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Musto Skiffs at the WPNSA Skiff Open 2024

by Eddie Bridle 16 May 21:59 PDT 11-12 May 2024

On the sunniest weekend of the year so far, 25 Musto Skiffs arrived at WPNSA for the open meeting at the venue, which will also be the host for the 2024 World Championships this July.

The first race finally got away in an 8-10 knot south-easterly breeze after the over-keen fleet was recalled for their first attempt to get away. It quickly became clear to the fleet that going left upwind was the way to go, with Rob Richardson capitalising on this to take the first race win of the weekend. Rob was followed by local sailors, Sam Pascoe and Sam Barker to complete the Race 1 podium.

Race 2 saw slightly more breeze towards the end, with daggerboards being raised and some people in the footloops downwind. Pascoe established the lead, which he held onto for first place, followed by Richardson and Jamie Hilton in third.

Race 3 provided much of the same conditions for the fleet, which got away with Brennan Robinson managing to score the only OCS of the whole weekend. Richardson, again, took the top spot, followed by Eddie Bridle and Fred Cudmore in third.

Race 4 slightly softened, returning to the conditions of Race 1, with the same theory applying to go left. Pascoe won Race 4, followed by Sam Barker and another third place for Fred Cudmore.

The sailors all returned to shore to enjoy some beer in the sunshine before a well-deserved curry for the fleets. An expert panel was also questioned by the fleet to share tips and tricks from the winners of the day.

Day two provided breeze from a similar direction, but with slightly more strength than what was expected.

Race 5, again, appeared to favour the boats going left off the line, with Rob Richardson showing great boat speed off the line to establish a lead, which gave him his third race win. Richardson was followed by Pascoe and Jamie Hilton in third.

Race 6 saw some boats starting to try it out on the right and not suffering as they would have done in previous races. Dan Vincent found a turn of pace to take a healthy lead over the fleet and take the race win, followed by Pascoe, and Richardson in third place.

Race 7 saw the fleet splitting off the start line, with many boats going right to find decent breeze up to the top mark. By the second lap of Race 7, the majority of the fleet headed right on the beat, with it appearing to pay well by this point. Richardson managed his fourth race win of the week, with Bridle in second and Pascoe in third. This put Richardson two points clear of Pascoe going into the final race of the weekend.

The breeze was swinging right all day, which forced the race officer to move the racecourse for the final race of the weekend. Race 8 got under way in significantly less wind, with sailors trapezing from the gunnels. Sam Barker and Eddie Bridle fought out the whole way round, with Bridle taking the race win to secure a third place overall. Pascoe finished the race in fourth, with Richardson in seventh. Counting a seventh meant that Richardson finished in second place overall, with Pascoe taking the top spot for the event.

On behalf of the Musto Skiff fleet, thanks to WPNSA for hosting us and for putting on some great racing in varied conditions. We are all now looking forward to returning for the 2024 World Championships in a couple of months' time.

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1GBR636Sam Pascoe 21‑61223415
2GBR645Robert Richardson 121‑8131716
3GBR624Eddie Bridle 84245‑92126
4GBR638Sam Barker 36‑92744228
5GBR618Jamie Hilton 43473‑88837
6RSA4Andy Tarboton 655‑14866339
7GBR622Dan Vincent 7786417‑940
8GBR290Ben Whaley 58(NSC [26])5141310661
9GBR605George Cousins ‑15121512675562
10GBR594Fred Cudmore 10933‑1712141364
11GBR8Dylan NobleUllswater YC11131491110‑161179
12GBR535David Annan 1310‑19199591883
13RSA561Brennan Robinson 911(OCS [26])151318111087
14GBR469Nathan Stanier ‑221611131219151298
15GBR629Brian Greensmith 1615‑21161511121499
16GBR414Richard Smith 14‑20131119142020111
17GBR483Jon GayLochaber/WPNSA181971022‑232115112
18GBR631Mark Cooper 171816(DNC [26])101713DNC [26]117
19GBR376David Rickard 12‑23202216201919128
20GBR310Tom Kyne 19141017(RET [26])21RET [26]DNC [26]133
21GBR176Chris Haslam 21‑22181820221816133
22GBR216Guy Rivington 231712(DNC [26])181622DNC [26]134
23GBR394Nigel WalbankLymington Town SC2024172021‑251717136
24GBR226William Tarn‑Chapman ‑2421222123152321146
25GBR147Alicia Biggs (DNC [26])2523232424RET [26]DNC [26]171

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