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Update on current plans for the testing and development of a new rig Following the class skippers meeting at Carnac the class secretary has had a number of people ask him to update them on what is happening, so we felt it would be worth posting here so everyone can read. The discussion needs to be looked at under three separate titles. At this point it is worth re-stating what Chris Turner, MD of Ovington Boats, said at the meeting. This process will be controlled by the class association and its members. The builder is happy to explore options for the class and develop these at the builders cost but the final decision on which options are selected, including staying with the existing rig will be in the hands of the members. Read more >>>
GJW Direct Sailjuice Winter Series - The Musto Skiff Winter Championships The Musto Skiff class has been a regular supporter of the GJW Direct Sailijuice winter series and we are very excited to announce that the class will be joining other classes by holding a winter championships in conjunction with the well established series.
Any three of the seven race series will count for the Musto Skiff Winter Championships. To keep things close up to the final event, scoring will be based on finishing positions of Musto Skiffs with other classes' results removed from the scoring. Tiebreaks will be decided by whichever of the tied Musto Skiffs finishes higher in the overall rankings of the GJW Direct Sailjuice Winter Series. To enter, please visit the official event site www.sailjuiceseries.com
Walensee Regatta Eeport 24-25 Sep :: SUI
24-25 Sept was the second installment of the SwissCup at Walensee, SE of Zurich it enjoys thermal breeze.
The events attracted 14 Musto sailors from Switzerland and Germany plus great local hospitality by Nic.
The thermal breeze kicked-in a bit late and racing got underway in force 2-4. Frithjof took the lead on the first day with three bullets, Bernd Jahn always well placed and Simon Kerscher sailing fast took a win each. Tactics were a mixed bag, the left side of the course failed to pay as usual so sailors worked their way up the cliffs to the right. The fleet finished 5 races, just as the breeze dropped away during the 5th.
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Dutch Eurocup / Open Dutch Skiff Trophy 2016 With 2 regular Dutch Musto sailors on paternal duty due to new additions to the family there were 9 Mustos ready to go for the Dutch Eurocup on 8/9 October at Jachthaven Bruinisse. We welcomed visitors from Germany (Jan Busch) and Belgium (Nicholas Gueuning) and Harmon de Lange (yes he is very tall) in 457 as the newest member to the Dutch fleet. Read more >>>
Ovington Inlands : GBR Alpha Course (49er, 49erFX, 505 & Musto Skiff) – A maximum of four back to back races are scheduled
for Saturday with the first race start not before 1130. Three back to back races are scheduled for Sunday
with the first race start not before 1030.
Course Alpha - 49er, 49er FX, 505 & Musto Skiff at 1010. briefing NOR and Entry Details >>>> add you comments to the Forum discussions >>> All pre-entries made online will receive free a free t-shirt at registration on the Saturday morning. Further details and entry can be made via this page >>>
MUSTO SKIFF AUT EUROCUP 2016 : Union Yacht Club Attersee On 8th and 9th October 2016 the EuroCup of Musto Skiff took place at Union Yacht Club Attersee in Austria.
On a rainy and cold Saturday four exciting races could be sailed. The weather cleared up on Sunday and with a nice breeze from the south 3 more races were sailed till the wind disappeared. Read more >>>
class officers International Committee Elections: The existing committee members are willing to re-stand for election on the on-line survey. If any member wishes to stand against the existing committee member please could they forward their details to the class secretary. Read more >>>
EuroCup standings With just the Skiff Benelux results to come in, the 2016 series has been the biggest EuroCup in the classes history!
