International Committee Elections: All the existing committee are willing to re-stand for election on the on-line survey. However, if any member wishes to stand against the existing committee member please could they forward their details to the class secretary. The International Committee also has a vacancy in the role of Vice Chairman and we’d welcome proposals to fill this position. Contact the committee >>>
Mast track update from the technical committee Following on from the Riva World Championship skippers meeting, the class technical committee have agreed with Chris Turner for Ovington Boats to trial an existing mast with a 49er luff track. Ovington Boats will remove the track from an existing mast and fit the new track; this mast will then be trialled locally to them over a period of time to see how it performs. Input from Duncan Hepplewhite of Ovington Boats during the skippers briefing suggested that the 49er track is more durable than the current supplied and we feel this step is necessary to understand what may be causing the continued failures and whether a change in track resolves the problem long-term. The technical committee will report back to the class in the New Year.
2015 Class Survey We have started work on the annual class survey which as members or interested parties is your way of having a say in the class. If you have any questions you would like including in the 2015 survey, please can I ask you to contact your national representative >>>
EuroCup standings after round 10 UK class chairman, Ben Schooling, still holds the lead of the 2015 EuroCup series, closely followed by compatriots Alastair Conn and Jono Shelley but a number of top scoring sailors at the World Championships have jumped up the leader board. Recently crowned World Champion, Bruce Keen, is the leading Southern UK sailor in 8th position just behind a group of regular top scoring Swiss and Dutch sailors, Nicolas Duchoud, Roger Oswald, Paul Dijkstra and Alex Greil. See the results >>>
Worlds Drone Footage
Here are all the videos from the worlds on one page. Watch now >>>
With the memories of Riva fading quickly you may think that is it for the 2015 season - but you'd be wrong! There are still 2 events left on the UK circuit the next one only a few weeks away at the excellent venue Castle Cove in Weymouth. The Ovington Inlands are then in mid November at Grafham. The UK series is all to play for with 12 sailors still in with a chance of winning the 2015 circuit. Ben Schooling still leads but Dave Poston has closed the gap after a podium position at the Datchet open and Jono Shelley has moved into 4th after winning the Scottish open at Channonry behind Dan Kilsby in 3rd. I look forward to seeing you at the remaining events to round off a fantastic season. See the results >>>
ACO 6th Musto
Performance Skiff Worlds at Fraglia Vela Riva (Lake
19th September 2015 :: Worlds Day 5
The final day of the ACO 6th Musto Performance Skiff World Championships dawned with the sun shining and great expectations from the competitors that the thermal south wind would kick in to give a grandstand finish to the event. However, the wind gods of Garda had other ideas and regardless of the heat the north wind continued to prevail. After a short delay Race 10 was started in 7 knots of north breeze. Former World Champion Richard Stenhouse pulled off a text book port end start crossing the fleet and leading the fleet to the left.
Opinions were split on the beat as to the best strategy but as the sun continued to shine the north wind shut down and the race team abandoned the race; special mention to John Reekie (GBR) who was leading at the time. Read more and see the video >>>
18th September 2015 :: Worlds Day 4
Sailors at the ACO 6th Musto Performance Skiff World Championships shook off the puddles in their covers from the storms of the lay day as the sun arrived and dried out the previous day’s rain.
Almost to order the sun heated up the North Mountains creating the south wind allowing the sailors an easy sail to the start line.
Although the south wind had arrived the strength stabilised around the 13 – 14 knot with gusts rolling down the lake creating many opportunities for place changing. Read more >>>
17th September 2015 :: Lay Day
As the racing programme is on shedule today is was a layday here in Riva. This means that the Gala dinner was thoroughly enjoyed by the sailors and their guests and the party continued long into the small hours. Musto Skiff sailors chose a range of relaxation activities on the lay day; some opted for further adrenaline fueled activities such as downhill mounting biking, paragliding and via ferrata outings; whilst others enjoyed day tripping around the lake or just simply nursing a hang over. Read more >>>
Event Polo Shirts : 2nd print run
In response to feedback from sailors we are making a second print run of worlds polos.These will be produced ASAP after the event and posted out. Please note that if you have emailed or requested a polo during the event you still need to order one online here.
