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12th May 2017
UK Eastern Championships 2017
Although the 707 fleet was only six boats we had very close racing. After a long delay for the wind to arrive, Edwin got the first start off just as the wind changed, making for a port bias on the line which Little Red Rooster took full advantage of battling it out with Seaword, rounding the 'windward' first but this glory was short lived as a malfunction with the spinnaker, dropped Rooster back down the fleet, with Seaword going on to take line honours. There was then a delay for the wind to settle & a new course to be set, giving Rooster time to saviour the delights of the bowl of trifle! Race two was closely contested by all boats with Seaword taking line honours again. Race three started in a freshening breeze & again it was closely contested by all boats with Seaword triumphing again. It was the same for race four but with Rooster retiring with gear failure.
Sunday saw windy conditions with gusts in excess of 30knots so the race officer set a postponement, after 2hours the fleet decided that we would go for an abandonment as it was felt that there would not be enough time for more than 1 race should the conditions change, which they did, for the visitors to be craned out and with 4 bullets for Seaword, the championship was already decided.
The battle for the next 3 places all went to count back as all 3 were on 14 points. Sharky 2nd, Baby Beluga 3rd with Beaver Hunter 4th. Racehorse was 5th & the Rooster was 6th.
Thanks go to race officer Edwin & his team for getting enough races in for the championship. Thanks also go to both Seaword who travelled all the way from Edinburgh & Sharky from Hartlepool to make this a good event. Footnote; why does Racehorse like buoys so much? Does it like to be tethered!??
Image Ⓒ Roger Mant
4th May 2017
Edinburgh Cup 2017
707's Edinburgh Cup at Port Edgar 24th April
Four boats could have won the Edinburgh Cup as it went down to the last race. Competition doesn't get much better than this.
The 707 Edinburgh Cup comprises five races in one day. No discards. So, do you sail cautiously to ensure consistent results? Or do you go for gold? Well the 707 fleet obviously has the latter attitude, which makes for scintillating racing - and of course some great mishaps.
The forecast for Sunday the 23rd of April was for light winds rising to perhaps 20knots as the day went on. Fifteen boats of the five sailor crews entered in anticipation of good conditions and tactical courses. They weren't disappointed with the experienced Race Officer team of Margaret Tait and Paul Deponio setting things up very well and offering fair sailing in the gusty conditions.
A number of teams came to the event and it was great to see an all-female team headed up by Rachel Alvaredo who confirmed they would also be at the Nationals, so serious practice is taking place.
Edinburgh University surprised one of the more experienced boats on the spinnaker run to the start as they easily sailed past. It was only later on a windy beat that it was calculated that they were 20st/220KG lighter - two additional people on the rail would have made the difference as they have the skills.They came 7th overall too.
For many this was the first day of racing this year, so the rising wind and gusts caused a number of incidents, and a lot of fun. Trying to remember all the good stuff from the previous year was a proving hard for some, but it was gradually coming back, and the racing got tougher. The startlines were busy with boats determined not to give an inch and yet not a single recall. The wind was strong enough to cause a few broaches, wide mark roundings and wild spinnaker runs which brought on either grimaces or beaming smiles..
So, it was all down to the final race with any one of four boats, Sharky, Bluefunk, Rammie, and More-T-Vicar with chance to win. Sharky led from the start and in clearer wind set a little distance between the leading five boats, and looked set to win. However, as they rounded up to beat for what they thought was the third lap, More-T-Vicar, Rammie and Seaword made a dash for the line having read the course correctly, and finishing in that order separated by just 6 feet.
As the other boats remarked whilst waiting for the final result to be announced as the leaders were on equal points. The only comment mustered from the boat beaten to second place on count-back was; More-T-Vicar?
Congratulations to Carl Allen and the More-T team who are winners of the Edinburgh Cup for the second year running.
4th May 2017
UK National Championships 2017
Port Edgar Yacht Club will be welcoming all of the 707 teams to what should be a bonanza event on the Forth estuary near Edinburgh.
The waters of the Forth are great for sailing with just enough tide and interesting options to create tremendous courses and great sailing conditions.
We are aiming for 12 championship races over 4 days, and for good-wind reasons, these will be held away from the bridges in good established event areas.