See the standings >>>
MUSTO Skiff Open 2016 Stone Sailing Club (GBR) 1-2 October. 22 boats attended the Musto Skiff Open Meeting at Stone Sailing Club proving that the post worlds travelling hangover that has afflicted some of the fleet is well and truly over. On arrival the sailors were greeted with barely a ripple on a flat calm Blackwater River but thankfully by the time racing started there was a shifty 7-12 knot South Westerly breeze. Read the full report >>>
German Musto Skiffs successful at Italian Euro-Cup This year’s Italian Euro-Cup September 10-12 enjoyed excellent sailing conditions. Eight German participants joined racing at Dongo, Lake Comer, to compete with sailors from Switzerland, Croatia and, of course, Italy. The fleet counted 20 boats, including the German World and European Champions Andi Lachenschmid and Frithjof Schwerdt. Read more >>>
EuroCup results Following the recent event at Dongo the EuroCup series results have been updated See the results >>>
Musto Skiff UK Series Event Thorpe BayYacht Club 3/4th SeptEight boats traveled to join the 2 local boats for round 7 of the UK Series. The fleet launched into a fresh 14-18kt SW with sunshine and enjoyed 4 quick fire races alongside Southend-on-Sea pier. Race 1 and Andy "Turbo" Tarboton led round the windward mark but came a cropper on the first gybe handing the lead to Dan Dixon. Ben Schooling chased hard but Dixon held off to finish with Andrew Gould taking 3rd. Race two and Dixon led around the windward mark from Tarboton and Serega Samus. Dixon showed great pace and held off the chasing pack for another bullet with Tarboton 2nd and Webber 3rd. The race officer lengthened the course for races 3 and 4 which allowed the fleet to stretch their legs after two 25 minute gut-busters.Read more >>>
MUSTO SKIFF NOR EUROCUP 2016 : Kristiansand On August 27-28, the Musto Skiff Eurocup once again plowed Norwegian
waters, and again (and as always!) enjoyed fine sailing conditions on
Efficient stewardship was provided by the Christianssands
Seilforening committee boat, smoothly interleaving Musto, Melges, and
Feva races. Report >>>
EuroCup results The Norwegian EuroCup was held over the weekend of 27th – 28th August in Kristiansand together with a fleet of Melges 24 and RS Feva’s, so a pretty wide range of boats within those three classes! The Italian EuroCup is the next round at Dongo on the stunning Lake Como over the weekend of 10th – 12th September, which hopefully will attract a good contingent of Swiss sailors to race with the Italians along with our first class member from Croatia who is planning to compete, so good luck to all! See the results >>>
HARKEN 2016 MUSTO Skiff GBR Nationals: (Largo Bay Sailing Club)
Thursday 11th August 2016 to Sunday 14th August 2016 It's great to be back in Scotland once again, with a warm welcome from Largo Bay Sailing Club. Race 1 got away after a general recall, with the leaders coming in from the right including Dan Kilsby, Dan Trotter and Alex Knight.
The breeze was stable in direction and around 12-15knots but with gusts up to 20knots which allowed for changes throughout the fleet downwind.
Dan Trotter pulled through to take the win from Knight and Kilsby in 3rd. Read the full report >>>
German Open 2016, Travemünder Woche This year’s Travemünder Woche was the highlight of the German Musto Skiff racing calendar. Four days of racing did not only count for the leaderboard, but also as German Open, final event of the German Circuit and German EuroCup. Nobody looking for some points for national or international rankings or even to become this year’s champion would miss out. 31 Musto Skiffs from all over Europe attended, from north to south, from Norway to Spain.
Read the full report >>>
EuroCup results after Travemünder Woche Frithjof has continued his dominant performance from Kieler Woche to Travemünder Woche taking a comfortable overall win in the 31 boat fleet. However, the results are not always the whole story, as if you watched the SAP analytics footage you could see that he was chased hard by Paul, Alex, Iver and Alastair. It was also great to see some newcomers to the EuroCup series enjoying the racing and social activities, which has increased the number of people competing in the series to 108.
The EuroCup moves on to Largo Bay in Scotland for the UK National Championships, currently with an entry of 46 boats, the class are hoping to break the 50 boat number! See the results >>>
HARKEN 2016 MUSTO Skiff GBR Nationals Currently we have 46 boats entered for the GBR National Championships; the team at Largo Bay are all organised to host a fantastic championships; there is still time to get your entry in and we are also offering a "Weekend Warrior" rate for those unable to attend the full 4 days of racing. All the details can be found here; it would be great to see a few more faces at the regatta and it would be good to get over the magic 50 boats ... so if you have not done so already enter here >>>
Ovington 40th Regatta Ovington Boats, the world class high performance boat builders, in association with Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club invite all members of the Musto Skiff class to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ovington Boats at their regatta from Friday 26th - Sunday 28th August.
