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2011 MUSTO Skiff Survey, 9th Year Running The 2011 MPS Survey is now closed and the results indicate that we have a great future ahead. Thank you to all those who took the time to complete the survey. This is the 9th year we have conducted the survey. Read the results >>>

UK Training 2012 If you were at the Grafham inlands this year in November then you could tell how good the training for 2011 must have been, the racing just keeps getting closer with the standard improving all the time. I went to the Stokes Bay training this year that was headed by Russ Clark so I know it would be hard to improve on that. Read more >>>

MUSTO Skiff Open at Blairgowrie (AUS) Gentlemen, coming third I have the responsibility of writing up the weekend report. Firstly, thanks to Ritchie and Richard for getting us down to Blairgowrie for the weekend. I think it has truly proven itself as an awesome place to go for a musto.Read more >>>

Bruce Keen does the UK double Congratulations to Bruce who has won both the North & South UK travelers circuit for 2011. Great consistent sailing through the year. One can't help but wonder if the Northern Circuit may feature a few more proper Northern/Scottish events for 2012 :-) ... View the results >>>

2011 MUSTO Skiff Survey, 9th Year Running The MSCA Class survey is now entering its 9th consecutive year. This survey is key to assist the class understand the need to the sailors and the views of the non-owners. This survey also seeks to gather some information about trends in the sport as a whole, the use of social media by sailors and the imapct of the current economic squeeze on the sport are covered in this survey. Survey closed now, thanks for the feedback. Analysis now in progress ...

Ovington BoatsUK Inland Nationals sponsored by Ovington 33 MUSTO sailors were treated to relatively warm conditions on the first day of the Ovington Inlands. Notable absences were the Essex boys. Some said that they were drafted in as extras in the next season of "The Only Way Is Essex" (http://www.itv.com/channels/itv2/itv2shows/theonlywayisessex/), while others thought that they may have recently been evicted from their homes in a well publicised eviction process...

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2012 Fixtures List now published Well done to all those who have worked to bring the 2012 fixtures to this point. It is a huge effort to work with all the various clubs around the world. We are now using a Google Calendar to allow the various fixtures secretaries around the world to collaboratively publish a world wide list. Take a look >>>

SPONSORS SOUGHT ... The 2012 MUSTO Skiff Worlds are to be hosted in the UK at Weymouth; the sailing venue for the 2012 Olympic Games. The event is to be held just weeks prior to the games. The class is now seeking sponsors for the event and has put together a range of affordable sponsorhship packages ranging from title sponsor to social event sponsor. Find out more >>>

61st Trofeo Ciutat de Palma The 61st running of the Trofeo Ciutat de Palma run by Real Club Nautico de Palma on the 3rd – 6th December will have the MUSTO Skiff class competing for the first time. The Balearic fleet would like to invite sailors to join them in the beautiful Bay of Palma for some winter sunshine, racing and socialising. The Notice of Race can be found here - If you would like more information, please contact class sailor Javier Lapresa on elgusarapo2002@yahoo.es Or, go directly to the event co-ordinator Vivi Mainemare on oficinaderegatas@rcnp.es
Race Office 61 Ciutat de Palma Trophy
telephone: 971 726 848 (ext. 403)
Muelle de San Pedro, nº 1
07012 - Palma de Mallorca
Baleares - España

NOR for the Australian Champs at Blairgowrie this January Follow this link to download the full NOR >>>

 

Ovington Inlands at Grafham Water Sailing Club - NEXT WEEK The Ovington Inlands are once again returning to Grafham Water SC. Ovington Classes invited this year are the 29er, 49er, MUSTO Skiff, and for the first time the Flying Fifteen and Solution. Generous prizes have been provided for the event by Ovington Boats, Harken, MUSTO and Orange Mountain Bikes, these will be awarded by Ovington MD, 2011 Flying 15 World Champion. Saturday night entertainment once again features the 'Dirty Purples' playing live and a Firework display. Pre-entry is encouraged, but entry is open right up to day, camping/motorhome spaces are available by advanced booking direct with the club. The Notice of Race is published and available here. Ovington Boats can offer free delivery on all spares ordered before lunchtime on Thursday 3 November, please phone Ovington Boats on 0191 2576011 to place your order.

New Treasurer Required After holding the post almost continuously since the inception of the class in 2001, our International and UK class treasurer decided that he would like to hand over the rains finishing with the Worlds in Weymouth. With an original membership of 22 the class has grown to hundreds and the turnover of the association has gone from a few hundred pounds to thousands. The time has come for a more qualified incumbent who can put in place suitable controls and process to ensure that members moneys are as protected as they can be. The position of the UK and International treasurer need to be filled, and would be most suitable for a member who holds suitable accountancy qualifications. The work does not require a large time commitment, and will involve you extensively in all aspects of the class association committee. Please contact the Secretary Paul Manning if you would be interested.

Limburg Falling Leaves Regatta run by Skiff Benelux The last important sail racing event, happend to be last weekend. This of course had all the intentions in it to make a good and interesting race. There were 6 competitors who had possibilities to win the Eurocup, 4 of them were present including Roger(sui 309), Iver(ger370) Nicolas(sui109) and me(ned076). Saterday was a day of a good breeze, 8 to 15 knots, this meant Roger, Iver and me were going to determine the wins of that day, after 5 races the standings were: Read more >>>

Roger Oswald takes double win Roger Oswald from Switzerland has won the final round of the EuroCup series in Belgium and with that the 2011 EuroCup title. The Limburg Falling Leaves regatta run by Skiff Benelux was a very close regatta. After the first race, Paul Dijkstra from Holland, sailing one of the oldest boats in the fleet, looked like he might overtake Roger, but the Swiss sailor’s consistency paid off to take the title for the second year in a row. German international class chairman, Iver Ahlmann, secured second place overall in the 103 boat series by coming runner up to Roger in Belgium. Nicolas Duchoud from Switzerland was a well deserved 3rd overall just ahead of Paul Dijkstra, with Austrian Martin Mayrhofer in 5th. See the full results >>>

Congratulations Alastair Conn :: Alistair has won the Scottish Skiff Circuit by a mere 2 points from John Evans. 22 MPS sailors participated in the series showing the good health of the class north of the boarder in the UK You can view the full results via the results page >>>

SCOTTSIH SKIFF TRAVELLERS :: STONEHAVEN 24/25 Sept 2011 Conditions were expected to be fairly good over the weekend, and not to mention with ample sunshine! Saturday provided a moderately gusty wind and a fairly challenging sea. Race 1 left few competitors without at least one capsize. The conditions were testing for most. Positions were changing considerably during the race. Waves on the downwind leg were doing their best to pull boats under. After a few laps the distance between competitors was considerable. J. Evans finished with a first place. Read more >>>

