Results and Archive for 2012
Scottish 707 Championship 2012
Twelve 707s battled it out on the Forth in sunshine and very strong winds over the weekend of 29 and 30 September for the honour of 2012 Scottish 707 Champion.
This year the Scottish 707 championship was incorporated into the Benromach Edinburgh Regatta, which meant that there was a combined fleet of over forty yachts divided into four classes. Five races were scheduled over the weekend on the Royal Forth YC’s mid-firth courses, but winds gusting to gale force caused the racing to be moved to the more sheltered location of Wardie Bay, just east of Granton harbour. This made for some very dramatic near shore racing watched by spectators lining the shore at Newhaven and Leith.
Saturday started fair, but blowy, and after a short postponement the decision was made to run three races close in shore. With everyone reefed, the first race was won by local RFYC boat Cacciatore, with Stewart Robertson just pipping Titch Summers in Seaword into second place. Jetstream were third, and Sharkey sailed their best race of the regatta into fourth.
There were some very exciting (and noisy) manoeuvres at the windward and leeward marks, with most boats breathing a sigh of relief when they completed the gybe. There were spectacular broaches all round, but other than a torn jib and a blown out spinnaker the 707 fleet escaped unharmed. One boat in the Division 4 (slow handicap) fleet wasn’t so lucky however, and was dis-masted on the beat.
The wind eased slightly before the second race and a couple of 707s shook out their reef. However just after the start of the race it started to pick up again, and with Cacciatore and Seaword neck and neck going downwind, Cacciatore suffered a huge broach which allowed a number of boats to get past them. With the wind really starting to build again the race was shortened at the end of the next beat, and Seaword took line honours. Ronnie Miller in Jetstream was second, with James Urquhart in Code Z third. Although Cacciatore was able to able to gain a couple of places to finish fourth, the broach would ultimately prove costly in the regatta overall.
With no further racing possible it was ashore for a buffet and a malt whiskey tasting courtesy of Benromach, the Edinburgh Regatta sponsors. This was followed by the 707 dinner in the RFYC club house – a great time was had by all, and I’m pleased to report that the bar was drunk practically dry.
Sunday started windy and dreich, but the clouds and drizzle soon blew away leaving glorious sunshine. The Race Officer’s intention was to run the remaining three races in Wardy Bay. However, once again the wind refused to cooperate, and started to build half way up the first beat, regularly gusting over 30 knots. This led to some spectacular down wind surfing from all the 707s, and some dramatic broaches among the bigger yachts in the Division 1 (fast handicap) fleet. With the wind still continuing to blow into gale force 8, further racing was impossible, and the final race went to Stewart Robertson in Cacciatore, with Titch Summers in Seaword second, and James Urquhart in Code Z third.
As the weather only allowed three races overall, no discard was possible. Congratulations to Titch Summers and the crew of Seaword on becoming the 2012 Scottish 707 Champions, and for also taking the overall Britannia Trophy awarded for 'the best overall performance in the regatta in the most competitive fleet'.
|Posn||Sail No||Boat Name||Owner||Club||Series Points||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3|
|1||7060||Seaword||Dara O'Malley||Port Edgar YC||5||2||1||2|
|2||7115||Cacciatore||Stewart Robertson||Royal Forth YC||6||1||4||1|
|3||7102||Jetstream||David Northridge & Dermot Gorman||Royal Forth YC||9||3||2||4|
|4||7082||Code Z||James Urquhart||Port Edgar YC||11||5||3||3|
|5||7062||Sharky||Anthony Cooper & Andrew Hughes||Hartlepool YC||15||4||5||6|
|6||7023||Tallulah||Simon & Susan Peakman||Royal Forth YC||20||6||6||8|
|7||7084||Eh!||Craig Paul||Scottish Keelboat Academy||22||7||10||5|
|8||7008||Apollo||Andrew Gray||Port Edgar YC||25||9||7||9|
|9||7121||Baltika||Denis Garraty||Port Edgar YC||30||8||11||11|
|10||X7102||Poimandres||Hugo Manners||Edinburgh University SC||32||DNF (13)||9||10|
|11||Malarkey||Richard & Stuart Urquhart||Royal Findhorn YC||33||DNF (13)||DNS (13)||7|
|12||Partial Pressure||Gavin Simpson||Royal Forth YC||33||DNF (13)||8||12|
10th October 2012
Photo - Liz Tulloch
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28th September 2012
2012 707 National Championships
This write up is being compiled two months after the 707 National Champs, which allows some perspective on the event. It had been decided to hold the event at Stone Sailing Club, which is a new venue for t he class, close enough to Burnham to encourage a good attendance from there, as well as visitors from further afield. The result was an excellent entry of 25 boats – the best turnout for many years, with an excellent 15 from Burnham.