Bring your boat to this beautiful part of the country and join in with what promises to be great racing and a fantastic social including a live band on Friday night. The regatta Notice of Race can be found here... You can enter on-line here ...
MUSTO Skiff Open 16/17th July 2016 Felpham Sailing Club (GBR)
The Musto Skiff’s arrived at Felpham Sailing Club for the 4th leg of the UK series. 12 boats travelled to join local lad Luke Mapley who borrowed the demo boat which Mark Cooper kindly delivered. The 12 who travelled were blessed with champagne conditions – Bruce Keen was quoted after racing on Saturday; “Easily the best day on the water this season!” Read more >>>
HARKEN 2016 MUSTO Skiff GBR Nationals - Late Entry Deadline
The early entry discount expires on the 23rd June. Please get your entries in ASAP. Enter here >>>
Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron overview The club will be hosting the 9th World Championships in January 2018. Take a look at the sailing area below
and for more information on the clubs facilities, please take a look at the clubs website http://www.bys.asn.au Richie and his team will be producing more information including shipping packages and accommodation.
Noble Marine Insurance sponsored MUSTO Skiffs Training at Dalgety Bay 18-19 June 2016 (GBR)
With the support of Noble Marine Insurance the Scottish Musto Skiff fleet continued its training tour of northern clubs.
This was the second event after a cold April weekend at Loch Lomond. Like LLSC Dalgety Bay gave a warm welcome to Duncan Hepplewhite of http://sailingfast.co.uk/ who provided coaching and video analysis for the weekend. Read more >>>
Lachenschmid leads the EuroCup Andi Lachenschmid is not only the new ACO Musto Skiff World Champion, but he has also taken over the lead in the hotly contested EuroCup series. There are currently 4 nations represented in the top 5, with Ben Schooling (GBR) in 2nd and Nicolas Duchoud(SUI) in 3rd. 92 boats have so far taken part in at least one of the 6 events completed, with 7 more events to be raced.
See the results
Musto Skiff Scottish Championships -6th/7th of August 2016 – Chanonry Sailing Club, Fortrose Come join our home fleet of Musto Skiffs at Chanonry sailing club http://www.chanonry.org.uk/ for our annual regatta and Scottish Skiff Championships (6th/7th of August). This event will be a great opportunity for UK nationals warm-up which then kicks-off at Largo Bay SC a few days later on the 10th of August. Read more >>>>
MUSTO SKIFF SUI EUROCUP 2016
Venue : Morges Date: 30 April - 1 May In rainy weather and cold temperatures met to kick off the Swiss Musto season 8 boats in Morges. Guest of honor was Max, the chief of the German Mustos, the boat was put on the water disposal (thanks, Alex) and to the taken care of on land. Read more >>>
ACO 7th MUSTO
Skiff Worlds Yacht Club de Carnac
(Quiberon Bay, FRA)
Andi Lachenschmid (GER) being interviewed by Andy Rice; video by Ian Roman.
Congratulations to Andi Lachenschmid (GER) who is the new ACO Musto Skiff World Champion.
As the final day of the ACO Musto Skiff World Championships dawned there was great anticipation as the wind forecast looked good and the fleet faced the prospect of 3 or 4 races in a good breeze; and sun …
Given the schedule the fleet loaded up with energy drinks, bananas and baguettes and headed out for the first race in 13 knots.
The fleet got away at the first time of asking under the U flag and was all clear. There was an even split during the first leg but at the windward mark the leaders came in from the starboard layline lead by Dave Poston (GBR), Dan Trotter (GBR) and Tom Wright (GBR).
Andi Lachenschmid (GER) consolidates his lead with a 3,3 & 6 in a tough 3 race day.
