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Reports and News 2017


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2017 MUSTO Skiff Survey / On-line AGM, 15th Year Running

The 2017 MUSTO Skiff Survey is now closed and the results indicate that we have a great future ahead. Thank you to all those who took the time to complete the survey. This is the 15th year we have conducted the survey.

Below are some key points from the survey, with a link to the full results at the bottom;

Survey Overview
- Responses from 18 countries
- 13% of responses came from people who don't own a MUSTO Skiff
- There is good awareness of our EuroCup Series and strong World Championships
See the full results >>>

2017 MUSTO Skiff GBR Series Review The 2017 UK MUSTO Skiff Series was the best attended this decade with nearly 90 individual sailors competing in one or more of the 10 events! The table below shows the stats over the last 7 years:

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The series went down to the wire with 4 sailors in the running after round 9 at Stone SC. Tom Wright and Dave Poston couldn’t make the Inlands so it became a two horse race between Dan Kilsby and Ben Schooling. Kilsby was looking favourable overnight leading the pack but the UK Chairman managed to claw back on the Sunday to take the title for the 4th season in the last 5. Read more >>>

MUSTO Skiff 2017 GBR Inlands – 18-19 Nov Grafham Water Sailing Club 32 boats enjoy eight tight races as part of the Ovington Inlands. Despite a number of key competitors having their boats half way round the world en-route to the world championships in Australia, a strong turnout of 32 competitors joined the other Ovington classes to enjoy some incredibly close racing on the 18th and 19th November 2017. PRO Peter Saxton organised 8 slick races in a light, relatively steady breeze over the weekend. Read more >>>


With a forecast of 28 degrees and clear skies Blairgowrie put on it’s second test event for the 9th ACO MUSTOSkiff Worlds at Blairgowrie. 15 boats made the trip to the peninsula in shorts and t-shirts weather, launched into crystal clear water, a strong tide and a fading westerly, forecast to turn South East. Paul Newman and Wayne Bates led a group comprising Hayden Harding, Casey Bates, Chris Bick and Tim Hill into the channel looking to benefit from the current.  Paul led to the top mark, followed by Wayne, Casey and Hayden. Read more >>>


Nicolas Duchoud wins the 2017 EuroCup : 125 competitors took part in at least one round of the EuroCup this season and congratulations to Nicolas Duchoud for taking the title by winning the SUI, ITA and LIE rounds. Swiss compatriot Alex Greil finished second overall after competing in 4 events including the World Championships, his boat is now in a container on its way with other European competitors to Blairgowrie and GBR’s Dan Trotter finished 3rd overall.
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2017 Dutch Eurocup Bruinisse 2017 On 7 and 8 October the Dutch eurocup was held in Bruinisse, 48 boats spread over three separate fleets where devided in RS500 and two open fleets separated by their PY number.  The Mustoskiff was placed in the fast open fleet together with one RS700, two 49er’s and two RS800’s. Saturday started rainy and very windy, up to 32 knots, but on shore the wind seamed to be sailable so the race committee decided to put a couple of races in. Nearly all sailors launched and took off to the racing area. Due to the many capsizes the race committee was too busy rescueing and after a short while the race committee abandoned racing for the day and sent all boats back in. All of this resulted in one broken RS500 mast… Read more >>>


2017 Class Survey. The class annual survey is not far away and we have received a number of questions from the national reps. In order to be sure as many views are covered as possible, if you have a question you would like asking, please can I ask you to forward this on to your national rep. Please ensure you provide some background information to explain your question. If you would like to stand for any of the International Committee posts as listed .... please contact the class secretary. Please respond by 3/11/17

Bow Sprit End Plug Testing 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 ...Also - with the current set-up it is a class rules requirement that there is an end plug in for safety; you would not want to be hit with a pole with no end plug as it may take a core sample of you !!! Frequently we see people sailing with no end plug which is not good for safety.
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Forums and Facebook Pages and Groups. These currently work well with the Facebook groups having a local membership and deal with local issues primarily dealing with local national events. We use the International page in partnership with the forum to foster international discussion. Read more >>>

