Kev Anderson. 2004 UK National Champion
Here is a Q&A that was completed by
MPS 2004UK National Champion Kev Anderson
What got you
into the MPS class?
I first saw a photo of the boat in yachts and yachting
and thought it looked amazing. Then I found out after
speaking to Dave Ovington that Ovington boats were developing
it and were actually going to build it. Me and Ian Trotter
eventually got hold of the demo boat up at Derwent Res
and had the best laugh ever. We were taking turns swapping
from a rescue rib and as the wind picked up we were
summersaulting all over the lake. One split head later
and a lot of blood we were both hooked.
you sailed previously?
I have previously sailed Ents, Lasers, then got into
International 14ís crewing for Ian Trotter at about
17, he got the boat for his 21íst. We sailed 14ís together
for about 10 years eventually winning the POW cup and
week in 1990. It was a truly awesome time to be sailing
14ís as they introduced twin wires and asymmetrical
spinnakers. I then got into the 18ft skiff winning the
1993 nationals with my old friends Martin Jones and
Duncan Macdonald and also the 18ft skiff Europeans with
Dave Ovington and Trotter. I also raced a Mumm 30 for
a few years with Dave Ovington and all my local mates.
tall and heavy are you?
45 years old(in 2012). 5í11Ē tall and about 80 kg when
fit. (which I am) I am now
training did you do in the MPS in the year prior to
the nationals win?
Massive amount of training. We were lucky to have 4
fast boats in the North East and we all sailed together.
Me, Trotter, Martin Boatman and Ian Turnbull. I reckon
I must have been sailing 3 or 4 times a week prior to
the Sunderland win.
Did you do any specific training
exercises to improve your boatspeed & handling?
Not really just a lot of sailing and tuning together
to help each other. You really canít sail these boats
enough! Also I found that eating a lot of pies seemed
to help when it was windy.
A good thing about the class is that everyone has always
been very open about their settings and techniques.
What were your rig settings (Rake,
tensions (shroud & lowers) spreaders (length &
Donít know off the top of my head but I think itís all
still on the MUSTO skiff site and it seems to be similar
to what is still used today.
What did it feel like to lift
the trophy at the prize giving?
It felt fantastic to eventually win the trophy. I even
got the help of a sports psychiatrist who is also a
friend to try and help me during the second half of
the event as I often seemed to crack under the pressure.
When Iíd won the first thing I did was take the trophy
round to show him. The first thing he asked me was what
made the difference?? He almost died laughing when I
had to tell him the event was cut short due to strong
Do you have any sponsors?
Ian and I were sponsored by Trident
at the time. They really looked after me and Trotter
and we would not have been able to achieve what we did
without their help and support so many thanks to Dave
What other hobbies do you have?
Other hobbies now include Kitesurfing, Stand Up Paddle
surfing, snow kiting, cycling, snowboarding etc. etc.
Oh and of course spending time with the family.
Are you married / have any kids?
Yes Iím still married to Gill with 2 fantastic boys
Jonny and Sam (11 and 13) The boys are getting into
all the sports that I love and Iím having the best time
What is your favourite band/music?
Massive range of music, favourite band changes with
mood. Probably Chili peppers.
What's your favourite food?
Without any doubt Pie!
What is your day job?
I run my own adventure sport company up in Northumberland
where we specialise in Kitesurfing
lessons, Stand Up Paddle surfing and Coasteering.
We have one of the best locations in the world to operate.
What sailing are you doing at present?
The last race I entered was the Lord Birkett in 2010.
I sailed with Lester Noble in a 49er + 200 boats which
we won.. Not sailing at all at the moment! 2011 was
the first year since I started sailing that I didnít
get in a boat. Hard to believe how things can change.
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