Musto Performance Skiff

2009 Reports and News Archive

Click for larger imageThank You Gift Just so all the members know we always send thank you gifts to our Championships hosts each year. The framed photo (thank you to Tania Samus whos photo it is) on the right is on it's way to ELYC; thanks again chaps.

2009 Travellers Series Results
Well we are finally at the end of the fixtures for 2009 and Gavin Homer has cranked out all the numbers and we have some series winners.
Southern Series: Dan Henderson
North Series: Richard Purdy
Scottish Series: Ian Renilson

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ENTRY DATE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY The annual Hayling Island Tide Ride will be run this year 3rd – 4th October, with the usual exiting racing held in Chichester Harbour. Online entries will be available from 3rd September with a closing date of the 25th September. Due to the tidal conditions, there will be an early start, so the club is offering an excellent accommodation deal. Book and pay for Friday night and they will give you Saturday night for free. People will need to book early to avoid disappointment. Accommodation is available from just £19.00.”
See what happened last year >>>

MUSTO Skiff Open at Thope Bay Yacht Club A very hospitable Thorpe Bay Yacht Club played host to 11 MUSTO Skiffs despite the unfavourable forecast coupled with the recent return of the majority of the fleet from Malcesine. The event was shared with the B14s, 49ers and 289ers making for a fantastic social on the Saturday evening - an event which is fast becoming legendry with much of the thanks attributed to a great clubhouse team and local sailor Steve Hopper for putting his hands into what must be very deep pockets, to put on a free bar for what proved a very thirsty pack of sailors Read more >>>

UK Travellers Series Update Looks like Dan may have Sten on the run ... perhaps the half model will be in Essex this winter ... but we still have Grafham and Weymouth ... it is still up for grabs.

South standings >>>
North standings (awaiting results) >>>
Scottish standings >>>

This weekend is the annual bash at Thorpe Bay for 29ers, 49ers, B14s and MUSTO Skiff. Don’t forget the party on Saturday night, free Evening buffet courtesy of EITS and Steve Hopper, free bar for limited time and music provided by the infamous Craig Asquith. Briefing 9.30, first start 11.00

2009 European Championships - Full Event Report Day 1. Perfect conditions on Lake Garda for day one of this years MUSTO Skiff European Championship. An excellent entry of 74 boats, comprising of 12 nationalities, including three Australians and one Russian who had driven over 3200km to be at the event. read more >>>

Action from the Tiger Trophy and The Lord Birkett

Paul Manning has been appointed the UK Agent for the MUSTO Skiff Following continued growth in Ovington Boats and as a policy decision on a number of classes within the Ovington Boats stable a class specific agent has been appointed in the UK to manage sales of new boats and to provide manufacturer support at key events. Ovington Boats Managing Director Chris Turner said "At Ovington Boat we focus on the building of world class dinghies and also ensure we are supporting the products at regattas and developing the fleets. The appointment of key agents is critical to this as those agents will be able to spend more time engaged with those classes to support their development. In this case Paul is the perfect candidate as he has a long history working with the class and is well respected by the fleet." Read more >>>

 

 

 

Vang lever end adaptor Following feedback from the 49er and MUSTO Skiff class, Ovington Boats have produced a retro-fixable stainless steel end for the lever where it attaches to the mast bracket. Find out more >>>

 

Queen Mary Training weekend 18/19th With just about the perfect conditions to play with at QM the training was a great success with some serious improvements in boat handling and general technique.
The theme of the training was “slow down and prepare before you do anything”, the aim being to get your brain into gear before you do any manoeuvre.
See the full report and review some of the video taken by Graeme oliver >>>

MUSTO Skiff Open at Queen Mary Sailing Club 16 skiffs were greeted by warm weather and sunshine but not much wind for the first day of sailing at Queen Mary. Conditions were tricky with the patchy breeze meaning that consistency was hard to come by and positioning yourself correctly for the puffs way key. Read the full report >>>

Southern Series Results - The UK Southern Series is for a nice half model donated to the class by Paul Manning, Sten has this at present but it looks like he is being challenged this year Situation so far >>>

Euros in Garda Entry List so far >>>

MUSTO Skiffs at the Tiger Trophy 2009 After the cancelation in February, The 15th Tiger Trophy was held at Rutland Sailing Club on the 11th and 12th July helping to raise money for the John Merricks sailing trust. The event is open to centreboard dinghies with a PY less than 1175, a mixture of classes turned up Saturday morning to a patchy light lake. The time plan was soon delayed as the postponement flag drooped down the pole due to the lack of wind. After a while the wind started to build followed by the drop of the postponement flag. Sailors started to dash around launching into the light fluky wind drifting down towards the committee boat. More >>>

