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Reports and News 2018


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MUSTO Skiff 2018 GBR Inland Championships- 3-4 November 2018. A Tale of 2 Halves 33 keen MUSTO Skiff sailors were greeted with a   Gusty southerly breeze at the MUSTO Skiff Inland Championships hosted by Grafham Water Sailing Club. Grafham also known as the coldest place on earth was surprisingly tropical with temperatures above 10 degrees, this didn’t hold the fleet back from wrapping up warm, especially Andy Gould sporting a double huggy bear and dry suit, more on that later! 
PRO Peter Saxton and his team were eager to get racing under way so the fleet made their way to the start line with a few taking a swim on the way in the gusty conditions.  Read the full report >>>

GBR 2018 Travellers Series - Schooling takes the title from an ever growing fleet. Featuring the contenders:
Ben ‘Benjo’ Schooling, Dan ‘Vincenzo’ Vincent, Andy ‘Turbo’ Tarboton, Jono ‘Northern’ Shelley
The number of travellers has been growing at a impressivly fast rate with interested travellers acquiring boats from all manner of people and places. The strength of the fleet also seems to be climbing through the roof year on year.  The circuit has seen as many as 90 different competitors taking part at the various events.  Read more >>>

Project XS Ovington Boats, builder of the MUSTO Skiff, are working on a new class of dinghy currently under the title of Project XS. The new XS dinghy is based on the MUSTO Skiff platform with smaller sails; this new dinghy class is targeted at women and youth sailors; and those looking for an easier stepping stone into the MUSTO Skiff class. Read more >>>



Doubts blown away Arriving at Dongo in front of the Marvelia Skiffsailing Club on Friday 7th of September first familiar thing to notice has been a long silver VW-Caddy with Swiss origin that looked familiar. Around 2pm, clear sky, bright sun, and thermal breeze just seemed to slowly kick in. Second thing to notice: two MUSTO Skiffs ready to sail on the slip and just a few minutes later I shaked hands with Nicolas ready for launching. The night before has been too short and disruptive for myself, but my tiredness was just swept away and replaced by anticipation of a nice afternoon sail once I would have set up my MUSTO. Read more >>>

2018 EuroCup overall The EuroCup sailing season has drawn to a close with Switzerland’s Roger Oswald taking the title from Jono Shelley (GBR) and long distance traveller Yaroslav Petrov (RUS) taking a well deserved 3rd overall. The top ten were also Pierre-Yves Pfirter (SUI), Nicholas Duchoud (SUI), Paul Dijkstra (NED), Andy Tarboton (RSA), Jelmar Kruipers (NED), Gilbert Brietze (GER) and David Annan (GBR). Work has already started on the 2019 calendar, which will include the Medemblik World Championships, so there will be plenty to plan for in the new season. Congratulations Roger! See the results >>>

GBR Circuit Update With the last event of the 2018 UK Series this weekend in the form of the Inland championships, the leader board is still topped by Stokes Bay favourite Dan Vincent. There are a number of others still in the running including previous winners Jamie Hilton, Ben Schooling and Andy Tarboton so it’s all to play for. With the long range forecast looking breezy will Dan be able to hold it together, find out this time next week Read the results so far >>>

Noble Marine Insurance sponsored MUSTO Skiff training at Stokes Bay with Dan Henderson The MUSTO Skiff Autumn training event was aimed at those sailors in their second and third seasons who had worked out how to sail their boats and were now keen on competing better at Open Meetings and Championships.  Dan Henderson (MUSTO World Champion 2011) was lead coach and designed a series of exercises aimed at highlighting key race skills, including maintaining position on a start line, holding a lane in the early part of the first beat and faster boat handling. Read more and see the video >>>

2018 EuroCup Series : Very close going... The 2018 EuroCup series is heading towards its finale with current leader, Roger Oswald SUI, under pressure from Jono Shelley GBR, Yaroslav Petrov RUS, Pierre-Yves Pfirter SUI and Nicolas Duchoud SUI. Currently 98 boats have competed in the series, so fingers crossed we can break the 100 again... See the results >>>

