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Musto Skiff Open at Stokes Bay Sailing Club

by Bruce Keen 25 Apr 2018 10:29 BST 21-22 April 2018
Stokes Bay Musto Skiff Open © Tim Olin /

The Stokes Bay Open saw a record entry of 48 Musto Skiffs, which is the biggest open meeting for the class to date. With a large local fleet (20 boats), the entry numbers have been Climbing rapidly over the last few years at this popular open meeting.

The fleet looked out over a Still, foggy Solent and were kept on shore until the visibility improved and the wind increased.

The first race got away in a 12 knot South Easter, but decreased during the race. George Hand, realising that Nothing else matters, took the first race and made clear his intentions to keep his title from last year. He was followed by Dan Kilsby and Ben McGrane. McGrane showed he Can't slow down in the second race to beat Ben Schooling across the line, with Tarboton taking 3rd. After crossing the finish line, the Musto Skiffs realised that the B14 fleet had a Long long way to go to the finish and waited patiently for them. During the starting sequence for the third race the breeze picked up quickly, shifted to the North and started raining, so PRO Mike Rayden wisely decided to call it a day and sent the fleet home.

Dan Vincent has shown that he is Still in Love with a Musto Skiff, by returning to the class and once again running one of his legendary quizzes. After a few beers, the fleet thought the quiz might be Easy, but it proved to be far from it.

The highlight of the quiz began with quiz master Dan, asking the fleet to take notes while his sidekick, Richard Pelley, played an out-of-sync music video of Lionel Richie's 1984 hit Hello.

The task was to create a sculpture of Lionel Richie's head like the one shown in the music video. Luckily all the children were tucked up in bed as not all of the sculptures were suitable for a pre-watershed audience. Surprisingly many of the sculptures were Truly good, showing the hidden talents of the fleet (or at least their wives). It is rumoured that late into the evening the Scottish representative took over the bar, in order to keep the beer flowing All night long.

The first attempt at a race on the Sunday was abandoned as the boats approached the top mark, but was later restarted in a light South Wester. McGrane took an early lead and managed to escape the chaos at the spreader mark when the breeze shut-off and Kilsby, Bruce Keen and others, having rounded the top mark, then drifted down-tide and had to beat back up to it. After taking what felt like an Eternity to get round the mark, Kilsby, Keen and Tarboton, were able to Sail on and, as they were so far back they could see that the breeze was further offshore and were able to overhaul McGrane's huge lead on the final beat. Kilsby took the win, with McGrane second and Mike Sims third.

The fleet split in the second race of the day with the offshore route paying again, with Jamie Hilton taking the win, followed by Mike Dencher and Sean Thijsse.

Richie's songs Stuck on you or Don't you ever go away must have been going through the head of the sailor who was rafted-up on the pin end boat at the final start. The only one who got away cleanly from the pin was Tarboton who went on to take the race win.

McGrane had done enough to win the event without having to finish the last race, with Kilsby taking second and Keen third overall.

The fleet said Goodbye to Stokes Bay and look forward to seeing another record entry for the Nationals at Castle Cove in August.

The full gallery of Tim Olin photos can be found here.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1305Ben McGraneNetley SC3126(DNC)12
2302Dan KilsbyStokes Bay SC2-1019214
3534Bruce KeenStokes Bay SC494-14320
4525Andy TarbotonStokes Bay SC-123612122
5499Tom WrightLymington Town SC57-324925
6557Dan VincentStokes Bay SC95-187526
7548George HandStokes Bay SC1117-21827
8582Paul MolesworthDatchet Water SC74-2016431
9544Ben SchoolingStokes Bay SC62198(RET)35
10567Jamie HiltonDalgety Bay815-2711236
11487Sean ThijsseStokes Bay SC-16131531041
12469Richard PelleyStokes Bay SC111214-18643
13410Paul SmalleyChew Valley Lake SC-19188171356
14394Nigel WalbankLymington Town SC-28269101156
15516Russ ClarkStokes Bay SC1016-22131756
16113Ed WilkinsonDatchet Water SC-23231715762
17535David AnnanGrafham Water SC181411-252164
18482Matt HoldenStokes Bay SC-292010112566
19186Andrew SticklandThorpe Bay YC1522-26191470
20202Mike DencherCastle Cove SC(DNC)DNC521571
21364Andy RiceStokes Bay SC17-2424221881
22146Michael SimsCarsington SC30-343262382
2358Euan HurterStokes Bay SC & Point YC-37302852790
24414Gavin BrewerStokes Bay SC-312716202891
25315Jason RickardsDatchet Water SC25-3223271691
26372Alex KnightCastle Cove SC14625(DNC)DNC94
27351Harry WilsonDatchet Water SC-4025292819101
28375Josh BelbenStokes Bay SC2729(DNF)2324103
29250Nigel DakinStokes Bay SC2428-312430106
30222Dave MoyStokes Bay SC35(DNC)133334115
31350Brennan RobinsonRNYC(DNF)35303020115
32520Dave PostonWilsonian SC138(DNC)DNCDNC119
33531Andrew GouldStokes Bay SC202133(DNC)DNC123
34147Joshua BellStokes Bay SC3333-403622124
3597James NuttallDatchet Water SC3636-392926127
36419Richard SmithWilsonian SC261934(DNC)DNC128
37396Stuart HarrisBanbury SC323912(DNC)DNC132
38178John PiattDatchet Water SC43382132(DNF)134
39265Tom TaylorGrafham Water SC2117(DNC)DNCDNC136
40510Pete HaywardEastbourne Sovereign SC38-42373529139
41456Paul GilbertDatchet Water SC-4241363132140
42323Andrew WildeCarsington SC223735(DNC)DNC143
43304Jamie SouthwellStokes Bay SC(DNC)43383431146
44543Steve WrightStokes Bay SC39-44413733150
45289Andrew WhittleBlackwater SC3431(DNC)DNCDNC163
46373Tom GilbertDatchet Water SC4440(DNC)DNCDNC182
47181Troy ChristensonDatchet Water SC41(DNC)DNCDNCDNC188
48294Gary StonesLymington Town SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC196

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