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Musto Skiffs in the 2022 Ovington Inlands at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Dan Vincent 25 Mar 12:20 GMT 19-20 March 2022
Dan Trotter in the Musto Skiffs during the Ovington Inlands at Grafham © Paul Sanwell / OPP

The quick summary of the Musto Skiff inlands is that Pete Greenhalgh won, based on a dominant display in the bright and very breezy conditions of Saturday (Easterly wind, 20-25 kts). This confident and rust-free performance gave him a comfortable buffer over the chasing pack that allowed him to take victory from a consistent Andy Tarboton despite a difficult Sunday in very shifty and variable lighter wind.

The detail is that this was a fantastic season-opening event for 27 sailors emerging from a stormy winter of boat-park hibernation and coming out blinking into the sunshine of a beautiful weekend in Cambridgeshire.

Key Highlights:

  • Everyone swam at least once on Saturday (even Pete Greenhalgh, although he still managed to win all 4 races). I personally capsized in every race and was still in 5th place overnight!
  • It was nice for the fleet to celebrate with Serega Samus @toofittobeold as he turned 60 at the event. This sextengarian is the only Musto Skiff sailor (or sailor of any class that I know of) who is capable of physical challenges, such as flying superman burpees, you can follow his exploits on YouTube. Anyway, he became an official 'Legend' on Saturday (Legend is the aptly named over-60 Musto Skiff age-category).
  • Guy Rivington sailed a brilliant race on Sunday to score his maiden victory at an Open Meeting.
  • It was a pleasure to sail on the same course as the 505 fleet who all showed a deep understanding of how difficult it is to steer and control a Musto Skiff downwind in 25 knot gusts, when you can't see anything in front of you (they gave us a pretty wide berth). Of note: the top four 505s all included a top current or former Musto sailor in the boat.

Thanks to Grafham Water Sailing Club and their race team who put on a great event, with a very quick turnaround of races. Inland sailing at its best.

The lucky few are now off to Palma for some warm weather training and the Princess Sofía Regatta. The rest of us will try and ignore the overwhelming FOMO as we train hard for the next domestic event, which is at Stokes Bay Open on 23/24 April.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st609Peter GreenhalghWarsash Sailing Club1111103(BFD)17
2nd590Andy TarbotonHenley Midmar Yacht Club‑723446221
3rd622Dan VincentStokes Bay/ RNSA45‑125621032
4th624Eddie BridleBrightlingsea Sailing Club2497(OCS)5532
5th616Dave PostonMedway Yacht Club53210317‑2240
6th556Bill MaughanSunderland Yacht Club8‑15822131346
7th574Jason RickardsCVLSC31459‑228847
8th627Ben SchoolingStokes Bay Sailing Club11106(DNC)810348
9th297George CousinsRestronguet SC10771113‑15654
10th610Daniel TrotterSYC196(RTD)3771658
11th629Brian GreensmithSunderland Yacht Club13‑174812141566
12th432Sam BarkerCastle Cove SC(DNS)1814DNC54170
13th469Nathan StanierStoke Bay sailing Club/ Seafarers sailin12‑1616139111273
14th614Ben CleggBrightlingsea Sailing Club91213(DNC)OCS9475
15th628Danny BoatmanSunderland Yacht Club18131761116‑2181
16th594Richard SmithMedway Yacht Club(DNF)2215121412782
17th582Paul MolesworthStokes Bay Sailing Club621(DNC)DNC1191489
18th535David AnnanGrafham Water Sailing Club17811(DNC)19221794
19th561Brennan RobinsonGrafham Water Sailing Club161118141620(BFD)95
20th588Andrew WhittleBrightlingsea Sailing Club14910(DNC)23211996
21st216Guy RivingtonStokes Bay Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNC18120123
22nd90Jamie FreemanBrightlingsea Sailing Club15(DNC)DNCDNC20249124
23rd547Serega SamusBewl Water(DNS)20RTDDNC152318132
24th300Mark AddisonUpper Thames Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNC211811134
25th253Joseph trotterDrsc(DNC)DNCDNCDNC17DNCDNC157
26th113Ian StoneMaidenhead Sailing Club(DNC)19DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC159
27th376D RickardGurnard SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC168

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