Iver Ahlmann(GER) passing on the baton of Chairmanship to Andy Tarboton (RSA)
Iver Ahlmann – Outgoing Chairman
I have been chairman of class since 2010. Ever since I started, I have been extremely touched to be given the trust and support from the sailors over the years. I would like to express my sincere thanks for the great spirit that has been dominating the class in all of this time and has made chairmanship very honorable. Working with the international committee has always been fun and inspiring and has taught me many life lessons… Read more >>>

Committee Elections
If you are eligible (a current member of the Class Association) and wish to put yourself forward for an International Committee position, please mail me directly to with the title of the position you are interested in and a brief background of your experience.
All eligible members will appear on the annual survey for members to vote. Please note, some nations appoint their national representatives directly and these posts will be filled by their appointed national representative.
A list of the International Committee positions can be found here

MUSTO Skiff Open at Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club
8-9 September 2018
Going into the MUSTO Skiff Eastbourne Open, it looked like it was going to be a tense battle between Danny (dog) Vincent and Andrew Tarboton, with Ben Schooling and the dark horse Richard Pelley as strong contenders.
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Derwent Reservoir MUSTO Skiff Event August 25/26th 2018 The alarm went off at 04:40 on Friday morning for our drive from Bournemouth to Guilford to load up the triple trailer. Along with Jason Rickards we boarded the “fun bus” camper van kindly supplied and expertly skippered by Paulo Molesworth and 10 hours later we arrived at Derwent Reservoir. After a quick rig up dodging the showers we enjoyed a well-deserved pint or two and some Northern hospitality in the club house joined by Lord Hilton. Read more >>>

EuroCup Update : 5 different Nations in the top 5 overall! Following the GBR National Championships at Castle Cove Sailing Club, Scotland’s Jono Shelley’s long drive to the South of England with all the family has paid off as he now leads the 95 competitors to date. However, Jono’s drive doesn’t really compare to Yaroslav, who is now lying in 2nd place overall; a great reward for his mega tour of Europe! Holland’s Paul Dijkstra lies in 4th overall with Andy Tarboton in 5th. There is all to play for as many competitors have currently only completed 2 events of the 3 to count with Kristiansand (Norway) up next 24th – 25th August, followed by Dongo (Italy) 8th – 10th September and the series finishing on Lake Attersee 6th -7th October.See the results >>>

GBR Circuit Update After a fantastic Nationals at Castle Cove in Weymouth the GBR MUSTO Skiff Series is now two thirds of the way through the season. After 6 events, returning Quiz master Dan Vincent leads the series from Lord Hilton with Pot Hunter Pelley in 3rd. There have been 80 individual competitors on the circuit this year with 10 new comers so far demonstrating that the UK class is in great shape and continuous to attract new talent into the fleet. With 3 events left in the calendar the series it’s still all to play for! Next event is Derwent Water on 25/26th August followed by Eastbourne 8/9th September before the Ovington Inlands on 3/4th November at Grafham SC. See the results >>>

Harken 2018 GBR National ChampionshipsFifty-six MUSTO Skiffs descended upon Castle Cove Sailing Club for their 2018 Nationals. With sunshine and and a great forecast for the event, the fleet were raring to get on the water for some close racing inside Weymouth harbour.

Racing started on time in a 12-15kt Westerly. In race one the fleet split up the first beat but converged at the top mark with no clear side paying. Andy Peake found himself in front, closely followed by Jono Shelly. Jono passed Andy down the first run but Andy returned the favour down the last. Sadly for both of them, Andy Tarboton had hit the right hand corner up the last beat and passed them both. Race one finishing order, Andy T, Andy P and Jono. Read the full report >>>

MUSTO Skiffs at the East Coast Piers Race
Two MUSTO Skiffs took part in the East Coast Piers Race over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of July (yes, they were naughty and didn't go to the circuit event at Lymington!). For those who haven't heard of it, the East Coast Piers Race (ECPR) is traditionally catamaran event involving a 48 mile long distance race from Marconi Sailing Club in the River Blackwater and racing through a series of gates to Walton-on-the-Naze and back. In recent years they have opened up the 28 mile Colne Point Race to fast dinghies and skiffs.  This year was the fourth time I've done the race. I keep going back because it is something a bit different to most events, it has a really good atmosphere around it plus it's all in aid of charity! read more >>