Centomiglia 2009 - You can watch it after Garda ... The MUSTO Skiff European championships at Fraglia della vela di Malcesine is taking part on the dates for one good reason. As a class we all love going fast and talking about dramatic sailing events. So, Paul has arranged with Chiara and the team at Malcesine to run our championships to end the day before the World famous Centomiglia! More >>>

Travelling to a regatta in Europe - Top 10 things to remember by Paul Manning Many sailors may be attending this Championship as their first major international event, so I thought it might be of assistance to note down a few points of things easily forgotten or overlooked. More >>>

Lord Birkett Trophy 4th/5th July 2009 Surrounded by some of the highest and most spectacular peaks of the country, Lake Ullswater was again venue for the annual Lord Birkett Trophy. As per usual, there was a plethora of boats. The Thames A Rater and an open canoe (quite literally a canoe with a sail and not to be confused with the high performance International Canoe) are only two examples of unusual boats featured at this event. The number of boats this year reached another record high with a total of 217. There were a total of nine MUSTO Skiffs, making for the 5th best represented class out a total of 49. More >>>

The MUSTO Skiff Class Association are delighted to announce the long-term event schedule to 2014 - Start your planning and saving now as we have some great events scheduled Read more >>>

2009 MUSTO Skiff Nationals at East Lothian YC After an excellent pre-event training camp, run by GBR 49er Coach Harvey Hilary the event was scheduled to start. With 53 entries the class and the club were very happy with the level of support the fleet had given to this the first UK Nationals CHampionships to be hosted by a Scottish Club. The first day of the MPS Nationals was greeted with high winds. Race officer Jim Sinclair ventured out into the bay in the RIB and measured 42knots with the reading never dropping below 30 knots. Full Report >>>

 

MUSTO Skiff Training Pre-Nationals at East Lothian YC Prior to the MUSTO Skiff Nationals training was held for 20 boats lead by Harvey Hillary. To give the new comers to the fleet a good head start in their boats and to sharpen up the skills of the old hands the MSCA held training supported by RYA Scotland to give the event a fantastic kick start.Read more >>>

MUSTO Skiff training at Derwent Reservoir SC Northern Area training was held at Derwent Reservoir on 18th and 19th April. A small but dedicated fleet of seven MUSTO Skiff sailors turned up for training from experienced MUSTO sailor and coach, Martin Boatman. More >>>

MUSTO Skiff Open Meeting Whitstable Yacht Club

3 is the Magic Number >>>
- 3 is the number of opens so far this year
- 3 is the number of different event winners
- 30+ is the number of entries at each event
- 3 perhaps will be the number of different National Champions in 3 years ... we'll see in a couple of weeks Read more >>>

Scottish skiffs at East Lothian Yacht Club 23 boats turned up at East Lothian YC for round 2 of the Scottish skiff circuit including 12 musto skiffs, which were also competing for their Scottish championship as part of the event. As competitors headed out to the race course in a 15 knots easterly it was the size of the waves rather than the breeze that were going to make things interesting for competitors. More >>>

Seldén Mast UK Youth Series The four event Youth Championship series sponsored by Seldén Mast has finished this weekend in glorious sunshine at Whitstable Yacht Club. The series was raced within the classes open meeting programme at the following venues Rutland, Stokes Bay, Felpham and Whitstable to find the top under 21 MUSTO Skiff sailor. A complete fit-out of Seldén hardware and a spinnaker with their logo were very generously donated by the company following talks with Ben McGrane earlier in the season.. More >>>

MUSTO Skiff Training: Pre-Nationals with Harvey Hillary The MUSTO Skiff Class Association with support from RYA Scotland will be running a 2 day training camp lead by Olympic Squad coach Harvey Hillary on the 16th & 17th June, the 2 days prior to the UK Nationals. The training will be hosted by East Lothian Yacht Club at North Berwick.
Find out more & book a space >>>

 

