Musto Skiff

MUSTO-Skiff / German Open- Yachtclub Steinhuder Meer e.V.

25 competitors from 4 nations attended.

Photos: Petra from YCSTM

Report: Florian Kemper

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German nationals started on friday on lake "Steinhuder Meer" with norhtern German autumn conditions.

First rain and glassy water stopped the fleet from starting. But soon with a building breeze the fleet was sent out.

25 competitors from 4 nations attended.

By the time racing started conditions settled to finest skiff sailing, with breeze around 15 knots, gusting to 20. Flat water made the sailing easy, as the lake is only around 1.5 to 2 meters deep, which even caused some soft groundings, but made no major problems.

First race was won by 49er sailer Julian Ramm, who sailed Cathy´s boat.

After that race it was Paul Dijkstra´s show to start. With great upwind speed and clean starts at the pin end, he scored three bullets in a row, to take a solid lead with 2,1,1,1 finishes.

Saturday starts with a postponement due to glassy water again, but all sailors are entertained well with good coffee in the clubhouse as well as some tabletop football tournaments.


Saturday´s racing was canceled due to windspeeds close to zero but rain all day.

Sunday morning showed nice golden autumn conditions with wind around 10 to 12 knots in sunshine. These lighter conditions couldn´t stop Paul from also winning race 5. Sailing was a lot more tricky and gusty, which obviously favoured Swiss sailor Nicolas Douchod. He could secure bronze medal position with race wins in races 6 and 8. 49er sailor Julian Ramm held 2nd place, with another win in race 9 and a solid performance troughout the series.

A well deserved overall win of the regatta went to Netherlands Paul Dijkstra, who could discard two 3rd places.

Under 23-Year old ranking was won by Germany´s Till-Jonas Gerngross. Over 50-Year ranking was won by swiss Fritz Selb.

Yacht Club Steinhuder Meer made the best of the conditions and set up a great event with intense racing as well as great social events.

A big thanks also goes to German Ovington distributor Holger Jess, who originally founded the event, which was from then called "Jess-Skiff-Finale", and supported the regatta with useful skiff prices as well as some financial background.

Final Results >>>

001: Foggy conditions but brilliant skiff sailing with 15 to 18 knots and flat water

009: 49er sailer Julian Ramm winning Race 1

015: Fleet on the starting line with Paul doing great clean starts to score three bullets

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