Musto Skiffs at
The John Merricks Tiger Trophy 2012
report by Richard Stenhouse
Seven Musto skiffs braved the elements
for this years JM Tiger Trophy at Rutland. With 150
boats racing keeping clear of traffic was the name of
The moths did this best with Ricky Tagg
leading overall with 2 firsts at the end of Saturdays
In the MPS fleet Richard Stenhouse lead the way round
the trapezoid course followed by Tom Wright and Andy
The reaching legs where very tight to lay with the kite
up. The best way to go high with the kite is to Pull
the kicker on, Over sheet the kite and let the main
out so the batterns invert. Then control the speed by
either over sheeting to slow down or ease the kite to
go faster. If you slow down to much the foils stall
and you will capsize to windward. Too fast and the apparent
wind takes control and you get taken down wind away
from the mark. Laser reaching speed is about right.
On Sunday we woke up to snow and fog and not much wind.
Not surprisingly the artic conditions put a few people
After a good days racing on Saturday Richard Stenhouse
counting a 2nd and 3rd was second overall but the light
conditions on Sunday favoured the Merlin Rockets and
Scorpion Class. In the pursuit race Richard Finished
23rd and 6th overall.
The event was nicely sponsored, a free pint of Everards
Tiger bitter on Saturday night and went home with a
few bottles of tiger, handy Umbrellas, and a cool rule
26 T shirt.
And thanks to Ricky Tagg the Shere Khan Trophy (first
IMAGES COURTESY MARTIN HOLLINGSHEAD