2012 sailed on the 27/ 28th October
Report & Photo: Chris Sutherland &
Sail Fremantle 2012 sailed on the 27/
28th October was the first fleet regatta for the Western
Australian MUSTO fleet ever. This newest of the MUSTO
fleets included Arthur Brett, x world champion in Contenders
and Windsurfer who was back from the Olympics, 49er
& 14ft Skiff and America’s Cup sailor Denis Jones,
Laser gun Mark Whittington and Chris Sutherland and
Paul Green, the current Laser radial world champion
Tristan Brown has just bought a MUSTO but could not
The WA fleet has 6 boats and hopes to
grow a few more with uni exams finishing, plus Brit
James Lewis bringing his boat with him. Fremantle’s
reliable & feared sea breeze took the weekend off,
the regatta was sailed in the dying easterly land breeze
or a sick sea breeze that got to 10 knots.
Mark Whittington dominated the regatta
winning 3 races of the 9 races, and Arthur Brett came
2nd. By winning Mark got to write the article below
and his photo on the article
Below by Mark Whittington
Sail Fremantle kicked off with a healthy
20 knot easterly in the boat park, By the time the musto
fleet figured which way the boat should face to pull
the main up and got out the heads it was down to 10
knots. By the time we all reached to the start boat
we were down to 5 knots.
Not the first time in Perth that the easterly has died
on a 35 degree day with no clouds.
Anyway with all this excitement we started
race one, 3 laps, each lap taking what felt like an
hour, As the front runners approached the bottom mark
one someone yelled out "wanna go to the finish"
The others thought this was a grand idea and replayed
"sounds good" This conversation had taken
place after a kite was dropped for the bottom mark rounding.
Some cheeky guy in pink took advantage of this and keep
his kite up and went straight for the race win. Mark
Whittington was first, Paul Green was 2nd.
Following the long race we decided to
have a one lapper. Skiff legend Denis Jones sailed away
in this race for the win.
After a while waiting we had a soft sea
breeze. Arthur Brett (AB) had a killer start rolling
same cheating guy in pink from the first race to push
him out to a big lift on the right, sailing away for
The final race for the first day saw Paul
and Sutho (Chris Sutherland) start correctly and AB
just got Sutho for the heat win
Sunday again started with a nice easterly
only to completely die before the first race.
After 30-40 minutes of waiting we were away in 5-10
knots form the south west.
Despite being over on the start Sutho restarted came
through the fleet to take the heat win by a nice margin.
In race 2 as the wind built Mark used
his swift boat handling to capitalise on Paul, despite
Paul being the faster boat uphill.
Race 3 no one remembers what happened.
The last two races we held in a left shifting
sick dying sea breeze. These final races saw AB and
Mark take a race each in some good little battles, especially
in last race, AB sutho and Mark stayed in close quarters
to each other.
The other WA MUSTO sailor Thor Schoenhoff
could not be there for the regatta having booked a week
in Phuket with his girlfriend, sent his report from
Thailand via Facebook
"went snorkeling at the location
of 'The Beach' yesterday. nice and quiet and very peaceful
along with the other 20,000 people that were there."
On a final note it was the very first
time the fleet has gone sailing for a day and not have
a capsize, and this was on 7 hour day!
The fleet is moving back to Mounts
Bay Sailing club in Preparation for the National Championship