Winter training with Ian Turnbull 29th & 30th October Venue Datchet. The cost will depend on the number of people taking part. Last chance for training before the inlands. Please get in touch if interested. Ian Turnbull 07739430661 ianturnbullmarine@gmail.com

MUSTO PERFORMANCE SKIFF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011
Sailors from 7 different nations fill the top 12. The Go Sailing MUSTO Skiff European Championships from Portoroz has been won by local Slovenian sailor, Dylan Tidd. 17 year old Dylan put together a consistent series in the spotlight of national TV and press and joins World Champion, Daniel Henderson, as another hugely talented young sailor emerging from the class. The regatta started with the opening ceremony by the swimming pool at Restaurant LAGUNA in Marina Portoroz on a warm sunny evening. Read more >>>

EuroCup 2011 Update With 104 entrants to date and one EuroCup event left to run in Belgium on 8th – 9th October the overall standings are very close! Class chairman, Iver Ahlmann, holds a very small lead over Swiss rival Roger Oswald. There are currently 6 different nations in the top 10, and everything is to play for going into the last regatta. Paul Dijkstra (NED 076), Nicolas Duchoud (SUI 109), Moritz Zieher (AUT 395), James McIntosh (GBR 246) and newly crowned European Champion Dylan Tidd (SLO 271) can also still win as they have all won a regatta…

European Updates will follow via the Twitter feed below and full reports on the event website >>>

GPS & Heart Rate Data from UK Nationals by Chris Wright I have some information on fitness using a GPS and heart rate watch; the picture of my heart rate for Race 9 on the Thursday at the nationals shows just how much effort is put into sailing the boat in a 12-15 knots breeze. Read more >>>

Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Icicle Race - Saturday 10th December Due to popular demand from the MUSTO Skiff Class and enthusiasm from the club, we are pleased to announce that the Icicle Race will be run on Saturday 10th December at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club. The Icicle Trophy was originally presented as the UK’s premier dinghy winter trophy and has been kindly offered to the class by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club for this event. Read more >>>

Travelers series have been update. Following the Nationals results. See the results page >>>

MUSTO Skiff UK National Championships - Final Report The 2011 MUSTO Skiff National Championships were hosted by Mounts Bay Sailing Club and were blessed with a good range of conditions which allowed the full race programme to be completed. The class has already enjoyed a very successful World Championships in Melbourne at the start of the year and is looking forward to the European Championships being held in September; as a result of this the entries were down from 74 last year to 41 this year as sailors struggled to juggle their family and work commitments. Racing was extremely tight through the fleet but it would soon become clear that this was a two horse race between James MacIntosh and Bruce Keen. That said there were 6different race winners and 3rd to 10th were separated by just 17 points. Read more >>>

MUSTO Skiff Austrian Nationals 2011 (AUT) On July 29th until 31st we had our Nationals at Union Yacht club at Lake Attersee which is also the location and hosting club for our European Championship in 2013. Our Nationals was held during one of biggest events called Austro Rent Cup, a big sailing venue with over 100 boats and a big party on Saturday evening. This year we had all kinds of wind conditions, from stable thermal wind to westerly gusty conditions. Read more >>>

Team GoSailing congratulate James McIntosh for his impressive UK Nationals win; now it is time to focus on the Europeans. From our side, please enjoy reading of the "freshly squeezed" Newsletter ( www.gosailing.si/?p=1104 ) that brings Site map, some more info on the conditions in Piran's bay and the good things that our sponsors and partners will bring to the Event. On www.gosailing.si you can find also latest extra offer for accomodation "on site". See you all soon! Team GoSailing

Day 4 of the MUSTO Skiff National Championships. Following a short delay the fleet set off into a sunny south westerly Force 2-3. Today was a showdow between defending champion Bruce Keen and former 49er National Champion James McIntosh; James held a slim 4 point lead. After a general recall the fleet got away and at the first mark Keen was leading from Rick Perkins and Matt Hollis; MacIntosh was in 4th. The racing was very tight and at the finish Keen wone from Perkins and McIntosh had pulled through to 3rd, Read more >>>

Day 3 of the MUSTO Skiff National Championships. Following a 1 hour postponement the fleet started race 7 in an oscillating 8 knots from 015 degrees. Matt Hollis finally pulled off his port tack start and rounded ahead of the fleet. The breeze continued to build to 10-12 knots. Tom Wright pulled through to take the win from James McIntosh. Race 8 started in 10-15 knots and was led to the finish by Tom Wright. Bruce Kean kept the pressure on the overal leader by taking second place ahead of McIntosh. Read more >>>

Day 2 of the MUSTO Skiff National Championships. Day 2 racing started in a shifting south westerly with large pressure changes across the course. The breeze stayed like this for the whole day, but swung to a more southerly direction in the afternoon. Mike Palfreman took race 4 chased hard by Dave Poston and Ian Martin, with all three holding the lead at some point. Matt Hollis, Dan Vincent and Andy Peake finishing close to the leaders.. Read more >>>

Day 1 of the MUSTO Skiff National Championships. Race 1 was postponed to allow the forecast breeze to settle at 220 degrees. After two general recalls racing got away at the third attempt. The fleet initially split pretty evenly, the right side appeared to have more pressure and boats from this side of the course led at the windward mark. This was to be a feature of the day's racing in picturesque Mounts Bay. Read more >>>

Mainsail Promotion; £130 off; 6 sails only Treat yourself to a new mainsail ready for the UK Nationals. The deal is; first come first served, online orders only for immediate shipping. There are only 6 sails available at this price so order now >>> Please enter ‘Nationals deal price’ in the comments box when ordering.

Win a £100 Harken Voucher Throughout August, September & October we are running a competition to win £100 voucher (one winner per month). To enter the competition participants need to join our mailing list via our landing page. Our mailing list is run as Opt-in and the reader can easily Opt Out if they have had enough. We work very hard to keep information informative and useful, we do not share this information with anyone and we send a maximum of 6 mail shots per year. As a class that we have worked closely with this year, we would like to offer this competition to your members. This is not an exclusive offer to you but it is limited to a few classes that we have a very close relationship with. Join to win >>>

Europeans - Portorož (SLO) - DEADLINE!!!
Let us kindly remind you, that all entries for the MPS Europeans received AFTER July 31, 2011 will be considered Late Entries:
Entry Fee until July 31: 220 EUR,
Entry Fee after July 31: 270 EUR.

We are accepting the Entry Forms on:
FAX: +386-5-677-41-23
e-mail: info@gosailing.si.


Chris Turner, Managing Director of Ovington Boats Ltd and occasional MUSTO sailor (when he finds time between the other classes he builds) has won the Flying Fifteen World Championships
at Hayling Island this week. Chris was sailing with helm Graham Vials in an Ovington built boat and won the event from past Star Olympic Gold medallist Mike McIntyre sailing with his daughter Gemma who was a regular on the 29er circuit. Congratulations to all, and we hope to see Chris back in a MUSTO soon.