The racing was held in predominantly light wind conditions, with only the first beat in the first race having enough wind to get the heavier crews all up on the rail. Nevertheless 10 out of the scheduled 12 races were sailed, and although there was plenty of opportunity for getting things wrong, the good guys made the right decisions most of the time. There was also plenty of sunshine along with plenty of rain, although the latter made life uncomfortable for those camping. Lack of wind resulted in all racing being abandoned on day3, which was a bonus for Stone SC’s bar takings, which in turn made the call AGM especially 'vibrant'.
Results can be seen elsewhere, but here are a few observations. Betty won all 3 races on day 1, but didn’t win another. Outlaw was dominant on day 2, but then scored an 18th to go with their 1st, 1st, 2nd. Every boat had at least one result in double figures, and all except three had to count at least one double figure result. Racing at the back of the fleet was at least as keen as at the front. Newcomers to the fleet Jalapeno found good speed quickly to secure second overall. Betty won the event for the 5th successive year, but by no means had things their own way.
The logistics for getting the boats in and out of the water at Bradwell Marina worked well, as did the ‘interesting’ launching facility from a flat bed trailer behind a tractor. It is perhaps fortunate that we didn’t have a strong northerly wind! Off the water, Stone SC laid on excellent social events, which were all well attended and enjoyed by everyone.
Overall then, the 2012 707 National Championship was hugely successful. The winner, once again, was Jon Powell and crew in Betty, a worthy champion once more. Next year we will be back at Scarborough. I look forward to seeing you all there.
The Burnham 707 fleet compete each year for the Phantom Trophy – one of the oldest trophies in sailing, older than the America’s cup. This year the event was run over the weekend of 14th & 15th July as a practice and feeder event for the National Championship at Stone SC.
Saturday did not look appealing with heavy rain and light winds forecast. Nevertheless seven 707s headed for out in the hope that the four scheduled windward / leeward courses could survive the conditions. In fact there was 6-10 knots of breeze and the rain was not always as bad as expected. By the end of the day Racehorse and Baby Beluga were in equal first place with positions 1, 1, 3, 3 and 3, 2, 2, 1 respectively. Beaver Hunter was regretting a decision for the event to have no discards having missed out the gate in race 2 and hence scores of 2, DNF, 1, 2.
Sunday was the 25 mile feeder race to the River Blackwater, and conditions were much improved with sunshine and 10-15 knots. The course was simple – a run out of the Crouch followed by a spinnaker reach to the Swin Spitway gap in the sandbanks, followed by a 3 hour beat against the tide to the finish off Bradwell. Racehorse led the fleet of ten boats through the Spitway followed by Pocket Battleship, Baby Beluga and the hard charging Beaver Hunter. Racehorse made a decision to make the long trek over to the West Mersea side of the channel rather than cover the fleet, which for a long time looked like a really bad decision. However with a separation of a couple of miles between the left and right hand sides of the fleet, a significant wind shift could make all the difference. “Only a 30 degree wind shift can save them now” said Paul Gray. And it did. Racehorse eventually led the fleet home with a very comfortable lead. Beaver Hunter came from the left to claim second, and Joe Blob just pipped Pocket Battleship for third.
So Racehorse was the well deserved winner of the Phantom Trophy. Full results are here. Now for the Nationals ....
16th July 2012
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13th June 2012
The reinstatement of the Southerns saw a small but competitive fleet of five 707s battled it out at the Elvstrom 707 Southern Championships hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club as part of their 175th June Regatta.
