Musto Skiff

Musto Skiff 2017 – 13/14th May 2017 Datchet Water Sailing Club

Fleet sharpen their skills ahead of the Worlds in 2 weeks ...

Report by Tom Wright;
Photos by Tim Olin

A well know inland sailing location home to many Musto Skiff sailors, over 20 Skiff sailors arrived to sun and breeze, perfect sailing conditions!

The first challenge of the weekend for every sailor started before they got a chance to leave the shore line. Launching the skiff is testing but launching in a head on breeze whist attempting to stand on an extremely slippy slipway certainly was an interesting way to start the weekend.

The classic up and down course was set with a spreader mark and leeward gate. On the race cause the wind was shifting and funnelling down varying between 12 - 20 knots. The first race started with a clean line, sailors heading off in both directions. The conditions were certainly a typical inland pond, shifty and gusty. Tom Wright managed to find a lift up the first leg and rounded the windward mark just in front of Ben Scooling both gybing looking for the downwind gust. Dan Kilsby read the the wind and came screaming down the run to take the lead around the bottom gate marks. The remaining of the race was tactical, tacking on the shifts and searching for the next 20knot gust. Race 1; 1st Dan Kilsby, 2nd Ben Schooling, 3rd Tom Wright.

The second and third race of the afternoon kept everyone focused and on their feet. The overall scores were close, Andy Tarboton lead overnight bagging consecutive results; fourth, second and a third. After a day of close racing many sailors scattered for hot baths and a rest.

Sunday was an early start with slightly less breeze, Dan Kilsby lead the way around the first two races, followed by Ben and Tom. The score board was extremely close and 1st overall position would come down to the final race.

 The final race started with two general re-calls before the blag flag was hoisted. Once the race was underway a big right shift up the first leg made racing exciting. Ben took the lead around the course followed by Dave Poston and Tom. Ben was first across the finish line followed by Tom and Dave.

Overall results:
1st Ben Schooling
2nd Dan Kilsby
3rd Tom Wright

Full results here >>> (note this links to a photo posted on Facebook)

The results linked below on the DWSC page are incorrect as they show 2 discards ...

A brilliant weekend sailing brought extremely close racing in perfect sun and breeze conditions. Thanks to Tim for supporting our class with some great photos.

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