SCOTTISH SKIFF RACING 2009 - Dalgety Bay – May 16/17 Dalgety Bay Sailing Club were the hosts for the first Scottish Skiff event of the 2009 season, and the 16 boats that made it were treated to strong breeze and sunshine for the majority of the weekend. After launching the boats were given a downwind blast to the start line, just off Inverkeithing, which saw a few take their first swim of the day! After a short delay Race 1 got underway in a fresh easterly breeze with home boy Ian Renilson establishing an early lead that he would hold to the finish. The chasing pack of mustos were having a hard fought race with places changing constantly – a theme that would carry on for the remainder of the weekend. Meanwhile Paul Hignett, in his bladerider, was making the most of the conditions to finish in 2nd position on handicap. 3rd place went to John Evans from Derwent who just pipped John Reekie who was 4th. Read More >>>

Felpham Open The MUSTO Skiff Fleet congregated at Felpham SC on the 16th and 17th May for the third event in the Southern Travellers series. After 30 and 33 boats at the previous two events it was expected to be another bumper turn out until everyone saw the forecasts in the run up.
With 16 of the most talented and foolhardy skiffies rigging their boats in the big breeze on Saturday morning it became apparent fairly quickly that with 25kts gusting to over 30kts and onshore, just getting off the beach would be a step too far. The racing was canned which led to much beer drinking and a night in the club, one of the friendliest clubs that the fleet visits. With the forecast looking good for Sunday, 10-15kts everyone was optimistic that we'd get some good racing. However it became very apparent as soon as the fleet arrived at the club that it wasn't going to happen and the Met Office had provided another Michael Fish forecast. Breeze over 25kts and even bigger breakers. Thanks must go to the Felpham organizers who gave everyone a chance to make the decision and also gave a refund of the entry fee, very impressive.

Training at Segelclub Attersee 2009 Whilst I understand the weather was not so good in the UK, the sun was shining and the wind was blowing just nicely for the weekend of 16th – 17th May for the training on Lake Attersee in Austria. For those who are not familiar with this venue, the lake is 45 minutes drive east of Salzburg (1½ hour flight with Ryanair from Stansted) at the northern edge of the Alps. Lying north – south, the lake is approximately 15km long by 2.5 – 3km wide and regularly hosts major championships. It is similar in shape to a small Lake Garda, and also deep (nearly 200m in places) the southern end has steep cliffs rising out of the lake into the Alps, and the northern end is open to the rolling hills. This geography provides a regular thermal wind (not usually as strong as Garda) with the exception of July and August when the hot summer temperatures stops the wind. Read more >>>

Picture Gallery Update: Thanks to a nudge in the right direction by Jon Simpson I have added a number of updates to the Picture Gallery page. We are very lucky as a class as Tania Samus (wife of Sergei) has been taking many excellent photos of MUSTO Skiffs catching our greatest moments on the water. There can be few classes with a photographic portfolio of this quality, thanks again Tania for all of the sailors View the galleries >>>

Tiger Trophy 2009 - 11th / 12th July. As I’m sure everyone can remember, due to snow, snow and a bit more snow the 2009 Tiger Trophy had to be moved from it’s traditional date. The event will now be held over the weekend of 11th – 12th July. For those who have not ventured out at that time of year, this later date gives you all the opportunity to take part in one of the countries biggest handicap events. As I’m sure you are all aware, it is also for an excellent cause! Please come along and we’ll see if we can have the biggest entry fleet again. Don’t forget, if you win all four races there is £1000 prize money! More details >>>

THE ART OF NOT GIVING UP. I aim this missive not at those who are proficient at the fine art of MUSTO Skiff sailing. Not those who can skip about the surface of this high powered ironing board with impunity like Olga Korbut herself. (Olympic gymnast 1972, chaps. Terribly famous at the time). Neither those for whom perfecting snappy gybes and pelvic thrust wire to wire tacks in a force 6 is but second nature. Nor those for whom their MPS is but an extension of their limbs. I address those who like me have just started out, or who are thinking of doing so. Or, more especially those who have been humbled by their efforts so far. And maybe your Skiff lies sulking under covers in the dinghy park. Unloved, while you wonder what to do next. So maybe you are questioning the wisdom of your decision to try and conquer the MPS in the first place? Read the full article >>>

 

 

 