Gales battered the Solent in the week approaching the Southerns, but with a new kite up for grabs kindly donated by Elvstrom, this did not deter the two travelling boats with Sharky making the 6 hour journey from Hartlepool and Beaver Hunter from Burnham together with 3 local 707s. By Saturday the wind had abated to a consistent 25 knots which allowed for two races, but with the wind building throughout the day, the third was cancelled.
Race 1 was full of thrills and spills with many spectacular broaches but it was Beaver Hunter who took line honors ahead of Betty. The second race proved equally as challenging, but it was Betty who proved victorious. These conditions were at the extreme end of 707 sailing with boat speeds up to 16 knots being recorded and some pretty exciting downwind surfing conditions.
By Sunday conditions had eased to between 15 – 20 knots and all three races were sailed. Race 3 saw the fleet battling it out with some very close quarters sailing but the race was ultimately won by Beaver Hunter. At the final mark, Turbulence and Sharky took a different tack to the finish but Turbulence just took second place by a boat length followed closely by Sharky. Betty scored a fourth following an uncharacteristic error at the first leeward mark.
Race 4 saw the fleet divided with Beaver Hunter and Betty battling it out in front and Sharky and Tigerfeet having their own battle chasing Turbulence for 3rd place and placing Turbulence under pressure especially on the downwind legs.
Race 5 had a very close start with the 5 boats all fighting for positions at the committee boat end. Betty and Beaver Hunter accelerated away on the first beat but each boat separated with different tactics and Turbulence was the 2nd boat to round the windward mark. Betty won comfortably, but Beaver Hunter was able to secure the second place they needed on the second beat. Sharky and Turbulence battled it out to the very end and at the final mark the boats were neck and neck but Sharky crossed the finish line one second ahead of Turbulence.
Congratulations to Beaver Hunter who took the overall win just one point ahead of Betty and landed themselves a new kite, with Turbulence taking third.
Overall the Southerns were successful event with some great racing and excellent onshore entertainment with the Royal Southern hosting their red cap party to celebrate their 175th birthday, which included a Caribbean buffet and as much rum as a sailor could drink. Even the sun came out on Saturday evening to help the party go with a swing.
Hopefully see you next year!
12th June 2012
|Rank||BoatName||HelmName||SailNo||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Total||Nett|
|1st||Beaver Hunter||Paul Gray||7046N||1.0||2.0||1.0||2.0||2.0||8.0||8.0|
|5th||Tigerfeet||Matt Streeter||7022N||5.0||6.0 DNC||5.0||5.0||5.0||26.0||26.0|
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8th June 2012
Northern Championships Results
May 26th saw a strong fleet of 15 707’s once again pitched in an exciting and tight battle in Scarborough’s South Bay. Spectacular weather and good sea conditions made for a tremendous event hosted by Scarborough Yacht Club.
Saturday’s first race was begun with a generous line, slightly pin bias and most boats heading inshore on starboard for a lift from the headland. The 1st beat was into a slight swell, with seaWORD 1st to the windward mark. The racing was close with Outlaw and seaWORD neck and neck downwind to the finish, seaWORD managing across the line ahead of Outlaw followed closely by Paul Gray in Beaver Hunter.
The fleet got away cleanly once again in race two, with Stewart in Cacciatore closely followed by seaWORD. As the conditions lightened the gap widened and saw Cacciatore increase their lead. There were a series of snappy spinnaker hoists at windward mark of the course with a keen following of onlookers from the shore. Cacciatore took first place with the heavily laden seaWORD in second and the consistent Beaver Hunter third. The course saw close sailing on the downwind legs for the entire fleet with lots of jostling and quick spinnaker drops at the leward mark.
The third race was nothing less exciting at the start, with Cacciatore again striking away upwind in lighter airs closely followed by Beaver Hunter with Tom Patrick on Stormchaser settling into the groove in third. The sunshine, blue skies and light swell remained and these three boats maintained these positions to finish leaving the remaining fleet to navigate the often crowded marks.
The final race of the first day was as tight and interesting as the first! Outlaw begun excellently and led the race from beginning to end, holding off the keen rivalry of Stewartt on Cacciatore who finished second. Stormchaser took the third podium place, after which the fleet headed into their births under the headland castle ruins for a well deserved beer and hog roast on the veranda of the striking lighthouse yacht club.
