MUSTO SKIFF NED EUROCUP 2016
Dutch Eurocup / Open Dutch Skiff Trophy 2016
Report and photo by t : Huud
8 - 9 October
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.
Race officer Arkie, flown in from the UK, targeted 5 races for the Saturday as no wind was forecast for Sunday. On the first gun the 10 knot wind disappeared and the pre-race planing evaporated as a mirage. Unstable wind delayed the start for an hour. Without enough boats for our own start, Mustos were in the fast handicap with 6 49ers and an RS800. The unstable wind resulted in some big position shifts plus being the last start there was lots of traffic on the course to sail round. Gust spotting, tactics and mark rounding became important.
With 3 races under the belt, the wind gave up and it was time to head in. At the end of day one: Jelmer Kuipers looked consistent, Roelof Kuipers very fast (2x first Musto), Jan Busch won the first race but the dying wind wasn’t to his taste and Sijbrand Jongejans decided it would be difficult to better being 3rd Musto in race 2 so went in to replace his kite halyard.
Sunday morning, sunshine, clear blue sky and no sign of the forecast mill pond. With winds still light we headed out for racing. Very light wind raising the question: Do you stand or hover on the wire upwind? – how much can those thigh muscles take? My personal moment of realization was that despite all my acrobatics the Aero 7 was going the same speed upwind and looked a much more sensible option. With the wind more stable than on Saturday the Mustos battled round in tight groups with starboard rights at the gate the deciding factor for the results on overlapped finishes.
After 2 races the wind collapsed, the windmills stopped turning and the Mustos decided as a group to head ashore, followed 10 minutes later by the race committee abandoning. Including the 49er results Jelmer was 2nd and Roelof 3rd overall, Mustos only then Roelof is the champion... but we’ll let them fight it out as happens on many of the starts also.
The weekend was topped off with a prize giving outside in 20 degrees wearing T-shirts. Impossible to imagine this was the end of the season. Many thanks go to Musto for the prizes, to Arkie for running the racing in very difficult conditions and to Aqua Vitesse for organising the event which had in total 53 boats. Maybe next year some UK Mustos will join the ISOs, Vareos and Devotti Ones who find their way across the channel to this event.
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