German EuroCup was held from 30th September - 3rd October and hosted by Deutscher Touring Yacht Club, The German South EuroCup was held from 30th September - 3rd October and hosted by Deutscher Touring Yacht Club, who kindly wrote this report. The weather forecast could have been for a big storm but fortunately this did not materialise, instead the regatta was held in good conditions with wind forces between 10 and 15 knots.  Read more >>>

MUSTO Skiff Liechtenstein EuroCup Walensee SUI (23.-24. Sep 2017) Walensee in Eastern Switzerland is one of only a few lakes that can enjoy good thermal winds, perfect for MUSTO Skiffs. Unfortunately, the fleet had no such luck on Saturday as the East-West gradient wind couldn’t get over the high mountains flanking the lake. 13 sailors waited all afternoon for enough breeze to run a race, in the end no luck so time for a barbeque in front of the club hut. Read more >>>

NZL Sailing Season Starts with a Bang! On the 23rd September at 4:30 pm there was a loud bang and a huge cloud of smoke as the 2ft long antique ships cannon was fired at Naval Point Club Lyttelton, declaring the season open.  It was the best opening day for as long as most club members could remember, with a warm sunny day, 10-12 knots and an incoming tide yielding flat water, perfect MUSTO weather. Read more >>>


MUSTO Skiff 2017 Stone Open - 30/9 & 1/10 2017. After losing his national championship title Alex Knight is fighting back and has made it two from the last two open events of the 2017 calendar, with only the Ovington inlands to go. Although Alex and some others will be unable to attend opting to ship their boats to Melbourne for the worlds in January over a November weekend at Grafham, aka the coldest place on earth. Read more >>>

Season Nine for the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series 2017/18 Now in its ninth season, this winter dinghy handicap championship brings out the best and the bravest to compete at seven big events throughout the chilly months. Advance online entry opens in a few weeks…. Read more >>>

MUSTO SKIFF ITA EUROCUP 2017 - Dongo Weather forecast was not pretty for the italian EuroCup in Dongo. 14 Mustos from SUI, GER, ITA, CRO and RUS met at the event. Friday was training day. Swiss national class organized (and paid, thank you) a training with rib. Alexander Greil did a great job, coaching the two, beginner and advance group on the water. We will review the photo and video stuff as soon as possible and publish it here. Weather during training, sunny with 10-12kn thermal wind, perfect Dongo condition. Read more >>>

MUSTO SKIFF NOR EUROCUP 2017 - Kristiansand We had three amazing days where we had different wind conditions, but in the whole one happy event. Five Mustoskiffer took part. All sailed at one time, but not more than two sailed all races. Geir Odmar Heldal in NOR 463 won with a steady series, but Erik Børresen in NOR 575 gave fight all the way to the doorstep.  On Friday it was nice wind Erik was superior in two out of three, but Geir Odmar took the rest of the series. Saturday and Sunday it was nice steadily 2-7 m/s breeze, with good racing and there was a lot of overtaking during the races. No one was really supreme during racing. Read more >>>

GBR Circuit After round 8 of the GBR Series the pack has shuffled with Dan Kilsby and Nationals winner Tom Wright jumping to 2nd and 3rd behind the UK Chairman Ben Schooling. Stuart Keegan has jumped up to 5th place after two recent podium finishes which compliments his fellow Derwent duo of team Trotter who head up the Eurocup Series. Other notable performances include Tom Taylor in 22nd and James Nuttal in 25th both newcomers to the fleet in 2017. There have so far been 80 individual competitors in the series which shows the circuit is in great shape. With 2 rounds remaining there are still 7 boats in contention of the title. Penultimate event is Stone SC at the end of September followed by the Ovi Inlands mid November See the standings >>>

MUSTO Skiff –Castle Cove Open Event 9/10th Sept 2017
Despite a rather punchy forecast, nine MUSTO's travelled to join the two locals for round 9 of the UK Series joined by the 470's for their National Champs. With Sunday turning purple on windguru, the PRO wisely scheduled 4 quick fire two-lap races urging the fleet to prep for a big day on the water! The first race got underway on schedule in 18-23kts. Dan Kilsby held the best lane out the blocks to lead round the windward from Alex Knight and Dave Annan. Dave & Alex overstood on the downwind layline allowing Ben Schooling though to second by the gate but Alex overhauled him up the next beat. Kilsby kept it tidy down the next run to take the bullet from Knight and Schooling.  Read more >>>