EuroCup overall after the German Open at Warnemüder Woche Visiting Dutch sailors Paul Dijkstra and Jelmar Kruipers gave the home German fleet some great racing to finish 1st and 2nd overall from Iver Ahlmann and Russian long distance travelling superman Yaroslav Petrov.
It is particularly good to see visiting sailors and local sailors enjoying some superb conditions and its worth looking at the action on the GER / SUI / AUT Facebook group
Read the results >>>

MUSTO Skiffs at the Lymington Dinghy Weekend 7th-8th July 2018 The weather forecast for the weekend of the 7th and 8th of July looked ideal for sun bathing, but not
at all inspiring for sailing with very light Northerlies predicted. That said, if you are likely to get a true
sea breeze in the Solent, Lymington is a good place to start looking. With this in mind 8 MUSTO sailors
entered the event. True to the weather forecast the sun was out but the wind pretty much non-existent at the 1115
briefing. Luke McEwan, who helped organize the event, made the introductions and announced that
the sea breeze would come, but didn’t’t commit to its strength.
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MUSTO Skiffs at the GWSC ASYMMETRIC OPEN 2018 June 23-24th 2018 This past weekend was the Asymmetric Open at Grafham Water and the organising committee did a stellar job of organising a great day for sailing on Saturday and a great day for tanning on Sunday.
The regatta consisted of four races in breeze ranging from 5-12 knots. GWSC fielded four Mustos and Andy Whittle travel up from Essex to join in the fun. The five boats provided incredibly close racing with positions and the overall lead changing frequently. Andy started off very strong but broke a trapeze elastic in race 1. He came back strong to win the second race, but a capsize in race 3 shattered left him more than a Whittle disappointed. Read more >>>>

EuroCup Standings Regattas in Switzerland and Spain where held over the weekend 16th – 17th, with Nicolas Duchoud taking the win from Roger Oswald and Alex Greil at Brunnen SV in Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne and Justo Martinez Balaguer winning in Spain from Joan Rosselló  Gelabert and Nano Barceló Cuartero at Club Nàutic S'Arenal, Mallorca. We are now half way through the 2018 EuroCup series with Warnemünde up next 7th  – 10th July and the overall lead has now been taken by Switzerland’s Roger Oswald.See results >>

MUSTO SKIFF NED EUROCUP 2018 - June 8-10 2018 Worlds three day test event and Dutch Eurocup Medemblik. Friday dawned beautifully upon the quiet village of Medemblik, welcoming both local and travelling sailors with warm sunshine and a light northerly breeze. 19 boats attended the event from 6 countries, one even travelling for 5 days, from Russia, to enjoy the racing. The organising team did fantastic work of putting on the regatta, and the race committee followed suit with a very professional display of running the racing. Racing started as soon as was possible and the courses were good. 3 races were promptly run in challenging conditions, varying wind and generally lumpy sea state, keeping sailors on their toes. No matter the position in the fleet, there was always other boats to have a close battle with. The Dutch brothers of Jelmer and Roelof Kuipers showed pedigree and with very little time in their boats over the last year, were right on the pace. Read more >>>

MUSTO SKIFF ESP EUROCUP 2018 June 16-17 2018 The MUSTO skiff euro cup this year saw 12 boats entered and was sailed in perfect conditions with our typical sunshine and sea breeze (local embat) of 10-14 knots. This competitive fleet continues to grow and improve as all members can be seen out in Palma bay training on a weekly basis. The level is increasing year on year, 2018 seeing some new sailors to the fleet with previous Olympic back grounds. On day one, Richard  Sydenham (the Rookie) ... was the big surprise of the championship. only having sailed a MUSTO 4 times previously he finished the day lying in 3rd place overall. Read more >>>