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16th September 2015 :: Worlds Day 2
Sailors at the ACO 6th Musto Performance Skiff World Championships opened their curtains as the church bells chimed to a view of rain and no wind … it didn’t look good… However only one thing is for certain in Riva and that is the weather can change in a very short time.
Today the sailors enjoyed 3 races held in an 8 to 14 knot northerly breeze.
The reversal of wind direction and the slightly lighter breezes from the first day gave the sailors a new challenge that suited some and no so others. Read more >>>
15th September 2015 :: Worlds Day 1
The ACO 6th Musto Performance Skiff World Championships started today in 12 – 16 knots of southerly wind.
With all measurement completed, thanks to a very efficient measurement team headed by class International Measurer Chris Henderson, the fleet left Riva for a 13:00 start and after a short postponement racing got underway. Following 2 general recalls the fleet got away on the third time of asking with the majority of the heading for the cliffs while some pressed on towards the left on starboard. Read more >>>
13th September 2015 :: Pre-Worlds Day 2
The second day of the Pre-worlds regatta for the ACO 6th Musto Performance Skiff World Championships started today in a light northerly breeze of 6-8 knots.
The fleet were a little sluggish off the shore after the sunny windy races of the previous day as the race track looked a little less inviting.
After a short postponement the fleet started cleanly first time … the fleet split off the start with series leader Richie Robertson (AUS) starting at the committee boat and tacked off to the middle of the lake with a group whilst the bulk of the fleet headed left towards the cliffs. .
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12th September 2015 :: Pre-Worlds Day 1
The first day of the Pre-worlds regatta for the ACO 6th Musto Performance Skiff World Championships started today in classic Garda Ora winds with sunshine and 15-18 knot southerly winds. The fleet launched in light winds under instruction of the race team on the anticipation of the arrival of the famous thermal Garda winds and as the fleet worked its way towards the start line the breeze gradually built to a steady 15 – 18 knots with greater wind pressure to be found towards the cliffs. The fleet got away cleanly on the first start with those with good starts quickly choosing to head towards the right hand side cliffs to pick up the stronger pressure. Read more >>>
11th September 2015 :: Measurement and Registration
The sun is shining, the south wind is blowing and sailors from around the world are gathering at Fraglia Vela Riva (Lake Garda; Italy) for the ACO 6th Musto Performance Skiff World Championships.
Today; sailors are going through the registration and measurement process. The highly efficient team at Fraglia Vela Riva are taking the sailors through the registration and the equipment inspection team are checking the competitor’s boats for compliance. Read more >>>
Musto Skiff Open at Datchet: 29/30 August 2015 : (GBR)
12 plucky Mustos contended the Datchet open with a forecast that barely went above 5 knots, and on arrival even 5 knots was looking optimistic. However after a short delay the breeze came in at 5-8 knots and racing got underway. Looking around and taking the shifts was key - the wind slowly went right, favouring the right side of the course, but this wasn't a guaranteed gain! George Hand rounded the first mark in the lead of Race 1 followed by Stuart Keegan, Serega Samus and Dave Poston. Dave gybe set on the first downwind to come out in front, but George and Stuart passed him again upwind. Stuart and George fought it out for the lead, place changing several times, with George taking the bullet followed by Stuart and Dave. Read more >>>
Eurocup in good weather in Kristiansand, Norway As a newcomer in Musto Skiff, I had the pleasure of participating in my first event here in Kristiansand 23. – 24. August. Christianssands sailing club (CSF) arranged their Race Weekend. The weather was perfect, warm and sunny. The forecast for wind was good – Saturday about 12 knots and Sunday about 20 knots, both days easterly. In Kristiansand, this means variations in strength and direction – difficult conditions for a newbie like me. Read more >>>
A busy weekend in Norway and Switzerland With two events at opposite ends of Europe this weekend, it is hard to decide which is a more beautiful place to go sailing, Lake Silvaplana just outside St. Moritz in Switzerland or Chritiansand in Norway, but either way I’m sure everyone had an enjoyable time! With 8 events now completed, the UK class chairman, Ben Schooling, holds the overall lead from countryman Alastair Conn and Switzerland’s finest Roger Oswald and Nicolas Duchoud followed by a list of Brit’s, Dutch, Swiss, Norwegian, German, Spanish and Russian sailors filling the top 20. When I add in the entry for Riva, this year will easily beat the previous record for the series and I hope everyone is enjoying the idea of the EuroCup. Looking forward to seeing you all in Riva.