Steve Parker presents Stewart Robertson with the first prize
Day two began rather more blurrily for some than others! Conditions remained superb although lighter, for the day’s races. The first race of the day and fifth of the competition allowed Beaverhunter to capitalise on the decisions of some crews to reinforce the social bonds well into the early hours! Beaverhunter took line honours followed by Outlaw, Cacciatore and Stormchaser.
Race six, and the first beat was tight as ever with Cacciatore again pulling away upwind. A large portion of the fleet sailed nose to nose up the centre of the course to the windward mark. Despite the efforts of Beaverhunter and seaWORD to claw in the lead of Cacciatore they finished first with Beaverhunter and then saeWORD following. Stormchaser close behind in forth.
The final and seventh race of the regatta was, much to their credit, as efficiently begun as those previous by the diligent race committee. They had had to move marks quickly between races even replacing at one point a misplaced lured mark without delaying the proceedings, excellent job. Not breaking from the tradition of the event Cacciatore were first off the line and up the windward beat with Outlaw close on their tail. Beaver hunter finished third and Second fiddle forth.
Stewart Robertson of Cacciatore achieved first place overall with Paul Gray on Beaver Hunter second and Dara O’Malley from seaWORD third. Many thanks to the Race Committee team in Scarborough for hosting and running a tremendously enjoyable event.
Photos Nick Taylor
12th June 2011
Press Release from Scarborough Yacht Club.
Race Report on the Hunter 707 Northern Area Championships held at Scarborough Yacht Club - 26 and 27 May 2012.
A fleet of 15 yachts took part in near perfect sailing conditions for 2 days of close and highly competitive racing.
Scarborough’s South Bay looked an absolute picture with clear blue skies. A good northerly breeze of between 10 and 16 knots graced the weekend, softening occasionally but maintaining an almost Caribbean consistency – apart from the air and sea temperature – a somewhat cooler consistency!
The generous sponsorship that allowed this level of racing competition came from The Barbican; Britania Hotels; Coates Marine; Gill; Iconic Trading; and Scarborough Marine Engineers.
The local 707 association set up the championships over 7 races and managed a superb set of windward / leeward courses, allowing the boats all the tactical opportunities you can manage.
An impressive list of visiting competitors came from Edinburgh and Burnham to challenge the existing home fleet of 9 boats.
Vice Commodore and co-owner of 707 'Black Sheep', Steve Parker said "It’s great value attracting such high quality crews from so far afield and we hope to give them a good run for their money"
The races were relatively short with 4 laps of the course each, taking around 12 to 15 minutes each. This gave considerable opportunity for sail handling, dealing with 15 boats reaching a mark within 3 minutes of each other and finding new ways of encouraging the crews to move a little more swiftly without upsetting any one (that’s what I am sure we heard on the committee boat!) making it pretty congested occasionally.
Saturday’s racing started at 10.00 with 4 races each lasting around one hour. In the lead from the start was Sea Word (O’Malley) who eventually won the race, but not without some jockeying for the lead with Beaver Hunter (Gray). Race 2 and 3 was won by Cacciatore (Robertson). The last race of the day was won by Outlaw (Boatman). Sunday was another lovely day, wind direction a little more round to the North East and slightly lighter. The first race of the day and Race 5 in the programme was won by Beaver Hunter (Gray) and races 6 and 7 by Cacciatore (Robertson)
Only the first race saw a change of lead boat in the race, all the six others were won by the wining boat at each lap. The story further down the fleet was very different with considerable changes and some great competition - even the last lap of the last race saw only a 4.5 minute difference between first and last - keen to the death these Scarborough crews.
12th June 2011
|2||14||Beaver Hunter||Paul Gray||3||3||2||(5)||1||2||3|
|6||31||Second Fiddle||Anthony and Jo Dearden||7||4||(8)||6||5||5||4|
|7||42||Black Sheep||Tom Clark & Steve Parker||(10)||8||7||9||6||6||6|
|9||56||Sharky||Andy Hughes & Ant Cooper||4||6||4||10||(16/DNF)||16/DNS||16/DNS|
|10||57||G-Spot||B Temple & M Eade||8||10||(13)||11||9||8||11|
|12||65||A Grand Day Out||Steve Bramham||11||(14)||12||12||11||10||9|
|13||72||Blue Rusher||Sam Usher & Tony Owen||12||(13)||11||13||13||11||12|
|14||75||Sin Bin||R Plowright & R Littlewood||13||12||(14)||14||10||12||14|
East Coast Championships Report
The May Bank Holiday saw the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club host the 2012 707 East Coast Championship. The fleet of seven was greeted on Saturday morning by a overcast river Crouch and a strengthening cold north easterly breeze. The visiting team on Black Sheep was keen to learn the waters and reached the racing area in the Roach ahead of the rest of the fleet.