Noble Marine Insurance sponsored MUSTO Skiff training at Wilsonian Sailing Club with Russ Clark We met with Russ at 10am Saturday. From the forecast it was clear we set for a great day Saturday with 8-10 mph of breeze, but the possibility of no wind on Sunday. It was quickly agreed that we’d have a full days sailing Saturday with a thorough analysis on Sunday before Russ leaves at midday. Read more >>>

MUSTO Skiff GBR EuroCup Leg 1 Largs Sailing Club - May 19-20 2018 Making my first visit to Largs in quite some time I was very much looking forward to seeing for myself what this venue, the host of the 2019 UK Nationals, would have to offer. Quite a lot as it turns out. Whilst the clubhouse and boat park are befitting that of a club that regularly hosts major national and international championships, it’s the sailing area that really steals the show. The scenery is magnificent, with the Isles of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran providing the dramatic backdrop to the open waters of the Firth of Clyde. And if wildlife is your thing, it wasn’t long before I’d spotted seals, puffins and even a dolphin. In terms of sailing, the waters are deep and wide (convenient for submarines and those who tend to turn turtle) and there’s a race area for every wind direction.
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Bow Sprit End Plug : Now Available. There have been suggestions that we change the end of the bow sprite fitting from the block to a end plug. This arrangement is standard in the 49er, 29er, RS200 & RS400 and other classes. This arrangement has the benefit that you can't get the tack line wrapped round the pole causing a problem when you launch the pole - if this has ever happened to you, you will know this is difficult to rectify and slow See more >>>

Mast Head Fitting (Justo Martinez ESP)

I got the final solution for the mast head crane. My head crane with the hole make from ovington breaks, so I start to think in a solution. 

I use a small piece 4 mm dynema to tide the halyard. I have been sailing for three months with full cunni a few days and the halyard and the dynema piece do not have any damage. See the solution >>>

Lymington dinghy regatta (and MUSTO Skiff open) Online entry to the Lymington dinghy regatta (and MUSTO Skiff open) is now available. 7th and 8th July. Entries on the day are unlikely to be available so sign up now!

UPDATE: Early Bird entry fee for this event ends on the 6th June. Currently £21.10 it will increase to £26.10 after the 6th. Also overall entry is restricted and will be a sell out. Enter now >>>

New Mainsail and Mast Sea Trials Begin ... Following the supportive vote of the members in the on-line AGM Ovington Boats and the MSCA have now started sea trials of a revised mainsail and mast. The objectives of the mainsail project are to produce a sail with a more modern appearance that works with the existing mast and supports the same sailor weight range as the existing sail. The objectives of the mast project are to produce a mast with similar characteristics to the existing mast that would work with both the new, if adopted, sail and the existing one. The mast and sail projects are not dependent on each other. Read more >>>

Noble Marine Insurance sponsored MUSTO Skiff training at Stokes Bay with Russ ClarkOn an unusually foggy and windless Saturday on the south coast, eight MUSTO Skiff sailors gathered for a day’s training at Stokes Bay Sailing Club.  The session was deliberately aimed at those new into the class and those looking to improve their boat knowledge to move them up the fleet.  Sailing experience in the group varied from those with only a few months in the MUSTO Skiff to former champions from other classes.  This meant the questions flowed and group participation was high. Read more >>>

Harken 2018 GBR National Championships The Notice of Race and Entry Forms are now available along with lots of other helpful information. We had 48 boats at an open meeting recently so all the signs are this will be the biggest Nationals so far for the class; make sure you will be part of it. Please help the organisers by getting your entry in ASAP; any questions please ask ... read more >>>>

MUSTO Skiff Camp (Germany) 2018 Being invited to Germany's hot spots: A perfect  sailing destination combined with a premium campsite is waiting for you, protected from Travemünde`s party around you. Just a few days before the German Open in Warnemünde, from the 30th of June to the 2nd of July, we will take care of magnificent  conditions  for practice and and a lot of fun – on the water and off. Your contribution will be  119,99€ including barbecue and dinner, campground Read more >>>

Hot of the press: The MUSTO Skiff GBR Nationals 2019 will be hosted by Largs Sailing Club from Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 September 2019. Largs is about as beautiful as it comes with sailing taking place on the Largs championship course on the Firth of Clyde, West Coast of Scotland. The 2018 Scottish Skiff Nationals will be taking place at Largs on 19/20 May this year if you want to get some early homework in! Jono Shelley is happy to answer any questions. Full details to follow in due course. Get it in your diary! 

