Results and Archive for 2011
Scottish National Championships 24/25th September 2011
The Scottish Championships were held this year in the scenic River Forth by the Royal Forth Yacht Club over the weekend of 24th/25th September. Ten Scottish and one English boat competed in excellent racing and conditions over the two days which proved exciting and testing for both crews and rigs. Race control was expertly managed by the Race Officer and his team providing the competitors with top class windward leeward courses.
Saturday saw medium winds with Stewart Robertson's Cacciatore dominating by taking wins in Race 1 and Race 3, closely followed by Tom Patrick in Stormchaser taking race 2. Boyd Baird in Tallulah had no trouble keeping in touch with the leaders with results of 3,3,2.
Sunday brought fresher wind conditions with strong gusts which provided testing conditions especially for the lighter crews. With the stronger winds came a shift in the leaders and Tallulah proved dominant taking line honours in race 4 and race 6. Neil Mclure and his team in Blue Funk also shone in these conditions by winning race 5 and 2nd in both race 6 and 7.
After an excellent weekend racing, which saw the overall result not decided until the final race, the points were counted and Tallulah was declared Scottish Champion. Cacciatore and Stormchaser finished on the same points with Cacciatore being awarded 2nd on tie breaker.
Overall an excellent weekend racing and socialising for all crews with congratulations to Boyd Baird and the crew aboard Tallulah the new Scottish 707 champions.
Chris More (Stormchaser)
1st October 2011
By Neil McLure
Tallulah won the 11 boat fleet Scottish Championship with Titch Summers on the helm. Cacciatore, Stewart Robertson and the visitors from Scarborough, Thomas Patrick in Storm Chaser, close behind in 2nd and 3rd respectively. It was a closely competed regatta with all the places up for grabs up to the last race.
The detailed results and at least one pic are here: http://www.rfyc.org/
It was extremely windy (steady 32kts I have been told) but an excellent event and most of the fleet kept flying kites. It was a quality turnout with many keelboat honours amongst competitors i.e. Scottish Series overall, current 2011 West Highland Week overall and a previous Cowes Week White fleet overall. The Scottish Keelboat Academy also entered two excellent teams and of course there was the 2nd and 3rd placed boats form the 707 nationals.
The race organisation was top class. Royal Forth have a clock face of bouys with the start finish in the middle. So they can pick two bouys already laid for a windward/leeward. The Race Officers George and Fiona Brown got through the races with hardly a gap between the races.
Thanks to the organisers and the free lift. Hope to see everyone back next year.
Neil McLure (Blue Funk)
29th September 2011
|Boat||Owner||R 1||R 2||R 3||R 4||R 5||R 6||Pts||Discard||Points||Place|
|Storm Chaser||Thomas Patrick||SYC||2||1||4||3||2||5||17||5||12||3|
|Blue Funk||Neil McLure||DBSC||5||5||5||2||1||2||20||5||15||4|
|Code Z||Ruaridh Angus||RYA||10||12||8||9||7||7||53||12||41||9|
|Malarky||Patrick Carnie & Neil Ballantyne||RFYC||9||9||10||11||9||12||60||12||48||10|
National Championships 21st-24th August 2011
It was the turn of Scarborough Yacht Club to run the Nationals for the resurgent 707 fleet. With a local fleet of 9 boats and visitors from Scotland, Hartlepool, Burnham and Hamble, it made interesting competition for those involved.
Titled sponsorship from The Barbican and also Gill, Harken, Elvstrom and many others, gave the venue a competitive edge on and off the water.
Mixed weather and shifting winds, not only gave RYA Race Officer John Poulson some difficult decisions to make but also the whole fleet a chance, rather than the usual front runners. Defending three times champion Jon Powell sailing "Betty" from Warsash Sailing Club with our class secretary aboard, showed why a fourth year win was on cards as his boat handling and speed took him quickly to the front of most races with local boat "Storm Chaser", Tom Patrick, hot on his heels.
Scottish Champion Stewart Robertson in his well prepared "Cacciatore" and class chairman Paul Gray from Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham in "Beaver Hunter" fresh from winning both the Eastern and Northern Champs pursued them with good boat speed, waiting for an excuse to pounce on any mistakes.
Team "Outlaw", Dave Boatman and sons, another local boat, who have recently joined the fleet from the success of the Sonatas was constantly getting better throughout the series. Race wins in this twelve race series were shared between Betty, Cacciatore, Storm Chaser and Hartlepool based Sharky.
Day one with winds of force 4 saw dominance from Betty with two wins and a second; Cacciatore taking the other win with a second and a third; Beaver Hunter a second and third; and local boat Second Fiddle a third.
