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Noble Marine UK MUSTO Skiff Nationals 2020 at Brixham Yacht Club - Overall

by Ben Schooling 7 Sep 05:56 BST 3-6 September 2020

There were a few sore heads around the dinghy park, not to mention some aching muscles, as the fleet climbed into their wetsuits to commence battle on the final day of the Musto Skiff Nationals at Brixham Yacht Club.

With nine snakes and ladders style races in the bank and a further three scheduled, the D flag was lowered after a short delay and the boats filed out of the harbour in a gentle 7kt Westerly. With menacing clouds on the horizon, Race 10 got under way following a short postponement and with just 4 points separating them, Keen and Greenhalgh were keeping a close eye on each other.

A large raincloud was emptying its load over Torquay and most of the fleet tacked off the start line to head right on the beat towards the gain feature. The new pressure arrived with the rain and a 30 degree shift meaning the main bunch on the right overstood by a considerable margin whilst those on the left capitalised. It was pin end Paulo Molesworth who made the most of the shift and rounded first with a comfortable lead and gybed set into the remaining pressure.

The main bunch rounded with Keen in the teens and Greenhalgh looking buried near the back. The pack split down the run in search of pressure but with the breeze fading it was hard to pick a lane. Keen gybed into a hole and Greenhalgh found a band of breeze to close the gap. Molesworth approached the gate with a 200 meter lead and heard the shortened course signal which was music to his ears. A short but nervous beat to the line and Molesworth took the bullet. Danny Boatman and Ben Schooling just managed to wriggle free to finish 2nd and 3rd with the rest of the pack converging at the leeward gate in an almighty raft. Much shouting and fist waving ensued but everyone got round. In amongst the pack were Greenhalgh and Keen with Pete crossing 16th and Bruce 19th meaning both were discards and the points gap shifted to 6 in Greenhalgh's favour.

After a prolonged postponement and several heavy downpours the wind refused to settle and the PRO made the tough decision at 14:00 to call it a day and send the fleet ashore and with that a new winner was crowned. Congratulations to Peter Greenhalgh who is 2020 Musto Skiff National Champion with Bruce Keen in 2nd place and Sam Pascoe sailing a great regatta finished only 6 points adrift in 3rd.

BYC were excellent hosts with an army of volunteers and a very professional shore logistics team who put in a vast amount of meticulous planning to meet Government & RYA guidelines around Covid restrictions - they have been a joy to work with. A huge thank you also to Sean Semmens the PRO and his expert team of mark layers who had to adjust the windward mark in almost every race. The Musto Skiff's are hugely grateful and fortunate to have held a Nationals where many other fleets / clubs have unfortunately not been able to in these testing times.

The Musto Skiff class continuous to grow in size and strength and has recently benefitted from some high calibre sailors moving across from double hander fleets such as the Int 14's, 49ers, 29ers, Merlins and of course the Foiling Moths. There were no less than 15/53 competing at their first Nationals many of whom have commented on the impressive camaraderie and supportive nature of the fleet. In his speech Peter played tribute to the fact it has taken him 2 years of solid training with some 4 day week sessions to master the boat which shows the strength and depth of talent in the class.

There were 6 new boats on the water and in order to meet the high demand, Ovington are building a new batch of boats which will be available by Christmas.

All that remains to say is a huge thanks to our sponsors, Musto, Harken, Ovington and Noble Marine who provided a great array of prizes. Thanks also to Tim Olin for his excellent photography.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1stPeter Greenhalgh609Warsash158‑2081291‑1635
2ndBruce Keen534Stokes Bay SC111‑1611121104‑1941
3rdSam Pascoe605Castle Cove53‑2773‑19985646
4thJono Shelley566Ullswater YC14912113‑18‑23221568
5thEuan Hurter464PYC / DBSC9121109‑177716‑3471
6thJames Hilton593Dalgety Bay SC327‑46‑371241248575
7thAndy Tarboton525Henley Midmar YC12411‑25‑301617171179
8thBen Schooling544Stokes Bay SC71469‑37‑2118518380
9thWilliam Maughan556Chew Valley Lake SC430‑3314‑32343101482
10thStuart Keegan619DRSC238‑411328136‑321386
11thBen Clegg614Brightlingsea SC215‑431910715163(DNC)87
12thDanny Boatman530Derwent SC(BFD)22‑321215631819297
13thMike Matthews294SYC172‑364192581312‑35100
14thPaul Molesworth582Stokes Bay SC186‑372162029(RET)111112
15thIan Trotter546Derwent Reservoir SC26173184(RET)112117‑36117
16thRob Richardson303Royal Windermere YC34‑3718271024176‑41118
17thAndy Rice364Stokes Bay SC1324283‑38910259‑31121
18thDan Vincent557Stokes Bay / RNSA‑381013‑3317514222317121
19thJoshua Bellben375Stokes Bay SC24201024‑262416‑311510143
20thNeale Jones611ISC2516927(UFD)11‑32122223145
21stJosh Dawson289Derwent‑4711‑39355272614257150
22ndBrian Greensmith219Derwent Reservoir SC829‑5241(UFD)1525111312154
23rdTom Conway500Derwent Reservoir SC31193151113‑3529‑3825164
24thBrennan Robinson350GWSC / RNYC‑3628‑4282135627339167
25thAndrew Gould584Emsworth Slipper SC152323‑38162320‑302828176
26thKieran Graham200Derwent Reservoir SC1932146243628‑4321(SCP)180
27thDavid Annan535Grafham Water SC20337‑392012‑39282637183
28thGuy Rivington216Stokes Bay SC‑41‑48252228342233244192
29thSeraga Samus547Stokes Bay SC‑44251736‑462231321418195
30thIan Escritt598Yorkshire Dales SC163842323284139‑43‑42212
31stRichard Smith419Wilsonian SC30213529‑4214‑40342732222
32ndCallum Escritt75Yorkshire Dales SC33‑3922633‑4336383520223
33rdFred Cudmore86DWSC32‑4515323138‑45152939231
34thBen Paton586Lymington Town SC(DNS)(DNC)194025RET540DNC8245
35thJason Rickards315CVL SC3534213039313720(DNC)(DNC)247
36thIan Stone113Maidenhead SC43‑472645342621‑462033248
37thDavid Hivey594WPNSA287241518(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC254
38thRobbie Wilson549Wormit Boating Club1018203114(RET)(RET)RETDNCDNC255
39thEd Chapman333Woollahra SC613517(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC257
40thRon Barnes542Thorpebay27‑4130‑49363233373630261
41stTom Taylor265GWSC213138462730(OCS)4231(DNC)266
42ndJohn Piatt178Stokes Bay SC29‑4622‑51223934414438269
43rdNathan Stainer469Stokes Bay SC‑453634424133(RET)353421276
44thStewart Walker167Yorkshire Dales SC4643‑51‑50293738234222280
45thJoshua Bell147Chew Valley Lake SC(DNC)(DNC)4034354530364127288
46thRobert Trotter334Derwent Reservoir SC3944‑504443402726‑4529292
47thJoseph Trotter253Derwent Reservoir SC4840441644424219(RET)(RET)295
48thMichael Sims206Carsington373529284029(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC306
49thJames Nuttall97Chew Valley Lake SC40‑49‑4743474444453726326
50thPaul Anderson58Largs4242‑48‑47454143443943339
51stDave Poston616Ullswater YC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC192430DNC343
52ndGeorge Cousins302Restonguet SC222645(RET)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC363
53rdStephen Wright543Stokes Bay SC(DNF)50494848(RET)RETRET4040383

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