MUSTO Skiff 2018 Stokes Bay Open - 21-22 April 2018.
48 Mustos Skiffs and 7 Lionel Richie sculptures at Stokes Bay Open
The Stokes Bay Open saw a record entry of 48 MUSTO Skiffs, which is the biggest open meeting for the class to date. With a large local fleet from Stokes Bay (20 boats), the entry numbers have been Climbing rapidly over the last few years at this popular open meeting. The fleet looked out over a Still, foggy Solent and were kept on shore until the visibility improved and the wind increased. Read and hear more >>>

MUSTO SKIFF NED EUROCUP 2018 Worlds three day test event and Dutch Eurocup from 8 to 10 June 2018, Medemblik. The Mustoskiff 2018 test event for the coming worlds is hosted by Hollandia at regattatcenter Medemblik. It is a three day event from friday june 8 thru sunday june 10. This event will give all next years competitors the opportunity to experience the Medemblik venue. The IJsselmeer is the largest lake of the Netherlands and the prevailing southwesterly winds assure flat water sailing…. for most of the time. In winds ranging from north to south-east the IJsselmeer wil give you a bumpy ride with steep short waves if over 15 knots of breeze. Those who have been racing at Medemblik will probably know. It wil give anyone who wants to come a good opportunity to experience the 2019 worlds venue in Medemblik
Read more and make your entry >>>

MUSTO Skiffs at the Windward / Leeward Daffodil Regatta Ullswater Yacht Club - 14-15 April 2018.
Gillard brings his own ladder A strong fleet of 12 MUSTO Skiffs gathered at Ullswater Yacht Club for Round 1 of the Scottish Skiff Series. The fleet included Tom Gillard multiple class champion, Ian Trotter regular MUSTO Skiff winner and Jamie Hilton fresh from a podium place at the recent MUSTO Skiff worlds in Australia. A special shout to Phil Devonport from Bass who turned up to race with very few miles on his ‘MUSTO clock’ and showed good promise in very tricky conditions. Read more >>>

MUSTO SKIFF FRA EUROCUP 2018 at the France Open Skiff regatta Three day of racing at the France Open Skiff regatta with 44 competitor from six different country. The first day, two races with a wind blowing from 6 to 8 khots. Great performance from MUSTO Skiff sailor Pierre-Yves Pfirter who came second and third these day. The second day, the wind was blowing from 8 to 20. We manage to do race four races. The first race was the one the must heavier wind. We have seen lot boats capsize some minor breakage for some boats. Read more >>>

MUSTO Skiff Training at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club coaching with Ian Turnbull

Noble Marine Insurance sponsored GBR class coaching

- 30th March - Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club coaching with Ian Turnbull & organised by Ian Escritt

Yorkshire Dales was the venue for the MUSTO Skiff fleet training on Easter Friday. Ian Turnbull was invited to take on the roll of coaching the fastest growing fleet in the north, who now have 8 regularly sailed boats. Read more and see the video >>>

MUSTO Skiff 2018 Rutland Open - 24-25 March 2018.
Having just held a world championships in Australia 2 continers full of MUSTOs were delayed and still in transit so on the 24th of March a reduced fleet of 16 eager MUSTO skiff sailors met at Rutland sailing club, full of optimism and enthusiasm for the first event of the year. Unfortunately for them, the weather gods were not feeling as enthusiastic and the sailors were greeted with a becalmed mirror like pond. Read more >>>

Learning to sail a MUSTO Skiff on a limb ... Article by Peter Doherty (IRL) The Irish ‘skiff scene’ has always been something of a misnomer. No club in the country could claim to have anything resembling a skiff fleet. Although they can sometimes be seen honing their skills on local waters, for the most part, the Irish 49er squaddies ply their trade in the Olympic sphere. As a result, there has been no ‘trickle-down’ effect to weekend-warrior level. Read more >>>