International entry at Dongo The Italian round of the EuroCup series attracted entries from 5 nations to Lake Como and was won by Switzerland’s Nicolas Duchoud. A 2nd position for compatriot Alex Greil sees him take the overall lead in the EuroCup series. See results >>>

MUSTO Skiff Scottish Nationals (2017) (GBR) The Scottish MUSTO Skiff championship was held at Dalgety Bay Sailing Club on the weekend of 2nd/3rd of September. On the Saturday, the race committee sensibly held the competitors onshore until a fickle Easterly breeze materialised. Race 1 was started in light and patchy wind with strong ebb tide.  Jaimie Hilton rounded top mark first followed by Ben Yeats. Jono Shelley and Stuart Keegan soaked lower running against the tide to take the front in that order, while Hilton decided to go for wrong gate mark which pushed him down the pack. Shelley maintained his lead to win first race with Keegan and Yeats close on his heels for 2nd and 3rd. Read more >>>

EuroCup - Team Trotter take the lead! Following the Norwegian and GBR2 EuroCup rounds, the father and son team of Ian and Dan Trotter are only split at the top by their club mate Stuart Keegan. Looking forward to the next round in Dongo (Italy). See the results >>>

GBR EuroCup Leg 2, Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club, 26th - 27th August. 2017 13 Mustos gathered at the fantastic venue of Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club. The buzz of the clubs 50th Birthday Regatta meant everybody was keen to set sail on the champagne waters of Derwent.  The fleet were well drilled from the nationals being the previous weekend and were all eager to experience the famous 'Moor-Ora' wind. For those that are unaware of this wind it is generated by the surrounding heather moorland warming through the day and creating a consistent breeze, hence it often been said that Derwent Reservoir is the UK's version of Lake Garda.  Read more >>>

2017 Harken UK MUSTO Skiff National Championship After negotiating the tricky creek, resulting in a short postponement, the fleet got away with a clean start to see Neil Ashby lead to the top mark with Andy Peake, Dan Trotter and Bruce Keen chasing at his heels. Bruce Keen took an impromptu swim on the hoist allowing George Hand and Richard Pelly to pass through and take 4th and 5th respectively. Neil, Andy and Dan retained their positions to the finish and after a blinder of a recovery;Bruce sailed through Richard and George to take 4th. Big Dave Poston, a sure favourite in these conditions, was noticeably absent having snapped his mast. Read more >>>

EuroCup update After 5 events around Bruce Keen (GBR) holds a very narrow lead over Justo Martinez (ESP), with a group including sailors from GBR, RSA and SUI bunched not far behind. The Norwegian and 2nd GBR EuroCup events are being held at the end of this week, so it could be all change again! Results >>>

Swiss EuroCup Thun SUI (15.-16. Jul 2017) On Saturday unstable and shifty breeze 8-12knts delivered challenging racing for the Mustos, racing on the same course with Finns and Tempests. The committee managed to run 4 races so the fleet deserved the traditional Dammfest celebration at the club, always outstanding hospitality.Read more >>>


2017 Rig Update: Mast tracks, masts & sails Over recent years there has been an ongoing effort to eradicate the mast track and mast tip failures sometimes experienced by sailors; some of the possible solutions to this have created other rumours and ideas; some of which have gained traction on social media. Read more >>>

MUSTO Skiff 2017 – 1-2 July 2017 Eastbourne Sailing Club Fleet sharpen their skills ahead of the GBR Nationals ...10 MUSTO skiffs arrived to a friendly welcome at Eastbourne sailing club.  Race one was sailed in gusty and shifty offshore breeze.  Ben Schooling and Paul Molesworth got to the windward mark first by going right up the beat managing to avoid some of the tide.  Read more >>>