Mounts Bay MUSTO Skiff Nationals – Sailors Guide
The venue

Mounts Bay is one of the iconic sailing venues in the U.K. With the backdrop of St Michael’s Mount and a large open bay it makes a picturesque venue with a range of potential conditions. The launching area is a wide long sandy beach. The only hidden dangers to watch out for are some rocks to your right that extend out a fair way and the odd lobster pot.
The beach slopes at a gradual angle so you will have to keep your foils up a fair way when launching and landing.
Read more >>>

Revised UK nationals NOR. Please note the additional text permitting the use of a GPS system Read more >>>

Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club Scottish Skiff Event - 25/25 July 2011 The weekend of the 23rd and 24th July, saw 19 skiffs taking part in the fourth round of the Scottish Skiff series at Derwent Reservoir Sailing club. A wide range of skiffs took part ranging from a foiling Moth, to 49er’s. The biggest single class was the MUSTO Skiff wth eight skiffs taking part, with two skiffs travelling down from Aberdeen. Read more >>>

Europeans - Portorož (SLO) The European Championships early entry fee of 220 EUR (240) ends on the 31st July. After this entries will be 270 EUR (300). The ( ) fee is for both events (Performance/Euro Cup + Europeans). Read newsletter #3 >>>

IF WE DONT GET ENOUGH BOOKINGS ... the PRE-NATIONALS and NATIONALS COACHING will not happen Ian Turnbull is booked in to run the coaching and this was very well received last year. Ian needs at least 10 people booked on to this to make it financially viable; so ... if you want to receive coaching before and during the nationals you must book before 22nd July. To gain a place pleasse BOOK now >>>

 

MUSTO Skiffs compete at Kieler Woche for the first time
It was on the Tuesday evening of the Kieler Woche when – although I had just finished 4 days of sailing in the 49er’s Worldcup in moderate to strong winds – I decided I wanted another dose of that Kieler Woche feeling. Maybe it had to do with the fact that I didn’t do as well in the 49er as I could have hoped for and maybe it was simply because MUSTO sailing is so much fun. In any event, I entered myself for the MUSTO Skiff event at Kieler Woche Read more >>>

2011 MUSTO skiff Mini Series 2011 Race daySunday the 12th June produced some very exciting racing for the musto fleet. A light 10-12 knts was enough to achieve 3 races on day one of the mini series. Five mustos, an RS800 and a token laser showed up for the long anticipated event. The podium places were strongly contested and each boat in the fleet had a good chance of a top 3 at one point or another over the coarse of the day. Mark retired in the first race due to a spinaker problem, Justo and Hernan battled for first place with Ronald finishing third. read more >>>

MUSTO Skiff Open at Blackwater SC. 2-3 July 2011 The weekend of 2-3 July saw 21 Skiffs converge on Blackwater SC. The weather charts showed a noticeable lack of isobars so all hopes were for a sea breeze. This came in fitfully with the tide and race 1 saw Dan Henderson,guest appearing in his old boat and still wearing the yellow jersey from Melbourne, make a cracking start and lead for the first lap and a half. Read the full report >>>

EuroCup Series Results so far ...
The EuroCup is developing well with a very international flavour to the results as you would expect. The results so far are available via the below link and on the new results page. The next event in the series will be AUT - Austro Cup which will see the list of entries further grow.
View the results >>>

Foto and Video footage of Kieler Woche Some great photos, video and TV coverage ... full report on it's way. Make sure you watch these; great to see all the publicity the event attracted. For those who have never attended any of these massive multi class events these photos and videos you you a real flavour of the size and scale of an ISAF grade 1 event. Great to see the class has become a part of these events. Congratulations to the team for pulling this all together. Watch the vids and check out the photos >>>

 

 

MUSTO SKIFF PRE-NATIONALS and NATIONALS TRAINING PRE-NATIONALS COACHING The Class Association will be running a coaching event for the two days before the nationals start at Mounts Bay Sailing Club. This is a great opportunity to get some last minute hints and tips before the main event. Ian Turnbull will be running the coaching for the 2nd year running. You must book early to gain a place BOOK now >>>

Alpsee-Skiff-Weekend, 11th-13th June 2011, Germany. On the Bank Holiday weekend from 11th-13th June, 20 MUSTO Skiffs met for the annual Skiff Regatta at Alpsee in the south of Germany, hosted by Segelclub Alpsee Immenstadt. As ever the event was shared with the 29ers and 49ers, and promised close challenging fleet racing, and is one of the highlights on the calender for the central European MPS fleet. Read more >>>

DERWENT RESERVOIR High Performance Open 2011
23rd & 24th July Open to all performance classes* Part of the Scottish Skiff series and Northern Area MUSTO Skiff circuit Briefing at 12:00. First start at 13:00 Free camping available More info >>>

Scottish Skiff Series : 25/26 June at Largo Bay Sailing The third round of the Scottish Skiff Series was held over the weekend of 25/26 June at Largo Bay Sailing Club. The competitors arrived on Saturday morning to a flat calm River Forth. A long delay and a wait for wind ensued but eventually the patience of Race Officer Jim Blyth and the fleet was rewarded with the opportunity to get the racing started late in the afternoon. Read more >>>

UK Nationals Mounts Bay !! NOR is now available and the entry form has been released. PLEASE GET ENTRIES DONE ASAP; late entry surcharge of 30% applies after July 15th. This is the first UK nationals we have planned that is not a long weekend ... this means you need to take a few more days off but it also gives a bit more time for the travel to & from plus a scheduled lay day means we can have some good social activity. Find out more here >>

Europeans - see a bit more of Portorož "The" video of this summer! Casting over 150 people and filmed in the air, on the ground and under the water. More information on the video available at www.portoroz.si. This is the craziest journey around Portorož and Piran in the company of more or less familiar faces who definitely let themselves go this time and enjoyed a heck of a good time. The actress Eva Jurca, the Minister Patrick Vlašic, Mayor of Piran Peter Bossman, the musicians Lucienne Loncina and Slavko Ivancic, the world's football legend Franco Baresi, the actress Ana Marija Mitic, writer and poet Vasilij Polic, fairy-tale writer Folke Tegetthoff and a number of other Portorož and Piran fans. Perfectly matching the video's dynamics, Magnifico's hit Hir aj kam hir aj go - which is also one of the few Slovenian popular music songs famous abroad - was selected as the musical background. The video was produced in the collaboration between AV studio d.o.o., Snaut video productions and STVA d.o.o. It should also be pointed out that we took great care of the environment while filming. Indeed, vespa had enough fuel to only make a few meters thus the sea flora and fauna were left practically unharmed. Eva and vespa also got away without a scratch... :) You should definitely have a look!