The windward-leeward course was set on a high tide with the start just inside the mouth of the Roach. The fleet got away cleanly on the first start with Race Horse the eventual winner. However, confusion after an individual recall in the second race, resulted in Race Horse starting minutes after the fleet. Pocket Battleship was the over-night leader with six races left in the championship.
A cold northerly wind and drizzle on Day Two left teams questioning what month they were actually in. A flooding tide and clean starts left the fleet battling for the shallow waters, and Baby Beluga found some shallower water!
"Beaver Hunter" Crew, Jane O'Brien, Paul Gray, Sally Gray, Bill Wright and Barbara Wright
Pocket Battleship took the early lead and just managed to hold Beaver Hunter behind to take the race. Beaver Hunter made up for this by winning the next two races. A wind shift before the last race meant a good start was key.
The majority of the fleet headed for the west shore of the Roach before heading out on the long port tack to the mark. A close battle soon ensued between Marlin, Beaver Hunter, and Baby Beluga at the front, with Beaver Hunter as the eventual winner. With three wins on Day two, Beaver Hunter now held the overall lead moving into the final day of racing.
Tricky wind conditions made setting a course difficult on Day Three and after an excursion to the Roach the fleets moved up the river to Cliff just in time for one race. Short tacking up the north shore with the RBODs and RCODs made racing even more challenging, with the lead changing multiple times.
Pocket Battleship just managed to pass Race Horse after a close encounter with the windward mark. However, a final win by Pocket Battleship was not enough to take the overall top step.
Principle Race Officer Kim Allen and his team ran some great racing in difficult conditions, with Beaver Hunter ending the weekend as the East Coast Champions.
|1||7046||Beaver Hunter||Paul Gray||11||4||2||2||1||1||1||4|
|2||7105||Pocket Battleship||Andrew Prestwich||12||2||3||1||3||2||6||1|
|3||7032||Race Horse||Richard Bavin||16||1||6||3||2||4||4||2|
|4||7033||Baby Beluga||John Lewis, Nick Tressider||19||6||1||4||5||3||3||3|
|6||7038||Black Sheep||Steve Parker||29||3||4||5||6||6||5||6|
17th May 2012
Lawmen take first Edinburgh Cup
A turnout in double figures greeted the inaugural Omnicare Edinburgh Cup Saturday 28 April as the Boatman family team on "Outlaw" put together an impressive series to take home the spoils.
It was superb sunshine and fresh Easterlies as the fleet gathered in Inverkeithing Bay under the watchful gaze of the historic newly painted Forth Rail Bridge for the first event of the season.
Unlike painting the bridge this five race series was to be short and sharp and it was mission accomplished as the races were turned over very smartly by the experienced Port Edgar YC Race team.
James Urquhart, principle Edinburgh Leisure, Dara O’Malley, Team Outlaw and Terry Kirchin Commodore PEYC.
The fleet was very competitive with all boats showing good speed. It was good to see newcomers Poimandres working full on for the whole day, The best looking boat Seaword had some great downwind planing skills and broke into the top 4 for race three. There was an all girl team led by Rachel Alverado who put together a series in the rented boat Baltika.
It was tight at the top with seconds between the boats at times and it was bullets for four different boats over the series. These boats were 2nd ,3rd and 4th overall, respectively Jetstream (with Ronnie Millar and Dave Northridge), Cacciatore (Sarah Robertson), Blue Funk (Neil McLure and Richard Higgins).
But it was "Outlaw" (Dave Boatman) who showed the fleet the meaning of consistency with a clinical wins in race 1 and 4 and the Mackems never dropped out the top 3.
Photo is copyright Liz Tulloch
5th May 2012