Stokes Bay Training Weekend 25th & 26th April Conditions for Training Saturday were far from ideal, a short sharp Solent chop combined with a shifty wind gusting up to 20 kts made conditions challenging for the thirteen sailors, all of whom took at least one swim during the day. Russ Clark ran a very professional event, and it was obvious that Penny wasn’t the only one who had picked up skills during her Olympic campaign (Eds. note Russ's wife Penny was the GBR Laser Radial Rep. at the 2008 Olympics). The morning session was based around a short windward-leeward course, with the emphasis on boathandling and starting skills. Some of the sailors new to the class went out in the second RIB to observe and lend rescue help as required. The experienced sailors were coping with the boathandling, just, and some of the less experienced were sailing without the kite. Common problems areas were tacking and gybing, often exacerbated by the unsettling effect of the chop. Read more >>>

UK Nationals - Entries now open NOR & Entry Forms are now available; PLEASE enter early if you are planning to attend as this makes the job of the event organisers much easier. Details >>>

Stokes Bay MUSTO Skiff Open 2009 Second event this year; Second +30 turnout. On the weekend of the 18th and 19th of April this years Stokes Bay MUSTO Skiff Open was held. It was another event shared with the B14s, so apart from the MUSTO Skiff competitors, there were many familiar faces. Despite a forecast for very light winds, the fleet was 33 MUSTO Skiffs strong, even outnumbering the very successfull 9er Open in Rutland earlier in the year. Noteably, sailors from as far as the north east were attracted, although the event was dominated by the southern fleet. More >>>

Melbourne World Championships delayed to 2011 As the majority of you will recognise, the Class has been active in scoping and planning ahead for key events both within and outside of Europe in the coming years, which culminated in the very exiting prospect of the trip into Australia for our first non-European World Championships that was planned for Melbourne in January 2010. The origins and extent of skiff sailing that Australia is renowned for, the conditions of Melbourne, together with the reputation of Black Rock YC in holding quality events, make a Worlds event there a desirable Championship to put into your sailing memories. More info >>>

Stokes Bay Training Day 25 April Russ Clark and Dan Vincent will be running the training. Russ is fresh from training in Palma with Sten and brings loads of experience from helping his wife Penny to reach the 2008 Olympics. Dan finished in the top 10 at last year's Nationals and Worlds. The idea is to cater for everyone, from those picking it up this season to experienced performers who want to find a bit extra.
Find out more and book your place >>>

The Iscomar sponsored MUSTO Skiff event at the Princess Sofia regatta, Palma de Mallorca Before I write any details of the event, I’d like to thank Javi and the Stenhouse’s for their time helping me during the event. As everyone knows, our class is one of the friendly ones, and without help from the fleet these events would not go as well as they do! Also a big thank you to Iscomar who very generously subsidised the ferry passage so all the sailors from outside Mallorca could take part on a more economic basis. More info and watch Sten's Video >>>

MUSTO Skiffs at Black Rock Yacht Club AUS Last weekend saw the Australian MUSTO fleet participating in the first dedicated weekend mixed skiff regatta run by Black Rock Yacht Club. As you will be aware, Black Rock is the venue for the January 2010 MPS Worlds. The regatta comprised skiff fleets of MUSTO’s, I14’s, Moths, B14’s, and a couple of other local Australian skiff fleets, totalling 60 boats in all. The star studded fleet included I14 World Champions Archie Massey and Lindsay Irwin, Moth World champion Rohan Veal, OK World Champion Roger Blasse, and our own Contender double World Champion (now MUSTO sailor) Marcus Hamilton. Just another usual weekend at the ‘Rock, really… More >>>

K16 Trailer now released. Just incase you didn't laready know how good the training DVD is Sten has just released a trailer here >>>

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Spring MUSTO Skiff activity in the South West. March has seen a busy month of MUSTO Skiffing in the South West; a healthy turn out of boats have been in attendance at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Clubs’ Sunday Winter windward leeward series and a training day was held in conjunction with the RS800 fleet on Saturday 7th March run by skiff supremo Peter Barton ably assisted by Chew Valley legend and soon to be skiff sailor Ralph Singleton. Read more >>>

TRAINING WEEKEND AT DERWENT RESERVOIR SAILING CLUB
A training weekend at DRSC has been arranged for the weekend of 18th and 19th of April. Martin Boatman who is familiar to many in the class, and a very experienced trainer will conduct the training sessions. The training format will be as sailors require. The start time is 12 oclock on the Saturday, rigged and changed. For more information or queries please contact me by mobile 07711 612775 or by email on jevans@nodent.co.uk. Contact John or ask questions via the forum

