Musto Skiff

MUSTO Skiffs at Lee on the Solent Sailing Club

2nd and 3rd July 2005.

The MUSTO Skiff fleet suffered a North / South divide this weekend due to the LOSSC Open clashing with the famous Lord Birkett long-distance race at Ullswater; a MUSTO Skiff favourite. (MUSTO Skiffs took 2nd, 3rd and 4th I believe)

The southern contingent assembled at LOSSC for some closely contested racing. Saturday brought a reasonable breeze accompanied by some very steep chop and plenty of Solent traffic to keep the fleet on itís toes. The first race set the tone for the rest of the day with Richard Stenhouse taking the win from Graeme Oliver with Rick Perkins in third. Oliver was leading the second race for some time until a near crash with a friendly cruiser let Stenhouse through; Oliver recovered to hold of Perkins again third. The final race for the day saw Stenhouse lead again from class newcomer Brian Greensmith who held second for the whole race until the last run to the finish saw him capsize to windward as he was shadowed by a passing cruiser. Oliver and Perkins took advantage of his misfortune to keep the results consistent. Greensmith recovered to take 4th Ö he was robbed!!

Sunday dawned with less breeze but still a few lumps around the course; the breeze was pretty variable in both direction and strength guaranteeing a bit more of a mix in the results. Stenhouse won the first race with class new comer and youngest competitor Ant Chapman and Graeme Oliver finishing with a dead heat for second followed by Jamie Stevenson in 4th. The fifth race saw Stevenson start well and hook into good breeze on the first run to open a comfortable gap on the fleet. The bunch fought hard for second with Stenhouse taking second and wife Kit Stenhouse taking 3rd. The final race was again a close fought affair with Ant Chapman enjoying the lighter winds to take the win from Richard Stenhouse with Perkins 3rd.

Congratulations to Richard Stenhouse who took the event with four firsts and a second but recognition is also due to some of the new owners who are now breaking into the top three. Thanks to LOSSC for running the event and we promise to shave next year before we kiss the commodores wife at the prize giving.

1st Richard Stenhouse
2nd Graeme Oliver
3rd Rick Perkins
4th Jamie Stevenson
5th Kit Stenhouse
6th Ant Chapman

Author : Rick Perkins

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