Day four of the ACO Musto Skiff World Championships dawned with heavy rain and calm sea. The competitors were keen to catch up with the programme but at 11am the weather didn’t want to play so the race officer postponed the start.
The rain continued to fall and with it the hope within the fleet, however at 1:30pm the AP was dropped and the fleet headed out in light winds as the race team started to set up a course.
The first start got away after three attempts in 9 knots of breeze; at the first mark Daniel Trotter (GBR) lead from Jono Shelley (GBR) and Andy Tarboton (RSA); the leading pack headed off to the right of the run with the breeze promptly building to 18 knots … this lead to some of the leaders over standing the gate causing a change in the pack; there were also a couple of capsizes in the leading group as the over stand caused a bit of panic amongst the pack. The breeze held up for the remaining lap and the boats really enjoyed Read more >>>
Worlds Day 3
No racing possible today due to no wind. Andy Rice (competitor and sailing correspondent) finds himself on a busmans holiday interviewing Wayne Bates from Australia. Interview >>>
Day 2 at the ACO Musto Skiff World Championships dawned with little wind and plenty of sun. This lead to a postponement by the race team which allowed the class to host a skippers meeting.
Justo Martinez (ESP) gave a presentation to the fleet detailing the next Worlds to be held in Palma; followed by Wayne Bates (AUS) who talked through the plans for the 2018 Worlds to be held in Blairgowrie; Australia. The fleet then went through a few minor technical details with class builder Chris Turner from Ovington Boats who is present to support the regatta.
Day 1 of the World Championships started with a 10am briefing and a postponement to allow the breeze to build and settle.
Whilst the postponement was in place the fleet took advantage of the International Jury as Chris Watts and his team held a Q&A session to review and discuss the key rules and situations that are often seen on the race course with Musto Skiffs. It was great to see the IJ interacting with the fleet outside of the committee room and the sailors were keen to understand better how the IJ would interpret various situations.. Read more >>>
Pre-worlds Day 2
Day 2 of the Pre-worlds started well before the race time with a training briefing for the worlds first timers with coach Rus Clark who's precense at the regatta has been sponsored by ACO.
Russ opened the briefing with his class and pretty soon about half the fleet had joined in sharing tips and hints with former World Champions Richard Stenhouse and Dan Henderson sharing their expertise with the fleet. Read more >>>
ACO 7th MUSTO
Skiff Worlds Yacht Club de Carnac
(Quiberon Bay, FRA)
Pre-worlds Day 1
Dan Henderson (GBR) makes his intentions clear with 2 bullets on day 1 of the pre-worlds.
Following a short postponement Jérome Nutte the event principal race officer sent the fleet out onto the Bay of Quiberon for races 1 and 2 of the ACO Musto Skiff Pre-World Championships. Conditions were light with just enough wind to wire at times.
The team at Yacht Club de Carnac, the host club, were very efficient at setting the course and after two general recalls race 1 got away under a black flag. Daniel Henderson (GBR) started at the pin end and headed left and rounded the windward mark in the lead from Mike Palfreman (GBR) and and group including Ben Schooling, Alex Knight and current World Champion Bruce Kean. Read more >>>
Kieler Woche Musto Skiff - early entry closing 1st of June / beds still available. We are now up to 14 registered boats for the regatta and 5 further pending (as they have registered for accommodation). Please note that the early entry closes on 1st of June, its 55Euros extra after that!There are still beds available at ACO, so please get in touch if you need one.