RYA Dinghy Show 2018 report Following what can only be described as some interesting weather in the week before the show, there was some trepidation by organisers and their stands as to the turnout for this annual show. But all concern disappeared as queues of people appeared at the doors of Alexandra Palace early on Saturday morning. Thanks to all those who volunteered their time to help man the stand on Saturday and Sunday and it was great to see friends from as far afield as Russia, USA, Australia, Italy and Norway. Finally, I'd like to thank the hard work put in by Ovington Boats in supporting the class and getting the equipment from a very snowy Newcastle to an equally snowy North London. The RYA Dinghy Show continues to be a fantastic way to meet up with old and new friends and to see the show boat going away to a new member of the class shows the continued enthusiasm in which the class is received by show goers and class members.

ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018
Equipment Inspection Report

At the end of each World Championship the International Class Association receives a report from the event Measurer.
We should all be proud that all of the officials, jurors and measurers have been extremely complementary about the attitude and conduct of the class sailors and managers: Read the full report >>>

New Boats Update
Class builder Ovington Boats have a strong order book and all current stock boats have been sold. The next scheduled build for a batch of MUSTO Skiffs is scheduled for early August and Ovington are currently taking deposits against the build slots. If you want a new boat in the August production run please contact Nathan Batchelor at Ovington Boats ASAP. e. 0191 2576011

The MUSTO Skiff Learning Curve; this item was written by Dan Vincent some years ago; now he has rejoined the fleet perhaps he can benefit from re-reading his own words.
First published by Yachts and yachting in October 2007
There can be very few people who step in a MUSTO Skiff , or any other singlehanded skiff, for the first time and find it easy. High performance dinghies are designed for speed and tend towards the unstable and overpowered corner of the dinghy design envelope. They are not easy. In order to race them or to even to really enjoy them most people will have first have to learn how to sail them. As long as new owners realise this and manage their expectations accordingly then learning to sail them will be a fantastically rewarding experience. Read more >>>>

Tuning Guide update by 2018 World Champion It has always been the culture of the class for the front runners to be open and help the chasing pack as much as possible. It is great to see new world champions, Jon Newman (AUS) and runner up Will Philips (AUS), continuing to uphold this tradition with full disclosure of their rig set ups. As can be seen there is no freakish settings to make you win as their set up is similar to those who have gone before ... looks like it is still a matter of practice, talent and fitness to win ... these factors are less easy to copy but at least it is simple of get your boat set up like a champion; now the hard part ... to sail like a champion. See the figures >>>>

Noble Marine Insurance sponsored GBR class coaching Please keep an eye on the events calendar and GBR Facebook for more information. Please book with the coach or event organiser as spaces are limited on a first come basis. A huge shout out to Noble Marine Insurance for their continued annual support of the GBR fleet.

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ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018 -
Final Day


Four races on a windy final day of the ACO MUSTO Skiff World Championship held the potential for all kinds of place changing, but Jon Newman kept his nerve to win a second world title in this demanding singlehander.

With the breeze gusting up to 25 knots off the Blairgowrie shore, but also shifting through as much as 30 degrees, it was a far from straightforward race course. Blasting out to a corner was rarely the best answer, unless you wanted to minimise manoeuvres. Playing the shifts and gusts was the best way to do it, provided you had the skills to make it work. Read more >>>

ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018 - Day 5


The race was on to get the ACO MUSTO Skiff World Championship back on schedule with the prospect of four races today.