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Musto Skiffs at Travemünder Woche & Grömitz Supercup :: GER Nicolas Duchoud reports on his holidays in Northern Germany My company holidays made me go in the high north-east of Germany this year. The combination of "Grömitz Supercup" and "Travemünde week" lay nicely on my holidays. So I took the long trip of approx. 1000 km on myself. If you go from Switzerland over Bregenz then you are able to spend the remaining distance (99%) on the A7. On the SatNavi stands "in 876 km turn right" then. :o) Arrived at Grömitz I went immediately on the water and it was started after an unnecessary start postponement. After three runs the day’s races has been closed due to too much wind. It is amazing how different the countries are, in Australia we have run out in each case only from 22kn upwards. Read more >>>
Rope Cutting List
: There is now a full update to the rope cutting list from Ovington Boats; we also have a detailed list of Bruce Keen's choices and the old list for refernce. Have a look >>>
Event Polo Shirt - ACO 6th Musto
Performance Skiff Worlds at Fraglia Vela Riva
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Skiff - SCOTTISH SKIFF TRAVELER - MUSTO SKIFF SCOTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS – UK TRAVELER: (GBR) On the weekend of 1st, 2nd August a strong fleet of 15 Musto Skiffs gathered at Channonry Sailing club Fortrose in the North of Scotland for the most northern UK skiff Traveller to date. The event was combined with a Scottish Skiff series event and the Scottish Musto Skiff Championships.
The fleet consisted of a n almost full turnout of the local fleet together with a selection of the top helms from Scotland and a large contingent who made the trip up from the North of England. Read more >>>
Musto Skiff Product
Over the years a number of minor changes
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Norway and Switzerland are next… Following a very enjoyable UK National Championships sailed in conditions varying from 5 knots to 20 knots (gusting 31 knots), there are some new faces in the EuroCup standings. 5 countries are represented in the top 10, with 81 competitors, and long distance traveller Yaroslav Petrov in 10th position.The next regatta’s will be the Norwegian EuroCup 22nd – 23rd August and the Swiss EuroCup on Lake Silvaplana 22nd – 24th August. For more regatta information >>> or See the results >>>
The 2015 UK MPS circuit results are now updated and after 6 events including the Nationals, Ben Schooling leads the way from Dave Poston and Dan Kilsby with Alex Knight and Bruce Keen rounding out the top 5. There are 62 active competitors on the circuit so far this year with 6 new faces joining us. There are also 30 boats who were active last year yet to join so hopefully you will make an appearance over the remaining 4 events of the season! Next event on the calendar in the Scottish Championships at Chanonry SC on 1/2nd August followed by Datchet Water SC on 28/29th August. See the results >>>
Harken UK Musto Skiff Nationals : Day 4 Report.
A day of dolphins and breeze! The boats were met by a pod of dolphins as they launched this morning into a fresh and rather overcast Torbay.
After a short postponement, the fleet got away for race 10 at the first attempt under a U flag, with the majority opting to head left. Event overall leader, Bruce Keen, led at the leeward gate, Read more & final results>>>
Harken UK Musto Skiff Nationals : Day 3 Report.
The forecast promised breeze, but come 11 o’clock – it was yet to deliver both in strength and a settled direction. Following the inevitable delay the fleet set off for Race6 in around 14kts. Read more >>>
Harken UK Musto Skiff Nationals : Day 2 Report.
