Manning (awarded 2009)
Paul Manning has been elected through a
100% vote by the MSCA Committee as a Life Member
of the MSCA in recognition of his contribution
to the class. Paul's day to day involvement in
the class/business has changed as a result of
the sale of the project by Victor Boats to Ovington
Boats and this seems a good time to recognise
his contribution. Paul has worked tirelessly for
the class and it members often going beyond the
call of what many would think as reasonable. For
me the best example of this was when Paul arrived
at Garda after driving for a whole day to hear
that the boys from Newcastle had suffered a big
trailer breakdown somewhere near Metz (a loooooong
way from Garda). Without any question Paul climed
into the van with Tony Ainsworth and drove to
Metz; picked up the hung-over Geordies and then
drove to Garda; he was bit sleepy on arrival ...
This is just one of many tales of Paul helping
individuals; thanks Paul for all your efforts
and we are delighted you will still be involved
as the MSCA secretary and through the provision
of regatta support under contract to Ovingtons.
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Rick has tirelessly
worked for 9 years with the class on providing
one of the best class websites and media support
packages of any class. The monthly e-newsletters
are a huge success, and the annual sailor survey
is still the only one of its kind in dinghy sailing,
having only just been copied by classes such as
the Melges 24. Rick also manages and contributes
to the class forum and all the social media channels.
Rick was also the event organiser of the very
successful UK Nationals in 2008 and has over the
years organised and lead a number of class training
events. In addition Rick was also the National
Champion in 2007.
& Kit Stenhouse (awarded 2010)
Richard and Kit need
little introduction, and have been at the front
of developing the rig set up and coaching / training
events that have made sharing and helping information
the norm for our class. This has meant that many
of you have mastered sailing the boat in a lot
less time and a lot more fun than it would have
taken on your own. They have also produced the
K16 DVD which is a fantastic resource for
the class. Richard is of course also a multiple
champion in the class.
Chapman (awarded 2012)
one for the forming members of the class association
in 1999 and has been the class "money man"
ever since ... that is a 13 year shift and counting.
As a member of the class association for such
a long period Tim has provided crucial guidance
as the class has grown from nothing to a large
international class that it is today.
On the water
Tim is also remains the only "ever present"
or "serial offender" meaning he is now
the only person who has competed in EVERY MUSTO
Skiff UK National Championship ever held, so that
is 12 UK National Championships. He has also attended
11 European, Worlds & Gold Cups only ever
missing two... that is some support.
Oswald (awarded 2014)
Roger has been involved in the class since the
very first Gold Cup at Lake Garda in 2001. He
was the driving force behind the development of
the class in Switzerland and has run class coaching
every year on Lake Cham. Roger is also known as
Mr. EuroCup, topping the 100 boat series from
Along with the other team members, Roger helped
at the 2008 St.Moritz World Championships and
his sunny disposition matched the stunning weather
the class enjoyed.
Iver was introduced
to the class at a very cold Rutland winter training
camp. This didn't put him off and soon he was
working with other German sailors in setting up
a strong German fleet. Iver is an excellent international
ambassador, ideal for the post of chairman, which
he took up in 2010 to date. His chairmanship has
overseen the inaugural World Championships outside
Europe, a 105 boat World Championships at Weymouth,
the class’s entry into the annually held Kieler Woche and the introduction of the EuroCup series.
Richard was the driving
force behind the inaugural Australian World Championships
at Black Rock Yacht Club in January 2011.
The event was a great success, with 29 overseas
visitors and a strong home contingent, Richard
and his team managed a memorable and well run
championship. I've often heard people say that
you should be part of the organising team of at
least one major championships in your sailing
career, but not only has Richard done this, he
has also voluntarily managed the import of the
MUSTO Skiff class into Australia.