MUSTO Skiff Open – Datchet Water Sailing Club – 11/12 June Fourteen MUSTO Skiffs pitched up at Datchet for a glamour weekend of near perfect conditions under the backdrop of the ever glorious Windsor Castle. In this case the conditions on Saturday were perfect in that the unpredictability of the gusts, what magnitude they would come in at, what area of the race course would they affect and with how big a shift in angle meant that Bruce Keen would inevitably not be able to read everything perfectly for once and allow others a share of the spoils. This transpired in some unlikely figures battling it out at both ends of the fleet in fine sunshine with the wind coming from almost anywhere in the south western quadrant and varying from 2kts to 18kts. Read more >>>

MUSTO Skiff EuroCup Regatta at Brunnen (SUI) The Urnersee showed up already early from its good side. So nothing would stop a long sailing day after the early skipper meeting (Saturday, 09:30). But the committee waited (technical problems) until 12:00 to start the first run with approximately 15 knots. In addition came that some part of the course was’t aligned to the wind but didn’t disturb the majority of the MUSTO sailors (other problems as set up boats were more important).
The second run, also a long one, was sailed in weaker and unstable winds. Read more >>>

Scottish Skiff Championships, East Lothian YC, 4-5 June 2011 The Scottish Skiff Championships were held at East Lothian Yacht Club over the weekend of 4/5 June. Saturday provided a Force 3 from the East and some typically challenging North Berwick waves. Three windward/leeward races were held followed by a long distance race around the Bass Rock. Ian Renilson in his MUSTO Skiff enjoyed the conditions and, were it not for an uncharacteristic course error in the first race, would have made a clean sweep of the first three races. Read more >>>

Ian Turnbull will be running a full weekends coaching at Datchet Sailing Club on the 18th – 19th June. If you’d like to take part, please be at the club and rigged by 10:30, with a plan to work on boat handling, rig set up, starting and mark rounding. If you have anything else you would like to work on please let Ian know, and he’ll fit it in! There is the option of participating over the full weekend, or just one of the two days. The cost of the training is £25/day (the club will charge £10/day extra if you are not a member) If you have any questions, please contact Ian on: 07739430661 ianturnbullmarine@gmail.com

UK Nationals Mounts Bay !! NOR is now available and the entry form has been released. This is the first UK nationals we have planned that is not a long weekend ... this means you need to take a few more days off but it also gives a bit more time for the travel to & from plus a scheduled lay day means we can have some good social activity. Find out more here >>>

 

Spakenburg MUSTO Skiff Regatta 2011 10 MUSTO Skiff’s descended on the small town of (Bunschoten) Spakenburg for this year’s open meeting on the weekend of the 14th & 15th of May. Also counting at the Dutch stop of the EuroCup circuit, we saw sailors representing NED, BEL, GER, GBR and a token Aussie. Saturday morning saw sailors greeted with a fresh 5 bft breeze and ominous clouds threatening much worse. Racing got underway and immediately Huud Ouwehand (NED 229) took control of the right hand side of the course; leading at the first mark and running away to take the first win. Read more >>>

Whitstable MUSTO Skiff Open 14 & 15th May 2011 26 musto sailors entered the event, this was rigidly controlled by Mr & Mrs Perkins who would not allow any paper work to be handed in out of order. Mike Palfreman nearly held up the system as he arrived with no cash and Tim Chapman had to loan him his entry fee. Not only class treasurer but also a loan shark ... but he offers good rates. The weather was fine with a force 4 westerly blowing for the first race. Read the full report >>>

Cunningham Take Up (Ian Martin GBR351) This mod has been developed to make a take up on an cunningham to 8:1. With an 8:1 system and using a lot of cunno when you are maxed out on a windy day there is quite a lot of slack rope loose on the deck. For the tidy sailors a take up system is a good idea. Most just have a ring on the slack part pulled to the front on elastic. Ian has come up with a more elegant solution. See more details >>>

Minimisation of Molehills into Mountains (The 3 Ms) "Some of the most successful coaches in sport become famous for a quote or catchphrase, from Bill Shankly's remark about football being more important than life and death, to Brad Gilbert's "winning ugly" approach to tennis. Dave Brailsford (British Cycling) also has a phrase which sums up his philosophy, and by which he is coming to be known: "The aggregation of marginal gains." Okay, so it might not be as pithy as certain others. But the extent to which it resonated in the aftermath of Brailsford's cycling team's outstanding performance at the Beijing Olympics was revealed when the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, subsequently quoted him in a newspaper interview." ** Now ... having spent my first weekend on the beach watching a few of the sailors limp home with the odd breakage here & there I have coined another which I doubt will achieve the same repetition but here goes ... “Minimisation of Molehills into Mountains (The 3 Ms)” Read more >>>

 

Rig yer kite correctly ... It was noticed at a recent Open Meeting that a couple of boats had the kite halyard rigged the wrong side of the cunningham line. This means that if the cunningham is not fully released when you go to hoist the halyard will run over (well under ...) the cunningham line and there will be quite a bit of friction in the system and the hoist will be slower as a result (which is slow) plus you will make the lines go all furry which is defiantly not pimped. Read more >>>
Read the rigging guide; see step 43 ... Guide here >>>

 

 

 

Prestwick Scottish Skiff Event 7th and 8th May 2011 The weekend of 7/8 May saw 10 MUSTO Skiffs amongst a total of 15 skiffs of many types, taking part in the first Scottish Skiff event of 2011 at Prestwick. MUSTO’s came from Aberdeen in the North to Derwent Reservoir in the South. The initial very light offshore wind did not look very promising, however after about a 45 minute postponement the wind increased and racing started. Read more >>>

UK Travelers Series The UK travelers series is split into North & South. here are the south results, just waiting for further data/events to update the northern series. The southern series will add another event this weekend with the Whitstable Open; well done Dan Vincent who leads the series at present. Southern Series Results >>>

France Open Skiff Event at Lac du Der : you should've been there! 51 boats on the line coming from 6 different countries, 100 liters of beer drunk, sunshine and heat, and a great mood all the time, the 2011 edition of the France Open Skiff event was a great success! This regatta belongs to the MPS Eurocup circuit, and 10 mustoskiffs (that's 8 more than last year!) had travelled to join the other classes on the races. Starts were common, and a separate MPS ranking was extracted from the general handicap ranking. Read more >>>

MUSTO Skiff Open Dalgety Bay Training Session MUSTO Skiff training for Scottish boats was organized by Gavin Homer for the weekend of 16/17th April. This presented a good opportunity to get some serious practice in prior to the first open of the year. Five MUSTOs and one RS800 took to the water on Saturday morning after a brief brief from Gav. The conditions were excellent with reasonably flat water and plenty of wind, even Bob was flat wiring… The fleet appeared to be directionally challenged to start with taking to all corners of the Forth, eventually we got the hang of turning round and spent the remainder of the first session on a windward leeward course. Read more >>>