The international fleet headed out on to the water expecting a windy day, and at times it was. But the breeze was very shifty and pulsing with every dark cloud that came over the top of the fleet. In race one it was medium airs, full-stretch sailing up the first leg but as the leaders reached the first windward mark the breeze kicked up a few knots and it was a wild and hairy ride back to the bottom gate. Then the breeze dropped really soft and patchy for the second windward leg. Read more >>>

ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018 -
Day 4 - Lay Day


Weather forecasts suggest the final two days of the ACO MUSTO Skiff World Championship could be windy in Blairgowrie, Australia. What effect that has on the outcome of the regatta, we’ll have to wait and see.  At the moment the local sailors are in control of the top of the leaderboard, with the fight for the world title shaping up to be a duel between 2014 World Champion Jon Newman and 49er supremo Will Phillips who has won two heats and is only two points off Newman’s lead. Any more breeze won’t concern these two supreme boat handlers, who will relish the chance to show what they can do with these challenging boats even in the most challenging of conditions. Read more and see and interview with class ever present Tim Chapman (GBR) >>>

ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018 - Day 3


It was a long wait for the thermal breezes to settle their differences, but three more races took place in the late afternoon of day three of the ACO MUSTO Skiff World Championship in Blairgowrie, Australia. 

In the first race of the afternoon, Switzerland’s Alexander Greil sailed out of his skin to win the race after a tense battle on the final downwind leg against a pack of fast-approaching Aussies. Paul Newman took second with Blairgowrie member Wayne Bates coming in third across the line. Greil was ecstatic with his first win in a World Championship. “I managed to get a good start, sail the right way up the course, tacked on the layline in the right place, and it all worked for me. It feels easy, but of course it’s not easy to do all the time! But yes, I’m really happy to have got my first win at a Worlds.” Read more >>>

ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018 - Day 2


They had to wait a day for the wind to settle, but the competitors enjoyed a fantastic day’s racing on day two of the ACO MUSTO Skiff World Championship in Blairgowrie, Australia. 

It was blowing 14 to 15 knots at the start of race one, and Britain’s Andy Rice did his customary port-tack start from the pin end across the top of the fleet and out to the favoured right-hand side of the course close to the shore. However Richie Robertson from Australia is famed for his big-breeze speed and by the top mark had closed the gap to Rice by two boatlengths. Rice bore away, let out too much mainsheet, and the boat tipped in to windward, leaving the way clear for Robertson to cruise to a clear win. Another Brit, Dave Annan, was holding second for a good chunk of the race, but just missed out on the finish line to the fast-closing Thor Schoenhoff from Australia who took second place. Read more >>>

ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018 - Day 1

Big Breeze forces Big Boys into Baby Boats

Winds gusting up to 30 knots meant no racing for day one of the ACO MUSTO Skiff World Championship in Blairgowrie, Australia. At least, not grown-up racing.

The fleet of international sailors was suited and booted and just beginning to hoist mainsails when the postponement flag went up. Local competitor Richie Robertson is famed for his big breeze prowess but even he felt it was the right decision to hold off on launching into the white horses. “It’s full on out there, we’ve got lots of days ahead of us to get this championship done, so it’s the right call.” Read more >>>

ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff AUS National Championship 2018 - Day 2

Uncle Bob KO’s Tyson to win the Aussie Nationals 

Arthur Brett steered Uncle Bob just ahead of Jamie Hilton’s Tyson at the finish of the final race to win the ACO MUSTO Skiff Australian Championship by a hair’s breadth. The two contenders probably didn’t even know they were in a fight for the title, but Brett found a gust from heaven on the final run of snakes and ladders, and it was enough to carry the Australian past the Scotsman who had fallen out of the best of the breeze. Brett surged across the line just a boatlength ahead of his rival, narrowly averting the embarrassment of a Pom winning the Aussie Nationals. Read more >>>

2018 WorldsACO 9th MUSTO Skiff AUS National Championship 2018 - Day 1

Melbourne’s Morris motors into an early MUSTO lead 

Brett Morris shocked even himself by winning the opening race of the ACO MUSTO Skiff Australian Championship on an extremely hot and sunny Saturday afternoon at Blairgowrie.

It’s only Morris’s second season in this tricky singlehanded skiff, but some recent secret Tuesday afternoon training sessions at his home club of Port Melbourne paid off today. “I tried to stay in the pressure and it seemed to work,” smiled Morris as he came ashore from a light airs race in hot northerly winds. “I can’t quite believe it, it just all seemed to come together.”
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