Race 4: After a general recall, the fleet started cleanly under U flag again. In 8kts of breeze and a tricky lumpy swell from the SE, Dave Annan sailed a great first beat and rounded first overlapped with Bruce and Alex Knight in 3rd.. Read more >>>
Harken UK Musto Skiff Nationals : Day 1 Report.
Race 1 saw a light start to the day with 6-10 knots from the south-east and speed sapping short chop. Ben Schooling lead to the windward after a excellent first beat however was closely followed by the menacing black kite of Bruce Keen. Read more >>>
Ullswater Euro Cup at the Lord Birkett On the 4th and 5th July a record breaking fleet of over 230 boats gathered to compete at the 53rd Lord Birkett at Ullswater Sailing Club. In amongst them was a keen fleet of Musto Skiff sailors who were competing for Northern Euro Cup points. Sailors arrived on Saturday to lots of rain and no wind however by the 1pm start time the wind had filled in as promised and the sun was shining. After a general recall the race got underway with Jono Shelly showing great upwind speed to lead round the island with Dan Trotter and Ben Schooling in pursuit. Gusty conditions and big wind shifts gave the fleet a hard time, causing many of the fleet to capsize, but Jono demonstrated great boat handling and went on to win the race followed by Dan and Ben. Read more >>>
A busy few weeks! No sooner as Kieler Woche has passed the first of two GBR EuroCup rounds was held over the weekend 4th – 5th on stunning Ullswater as part of the 53rd running of the annual Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy. From the event website “One of the most spectacular sailing events in the North (of England), the Birkett was rated number eight in the top ‘must do’ sailing regattas by Yachts and Yachting magazine. The unique race was first sailed in 1963 to commemorate the successful defence by Lord Norman Birkett of the right of public access to Ullswater which was threatened with reservoir status” with an amazing record entry of 230 boats. So if you have not been to the Lake District put it in your calendar for 2016! Here’s the club link if you are interested for next year http://www.ullswateryachtclub.org/ Thursday 9th sees the start of the UK Nationals in Paignton Sailing Club and don’t forget there is a weekend worrier prize, so if you can’t make the whole event why not come down for the weekend? See the results >>> GER EuroCup Leg
Venue: Kieler Yacht-Club 21 Musto Skiffs competed in Kiel Woche 2015 from the 25th-28th June. We were treated to first class race management, amazing organisation on and off the water and fantastic German hospitality. ACO generously offered free accommodation to all Musto Skiff sailors and their families which made the event even more affordable for the travelling competitors from six nations. Thursday dawned with a light offshore breeze. The Musto fleet were sharing the closest course with the RS800s which ensured a short sail out to the race area. Ben Schooling (GBR) signalled his intent by scoring a 1, 2, 1 in the shifty breeze to lead the fleet. Iver Ahlmann (GER) posted a 2, 1, 5 to just squeeze out the consistent Alistair Conn (GBR) 3, 3, 3. After the racing the fleet enjoyed the carnival atmosphere by knocking back a few (!) 1 euro beers, brätwurst and ice cream! Read more >>>
EuroCup after 3 events With three events sailed and the Dutch regatta postponed to later in the year, there are almost as many countries in the top 5 as there are competitors! That’s the great thing about the EuroCup, it attracts sailors from all over Europe to compete. The Spanish regatta had Philippe Koch travelling from Switzerland but not to be beaten, Yaroslav Petrov made the drive from the Black Sea to Kieler Woche (see the road trip story for more detail).