55th Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy Ian Turnbull takes the win; the first time a MUSTO Skiff has won Circa 230 competitors were greeted on Saturday 1st July with Bright Blue skies and building breeze.
Ian Turnbull who was last in a MUSTO Skiff @ 9 years ago, took the Ovington Demo boat by the scruff of the neck, renamed it ‘Ropes4Boats’ and set about pimping to give him the best chance.  At 1pm, the gun started the long slog up to the top of Ullswater.  All competitors away 1st time and a breakaway formed with x3 49ers, x2 VX1’s  x1 International 14 and x4 MUSTO skiffs (Ian Turnbull, Stuart Keegan, Steve Robson and Josh Moran). Read more >>>

2017 GBR Circuit after 4 events The circuit for 2017 is in great shape with 52 boats so far competing including 4 new comers to the fleet and a few returning faces. Ben Schooling heads up the scoreboard followed by Dave Poston and Dan Kilsby with 6 different clubs in the top 10.
The Worlds might be over but the main event in the UK circuit is still to come – the National Championships at Brightlingsea Sailing Club. There are so far 18 entries and the early entry discount runs out on July 20th so make sure you get your form in soon: Document >>>
The season approaches the half way mark with the Scottish Championships at Chanonry on the beautiful Moray Firth on 5/6th August.
See the results >>>

ACO 8th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2017 Club Nàutic S’Arenal (Bahía de Palma, Spain) Please find below a summary of all the photo galleries and videos from the event ... Congratulations to Frithjof Schwerdt (GER) is the New World Champion. Read more >>>

MUSTO Skiff Harken UK National Championships - GBR EuroCup Leg1 - event update The UK National Championships is approaching and the club are most keen that people get their entries and accommodation in as soon as possible. Firstly, take advantage of the reduced early entry fee and help support Brightlingsea Sailing Club to plan numbers.Read more >>>

ACO sponsored MUSTO Skiff Training at CNA, Palma de Mallorca (26-27 May 17) - Report by Russ Clark I have just had the pleasure of coaching over 30 sailors from countries from as far afield as Australia and Norway during the @ACOwater sponsored MUSTO Skiff class training. Based at the fabulous Club Nàutic S’Arenal in Palma de Mallorca the entire bay became the playground for two days. This training built on the success of last years format in Carnac which gives me the unique opportunity to be in amongst the sailors on the race course during the pre-worlds, watching, offering assistance with set up and sailing style around the racecourse and providing tactics and strategy advice between races. Read the full reoprt with video links >>>

The international class association are very pleased to announce Ian Renilson as an honorary member of the class. Ian was at the forefront of the class in the early days of its growth and was instrumental in its growth in Scotland. He helped with R&D product development and was also key to introducing the class to Australia through his contacts and friends from the Contender class, which led to the inaugural Australian World Championships at Black Rock, Melbourne – Australia. Read more >>>

Spain leads the 2017 EuroCup series
Following a top 5 performance at his home clubs World Championships, Justo Martinez continues to lead the 2017 EuroCup standings from club mate Joan Rosselló and Germanys Christian Brandt in 3rd and newly crowned World Champion, Frithjof Schwerdt, in 4th.
The next event will be 15th – 16th July at Thunersee Yacht Club.See the standings >>>

ACO 8th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2017 Club Nàutic S’Arenal (Bahía de Palma, Spain)

Frithjof Schwerdt (GER) is the New World Champion.
The final day of the championships dawned with battles to be done for all the key titles. The sun was shining but the sea breeze was taking its time to build so the 12 oclock start was postponed. After a short delay the fleet set out and started just before 13:00 under P flag; which was general recalled so the U flag came out and then the race got away at the second time of asking but there were a number of boats recorded UFD. Read more >>>

The Berlin Skiff Bash 2017 And again the Müggelsee has called, the area in which Jochen Schümann has learned to train and train. To sail in the beautiful southeast of Berlin with gusts and shifts is always proving to be an exciting challenge! We were a guest at the sailing community at the Müggelsee (SGaM - on a wonderful terrain with direct connection to all possibilities of the big city and nevertheless in the nature. There were various Skiff classes, an RS 500, 6 moths and 7 MUSTO skiffs. Through for the holiday, it was a good idea to arrive on Thursday and sail the first winds on the lake. Read more >>>