MUSTO Skiff Open Meeting Rutland Water Sailing Club 30 MUSTO Skiffs arrived at Rutland Water Sailing Club for the first open meeting of the year. With a light wind forecast for the Saturday, and a heavier wind forecast for the Sunday, it looked the perfect opportunity for everyone to show off what they had been learning through the winter.
Read the full report >>>

2009 MUSTO Skiff European Championships -Fraglia Vela Malcesine (Lake Garda) 31st August to 4th September 2009. The NOR is now available and some photos of the venue have been posted. For those who were at the worlds you can now see that the club is finsihed and looks great, for those who have never been see what it's like; very nice ... See more >>>

Dinghy Show 2009 It was still quite early in the morning, the sun was already shining brightly, there was hardly any wind and, the breath of numerous passing joggers indicated that it was still pretty chilly outside. Yet the view from the historic location we arrived at offered a clear and vast vantage point over a huge area of North London, leaving you wondering what people were indeed doing down in the city. Alexandra Palace has been a popular venue for numerous years and from the cars queuing to get into the car park and people bustling around towards the front of the building, it was evident even at this early hour before the show opened, that the thronging dinghy fraternity were arriving on mass. Read more >>>

Want to try before you buy? Ovington Boats have arranged a number of demo days across the country. Boats available to test sail will be the 29er, 29erXX, Solution, MUSTO Skiff and CII Byte. Dates and venues; Rutland Water SC 28th March, Datchet Water SC 25th April and Derwent Reservoir SC 6th June Book a slot >>>>

GPS Bracket (Justo from Spain (Palma de Mallorca)) This mod has been developed to mount a GPS, visible from both tacks.. Watch the vid on YouTube here >>>

 

 

Seldén Mast sponsor MUSTO Skiff UK Youth Series The MSCA are very pleased to announce that Seldén will be sponsoring a UK Youth Series with the winner winning sponsorship from Seldén for the UK Nationals & European Championships. Ben McGrane, Sales Manager, of Seldén has organised a company logoed spinnaker, mainsail branding and a hardware pack to be presented to the winner of the following mini series of events (all events to count) More info >>>


Specialized Marine NZ – Sole New Zealand distributor of the MUSTO Skiff

Originally the Turner family business based in Lyme Regis, England, Specialized Marine rapidly expanded to become a globally recognized specialist in the manufacture and distribution of high performance racing dinghies and accessories.In 2005, Specialized Marine in England closed its doors as the family relocated around the World. Chris moved to become Managing Director at Ovington Boats (builders of many classes including the MUSTO Skiff, 49er, 29er and Flying Fifteen), whilst Peter moved to Auckland, New Zealand and set up Specialized Marine NZ. A passion for sailing runs in the family as Jim is a multiple World champion and America’s Cup sailor. Specialized Marine NZ carries a stock of new MUSTO Skiffs as well as full spares and accessories.
Have a look at their new website at www.specializedmarine.co.nz

Title Sponsor required for 2010 MUSTO Skiff Worlds; Melbourne Australia.The MSCA and the team at Black Rock Yacht Club, Melbourne, have been working hard planning the logistics of the 2010 World Championships. We now have a budget for the event and quotes for the shipping of the boats for the European competitors. Also; whilst all the planning has been going on the world economy and the GBP have taken some what of a nose-dive. Having developed the plans we now know that the event needs a title sponsor is urgently required in order to make it viable. The MUSTO Skiff is a full ISAF International Class and this will be the 3rd World Championships and the first to be held outside of Europe. Previous events have seen 86 & 50 competitors from 13 nations participate. The MSCA and event management team are appealing to any/all interested parties to look to their own contact base and help us secure a sponsor for the event; we have agreed a deadline of April 30th 2009 for this sponsor search. The class enjoys good support from MUSTO, as the class sponsor, and all the key suppliers but this event needs an additional title sponsor; please all look to your own contacts and organisations and help us find a sponsor who can benefit their own organisation through the title sponsorship of the event. Further information is available from rickp@mustoskiff.com

SailJuice.com Promotion The MUSTO Skiff class is running a special promotion with SailJuice.com, a new website launched by sailing journalist Andy Rice (Yachts & Yachting columnist, Seahorse, Yachting World etc). Andy has been badgering the world's best sailors for their best sailing tips and secrets, which he has bundled up into a website, SailJuice.com, full of useful advice for sailors of any ability who want to improve their racing skills and score better results in regattas. SailJuice.com launched just a couple of weeks ago, but already has 90 articles and MP3 audio interviews, and the site is growing at a rapid rate. By the end of the year there will be more than 300 articles and multimedia content, and annual subscription is £47 for the year. However MUSTO Skiffers can take advantage of a special rate of £27, which is available until Friday 13 March. More info >>>

