of the MUSTO Skiff (View
in 1999 ISAF put out a brief to designers for a fast
single handed boat; here is the brief.
is a report on the test event from Voiles & Voilers
German Contender sailor Dr Joachim Happrecht took this
brief on and developed the OSP or Olympic Singlehander
on the right shows the prototype boat and the shot below
that shows Joachim stepping aboard for the maiden sail.
boat was built in plywood ...
years before that whilst Joachim was blasting around
in Contenders in the 1980’s Nigel
MUSTO first got to know Tim Tavinor when Nigel was sailing
the 470 and Tim was sailing the Finn. They also sailed
Etchells together in the mid 1990’s.
was at the Hamburg Boat Show in 1999 that Nigel was
wandering around the show and came across a stand exhibiting
a fascinating skiff prototype. The designer was of course
Dr Joachim Happrecht and Nigel, intrigued by the design,
stopped to chat about the skiff and find out more about
is some of the early press coverage.
returning to the UK, Nigel rang Tim and said, “I’ve
found a boat that looks the DB’s, you must go and see
it!” As a result Tim arranged to meet Joachim after
the show at Lake Garda. So Tim along with Luca Devoti
(Tim’s business partner at the time) trundled off to
Garda to check out this so called amazing boat.
a whizz around Lake Garda, Luca and Tim were hooked!
They decided that it was a fantastic boat and decided
to take on the project of manufacturing and promoting
on the left show the first carbon fibre boat coming
out of the mould and below that Joachim wearing out
the batteries on his calculator ...
an identity for this new revelation, Nigel stepped up
to sponsor the class and hence it became the MUSTO Skiff.
they say of course is history ...
what has happened to the prototype here
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