However we have also proposed a 'Bridge Race' as a pre-event race. This will take place under the three iconic Forth bridges. It should really be some spectacle.
This year we are aiming for at least 30 boats to be on the start line. There were twenty two boats at the last event on the Forth under the auspices of Royal Forth YC. We move slightly up river to Port Edgar for his event. A fleet this size obviously produces 150+ competitors and therefore a fun social is also guaranteed.
In true Scottish generosity it currently looks like we have arranged for:
On-site, free camping
Free lift-in and out, and Free berthing .................
More details on the Calendar page.
Entry form and full details on the Port Edgar website.
Poster full size download (pdf)
16th March 2017
2016 Results Table
Below is a link to download the 2016 results in Excel spreadsheet format.
All results for 2016
8th February 2017
Happy New Year
Now the January blues are nearly over we can start looking ahead at the 707 sailing season.
We have a lot planned for this year and would love to see all the 707's that are owned out on the water racing this season. The 2017 calendar is now on the website so please starting getting the events down in your own diaries. If any assistance is required getting to events, whether that be travel, accommodation or crew please let me know and we would be happy to help.
The 2016 agm minutes have been issued via email and are on the 707 website.
Membership was due on the 1st January the fees have now changed and is £30 per boat per year or £10 per event for hired boats. The Membership form for 2017 is on the website. All boats who join this year will get new coach roof stickers to make the boats look tidy and to advertise the class. These will be issued by the area reps to save on postage, but please contact either myself or Julia if you aren't near an area rep.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the water.
18th January 2017
2017 Event Dates
Event dates for 2017. Please check with the relevant club website for confirmation.
|23rd||Edinburgh Cup||Port Edgar YC||Scottish Traveller Series Event|
|29th-30th||Eastern Championships||Royal Corinthian YC Burnham|
|13th-14th||Savills Kip Regatta (Scottish Championships)||Inverkip||Scottish Traveller Series Event|
|26th-29th||Scottish Series||Tarbert - Clyde Cruising Club||Scottish Traveller Series Event|
|29th June - 2nd July||UK National Championships||PEYC/PEW|
|29th July - 5th August||Cowes Week||Combined Cowes Clubs|
|6th-13th August||Falmouth Week||Combined Clubs Falmouth|
|19th-20th August||Northern Championships||Tees & Hartlepool YC|
|26th August - 2nd September||Burnham Week||Combined Clubs Burnham|
|16th-17th||Port Edgar Watersports' Sprints Slam||Port Edgar Watersports||Scottish Traveller Series Event|
|30th September - 1st October||Banff Event||Banff Sailing Club||Scottish Traveller Series Event|
|Southern Championships TBC|
18th January 2017
Richard George Plowright-sadly passed away on Saturday 22nd October after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor just five weeks earlier.
Richard was the other half of a long sailing partnership with myself, lasting over twenty five years, and we were appropriately nicknamed "Little Rich" and "Big Rich"
Many of you will remember him at the helm of "Sin Bin" now renamed "Rammie", and his Osprey "One Jump Ahead" Richard was fearless on the water, and he was always at his best - in the heaviest and roughest conditions.
He started with a 11Plus at Filey SC in 1958, and went on to sail an Enterprise & Osprey there- and later a Streaker which he sailed at Ripon SC .He won many prizes in the Osprey and Streaker and was a popular member of each fleet and club. He then joined Scarborough YC where we shared "Sin Bin" He finally achieved his personal ambition and put together a fine 43 ft yacht from Arcona and called it "Lionheart" which he sailed on the south coast.
If I could sum up Richard in one word-it would have to be "LAUGH" everywhere he went, everything he did, whether on or off the water-was always of the highest standard, but he was always laughing. He was a great person to be around and to mix with. He will be sadly missed by all his Family, friends and sailing colleagues
Thankyou Richard for the great times we had.
9th Novemeber 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Lewis this week.
As well as being known by everyone as the landlord of the White Harte, he was one of the original 707 fleet in Burnham.
He was a greatly respected and regular Wednesday night competitor as well as National and Regional events. He last sailed "Baby Beluga" in July when he entered the Nationals at Scarborough. His name appears on many Trophy's and Cup's, both junior and senior.
8th October 2016
Scottish 707 Traveller Series Results
24th September 2016