Chew Valley Sailing Club invites MUSTO Skiffs to a friendly non circuit open meeting on 14/15th March. Racing will be run in conjunction with RS700 & 800 open event. A joint 700/ MPS start (racing off scratch for line honours) has been proposed with a mixed response so will depend on numbers and possibly a vote by the sailors on the day. Six windward / leeward races are planned over the 2 days. The Sailing Club is situated South East of Bristol in the beautiful Chew Valley, it boasts excellent race management, catering and other facilities and is easily accessible from both M4 and M5 motorways. There is also a couple of places still available on a coaching day being run at Chew by Peter Barton on 7th March. Attendees could leave the boat at the sailing club for the open event the following weekend and would be welcome to join in the club w/l racing on Sunday 8th March too. Please email Tom@Offer-Recruitment.com for more detail if interested.

Palma de Mallorca - MUSTO Skiff Event Dates are: 9 to 12 April Prices are from Barcelona Harbour to Palma. For the Big Trailer:( 17 meters with car) It will cost around 60 Euros + VAT per lineal meter. For small trailers: ( 11 meters with car) 50% discount on usual price if reservations are made soon. this is a little bit more expensive than the above one. Any one interested should contact Javier to know the price For reservations, please contact : Javier Lapresa elgusarapo2002@yahoo.es

Glyn Charles Pursuit Race The Glyn Charles Memorial Race is about fun, fundraising and remembering Glyn, one of Great Britain’s best young sailors, tragically lost in the 1998 Sydney Hobart race. The fundraising part of the day is run in aid of the John Merrick’s Sailing Trust. John, a great friend of Glyn’s and a fellow member of the 1996 British
Olympic team, died in a car accident in 1997. Find out more >>>

Class Rules Updates Chris Henderson has made a slight alteration to our class rules. ISAF have approved this wording clarification and have now published the latest version (4.0) on their website http://www.sailing.org/286.php The rule wording amendment relates to C.7.1. (c) and simply corrects an error. It has always been the intention that the take away for the vang and/or kicker could be led inside the wing, but the previous rule (3.9) did not make this clear. Rule C.9.8. (a) (6) has also been slightly altered to be in line with this. C.7.1.(c) A stainless steel lacing eye may be fitted or an additional hole of maximum diameter 10mm may be drilled into the inboard side of each wing to allow the vang and / or cunningham take-up to be led into or along the wing. This point shall be no further aft than 350mm from the position of the supplied s/s becket.
Please note that they also altered rule the following rule, which now reads... C.9.8.(a) (6) There is no restriction on elastic, rope, rings and blocks or the routing to tidy the sheets, halyards and outhaul.

MSCA Fees Now Due. Happy New Year of course to you all; this also means that it is now time to pay your subscriptions to the MSCA , and perhaps buy a nice MSCA T shirt. This year we are able to take payment on-line via PayPal so you can pay on your credit cards. This will make the whole process easier for all and may payment simple for overseas members. Please pay your fees here >>>

MUSTO Skiff batten Tension by Mike Lennon (MD Hyde Sails) Every thing has an ultimate strength and it is of course the manufacturers responsibility to ensure their products are strong enough to with stand the extreme abuse with in a known range of load. Knowing what that is either comes from extensive testing in the lab or field, but often from experience also. When we embarked on developing the MPS sails we did not foresee the huge loads now applied through the batten pockets, and as we strengthen one area to stop failure, the loads are passed on to the next weakest point. Read more >>>

RYA Volvo Dinghy Show will be held at Alexandra Palace 7th – 8th March. Our class stand is B64, and we will be displaying Daniel Henderson’s boat GBR 305. Tickets can be purchased in advance from www.dinghyshow.org.uk If you are able to give a few hours of your time on either day, please contact Paul Manning ( paulsmanning01@gmail.com ) to confirm. We hope to see as many new and old faces as possible for this beginning of season get together. More info >>>

Feedback from the Rutland Training 2008 Perhaps you could not make it, or whimped out because it was too cold or ... well any number of other reasons prevented you from attending the training. You still have a chance to learn by reading the feedback from others who were there. Take a look >>>

Marlow Ropes at London International Boat Show Marlow Ropes will have a MUSTO Skiff as the main feature of their stand for the London International Boat Show. For all those visiting the show, it will be well worth seeing what Tim Parsons and the team at Marlow Ropes have new for 2009, and also their clever little tips and advise on splicing and other bimbles. Don’t miss out on this opportunity whether you are interested in buying a new boat or looking to upgrade / change cordage for the season. The Marlow team will be on hand to advise and discuss, so please drop by their stand N14J... and let all your friends know.