Stokes Bay Yacht Club Presents the MUSTO Skiff and B14 Open Meeting Bright Hot Sun along with a consistent strong sea breeze brought close to 30 Skiff sailors to the south coast of England. The first warning signal scheduled at 12:25, there was a relaxing atmosphere around the boat park whist sailors spent their time rigging and preparing for a good day on the water. With a 16knot Eastly breeze funnelling down the Solent waters, the fleet launched and headed out towards the start line. Read more >>>

Stokes Bay Training - 2/3 April 2011 Russ Clark ran a fantastic 2 day training event at Stokes Bay SC on Sat 2 and Sun 3 April. The Stokes Bay MUSTO Fleet shared the crewing a second RIB so the training could expand to 20 boats. This was the format:
Sat
1030-1115 Intro, Safety Brief and exercise briefing
1130-1330 Sailing session 1 (boat handling)
1130-1430 Lunch (Bring your own or from the Cafe next to the Club)
1430-1630 Sailing Session 2 (Starting, short course racing)
1700-1800 Debrief and Q&A Read more & get the tips >>>

Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Icicle Race - Saturday 10th December Due to popular demand from the fleet in the UK, and from the club, we are pleased to announce that the Icicle Race will be run on Saturday 10th December at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club. For those who took part last time, I’m sure you’ll remember what fun we had! (I can’t actually remember going home)

For those who did not, here goes…

Racing is held immediately in front of the yacht club, with PRO Edwin Buckley, who will also be the 2012 Worlds PRO, on the first weekend after the yachts have all be taken out. The river is about as wide a Rutland from the club to the far bank, so racing is made deliberately close and short. Last time the club was completely full (100’s) and the sea wall either side was packed too! Read more >>>

 

 

Junior Training Rutland Over the years the class has been very keen on training and the members have benefited greatly and improved their sailing standard as a result. In addition the membership of the class has continued to grow younger with recent world champion Daniel Henderson is just 20 years old. Read more >>>

 

 

Rutland Open - 26/27 Mar 2011 Blood, Sweat and Tears on Day One Windguru was wrong, the light winds forecast for Saturday, had beefed up a bit. A testing and teasing, cold and searching North Easterly F3-4 rolled across the lake in cheeky little gusts, scattering the 28 skittish skiffs before it.
First Blood
– went to Bruce Keen – his boat newly returned from Australia was showing no signs of rustiness after a long winter in a metal container.
Second Blood
– went to Tom Wright – also straight back from the Worlds and looking every inch the contender who won the last two events of last year. Read more >>>

One week left for Early birds...! Please note there's only one week to closure of Early Entry Fee period for European Championships in Portoroz ! See NoR, article 5. March 31, 2011 is last day of 190,00 EUR (or 210,00 together with Euro Cup Regatta), after that the Entry fee is 220,00 EUR (or 240,00 EUR for "Combo"). In few days, Newsletter 3 is coming to you with some new exciting information ! Check the Entry list up to date... 7 days to go, 6 days, 5 days,... See you soon, Team GoSailing

RYA Volvo Dinghy Show The annual RYA dinghy show sponsored by Volvo was a busy weekend for the UK classes volunteers manning the stand, made all the better by the fantastic new Ovington Boats backdrop which incorporated some of Tania’s wonderful photo’s. Read more >>>

MUSTO Skiff UK test sails The current UK demonstration boat has been relocated to Rutland Sailing Club from Blackwater Sailing Club. The boat will be going to its new home in Denmark and replaced by a new boat soon, but due to demand Ovington Boats planned new replacement has already been sold! If you would like a test sail, please contact Paul Manning on 07843 269353 or paulsmanning01@gmail.com to make arrangements.

Interview: Daniel Henderson - MUSTO Skiff World Champion.Earlier this year, twenty year old British sailor Daniel Henderson was crowned MUSTO Skiff World Champion after winning the series, hosted by the Black Rock Yacht Club in Australia, with a race to spare. We caught up with Daniel on his return to the UK to find out more about him and get the inside story on his world championship winning performance. Read More >>>

Latest video from Spain :-)

 

Spanish MPS Association Update Following a discussion within the Spanish MPS association the EuroCup has been moved from the Princess Sofia in early April to the EUROSAF regatta at Mar Minor during October.
The Princess Sofia will continue to be fun as a coaching / training regatta and makes for an enjoyable start to the season. For further information, please see Pablo's flyer.

MUSTO Skiff Open Meeting at Chew Valley lake Sailing Club – 12/13th March With the arrival of the recent spring weather, 13 MUSTO Skiffs made the trip to Chew Valley Lake to dust off the winter cobwebs for the first Open event of the season. On Saturday the wind was blowing from the south east and varies from 5-10kts in races 1 and 2, rising to around a slightly steadier 12kts in the 3rd. The race officer chose to set a windward-leeward to utilise the length of the lake. Read more >>>

Yachting NZ announces 2016 Olympic Events submission YNZ has made to the International Sailing Federation proposing that an Evaluation Trial be held for a Mens High Performance singlehander targeted at a crew weight of more than 85kgs. MUSTO Skiff in the mix again. Read more >>>

Sailor Profile: Daniel Henderson. 2011 World ChampionHere is a Q&A that was completed by World Champion Daniel Henderson.
What got you into the MPS class?
My Dad was good friends with Tim and Kay Tavinor who supported me in the optimist, and also Paul Manning. After the 29er there only seemed to be one single handed skiff on the market worth owning so I chose the MUSTO.

What have you sailed previously?
Optimists until I was 13, Feva and Laser radial till 14, 29er till I was 16 then the MUSTO

How old, tall and heavy are you?
I am 20 (in 2011) years old, 6 foot tall and weigh 74kg. Read more >>>

MSCA Committee Structure Revisions As the class continues to grow and develop throughout the world the time has come to make some minor revisions to the structure of the committee. The class was an international development back in 1999 with the input from many sailors around Europe but it was in the UK where the class first started to grow in major numbers and the UK was the first country to properly establish a class association. read more >>>

Northern Area Training 9th and 10th April 2011 A training weekend has been organised for the weekend of 9th and 10th April at Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club. This should be an opportunity to get the season off to a good start. We aim to start around 12 oclock on the Saturday, with an earlier start on Sunday. The coach is Martin Boatman who has considerable experience sailing the MPS and is a well respected coach. Read more & book a slot >>>

MUSTO Skiffs at the Swiss Boat Show in Berne, Switzerland The Suisse Nautic is called the boat show in Switzerland, which takes place every 2nd year in Berne. More than 200 exhibitors presented this year all kind of motoryachts, sailboats, dinghies, nautic clothing and ship supplies on 25'000m2. The Swiss MUSTO Skiff Association was at this year show with a MUSTO Skiff and a competion on there own exhibition space. During the whole week our MUSTO Skiff sailors where available to customers and visitors. Read more >>>

