New Blood on the
committee at International & GBR level.
As a growing class we understand the value
of new blood in the management structure, so we work
on a continuing basis to recruit committee members that
can add value to our class. To this end, I am very pleased
to announce that Andy Peake has agreed to take up the
new post of International class Vice President. Andy
has been sailing high performance dinghies for many
years, and joined our class a couple of years ago. He
can regularly be seen sailing at international and national
events, and I am confident he will be in a position
to help steer the international class into the future.
The UK class association has also appointed Dan Vincent
and John Evans as events organiserís for the North and
South. John has been with the class for some years now,
and is regularly at the front of the Grand masters results
at international events. Dan joined the class at a similar
time to Andy, and along with the other two sailors brings
a great deal of enthusiasm both for racing and the class
Also joining as regional reps are Jonathan
Cameron for London, Tom Offer for the South West and
former MPSCA Chairman Graeme Oliver for the South East.
These guys will provide a valuable point of contact
to new owners and will work with Dan & john to get
the training & opens sorted.
Welcome to you allÖ below is an outline
of their background and thoughts on their roles.
Chairman - Andy Peake
To introduce myself to those who don't
Boats Sailed: Mirror, Laser, 49er, RS
600/700, 18 foot skiff and Musto 288 which Iíve been
sailing for 18 months
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In my role as Vice Chairman, Iím
planning to support Simon as much as possible and help
him continue the classís development, particularly over
the next few months. Along with the rest of the committee,
Iíll be working to deliver a great calendar of events
for 2009, including a Northern and Southern circuit
and a schedule of training days. Iím also keen to help
continue raising the profile of the Musto Skiff as the
leading single handed trapeze boat in the UK. At a functional
level, Iíll be arranging a committee get together in
the next couple of months, so if thereís anything youíd
like put on the agenda, just let me know.
Circuit and Training - John Evans
Introducing myself...... My name is John Evans and I
have been sailing the MPS since August 2005.
Previously I have competively sailed a number of boats
including Mirrors, Hornets, Larks and Laser standard.
telephone 01670 510802
mobile 07711 612775 firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been active on the Northern and Scottish open
meeting circuits and feel that I can contribute in the
organisation of both the fixtures for the circuit and
the training for us Northern boys (and girls).
My aim is to strike a balance between getting a good
spread of events through the year and the right number.
Getting the right number of events is important as too
many will tend to dilute the numbers.
Getting a well attended local circuit has to be good
in this time of increased fuel costs when people are
thinking twice about travelling long distances to attend
Training...... I feel we need to increase the number
of sessions in the year, to give better access by local
sailors to experts, who would help out with boat setup
In the next couple of weeks I intend to have made contact
with each club representative in the Northern Area to
Circuit and Training: Dan Vincent
To introduce myself to those who don't
Boats Sailed: Topper,Ent, Laser through
to Laser 4000/5000 and RS 600/400 but recently Mirrors,
Firefly and Musto Skiff 193 since 2006
Good Habits: Arriving on time, fixing
things before they break
Bad Habits: Not throwing away old stuff/
fittings to the point that my rig bag now weighs more
then my boat.
Contact details: 07773 485077 email@example.com
That's probably all you need to know.
I have taken on the role of Southern Circuit Guy through
self-interest and the desire to create 'my ideal circuit.'
Hopefully my ideal circuit will suit the rest of the
Southern sailors too. My plan is to pull together a
programme which looks spookily similar to this year,
with 1 open meeting or championship per month from March
through to November. This will be complemented by 2
or 3 training events aimed at various levels of ability.
Hopefully we will be able to tie this into the events
programme so training takes place on the weekend before
or after an open meeting at a nearby venue
We have some great open meetings that
are now established and we plan on going back to venues
like Rutland, Stokes Bay, Felpham, Whitstable and Thorpe
Bay. It would also be great to sneak a couple of new
ones in places we have not been before, such as Castle
Cove, Eastbourne and Queen Mary. The tricky thing with
scheduling is to ensure there are enough open meetings
to satisfy the obsessed, but not so many that the turnouts
Finally, I know this may not be the best
time to go looking for sponsorship, given the current
economic climate, etc, etc, but if anyone has any ideas
it would enable us to run bigger and better training
events and I am sure we could guarantee good coverage
and return in the sailing media.
South East Rep - Graeme Oliver
Name - Graeme Oliver
Star Sign - Virgo (obsessive compulsive)
Good Habits - Can gybe
Bad habits - Can't tack
Contact Details - Mob. 07877 257031 firstname.lastname@example.org
Boats sailed - Fireball, Laser, Osprey
(not sure why so don't ask!), 14 (can't afford to anymore),
18 (even more expensive) Corby 25, 35 & 40, SB3
Have been sailing the musto for what seems
a lifetime and was one of the origional group into the
class with GBR 082 which meant that I was one of the
fateful bunch at Garda the first time who got press-ganged
by Dave Hall onto the committee........I got Chairman......d'oh!
Only kidding, it was a great honor
to be Chairman for 4 years. I'm now onto my 4th boat
GBR 363 http://www.liftingsafety.co.uk after a 3 year
"break" on the 18 Euro circuit on Gill / Wet
& Wild Graphics I'm really happy to be back and
competing in the most forward thinking dinghy class
in the world.
London Rep - Jonathan Cameron
Boats Sailed: Various dinghyís and keel
boats, more recently RS700 and Musto Skiff since 2007
Good Habits: Understanding wife.
Bad Habits: Buying boats I donít need!
Contact details: 07713 502258 email@example.com
My focus is to support development of
a Musto Skiff fleet in the London area and hopefully
build on the strong fleet of about 20 boats that has
developed at Queen Mary Sailing Club. QMSC is one of
the premier inland dinghy racing clubs with water at
about 50ft above surrounding countryside giving good
unobstructed wind over some 700 acres. There is club
racing every Sunday with a strong fast asymmetric fleet.
The fleet at QM are used to travelling
to events and welcome the opportunity to support Dan
Vincent and the Southern Circuit. Additionally, we hope
to arrange open meetings, championships and training
events at QM that complement the Southern events.
GBR South West Rep - Tom Offer
Based in Bristol I have been sailing Musto
Skiffs for about a year having served my singlehanded
asymmetric apprenticeship in the RS700. During the past
year I have travelled to Lake Garda, Italy, Rutland
Water, Felpham and Whitstable to compete in MPS events
so I sincerely hope to bring events to the growing fleet
of MPS sailors in the South West.
If you are based in the SW and are thinking of joining
the revolution that has become the biggest and best
one design racing circuit available for singlehanders
in the world (is that overdoing it?) then please get
in touch where I'll be very happy to help you get started.
We have an excellent fleet of fast asymmetric racing
at the beautiful Chew Valley Lake every Sunday and Wednesday
evenings in the Summer which is a perfect base but we'll
try and get you up to speed and racing on the open circuit
with the rest of us in no time; I look forward to hearing
Contact details: 07776 172810
Or if you want to find me on the water I am the idiot
that bought an MPS with a pink kite, the other idiot
is Alex Koukourakis but he's not ginger so you'll know
it's not me...