As you would expect from Kiel the organisation of the worlds biggest sailing event means it ran as well as you could imagine and sitting at home watching the SAP tracking and live race coverage was great fun! The 4th – 5th July is the UK round on Ullswater for the Lord Birkett Trophy and the weather is looking hot, this is followed on the 9th – 12th July for the UK Nationals Championships at Paignton Sailing Club on Torbay before travelling to Norway for the Kristiansand round 22nd – 23rd August and the Swiss round on Lake Silvaplana over the same weekend. For all those taking part, have a great summer of skiff racing! See the results >>>
New style spinnaker sock Following class feedback Ovington Boats and the class association has worked with Jack Grogan at Hyde Sails to produce a new spinnaker sock. See more >>>
What's your road trip? Part of running a World Championships is helping all those sailors coming from different parts of the World to get to and from their regatta. I say 'their regatta' because although it is of course a class event, everyone has individual stories and the decision as to whether to compete is sometimes driven by how much hassle you want in order to go to and from the venue. Some of the lucky ones simply meet up with a booked multi-boat trailer load their boat, fly to the nearest airport, arrive at the venue and their boat is there. For some, even this sounds like hassle, but its all part of the experience and, in this case, if you haven't been to Lake Garda to sail a skiff, what have you been missing! See the mind blowing maps >>>
GBR EuroCup Leg 2 Venue : Ullswater Sailing Club The Lord Birkett has been confirmed as the 2nd round of the UK EuroCup series. The Lord Birkett will run over the weekend of 4th – 5th July on Lake Ullswater in the Lake District, one of the most scenic places to sail in the UK. More Information >>>
Musto Skiff Open at Highcliffe: 20/21 June: (GBR)
On the 20th and 21st of June 10 Musto Skiffs converged on Highcliffe Sailing Club for the next round of the UK Series. Sharing a course with the D1s and the Contenders we enjoyed two days of challenging conditions with winds from 5-20 knots, 60 degree windshifts, tide and big waves coming from strange directions! Read more >>>
Scottish Musto Training at Dalgety Bay next weekend, the 20/21 June: (GBR) Eight mustos gathered under blue skies and fair winds for a training weekend hosted by Dalgety Bay SC.
Jamie Hilton managed to juggle attendance at a wedding with coaching as he returned to his childhood club.
The Trotters and Stuart Keegan showed their pace in the brisk winds which increased throughout the weekend, while Jono Shelley pushed out forward. Read more >>>
Musto Skiff Spanish EuroCup - Round 3 (ESP)
Summer had well and truly arrived in the Mediterranean and the 2 days of training and 2 days of racing were held in temperatures around the mid. to high 20’s degrees without a sign of a cloud.
The club at Arenys de Mar put on a fantastic event and a huge thank you must go to Lorenzo Brualla from the local fleet for the effort he put in and to the clubs Race Officer Magali Colomer for her excellent race management, to Aina Gelpi for her equally efficient mark laying and to Enric Rosselló, commodore of the club for laying on a great regatta.
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Skiff - 2015 GBR Curcuit : (GBR)
The 2015 MPS UK Series is now in full flow and after 3 events there are 32 boats that have competed. Dan Kilsby from Stokes Bay is in 3rd place, Dave Poston in 2nd and last year's circuit winner Ben Schooling is leading at this stage. Four events (including the non-discardable Nationals) are required to qualify for the series. Up-coming events on the Calendar to look forward to are .... Read more >>>
Harken 2015 Musto Performance
Skiff GBR Nationals: (Paignton Sailing Club) Paignton Sailing Club are the host of the national championships which runs from 9th – 12th July on the English Riviera.
Notice of Race is now published and you can neter on-line >>>
Musto Skiffs at Minorca Sailing,
Musto Skiff Training Week 1-8th May 2015 (ESP) The MPS race training week at Minorca Sailing was a great success, with a wind range of 5-25kts and warm sunshine (20-25 degrees) the group were blessed with the full range of conditions. With all 7 boats filled there was a range of ability and experience and so the coaching was fairly fluid based on the conditions. The mains topics covered were: Read more >>>
Demand for boats The Riva World Championships (September 11th - 19th) will soon be upon us and following a busy first half of the season with new and used boats, demand has meant that as this is written there are only 5 used boats for sale in the UK.
If you are considering a new boat for the World Championship Ovington Boats currently have stock available for immediate delivery.
For more information on new boats please contact
Paul Manning firstname.lastname@example.org or
Nathan Batchelor Nathan.Batchelor@ovingtonboats.co.uk