Day two saw lighter winds, but Betty still claimed two wins and another second. Storm Chaser a first and two seconds, with Beaver Hunter and Cacciatore a third each. Team Outlaw climbed up the fleet to third.
Day 3 had four races in a medium shifting breeze - Betty two firsts and two seconds; Storm Chaser a first and two seconds, a win from Sharky; a third from Cacciatore and another third from Team Outlaw, also a third from Beaver Hunter.
Day 4 saw force 2 wins. With Betty wrapping up the series with a day to spare, Jon Powell was banished to foredeck duties! With second and third places still very much to play for, Cacciatore took a win and a third; Storm Chaser also a win and a third, with Beaver Hunter splitting them with a couple of seconds.
|Pos||Sail No||Boat Name||Owner||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||R6||R7||R8||R9||R10||R11||R12||Pts|
|4||7046||Beaver Hunter||Paul Gray||3||‑6||2||3||4||4||3||‑5||5||3||2||2||31|
|7||7024||Second Fiddle||Anthony & Jo Dearden||‑8||3||7||6||7||5||‑9||6||8||6||4||8||60|
|9||7061||Sin Bin||R Plowright & R Littlewood||9||9||9||‑11||8||9||8||10||‑13||10||6||10||88|
|10||7079||G‑Spot||B Temple & M Eade||(15 OCS)||10||10||9||6||‑11||10||9||9||11||10||9||93|
|12||7021||Blue Rusher||Sam Usher & Tony Owen||(15 OCS)||13||12||‑14||12||12||14||12||11||13||9||13||121|
|13||7075||A Grand Day Out||Steve Bramham||(15 OCS)||12||11||12||11||13||13||‑14||12||12||11||14||121|
Northern Area Championships 8th - 10th July 2011
The Royal Northumberland Yacht Club at Blyth hosted a superb 707 Northern Area Championship over three days 8th, 9th and 10th July as part of their East Coast Week Regatta. Sadly only five 707s made the trip (it is a long way from Burnham) three local(ish) boats, one from Scotland and Beaver Hunter. We were warmly welcomed on the Thursday evening, after our long journey, with pie, chips & peas, cheap beer and a brilliant but very loud band!
The sailing conditions were good on Friday, although with a bit of a north sea swell which was much better than the day before when the East Coast Week racing was curtailed due to the loss of the course buoys in the conditions.
Race 1 started well enough for the fleet with the exception of Beaver Hunter, who was a touch too far up the course at the gun, so had to go around the ends, leaving her a fair way back! This turned out to be quite fortunate as the fleet was aiming for a mark that wasn't part of the course (club marks were used but still gave good windward leeward legs) and hadn't noticed BH heading for the right one which resulted in a win for the Beaver!
Race 2 got underway after a long break due to the stragglers in other classes still finishing, leaving some of the crew a bit nauseous due to the swell. This time the Beaver managed to stay the right side of the line. The rest of the fleet sailed the correct course and there was close racing between Sharkey, Beaver Hunter and Outlaw, who was the winner.
Race 3 was not such a long way behind Race 2 thankfully, as there was still a big swell. Again racing was close but Beaver Hunter got to the windward mark first with Outlaw and Sharkey in close combat, exciting down and up wind legs followed with BH ending up taking line honours. Back on shore a drink or two were needed so with a jug of Dark & Stormy (half a bottle of rum & a bit of ginger beer) at £5 a throw the Beaver Hunter Crewtook full advantage...
Saturday emerged! Rain, shifting light winds, swell & hangovers! Still the first race got off to a good start with the Beaver first at the windward mark with a decent gap over the rest of the fleet. Then the wind changed direction, turning the runs and beats into reaches!
Eventually the wind settled back to its original direction but by this time Beaver Hunter was well out in front for its third win of the series. After three hours of thunder storms and no wind, with two attempted starts, the rest of the racing was abandoned for the day. 'Pimms Nite' & curry followed!
Sunday produced a decent breeze and no swell. With three wins Beaver Hunter could still be beaten by Outlawwith two races still to go. Beaver Hunter again got to the windward mark first, very closely followed by Outlaw and Sharkey but an error of judgement when dropping the spinnaker allowed Outlaw and Sharkey to leave the Beaver behind.
For the next hour this remained the position with Outlaw looking the likely winner but the last leg saw Outlaw taking a different side of the course to the Beaver and Sharkey giving Sharkey its first win. Beaver Hunter finishing in second place was enough to secure the championship. The last race of the day saw Outlaw winning from Sharkey with Beaver Hunter third.
