try our expert cooking. Needless
to say, we did not win !
However, not to be outdone, a group of
stopouts headed by more senior members of the class
including Paul Manning, Simon Reynolds and Tony Phillips
took up the locals offer of a night out at the club
on the end of the marina pier, and didn´t make
it back before 4.30 am.
maybe fortunately for those still hungover, racing was
postponed until late in the day, and then finally
abandoned as the sea breeze would not stabilse in strength
meant Richard Stenhouse retained his title from last
year, but with Ian Trotter and Pablo Arandia very close
A huge thanks to Club Nautico Denia, Manuel
Gonzalez the club President, and Maria the Principal
Race Officer for laying on such a great event. Also
thanks must go to Pablo Arandia, for his award winning
event posters, and to Tony, Steve and Terry for driving
a number of the entries across Europe.
1st Richard Stenhouse GBR 209 16 points
2nd Ian Trotter GBR 168 18 points
3rd Pablo Arandia ESP 150 22 points
4th Rick Perkins GBR 162 29 points
5th Ian Renilson GBR 128 39 points