MUSTO Skiff Open Meeting Guidelines Follow this link to read new MUSTO Skiff open meeting guidelines... In order to provide direction and guidance to open meeting organisers, we have put together some helpful (hopefully) documents to steer them in the right direction. This was partly inspired by the change in Rule 18 (2,3 or 4 boatlengths?), but has grown a little bit to provide other useful top tips. If you think we have missed anything or worse got it wrong please comment on this thread>>>

Elite Stenhouse skiff training at Rutland - Weekend 3
The final weekend of Elite Stenhouse skiff training at Rutland was held in brilliant sunshine and a crisp 8-12knots of breeze on both days. Class chairman Simon Reynolds and top skiff sailor Graeme Oliver were invited by Richard and Kit to run this session. On Saturday morning using a series of buoys a box was created behind the start line, and a number of start sequences were then run. The aim of this was to create a zone in which the sailors had to maintain position within the 3 minute countdown. Read more >>>

2008 MUSTO Skiff Survey, 5th Year Running - Supported by Ovington Boats The 2008 MPS Survey is now closed and the results indicate that we have a great future ahead. Read the summary and full results >>>

 

Price List Changes and VAT - notification from Ovington Boats - December 2008 As all UK customers will know the VAT rate has been changed to 15%. We have passed on the VAT saving so yes the list price inc VAT price has come down. The 15% VAT rate looks to be around for approximately 12 months and so this will benefit new UK customers for the near future.However, we do have a price increase coming, we did not have an increase 07-08 and have taken on the material increases over this period.We will honour any orders taken this year at the current price which we are able to build and deliver before the end of January 09. This will be done on a first come first served basis. More >>>

UK National Championships 2009 - Pre Event Page Hosted by East Lothian Yacht Club North Berwick 18th-21st June http://www.elyc.org.uk/ The East Lothian Yacht Club is one of the premier sailing clubs in Scotland, with a magnificent expanse of water from the sandy beaches and harbour to the Bass Rock and the North Sea beyond.
Alastair Skinner, Commodore of the club, and class members Gavin Homer and Ian Renilson have been working with their team to put together out first UK National Championships north of the border. There is a possibility that if conditions are good, we may hold one race around the famous Bass Rock. The scenery is stunning, as is the sailing water! Find out more >>>

World Championships 2010 - Pre event page Hosted by Black Rock Yacht Club. Pre-Worlds 27th - 31st December, World Championships 2nd - 6th JanuaryThe NOR for both events will be published as soon as possible, along with advice on flights and shipping for your boats, so please keep checking this page for updates. Roger Blasse, Vice Commodore, says Black Rock Yacht Club has a history of first class performance in 'off the beach' competitions as well as a reputation unsurpassed in the staging of world class events. Hosting the Finn Gold Cup in 1995, and being a key event venue for the Grade 1 ISAF Sail Melbourne series. More details >>>

Elite skiff training at Rutland 29th - 30th November 18 skiffs of various classes arrived bright and early at Rutland for the second weekend of the elite Stenhouse coaching series.Light winds made for ideal conditions to practice the two main elements of the weekend. Firstly using exercise 7 from Richard Johnsons coaching manual the aim was holding station on the line between the committee boat and blue flag whilst waiting your turn. More >>>

 

 

Elite Skiff training at Rutland - 22nd and 23rd November When many sailors are thinking of packing up for the winter, others are looking forward to the annual Stenhouse Elite Skiff Coaching series. Held over three weekends 22nd – 23rd and 29th -30th November and 6th – 7th December, this series is a relaxing way of improving your boat handling and sailing techniques in well organised and structured sessions. Despite the forecast Richard and Kit encouraged a good number of MUSTO Skiffs, RS800, B14 and 29er’s to participate. The focus was on boat control over very short legs on Saturday, with a de-brief using video footage after sailing in the warmth of Rutland Sailing Club. Followed by joining in with club racing on Sunday, and putting what was learned the previous day into practice.
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