Musto Skiff

The Dave Ovington Memorial Trophy

The final event of the MUSTO Skiff UK Travellers circuit was held at Grafham water over the 5th & 6th November, with Saturday's racing being held as part of the Dave Ovington Memorial Trophy. It was good to see a strong 20 boat turn out.

Saturday's racing was held with mixed fleet of MUSTO Skiff's & B14's starting of the same start line. With a tight schedule of races to get through, all races were started under the black flag which caught out a few over eager competitors. Racing was over a square course with shifty conditions which made for interesting and difficult reaches which saw many sailors swimming into windward. Race one was won by Ian Trotter with Richard Stenhouse 2nd, Graeme Oliver 3rd, & Martin Boatman 4th. In Race 2 Ian Trotter again mastered the conditions to lead Richard, & Graeme home with Ant Chapman taking 4th. With the breeze picking up a bit for last race 3 Sten stretched his legs and took the win from Oliver 2nd, Dave Poston 3rd, and Trotter 4th.

The main event of the weekend was the Saturday night party in celebration of Dave's life, with DJ Gareth Edwards on the ones & twos. The bar was drunk dry, and some serious dancing took place (well a mixture of punk & moshing). The management attempted to shut-down the music at 12:30am but only to be hi-jacked by Simon Hiscock's, until the power was cut (but glad to say the bar remained open!)

Sunday dawned with pretty rough conditions for all, and the weather wasn't that great either. Only twelve skiff's made it to the start line in 20 - 25 knot conditions. The remainder thinking that not being able to stand or focus might impede their ability to sail a MUSTO Skiff. The weather, or the hangovers, took there toll round the race course with only 5 finishers. Richard Stenhouse taking the win, closely followed by Martin Goodlad, Dave Poston, Kit Stenhouse & Mark Addison.

The racing was then postponed until the afternoon. Although Richard, Martin & Dave thought it had been abandoned so stayed out for some excellent rides and to try and record a fastest speed for the Garmin "Speed Freaks" Competition. Much to Sten's disappointment he only registered 21.3 knots; more breeze required ...

Dave Poston lead race 5 from the start and showed great speed to stay ahead of Richard until the last tack before the line and was passed with yards to spare. Martin Goodlad finished 3rd with Kit Stenhouse 4th. Race 6 again saw Poston charging off from the start line only to be passed by Richard. Kit Stenhouse was in a strong 3rd place until she decided to impale herself on the committee boat and let Martin through to take 3rd.

The final results were

1st Richard Stenhouse 6 pts,
2nd Dave Poston 17pts,
3rd Martin Goodlad 23pts,
4th Kit Stenhouse 31pts,
5th Mark Addison 44pts,
6th Ian Trotter 48pts,

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