Details here >>>
Carnac Worlds : Late entries will be accepted subject to a 30% surcharge from 26th May 2016 Don't leave it too late; please get your entries in on time ... Details >>>
After the 3 events the UK Series is tight at the top! With predominantly light wind events so far this season it's a battle of the lightweights with Ben Schooling narrowly leading from Mike Palfreman both posting consistent top 5 results. Fleet newcomer Andy Tarboten fresh from his win at Datchet rounds out the top 3. The fleet is in great shape this year with 40 boats so far competing, an average entry of 26 boats and 8 new or returning faces on the circuit. The focus is now firmly on the Worlds in Carnac and the UK Series picks up again in mid July at Felpham. See the results >>>
MUSTO Skiff at the Scottish Skiff Ullswater Open 14-15th May (GBR) The first Scottish Skiff event of the year was held at Ullswater on the weekend of the 14-15th of May. Around 10-12 boats arrived from the North of England and Scotland with the furthest travelled coming from Aberdeen in Jono Shelley. The fleet were greeted with a light and patchy breeze for the island race resulting in marathon and not a sprint of a race with some snakes and ladders thrown in. Read more >>>
MUSTO Skiff Open Datchet Water Sailing Club 14-15 May 2016 (GBR)
23 Musto Skiffs were met by glorious sunshine as we congregated at Datchet Water Sailing Club for the third round of the UK Circuit. With the world championships in just three weeks the sailors were keen to hone their racing skills! Six fun races were held in 3 – 15 knots of wind with some very entertaining shifts. It was quite common to see two boats within a few boat lengths of each other going the same direction - but on opposite tacks! This made consistency and keeping a cool head the name of the game; it was never over until the line! Read more >>>
2016 EuroCup update After 4 rounds of the 2016 EuroCup season there is a big spread of nationalities in the top 10, with Swiss sailor Nicolas Duchoud leading the way from a group of UK, German and Spanish. The next event will be in Belgium followed shortly after by the World Championships in Carnac. See the results>>>
Pre-worlds Coaching by Russ Clark We are please to advise we have booked highly experienced coach Russ Clark (GBR) to provide coaching during the pre-worlds.This coaching will be targetted to the sailors who are first timers at a world champoionships and those who typically finish towards the back of the fleet.If you wish to participate in the coaching programme you need to:
MUSTO Skiff Training at Stokes Bay (GBR) 2016 sponsored by Noble
Coaching went well yesterday at Stokes, great conditions until the 29kt squall pitched up! 15 boats out, 10 locals and 5 who traveled. Stokes Bay Coaching Sat 30th Apr: 5 boats traveled to join the 10 locals for the Noble Marine Sponsored Musto Skiff Coaching at Stokes Bay with Ben Schooling ably assisted by Mike Palfreman. The forecast was for a light NE but the fleet were met by a more steady 8kt Westerly which built through the morning. Read more >>>
Musto Skiff German Open 2016 End of July the Musto Skiffs will celebrate the climax of the German racing season – the German Open 2016 at Travemunder Woche. The event, which besides the German Open also counts as Eurocup and part of the German Racing Circuit, expects 35-40 skiffs, among them the best of the European community and the majority of the German fleet. Read more >>>
Mast Update 20/04/2016 This update is to advise owners on the current thinking with regards to the mast. As you all know Ovington Boats, working hand-in-hand with the association are always looking to improve and develop the boat to maintain the MUSTO Skiffs position as the most accessible high-performance dinghy with a low cost of ownership.