Europeans Update Mitja Margon, MPS “family member” and MPS Europeans “Chief of Staff”, will be present at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show in London, on March 5 and 6. Mitja will present the Championship, 2nd issue of the Newsletter and answer questions. And for those who would like to save some $$$ for bank transfer – the Early Entry Fee (190 EUR or 160 GBP) can be paid at the MPS Stand C92 to Mitja or to Class Secretary Paul Manning. Find out more >>>

Latest news on Kieler Woche 2011 The first 3 sailors have now entered the competition.
As an early entry incentive you are entitled to a free class-BBQ event worth 15 Euros, if you register by midnight of the 31st of March 2011. Those interested in loaning a local boat for the event, please check out the forum. For anyone who hasn't seen it yet, there is an event website

The most important facts are summarised on the flyer. Visit us at the London Dinghy Show, booth C92, to find out more about the event.

 

 

Dutch MUSTO sailors face the cold This weekend in Muiden was the final installment of the Gul Grand Prix: kindly organized by the Dutch 9er association in conjunction with the Skiff Centre . The concept of the series is to wedge a metric $h!*load of races into the shortest period of time, thereby not allowing any of the sailors the time to realize how cold they really are. Also, the nature of the short courses and the close proximity to the shore allow parents and other supporters to follow the races. Read more >>>

FREE GoPRO HD VIDEO CAMERA With every MUSTO Skiff ordered at the UK Dinghy Exhibition on March 5th & 6th. The MUSTO Skiff will be on stand C92 in the main hall with the rest of the classes from Ovington Boats. We hope to see many of you at the show and if you are looking at a new boath this is the perfect offer; find out more >>>

Controversial Merlin retirement hands title to Peak
MUSTO Skiff sailor Andy Peake has found himself as the new, unexpected and somewhat reluctant champion of the SailJuice Global Warm-Up 2011. Almost a fortnight since the final event of the UK dinghy winter travellers’ series concluded at a windy John Merricks Tiger Trophy at Rutland Water, controversial debate about the legality of their experimental sails has forced the winners, Merlin Rocket sailors Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis, to relinquish the title. Read more >>>

French Website up & running ... Great to see the French sailors now have their own website up & running. The class is continuing to grow internationally and many local owners are now creating their own local language sites to be better suited to their local markets. Great work by all those in the French fleet Take a look >>>

Travelling to a regatta in Europe - Top 10 things to remember Many sailors are attending the Europeans Championship in Slovinia 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. Read more >>>

INNOVATION IN THE MUSTO DINGHY RANGE Class title sponsor and leading Performance Clothing brand MUSTO has included some exciting new developments to its Dinghy Range for 2011. Developed in consultation with the British national sailing team, Skandia Team GBR, the range is ideal for sailors who expect high performance clothing as well as comfort. Read more >>>

 

MUSTO PERFORMANCE SKIFF CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011 & 2012 Start planning your holidays all ... Well we have a feast of events lined up for you so start planning your holidays now!!
Find out more >>>

Calling all 29er sailors! Ovington Boats Ltd are actively searching for used 29er’s. If you would like to join our class and emulate some of the successes of other 29er sailors, please get in touch with Paul Manning paulsmanning01@gmail.com who will be happy to get a part exchange price for your current 29er against a new MUSTO Skiff. The 29er class has been an excellent pathway into the MUSTO Skiff and provided some top sailors, including current World and Youth World Champion Daniel Henderson, UK Inland National Champion Tom Wright, Nick and Matt Hollis and Ant Chapman. If you are thinking of a change, or getting too big for the 29er, give us a call!

MUSTO Skiff Class Video As a measure against the winter blues for all the northern hemisphere sailors, the class is now releasing its first ever official class promotion video. The video has been edited by our very own Nick Hollis to fill the gap between the full blown K16 learning video and un-edited YouTube footage. Its a great one to show to your friends, relatives and wives? should they ever ask what sort of stuff you get up to on your weekends. Read more >>>

Brits Guide to Kieler Woche You were't promised too much: Now it's here, the Brits Guide to Kieler Woche authored by our very own Andrew Bellamy. Not only is Andrew doing Kiel as his honeymoon, he has also prioritised web-designing over wedding planning for the last couple of weeks judging by the work of art this event-site has become. Read more >>>

 

Sailjuice.com GlobalWarmUp - Peake closes in on the lead. Whilst many were sunning themselves in Melbourne the UK winter scene has been going strong and Andy Peake has been braving the elements to be in with a shout of the series win; all down to the Tiger Trophy this weekend.
Results here >>>

 

10th Anniversary T Shirt £15 + £3p&p
All the profit from the sale of these T shirts will support the MPSCA

These high quality 10th Anniversary T shirts have been reduced from £25 to £15 to clear. There is limited stock available so please act fast. ALL profit from these T shirts goes towards supporting the MSCA and the training programme run by the class. So not only do you get a bargain MUSTO T shirt you also support your own training activities. Buy here >>>

 

Sailor Profile: Richard Stenhouse. Multiple MPS Champion
Here is a Q&A that was completed by MPS Champion Richard Stenhouse.
What got you into the MPS class?
A good freind of mine Luca Devoti from Finn sailing. Plus I fancied learning to trapeze.
What have you sailed previously?
Laser, Finn
How old, tall and heavy are you?
Born 1966, height 1.80m, weight 95kg
Read more >>>

 

 

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff
2011 World Championship - Overall
Daniel Henderson wins the World Championships. After an 11 race series Daniel takes the crown. a full report of the final days racing can be found here ....
Race 10 Following a brief postponment ashore, the AP flag was lowered at 11:30 and the competitors launched into an 8 knot southerly breeze. Race 10 was general recalled at 12:32 with the wind at 190 degrees and 5-6 knots, and the restart went off clean at 13:16 with the breeze at 180 degrees and 8 knots. The majority of the fleet taking the pin end of the line and heading left. This proved to be the formula for Jono Neate AUS 440 who stormed into a one minute lead at the windward mark and extended to take the win by two minutes from Aussie team mate Jonathon Newman AUS 425.
Read More >>>

 

 

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship - Day 5
Following a postponment ashore, the first start of race 8 got under way at 13:30 in 6-8knots from 170 degrees. this was promptly general recalled by the race management team and the fleet returned to try again. Heavy rain on the previous day meant that a current was flowing out of the Melbourne river, causing the fleet to be pushed over early.. Read More >>>

 

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship - Day 4 Lay day

 