- 1st Beaver Hunter RCYC 7pts
- 2nd Outlaw SYC 9pts
- 3rd Sharkey T&HYC 13pts
- 4th Sin Bin SYC 20pts
- 5th SeaWord PEYC
Eastern Championships at Royal Corinthian Yacht Club
The May bank holiday weekend saw the 707 Eastern area championships held at RCYC. The championships were contested by 8 boats, 5 from Burnham, 2 from Hartlepool & 1 from Scarborough. After the perfect sailing conditions of the previous few days & an excellent Beer Festival at the RCYC, it came as a bit of a shock to have to sail in 27plus knots of wind on the first day. The later start gave time for the race officer Kim Allen to set an almost perfect windward leeward course to the west side of the river Roach, which due to the constant wind direction didn't need much tweaking for all three races of the day.
The first race got off to a good start for all of the fleet with the exception of John Lewis in Baby Beluga who decided that it was not very good trying to sail to windward with a Jib in 2 parts, so had to watch as a spectator for the next 3 laps. Richard Bavin in Racehorse led the fleet to the first windward mark followed by Dave Boatman in Outlaw & Paul Gray in Beaver Hunter closely followed by the rest of the fleet. Racehorse took a commanding lead down the run with only themselves & Beaver Hunter being quick to hoist their spinnakers, this then looked almost like a one (Race) horse race until a gust of wind & the wrong distribution of weight made for one of the most spectacular broaches of the day! The next 2 laps saw a closely fought race with Beaver Hunter, taking line honors from Outlaw, Andrew Hughes in Sharky & Racehorse. Unfortunately John Giles in Swallow had to retire with a detached forestay - there's no excuse for poor boat maintenance - which meant he missed the next 2 races as well!
Race 2 got underway as soon as the last boat finished the first race, Beaver Hunter had a very poor start and its crew were surprised to be in contention at the windward mark, again the race was closely fought with Outlaw, Beaver Hunter, Racehorse, Mick Hill in Swordfish, Baby Beluga & Tom Patrick in Stormchaser. This was a tight fought race with Beaver Hunter just taking line honors from Racehorse with Outlaw 3rd & Swordfish 4th, with once again Baby Beluga having a slight problem with sails, this time it was the main which when it finished in 6th place it was only held together with the 707 logo!
There was no point in having a break between races as the wind was increasing, so the race officer soon got us under way for the 3rd & final race of the day. Again it was a closely fought race around the entire course, with Racehorse again showing the fleet how to do the most spectacular broach, Swordfish was keeping out of the deep channel because of the waves but took it too far & had to be towed off the north shore!! Baby Beluga with a replacement main & jib led the race from start to finish; Beaver Hunter came in 2nd with Outlaw 3rd.
Sunday morning was very much like Saturday but with a slightly increased wind but forecast to get even stronger later in the day, Mick Hill took this opportunity to take his rib out instead of Swordfish, thus gaining some good photos of the racing & acting of a second much needed safety boat. Race 4 got off to a good start with Racehorse, Baby Beluga, Stormchaser & Beaver Hunter challenging for the lead down the run, towards the leeward mark Beaver Hunter gybed but failed to hold the spinnaker in the gust that followed, with the outcome being that the jib got caught around the forestay, with no jib it was only a matter of time before beaver Hunter met the lee shore!! Without the threat of Beaver Hunter, Baby Beluga went on to win from Storm Chaser 2nd with racehorse 3rd. Sharky 4th and Swallow 5th.
With the wind at about 30 knots the 5th race got under way, again a close race to the windward mark with Swallow right up there with the leaders (but sadly OCS). On the first lap Baby Beluga & Racehorse got away from Beaver Hunter & stormchaser, but with a better angle on the last run Beaver Hunter passed Racehorse & caught up Baby Beluga with BB just crossing the finish line ahead of BH. Unfortunately just towards the last leeward mark Outlaw lost a crew member with a serious injury, with this & the increasing wind strength, the race officer abandoned racing for the day.
Monday saw an earlier start but the wind had increased with gusts over 35 knots, the race officer Kim Allen took the wise decision to cancel racing for the day, thus bringing the championship to an early conclusion.
1st Paul Gray, Beaver Hunter 7046 (RCYC) 15pts
2nd Richard Bavin, Racehorse 7032 (RBYC) 16pts
3rd Dave Boatman, Outlaw 7041 (Hartleypool) 17.5pts
4th John Lewis, Baby Beluga 7033 (RBYC) 18pts
5th Tom Patrick, Stormchaser 7112 (SYC) 21pts
6th Andrew Hughes, Sharky 7062 (Hartlepool) 25pts
7th Mick Hill, Swordfish 7076 (RCYC) 37pts
8th John Giles, Swallow 7069 (RCYC) 41pts