Musto Skiff

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Musto Skiff
Class symbol
Designer Joachim Harpprecht
Year 1999
Builder(s) Ovington Boats
Crew 1
Trapeze Yes
Type Monohull
Hull weight 44 kg (97 lb)
LOA 4.55 m (14.9 ft)
Beam 1.35 m (4.4 ft)
2.35 m (7.7 ft) (with racks)
Mainsail area 11.08 m2 (119.3 sq ft)
Spinnaker area 15.5 m2 (167 sq ft) (Spinnaker)
D-PN 80.0[1]
RYA PN 847[2]

The Musto Skiff is a single-handed sailing skiff with a length of 4.55 m. It features a trapeze, asymmetrical spinnaker, wings and low weight and achieves speeds of over twenty knots, which makes it one of the fastest single-handed sailing boats.

It was designed in 1999 for the 2000 Olympic Class trials in Quiberon by Joachim Harpprecht, where it won every race in the single-handed dinghy competition. Since then, the class has attained World Sailing international status and is sailed in 20 countries worldwide. It is built by Ovington Boats Ltd in England. At the time of the design, the concept of a single-handed skiff was first met with scepticism by many observers, very similar to the initial reaction after the introduction of the 49er in 1996. The boat remains challenging to sail, and really shows its strengths when raced. World Championships occur annually and regularly usually attract in excess of 70 sailors from over 10 nations. The Class Association makes considerable effort to provide top-quality coaching to new members to improve their skill levels. The boat has become more accessible due to both the healthy availability of secondhand boats and the longevity of the boat and its components, which is testament to the lengthy development process initially, the quality of the boat build and the readiness of the Class Association to respond to feedback from its members.

In 2016, the class association agreed to rebranding as the 'Musto Skiff'.[3]


World Championship[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
2007 Malcesine  Richard Stenhouse (GBR)  Ian Turnbull (GBR)  Ian Trotter (GBR)
2008 St Moritz  Richard Stenhouse (GBR)  Roger Oswald (SUI)  Graeme Oliver (GBR)
2011 Black Rock  Daniel Henderson (GBR)  Bruce Keen (GBR)  Markus Hamilton (AUS)
2012 Weymouth and Portland  Bruce Keen (GBR)  Richard Stenhouse (GBR)  Tom Wright (GBR)
2014 Perth  Jon Newman (AUS)  Marcus Hamilton (AUS)  Thor Schoenhoff (AUS)
2015 Riva del Garda  Bruce Keen (GBR)  Jon Newman (AUS)  Dan Trotter (GBR)
2016 Carnac  Andi Lachenschmid (GER)  George Hand (GBR)  Dave Poston (GBR)
2017 Palma  Frithjof Schwerdt (GER)  Bruce Keen (GBR)  Andy Tarboton (RSA)
2018 Blairgowrie  Jon Newman (AUS)  Will Phillips (AUS)  Jamie Hilton (GBR)


  1. ^ "Centerboard Classes". US Sailing. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Portsmouth Number List 2012". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Musto and Ovington sign renewed contract". Musto Skiff Class Association. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 

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