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ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 at Medemblik - Day 4

by Diana Bogaards 12 Jul 22:50 BST 8-13 July 2019

The battle for gold at the ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 is heating up in Medemblik, Netherlands. Despite thunderstorms and heavy rainfall on Friday July 12, the race committee managed to get two out of three scheduled races in. Bruce Keen (GBR) won the second bullet, took over the second place overall and closed the gap with Rick Peacock, who is now leading by just one point. Title defender Jon Newman (AUS) also climbed on the leader board. He holds a third place, one point behind Newman and three ahead of George Hand (GBR).

"It is still all to play for tomorrow. It could be some tight racing", said George Hand on the dock. He and Rick Peacock started this Friday in the two leading spots and showed some close racing that only commenced at 16h30 after the weather had cleared up. Hand: "In the first race both of us were just keeping an eye on each other. In the second race I felt he was doing the same to me, but I managed to have a point between myself and Rick." Hand finished 11th and 16th, but was not able to hold on to his second position overall, which was taken over by Bruce Keen.

Although Rick Peacock remained in the overall lead, he could not avoid the comeback of Keen and Newman. "In the first race I would have been ok at the top mark, but I tried to hoist before the wing mark, but then I couldn't make the mark and hit it. I had to drop the kite, do a 360 and that slowed me down. It was quite tricky." He finished 12th and saw his lead decreasing to only one point ahead of George Hand. "In the second race I had a better start, but not really close enough to the biased end on the left-hand side. I struggled a bit, had a good catch up, but I was not aggressive enough." That resulted in an 18th position, which became his second discard.

Jon Newman got himself back in the race for gold by finishing third in the second race of the day: "I had a good tussle with Andy [Tarboton] and Bruce [Keen]. We ended up 1-2-3. The conditions were much better for me. The wind had picked up a bit and it was more consistent. The downwind was still difficult, it had holes in it, but it was much better than in the first race. It was very close with Andy on the line." It was Tarboton who finished second just ahead of Newman. With Keen and Newman closing the gap with Peacock, the heat is on for the final racing day tomorrow. "I hope to have a good time, to get off the start line nicely and don't do anything silly", said Peacock.

Newman about this year's Worlds: "It has been a hard fought championship so far with a couple of extras, which made it fun. It has not just been the few regulars that are usually in the front, but a few more. That is interesting."

Bad luck for Paul Dijkstra

Dutchman Paul Dijkstra was flying to victory in the first race, which brought him back in the top five overall. He was even in the mix for a podium position until bad luck hit him in the first upwind leg of the second race. "My trapeze hook broke and subsequently my joystick, so I had to replace it by my spare joystick to at least get to the finish. I worked hard for these Worlds, had a good season so far and I am up to speed. I know I can do it, but I do have breakdowns. It is frustrating", he said. He dropped to an 11th place overall.

Tomorrow will be the decisive day for the podium positions. Four favourites will fight for the medals. Two races are scheduled, but the race committee has the intention to put one more in.

Results after Day 4: (top five, 11 races, 2 discards)

1st Rick Peacock (GBR) 58pts
2nd Bruce Keen (GBR) 59pts
3rd Jon Newman (AUS) 60pts
4th George Hand (GBR) 63pts
5th Dan Vincent (GBR) 85pts

About the Musto Skiff Class

The MUSTO Skiff class is a single-handed boat designed by Dr. Joachim Harprecht from Germany (well-known builder of Contenders) in 1999. She features a trapeze, wings, a fully battened mainsail and a asymmetrical spinnaker. She can plane both upwind and on the broad reach. Due to her light weight she can achieve speeds of over 20 knots, which makes her one of the fastest single-handed sailing boats that are physical demanding to race. Over the years, the MUSTO Skiff has emerged into a lively and sporty class. Since 1999, Ovington Boats (UK) has built more than 500 boats. Due to its worldwide distribution, the MUSTO Skiff has been a World Sailing Recognised Class since 2007.

The 10th edition of the MUSTO Skiff World Championship is sponsored by ACO.

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