MPS at Cape Town International Boat Show (10-12 October 2014)

South African Sailing has recently signed up to have a large display stand at the Cape Town International Boat Show from 10 – 12 October 2014.

The stand will demonstrate all disciplines of sailing and the Musto Performance Class is very excited to be part of this new initiative.  We look forward to seeing you all at the show which will offer a 50% entry discount to all South African Sailing members on display of their membership card.

See for further details.

Successful Boat Show

The Boat Show today was a huge success.  The MPS class and two boats at the event, one inside the venue and the other out on the water.  We were fortunate to have Bruce Keen visit during the day and provide an insight into sailing a MPS and pointers on setup of a new boat.  This is very useful and it all makes a lot more sense now!

As the SE wind was fairly strong no test sails were allowed however Bruce Keen gave us a demonstration sail that showed us all how “easy” it is to control the boat and have a huge amount of fun.  We also had the local MD of the ACO Group, Marco Cassol, at the event on his first visit to Cape Town.

Many thanks to Bruce, ZVYC, and all those that made today happen.


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2013 MPS Annual Survey results …. Get an insight into the class

The results of the 2013 Annual MPS survey have been published and make for interesting reading. This is the 11th year that the survey has been completed.  Below are some key points from the survey, with the full feedback on the link:

Survey Overview
– Responses from 23 countries, solid growth of activity being show in most countries
– 32% of responses came from people who don’t own a Musto Skiff
– There is a growth of the youth section – Good to see younger sailors joining

Social Media/Communications

All metrics in the area of social media and on-line activity saw strong growth
– 67% of respondents are Facebook users but only 23% used Twitter
– 75% of Facebook using respondents “Like” the Musto Skiff Fan Page
– 93% of respondents rate the class website as Excellent or Good
– 89% of respondents rate the class on-line forum as Excellent or Good

Feedback from non-Owners
– 30 non-MPS owners are looking to join the fleet; of those 3are looking for new boats

About the sailors
– Age range of the class continues to drop as used boats become cheaper; 21% of the respondents were 29 or below
– Weight centered round 80-84kgs but it is gradually decreasing probably due to more younger sailors
– 87% of the respondents were aware that the Worlds had been attended by 105 boats

About the Events and Training
– 100% of sailors rated the competition at the European Championships Excellent or Good
– 100% of sailors rated the social events at the European Championships Excellent or Good
– 97% of trainees rated their coaches level of knowledge as Excellent or Good
– 96% of trainees rated the contribution of top sailors as Excellent or Good

About the Class 
– All MPSCA Committee Members have been re-elected
– The age categories have been agreed at Youth < 23, Master >45 and Grand Master >55
– A number of minor edits in the class rules have been passed and a new set of rules will be published following ISAF approval.
– Only 22% support pushing the class forwards for Olympic Equipment Selection; this figure declines every year – This is the lowers ever figure in response to this question.

About Future Events
– 100 respondents stated they plan to attend their local EuroCup / National Championships …
– 49 respondents stated they plan to attend Kiel Week in 2014
– Typically most people will only attend one international championships per year

About Our Sponsors
– 94% of respondents would recommend Ovington Boats
– 70% of respondents would recommend Musto Performance Clothing

About Our Sport and the Economic Environment
– 50% of respondents are being hit by the economic “squeeze” 
– This is most commonly resulting in delayed equipment upgrades and less event travel
– 78% said activity at their local club is growing or stable

Finally some interesting clips from the comments sections:

What are your thoughts about sailing as a sport in general and what the future holds?

MPS is quite an interesting challenging class but I am astonished how many beginners can learn to sail after a few hours (with lots to learn ofcause). Had about 10 beginners or sailors from other classes on my boat in 2013.

Love sailing my Musto and grateful for the helpful conversations with cttee members- a friendly lot. Glad to see Mustos multiplying in the north of Scotland.

Still too many dying classes clinging on to life, spreading people too thinly – mainly an issue in the UK. Too many leave the sport after the Olympics-focused RYA youth system.

Sailing has a good future, with the coverage of the olympics and Americas cup interest has never been higher. The hard for sailing is getting people to make the 1st steps into boat ownership.

As any full day/weekend sport (completely committed attitude to sacrifice your weekend is needed) it is under a lot of pressure as a competitive sport. This will not go way. However very succesfull initiatives such as summernight competitions at the sailing clubs seem to become bigger and bigger and get people back in dinghies.