Read more >>>
GBR EuroCup Leg
1 Stokes Bay Sailing Club 2016
Shared with the 4000’s, RS800’s and B14’s 32 Musto Skiffs boats entered the Stokes Bay open making a fantastic total of almost 80 boats across all four fleets. It was difficult to put your finger on what the conditions were exactly on Saturday but it was something along the lines of a shifty North Westerly 5-12 knots offshore. Read more >>>
MUSTO Skiff Training - Stokes Bay Sat 30th There will be coaching taking place at Stokes Bay on Sat 30th April. This will be co-ordinated by Ben Schooling but will be an open forum style session to share ideas. The format will be two on the water sessions on Sat to focus on starting, boat handling and race management in the run up to the Worlds. Sunday we will be to join in with club racing with a further afternoon session if we have the energy! This is open to all and we can tailor the session based on numbers/forecast/ability. Cost will be £10 per head (non-members of SBSC will have to also pay a day sailing fee of £5 per day) to cover the RIB hire. Please can you confirm if you intend to join by posting on the forum >>>
MUSTO SKIFF ESP EUROCUP 2016
Club Náutico El Arenal 9 Mustos from Mallorca, mainland and Germany arrive to club Nautico Arenalon 16-17 weekend with a spring temperature (25C), sun and sea breeze. It was clearly going to be a tough battle between Sergio Gonzalez, Justo Martibez and Andi Lachenschimid in a thypical "Embat" conditions (sea breeze from SW) Read more >>>
MUSTO Skiff Open Rutland Sailing Club 2nd – 3rd April 2016 (GBR)
The 1st of the UK MUSTO Skiff Series took place at Rutland water on the weekend of the 2-3rd of April. 22 eager MUSTO Skiffs attended the 1st of what will promise to be a thrilling. The event ran alongside the B14, Cherub and RS700 Open. The MUSTO class opted to ask the only 2 RS700’s if they wanted to sail on the same course to speed the race turn around up and for some friendly racing. Sailors were greeted with a 6-12 knot shifty race course with the MUSTO’s and 700’s competing on the windward leeward race course while the B14’s and Cherub’s were on the outer loop Read the full report >>>
France Eurocup #1 Lac Du Der Eight MUSTO’s from 4 Nations arrived at Lac du Der in France over Easter for the first round of the 2016 MUSTO Skiff Eurocup. The event forms part of the Breizhskiff European Series made up of 10 events and so there were 40 other boats on the race course from RS100’s to 49ers.Full report >>>
Noble Marine UK MUSTO Skiff Coaching Series 2016 (GBR)
The U.K. MUSTO Skiff class in association with Noble Marine Insurance are very pleased to announce this years coaching programme.
We look forward to seeing new and old faces alike, with the coaching concentrating on improving existing skills but also supporting new and less experienced sailors in getting the most out of their skiffs. See more >>>
MUSTO and Ovington Boats have signed a renewed contract securing MUSTO as the title sponsor of the class for the next 5 years. The MUSTO Skiff Class Association (MSCA) are delighted to announce MUSTO have renewed their title sponsorship of the class for the next 5 years. MUSTO have been the title sponsor from the very birth of the class when Nigel MUSTO spotted the prototype boat designed by Dr Joachim Happrecht that was displayed at the Hamburg Boat Show back in 1999.Read more >>>
MUSTO Skiffs Portsmouth Yardstick cut 3 points to 847
At the 2016 Dinghy Show the RYA announced a further 3 point cut to the MUSTO Skiff PY and the number is now 847.Read more >>>
Heinz Wyss has created this supurb model of a MUSTO Skiff.
Take a look at these photos of this supurb model create by Hene of his MUSTO Skiff ... incredible details ....See more photos >>>
Update and accomodation offer for Kiel WeekKieler Woche is approaching and to help your planning our class sponsor ACO has put together a great accomodation offer. Our class sponsor ACO has put together a great accomodation offer There is free accommodation available for all sailors on a first come/first serve basis. There is a total of 10 rooms available (some of which are double). Please get in contact with Iver Ahlmann for booking (firstname.lastname@example.org). This accommodation is part of the ACO campus in Büdelsdorf and is 30miles/35min away from the Kiel harbour. Read more and book your free space >>>
MUSTO Skiff at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2016 The class had a very busy show, especially Saturday where at times the stand was packed with visitors ability being assisted by class volunteers.
It was especially good to see Iver, Max and Hannes from Germany and I know Max and Hannes were very impressed with the show having not visited previously.
The new demo boat has now been taken to Datchet and will be available for sails going forward, so if you are interested in the class, please drop Paul Manning a line to arrange. It's that time of year when the used boats start to get snapped up, 2 UK boats went over the weekend alone, and new boats are being built by Ovington for orders and stock, with 4 or 5 boats looking to join the UK fleet this spring already.
Th first EuroCup event at Lac du Der is at the end of the month, followed by the traditional first UK open at Rutland at the beginning of April, so it's time to dust off your sailing gear and check your kit over!
I wish you all an enjoyable and successful sailing season and hope to catch up soon.
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