Please select your home edition
Edition
Musto 2023 HPX LEADERBOARD

Competing in a Musto Skiff Worlds as a youth sailor

by Josh Belben 22 Jul 2022 17:42 BST
Josh Belben at the ACO 11th Musto Skiff World Championships 2022 © Bernardí Bibiloni / www.bernardibibiloni.com

This year's ACO 11th Musto Skiff World Championships at Kiel Week saw an impressive turnout for youth sailors, including GBR youth sailor, Josh Belben, who finished with a respectable second place in the Youth Category. In this article, Josh reflects on his experience attending the 2022 Musto Skiff Worlds as a youth sailor, and his key take aways for competing in a large regatta.

44 Musto Skiff sailors ventured to Kiel, Germany for the ACO 11th Musto Skiff World Championships held from 22nd - 26th June. With this being my second World Championships in the class, and as a youth representative, I couldn't speak more highly of the standard of racing and camaraderie off the water.

From the practice racing on the 21st of June to the last race, the competition was as good as ever. As the regatta played out, it was apparent getting a clean lane off the start and holding onto positions, or gaining throughout races, was very difficult. Although, in saying that, this is exactly what any competitive sailor should expect when racing at the biggest event on their class calendar.

Looking back, it makes you realise how good the top three sailors at this Worlds really were, and the time and energy that Peacock, Tarboton and Greenhalgh must have given to reach that level.

Personally, I finished 18th Overall and 2nd Youth to Rob Richardson, who sailed exceptionally well and fished 4th overall. On reflection, I was pleased with the result but felt I could have squeezed into the top fifteen if I had held it together on the fourth day of racing in the light, hot conditions. As competitive individuals, I believe we are always looking to better ourselves and I'm sure even Rick Peacock, our new World Champion, will look back at races and think how he would have sailed differently.

As a sailing venue, Kiel was great skiff sailing. We were positioned on the Kilo course all week, which was around an hour to sail out to, but once there, it was epic! Huge rolling waves, stable wind direction and burning sunshine (someone told me it always rains in Kiel?).

Throughout the week we got a mix of light to windy conditions, which is exactly what you want to produce the best all rounded sailor. Sadly, we did miss two days of racing due to lack of wind, and potentially the last day we could have got sailing if the course was closer. Although, in saying this, I believe a lot of the sailors would rather have had the hour commute in stable wind, than the inside course option of snakes and ladders. Lost days aside, the race committee did a great job of getting 10 races completed - only missing 4 races after two days of not sailing.

From an organisation perspective, it was very professional - in some cases too much so, with penalty points being handed out for errors, such as not handing back trackers in time. This was an experience that most of us were not used to, and sadly, I joined the club and suffered a penalty myself. On the plus, it meant everything else was to the clock and well run. If racing started at 11am; it started at 11am, no matter how many boats where there. If the dinner was at 7pm..... you get the point.

The evening meals provided by the Kiel Week's organisers where brilliant, just what was needed after a long day's racing along with the onshore snacks. A refreshing beer was also greatly appreciated to go alongside the meals.

Looking back over this year's World Championships as part of Kiel Week, it was great to be back out racing in a big Musto fleet in some near perfect conditions and great competition. Being involved with the Olympic classes was a great experience and a good insight into their lifestyle and approach to racing. I personally enjoyed getting out of the country (especially after the pandemic restrictions), travelling to a new venue, and sailing against others outside of the UK.

I'm looking forward to another World Championships and seeing where it will be, and I hope to see an even bigger turn out for next year!

Related Articles

UK Musto Skiff Nationals Open for Entries
Being held at Filey Sailing Club between 14th & 16th June, sponsored by Noble Marine The Noble Marine UK Musto Skiff National Championships 2024 is now open for entry and will be hosted at Filey Sailing Club over Friday 14th June to Sunday 16th June 2024. Posted on 22 May
Musto Skiffs at the WPNSA Skiff Open 2024
A great warm-up at the venue ahead of the Worlds in July 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. Posted on 17 May
Musto Skiffs at the Stokes Bay Skiff Open
Beautiful sunshine and breeze, albeit Baltic Northerlies Stokes Bay Sailing Club greeted us with beautiful sunshine and breeze, albeit Baltic Northerlies. Posted on 5 May
Musto Skiffs at the Ullswater Daffodil Regatta
Opening event in the Scottish and Northern Circuit calendar A terrific 26 entries turned up for the Daffodil Regatta 2024, which was the opening event in the Scottish and Northern Circuit calendar. Posted on 4 May
Ullswater Yacht Club Daffodil Regatta
A record entry of over 90 boats from as far afield as Dorset and Ireland A record entry of over 90 boats from as far afield as Dorset and Ireland took part in Ullswater Yacht Club's Daffodil Regatta over the weekend of the 27th and 28th April. Posted on 4 May
Ben Schooling's first event using Musto X mainsail
A positive experience at the Stokes Bay Skiff Open I sailed the Stokes Bay Skiff Open using the Musto Skiff X mainsail. Saturday was Northerly 5-15 knots and Sunday was Northerly 7-20 knots. Both days were very gusty and shifty. I'm 74kgs, 5'10" and lightly built these days from too much cycling! Posted on 29 Apr
Musto Skiffs report from the Ovington Inlands 2024
Sam Pascoe continues his winning winter form The 2024 Ovington Inlands were held at Grafham Water where the sailors were greeted with sunshine but not a lot of wind. Thankfully, it filled in to a light but unstable 5-10 knots for the start of racing. Posted on 22 Mar
Ovington Inlands 2024 at Grafham Water
Over 70 boats racing in what felt at times like the start of spring Over the weekend of March 16/17 GWSC welcomed over 70 boats to what felt like at times the start of spring. Posted on 20 Mar
Musto Skiffs return to WPNSA for 2024 Worlds
The class organisers are anticipating a record entry for this year Musto Skiff sailors from across the globe are invited to participate in the ACO 13th Musto Skiff World Championship 2024, which will be hosted in the UK by Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) over 14th – 20th July. Posted on 16 Mar
Musto Skiff GoPro video competition
Record your footage during the Ovington Inlands this weekend The weekend forecast looks perfect for the first Musto Skiff open meeting of the year and part of the Ovington Inlands. Ovington Boats and the Musto Skiff Class Association have kindly offered to sponsor the prize for the best GoPro video of the weekend. Posted on 13 Mar