I am new to sailing (4 years) and have only had my MPS for one month. I am interested in the challenge of learning to sail the MPS in big breeze, and in inspiring my son to love sailing (Opti now). Competing in regattas does not really excite me. I associate with like-minded sailors that sail for the joy of it.

It seems that sailing lost its attractiveness for youngsters. They prefer Playstation, etc…

It’s getting more professional with less volunteer work at regattas etc.

Sailing is a fantastic multi- faceted sport with a niche for virtually all ages, physiques, competitive instinct and depth of pocket. I think that the sport has an exciting future provided that rising costs of fuel, boat ownership, insurance and club fees don’t turn it into the elitist preserve that some already consider it to be. 

Anything else you’d like to feed back to the committee and/or the builder?

I only picked up a second-hand boat 3 months ago, but have been very impressed with the class and support from the association!

Thank you for your work! You are doing a great job!!!

Good job, good boat, thank you all.

Personally, I would like to thank the class for welcoming the growing weymouth fleet with open arms.

Good job guys, looking forward to next year and planning for Perth!

Excellent class. Huge amount of work by volunteers. I’m too light for the class to compete in windy weather but there is no other class that comes remotely near the MPS for quality of sailing and class organisation.

Doing a great job!! Keep it up. You have a fantastic product to promote and you are doing it well. I now have a second boat and am getting my kids to sail it as I believe the Musto is the best boat getting around.

MPS to be on show at the ZVYC Boat Show – 19 Jan 2014

Are you interested in seeing the Musto Performance Skiff.  The boat will be on show at the ZVYC Boat Show on 19 Jan.  Bruce Keen, the current MPS World Champion, will be on hand to provide tips on boat setup and provide us with a demo of what the Musto Skiff is capable of doing.


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Musto Performance Skiff on the water in Cape Town

After a while understanding the setup of the boat, the first MPS was launched at Hermanus Yacht Club on 8 January 2014.  Luckily the wind was light to enable us to get to understand the boat and how to sail it.  Great fun, and a few capsizes,  was had by all.


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New MPS are in Cape Town and off to new owners

The first shipment of Musto Performance Skiffs have been offloaded and are about to be sent off to their new owners once the masts have been joined.  We were very excited to unpack the boats and are very impressed by the quality of the build and the excellent packing and presentation.  Each boat has a top and bottom cover (within a bag), foil bag and rigging bag.  There is still a chance to get hold of one if you are interested – Do contact us.

Some picture of the First MPS in South Africa.


First five MPS in South Africa

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MPS have arrived but cannot get off the ship!

The first container of five MPS have arrived in Cape Town on 5 December 2013 however due to a SE wind of over 40 knots they have been unable to upload the container for the last two days.  Here is to hoping that the wind dies for a few hours and we can get the “toys” off the ship!  We are told to be PATIENT!  Would you be patient in these circumstances?

Ningbo Express awaiting unloading

Ningbo Express Container Ship awaiting unloading

MPS Skiffs on way to SA – ETA- 5 Dec

The container ship Ningbo Express is now mid Atlantic on its passage to Cape Town with its precious cargo of five Musto Performance Skiffs.  The current ETA  for the ship in Cape Town is the evening of 4 December so it is going to be a tight schedule to get the boats cleared and out of the container by the weekend.  Fingers crossed ….

Some interesting stats on the Ningo Express:

  • Length: 70.5  Musto Performance Skiffs
  • Width:  9.4  Musto Performance Skiffs
  • Current speed 17.3 knots ……


2013 Annual Musto Performance Skiff Survey

The annual Musto Performance Skiff survey for 2013 is out.  This survey has been performed for the last 11 years and is for both prospective and current owners of the Musto Performance Skiff.

Get your voice heard and complete the survey.

Complete the 2013 survey, or view the previous years survey results

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5 Musto Skiffs on Way to SA

5 New Musto Skiffs were packed into a container at the Ovington Factory on Tuesday 5 November and are awaiting the ship bound for South Africa.  The ship will leave the UK on 11 November with an ETA of 2 December in Cape Town.  Lots of excitement!

Musto Skiffs packed in container for shipping to SA

Musto Skiffs packed in container for shipping to SA

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