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship - Day 3
Following a short postponement, race 5 of the Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff World Championships started at 11:05 with the breeze at between 010 and 020 and 10-12knots. The majority of the fleet headed left initially, with a small group including Matt Hollis GBR 356, David Annan GBR 169 and overall event leader Daniel Henderson GBR 409 starting beside the committee boat and immediately tacking right.. Read More >>>

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship - Day 2
The first, and as it turned out to be, only race of day 2 of the World Championships got under way in a warm Northerly breeze at 11:45. A 1.1Nm course was laid to suit a wind bearing of 025 at 17knots, and the race got away on the first attempt. The majority of the fleet headed left initially and then crossed to the right hand side of the course for a starboard approach to the windward mark. Tom Wright GBR 432 and Richie Robertson AUS 380 were overlapped as the bore away, very closely followed by Bruce Keen GBR 441, Ian Renilson GBR 449 and Marcus Hamilton AUS 453. Read More >>>

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship - Day 1
After a postponment for the wind to settle, racing got underway at 15:55 at Black Rock Yacht Club on Port Phillip Bay. A fleet of 42 competitors from 7 nations have gathered fro the classes first World championships to be held outside Europe. With the fleet growing strongly in Australia, the home nation was expected to show towards the front.
Race 1. Following an abandoned start, racing commenced in a stable breeze at 180 degrees and 10knots.. Read More >>>

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship - Pre-Worlds Day 2
A stable warm morning breeze of around 14-16knots with a gentle swell developing during the day greeted the fleet for their second day of the Broo Beer sponsored MUSTO Skiff Pre-World Championships. Race 1 Following a general recall, racing got away shortly after 09:00 with a black flag on a warm day in Port Phillip Bay with the majority of the fleet heading left towards the shore with the leaders also coming from this side of the course. An initial group headed right downwind with the exception of Tom Wright (GBR 432) who gybed immediately. Ian Renilson (GBR 449), Jon Newman (AUS 425), Marcus Hamilton (AUS453) and Bruce Keen (GBR 441) began to pull clear of the chasing bunch and rounded the leeward mark with Tom Wright.
Grand Master Ian Renilson held on for the win from Newman, Keen, Hamilton and Wright. Read More >>>

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship - Pre-Worlds Day 1
Sat 8th January racing postponed to 14:00hrs.
Mark Taylor, event PRO has been in touch with the local met. office and following a concern over a deep front crossing Port Phillip Bay some time today, a long postponement was put in place. This allowed competitors to plan their day accordingly, and as the temperature approached 40 degrees, the expected significant wind change in direction and strength came through as forecast. Read More >>>

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship Preview
Those who spent Christmas and the New Year in Australia have now been joined by the rest of the competitors from 7 nations at Black Rock Yacht Club. Pretty well all the sailors have now entered, passed measurement and been out for a sail on the warm sunny bay.
The weather has been warm, often siting just over 30 degrees, and any cloud doesn't hang around long! Read more >>>

MUSTO Skiffs star at Grafham Grand Prix The start of 2011 saw four MUSTO Skiffs attending the first of four winter handicap events; The Grafham Grand Prix. Our very own Andy Rice has combined this event, along with the Bloody Mary, Tiger Trophy and Steve Nicoloson Memorial to make the Sailjuice Series, where the combined scores will see an overall champion crowned as the best winter dinghy sailor. For those of us who normally only take part in class racing, these events provide a great opportunity to see the latest developments in other dinghies and catch up with old friends. Read more >>>

New unused 10th anniversary skiff for sale
Limited edition boat including anniversary graphics, MPS class logo on black spinnaker, black pro-grip, carbon tiller extension, tapered spinnaker sheets and halyard, top cover, under cover foil bag and launching trolley. Plus Unique 10th anniversary jacket Please contact Mitja mitja@harken.si for full details and price on the last available limited edition boat

2010 MUSTO Skiff Survey, 8th Year Running The 2010 MPS Survey is now closed and the results indicate that we have a great future ahead. This is the 8th year we have conducted the survey. Below are some key points from the survey, with a link to the full results at the bottom;
-535 responded to the survey; we had 282 completed scripts; up from 255 in 2009. This shows good continued class growth in a popular method of recovering data
-Responses from 24 countries, solid growth of activity being show in most countries, responses from Germany more than doubled Find out more >>>

Sailor Profile: CHIPS HOWARTH. 2001 European Champion Here is a Q&A that was completed by MPS 2001 European Champion CHIPS HOWARTH.
What got you into the MPS class?

I was working for the mast supplier, I had been heavily involved in the final development of the boat and loved sailing it during the development. Colin Goodman and I were nearly arrested for ‘kiting it’ up the Hamble River at 15kts during the development! (spinnakers have since been banned from the Hamble River since that incident... an MPS claim to fame that not many people know!). Read more >>>

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship Update Well it’s only a couple of weeks to go before the Broo Worlds in Australia. The sun is shining and the water is gradually warming up. So we thought it was a good time to let you know what you’re in for if you’re coming, or what you’re missing out on if you’re staying at home in the cold and snow. And by the way, we’re all there for a sailing regatta, so we are strictly forbidden to discuss cricket, rugby, football or anything else that Australia is currently crap at. Read more >>>

Ovington BoatsOvington Boats Gift Vouchers - The ideal Christmas Gift for MUSTO Skiff sailors Ovington Boats have released brand new gift vouchers. Each one comes with a class specific card; whether you sail a 29er, 49er, Byte, Flying Fifteen or a MUSTO Skiff you can have a card to suit. They are available in denominations of £25, £50, £75 and £100 and can be redeemed against anything from a new boat, to a new top cover or even gelcoat to help with a winter touch up for your pride and joy... Find out more >>>

Dynamics of the German Class Lots of activity in Germany in the last few weeks; At the birthplace of the MUSTO Skiff, the Hanseboot Boatshow in Hamburg, there was very big interest in the fast growing class with over 40 sailors registered for test sails.