Every day in Palma is better than before so we are expecting a lot of tomorrow; but for now we focus on today. Today the sea breeze put in its best performance so far with great 14- 18 knot breeze and a good wave pattern giving the boats plenty of opportunities to leap down wind. With the sun shining brightly picking out the white caps of the wave the scene was set for 3 further races. Race 10 started in 14 knots of breeze under P flag; there was an individual recall and no-one returned ... this was to be bad news later for Krsto Matulić (CRO) who was scored OCS. Read more >>>

Another great day in the Bay of Palma with brilliant sunshine 10 - 16 knots of sea breeze and 3 slick races run by the Club Nautic S'Arenal. The sailors are now at the beach bar re-fueling with water, energy drinks, pasta and fruit replacing the calories burnt up on the race course today. Today was scheduled as a lay day but as we lost races earlier in the championships the day has been put to good use to bring the race programme back on schedule and we now have 9 races completed which means the second discard now is applied giving a slight re-shuffle to the overall leader board. Read more >>>

Normal service has resumed! The fleet arrived at Club Nautic S'Arenal to clear sunny skies and 25 degrees on the Bay of Palma and the beginning of a sea breeze pushing back the clouds over the land. Race 4 was away first time a couple of minutes after the official start time of 13:00 in 10-12knots of westerly sea breeze, with the the fleet splitting with some competitors choosing left towards the shore, others heading out right towards Palma and the remainder working the shifts up the middle of the course. Read more >>>

Worlds Day 2 'It is REALLY not normally like this here' ... a phrase frequently uttered at a World Championships and so it has proven on day two here at Club Nàutic S’Arenal. There was a short postponement and then as the postponement flag came down so did the rain with such enthusiasm that the English and German competitors really started to think they were at home; However, the home fleet launched not knowing what it is like to sail in the rain at Palma ... Read more >>>

Worlds Day 1 'It is not normally like this here' ... a phrase frequently uttered at a World Championships and so it has proven on day one here at Club Nàutic S’Arenal. The fleet assembled for a skipper's briefing where the international jury chairman Andres Manuel Perez Alvarez (ESP) assisted the fleet through a helpful briefing and subsequent questions; then the postponement flag was hoisted as the race team waited for the wind to settle. Read more >>>

Pre-Worlds regatta. Today was the day of the pre-worlds practice races. At 11:30 Ferran Muniesa from Club Nàutic S’Arenal welcomed the fleet at the competitor briefing held at the beach bar in the glorious Mallorcan sunshine ... as per usual the weather didn't behave as expected and so there was a short delay ashore whilst the wind conditions stabilised on the bay to permit racing. Read more >>>

Measurement and Registration. The pre-worlds regatta is tomorrow but at the Club Nàutic S’Arenal the competitors are gathering in preparation for the regatta. The regatta has a total of 64 entries from 13 different nationalities which are spread over 5 ifferent continents. The club is welcoming all the guests from around the world and they are quickly being taken through the measurement and registration process. Each boat is being fully scrutinised by international measurer Rob Taylor to ensure all boats are class legal guaranteeing a level playing field for competitors. Read more >>>

ACO 9th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2018 Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron (Melbourne, Australia) Whilst everyone is on their way to Palma it is also time to start thinking about what happens after Palma ... the 9th Worlds will be hosted by the Australian fleet and they will be keen to tell you all about the event in Spain, but just to give you a preview take a look at the provisional details.


MUSTO Skiff 2017 – 13/14th Mayl 2017 Datchet WaterSailing Club A well know inland sailing location home to many MUSTO Skiff sailors, over 20 Skiff sailors arrived to sun and breeze, perfect sailing conditions! The first challenge of the weekend for every sailor started before they got a chance to leave the shore line. Launching the skiff is testing but launching in a head on breeze whist attempting to stand on an extremely slippy slipway certainly was an interesting way to start the weekend. Read more >>>

Travelling to the World Championships However you are planning to travel to Palma for the upcoming ACO World Championships, please take a moment to read this document, as it may help with your even planning. Read more >>>


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