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Sailor Profile: Rick Perkins. 2007 UK National Champion Bookmark and Share

Here is a Q&A that was completed by MUSTO Skiff UK National Champion Rick Perkins.

What got you into the MUSTO Skiff class?
I had returned to the UK in 2002 after a year overseas and the MUSTO Skiff was starting to take off and there was the start of a fleet at Whitstable so it seemed like a good choice as my crew (and wife) Sarah was busy studying so I was after a single hander.

What have you sailed previously?
Toppers, 420, 470, Fireball, I14, RS200, 29er, RS800 & N12

How old, tall and heavy are you? (note:completed in 2010)
43, 180cm, 73kg (in 2007 I was 83kgs)

How much training did you do in the MUSTO Skiff in the year prior to the nationals win?
I did a lot of gym work to increase my strength, fitness & weight; I put on 10kgs in the gym. On the water I was sailing quite a lot; probably 3 times a week.

Did you do any specific training exercises to improve your boatspeed & handling?

Lots of starting practice; I became very good at holding station on a bouy. Lots of boat on boat practice with the other guys at the club and I went to pretty much every open in the South finishing 2nd in every event in 2007 prior to the nationals ... I knew who the man to beat was ... just in case there was any doubt.

What were your rig settings (Rake, tensions (shroud & lowers) spreaders (length & deflection))?

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What did it feel like to lift the trophy at the prize giving?
Great; my target was a top 3 having finished 2 x 4th & 3 x 5th in previous Nats & Worlds.

Do you have any sponsors?
Harken help me out with deckgear & clothes. I also get my hands on some McLube which is great for making the sail go up the track easier; I also put it on the bowsprite

What other hobbies do you have?
Cycling plus the usual social stuff

Are you married / have any kids?
I am married to Sarah. No kids.

What is your favourite band/music?
A wide range; I like Northen Soul, Ska, The Jam & many of the 80's Brit Pop groups especially Oasis

What's your favourite food?
Anything cooked by Sarah :-)

What is your day job?
I run a marketing agency
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Other sailor Profiles

Daniel Henderson 2011 World Champion

Richard Stenhouse Multiple Champion

Bruce Keen. 2010 UK National Champion

Rick Perkins. 2007 UK National Champion

Ian Trotter. 2005 UK National Champion

Kev Anderson. 2004 UK National Champion

Gabriel Wicke. 2002 European Champion

Chips Howarth 2001 European Champion


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