To promote the class more widely, a 15min presentation of the class was held by the national and international Chairmen on a big stage during 7 out of 9 days Read more >>>


Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship preview

Anticipation is building for the 2011 World Championships and having run two previous European based regattas in Italy at Fraglia vella de Malcesine (Lake Garda) in 2007 and Switzerland’s Segel club St.Moritz (Lake Silvaplana) the first World championships outside Europe will be hosted by Black Rock Yacht Club in Melbourne Australia from January 11th to 16th with a Pre-Worlds run between the 7th and 9th and sponsored by local brewery Broo Premium Lager. Read more >>>

 

1-events/Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff
2011 World Championship - Overall
Daniel Henderson wins the World Championships. After an 11 race series Daniel takes the crown. a full report of the final days racing can be found here .... Read More >>>

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship - Day 5
Following a postponment ashore, the first start of race 8 got under way at 13:30 in 6-8knots from 170 degrees. this was promptly general recalled by the race management team and the fleet returned to try again. Heavy rain on the previous day meant that a current was flowing out of the Melbourne river, causing the fleet to be pushed over early.. Read More >>>

 

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship - Day 4 Lay day

 

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship - Day 3
Following a short postponement, race 5 of the Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff World Championships started at 11:05 with the breeze at between 010 and 020 and 10-12knots. The majority of the fleet headed left initially, with a small group including Matt Hollis GBR 356, David Annan GBR 169 and overall event leader Daniel Henderson GBR 409 starting beside the committee boat and immediately tacking right.. Read More >>>

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship - Day 2
The first, and as it turned out to be, only race of day 2 of the World Championships got under way in a warm Northerly breeze at 11:45. A 1.1Nm course was laid to suit a wind bearing of 025 at 17knots, and the race got away on the first attempt. The majority of the fleet headed left initially and then crossed to the right hand side of the course for a starboard approach to the windward mark. Tom Wright GBR 432 and Richie Robertson AUS 380 were overlapped as the bore away, very closely followed by Bruce Keen GBR 441, Ian Renilson GBR 449 and Marcus Hamilton AUS 453. Read More >>>

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship - Day 1
After a postponment for the wind to settle, racing got underway at 15:55 at Black Rock Yacht Club on Port Phillip Bay. A fleet of 42 competitors from 7 nations have gathered fro the classes first World championships to be held outside Europe. With the fleet growing strongly in Australia, the home nation was expected to show towards the front.
Race 1. Following an abandoned start, racing commenced in a stable breeze at 180 degrees and 10knots..

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship - Pre-Worlds Day 2
A stable warm morning breeze of around 14-16knots with a gentle swell developing during the day greeted the fleet for their second day of the Broo Beer sponsored MUSTO Skiff Pre-World Championships. Race 1 Following a general recall, racing got away shortly after 09:00 with a black flag on a warm day in Port Phillip Bay with the majority of the fleet heading left towards the shore with the leaders also coming from this side of the course. An initial group headed right downwind with the exception of Tom Wright (GBR 432) who gybed immediately. Ian Renilson (GBR 449), Jon Newman (AUS 425), Marcus Hamilton (AUS453) and Bruce Keen (GBR 441) began to pull clear of the chasing bunch and rounded the leeward mark with Tom Wright.
Grand Master Ian Renilson held on for the win from Newman, Keen, Hamilton and Wright. Read More >>>

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship - Pre-Worlds Day 1
Sat 8th January racing postponed to 14:00hrs.
Mark Taylor, event PRO has been in touch with the local met. office and following a concern over a deep front crossing Port Phillip Bay some time today, a long postponement was put in place. This allowed competitors to plan their day accordingly, and as the temperature approached 40 degrees, the expected significant wind change in direction and strength came through as forecast. Read More >>>

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship Preview
Those who spent Christmas and the New Year in Australia have now been joined by the rest of the competitors from 7 nations at Black Rock Yacht Club. Pretty well all the sailors have now entered, passed measurement and been out for a sail on the warm sunny bay.
The weather has been warm, often siting just over 30 degrees, and any cloud doesn't hang around long! Read more >>>

MUSTO Skiffs star at Grafham Grand Prix The start of 2011 saw four MUSTO Skiffs attending the first of four winter handicap events; The Grafham Grand Prix. Our very own Andy Rice has combined this event, along with the Bloody Mary, Tiger Trophy and Steve Nicoloson Memorial to make the Sailjuice Series, where the combined scores will see an overall champion crowned as the best winter dinghy sailor. For those of us who normally only take part in class racing, these events provide a great opportunity to see the latest developments in other dinghies and catch up with old friends. Read more >>>

New unused 10th anniversary skiff for sale
Limited edition boat including anniversary graphics, MPS class logo on black spinnaker, black pro-grip, carbon tiller extension, tapered spinnaker sheets and halyard, top cover, under cover foil bag and launching trolley. Plus Unique 10th anniversary jacket Please contact Mitja mitja@harken.si for full details and price on the last available limited edition boat

2010 MUSTO Skiff Survey, 8th Year Running The 2010 MPS Survey is now closed and the results indicate that we have a great future ahead. This is the 8th year we have conducted the survey. Below are some key points from the survey, with a link to the full results at the bottom;
-535 responded to the survey; we had 282 completed scripts; up from 255 in 2009. This shows good continued class growth in a popular method of recovering data
-Responses from 24 countries, solid growth of activity being show in most countries, responses from Germany more than doubled Find out more >>>

Sailor Profile: CHIPS HOWARTH. 2001 European Champion Here is a Q&A that was completed by MPS 2001 European Champion CHIPS HOWARTH.
What got you into the MPS class?

I was working for the mast supplier, I had been heavily involved in the final development of the boat and loved sailing it during the development. Colin Goodman and I were nearly arrested for ‘kiting it’ up the Hamble River at 15kts during the development! (spinnakers have since been banned from the Hamble River since that incident... an MPS claim to fame that not many people know!). Read more >>>

 

 

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship Update Well it’s only a couple of weeks to go before the Broo Worlds in Australia. The sun is shining and the water is gradually warming up. So we thought it was a good time to let you know what you’re in for if you’re coming, or what you’re missing out on if you’re staying at home in the cold and snow. And by the way, we’re all there for a sailing regatta, so we are strictly forbidden to discuss cricket, rugby, football or anything else that Australia is currently crap at. Read more >>>


Ovington BoatsOvington Boats Gift Vouchers - The ideal Christmas Gift for MUSTO Skiff sailors Ovington Boats have released brand new gift vouchers. Each one comes with a class specific card; whether you sail a 29er, 49er, Byte, Flying Fifteen or a MUSTO Skiff you can have a card to suit. They are available in denominations of £25, £50, £75 and £100 and can be redeemed against anything from a new boat, to a new top cover or even gelcoat to help with a winter touch up for your pride and joy... Find out more >>>

Dynamics of the German Class Lots of activity in Germany in the last few weeks; At the birthplace of the MUSTO Skiff, the Hanseboot Boatshow in Hamburg, there was very big interest in the fast growing class with over 40 sailors registered for test sails.

To promote the class more widely, a 15min presentation of the class was held by the national and international Chairmen on a big stage during 7 out of 9 days Read more >>>


 

Broo Premium Lager MUSTO Skiff 2011 World Championship preview

Anticipation is building for the 2011 World Championships and having run two previous European based regattas in Italy at Fraglia vella de Malcesine (Lake Garda) in 2007 and Switzerland’s Segel club St.Moritz (Lake Silvaplana) the first World championships outside Europe will be hosted by Black Rock Yacht Club in Melbourne Australia from January 11th to 16th with a Pre-Worlds run between the 7th and 9th and sponsored by local brewery Broo Premium Lager. Read more >>>


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