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Dear 707 Class Association Member

At the 707 Class Association AGM held on 28th June 2013 the possibility of a rule change regarding sail maker was discussed. It appeared most people were in favour of opening up to all sail makers.

As a result the following rule change is proposed by outgoing chairman Paul Gray and seconded by incoming chairman Sam Usher.

6.1.3 Sails can be made by any manufacturer. Sail cloth, colour, and batten pockets must be the same as 707 sails measured up to and including 2013.

In order to adopt a rule change, all Full Class Association Members are given 1 vote, a minimum number of 11 votes (quorum) is needed, of which two thirds must be in favour.

Please could you let me have your answers by MONDAY 27th JANUARY 2014, by voting YES or NO. We will let you know the outcome by Friday 31st January. A notice will also be posted on the website.

Thank you

Julia Batchelor
707 Class Association Secretary

10th January 2014

Scottish 707s Traveller Series 2014

After the huge success of the Scottish 707 Traveller Series in 2013, when 17 different boats competed, the dates for the traveller events for the 2014 season have been announced. As for last season, there’ll be a social event on the Saturday night of each regatta, with a social event every night at the Nationals.

More details about each event will be published closer to the regatta date. Please put the dates in your diaries now, tell your partners and crew, and we look forwards to seeing you on the start line!

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13th December 2013


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You will then receive an invoice from Elvstrom and deal with them directly for payment and delivery times etc.

If you are not yet a member of the Association, you can join here for £50 for the year. Click here to download an application form. or contact the Secretary for details.

28th November 2013

707 National Championships 2014, RFYC Edinburgh


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The 2014 707 National Championships are being held over Wednesday 18th June to Saturday 21st June 2014 at the Royal Forth Yacht Club (RFYC) in Edinburgh.

As one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Edinburgh is a very popular tourist destination and offers the visitor a huge choice of accommodation. In order to make it easier to select somewhere to stay during the Nationals, we’ve produced a document with suggestions for various types of accommodation, all of which are handily located for the Royal Forth Yacht Club.

Please contact the establishments directly.

The initial poster for the event is also included above. This will be updated as we move closer to the event.

For any queries about the 2014 Nationals please contact Simon Peakman at or email the Royal Forth Yacht Club on

11th October 2013

Seaword Seize First in Scottish 707 Championship

The Scottish Championships 2013 were held at Port Edgar Yacht Club as part of East Coast Sailing Week. As always the Forth provided some excellent racing with high winds limiting sailing to just one day on the Saturday however it was exciting to say the least with winds gusting above 30 knots.

707 Scottish Champs

The Seaword team assembled under owner Dara O'Malley with Tich Summers at the helm retained the Scottish 707 championship. They were pushed hard by David Leslie and his Welsh team Kudu - who picked up a first in race 1 holding off Seaword right to the line . John Robertson on Cacciatore and his extended family were up there in their usual position pushing hard and clinched race 2 again ahead of Seaword. But in the rising wind the 'word boys took control of Race 3 and wouldn't let go taking the honours.

Sunday morning Race officer Paul Deponia made the decision to abandon racing as winds were guting upto 40 knots leaving Seaword as champions.

There was a fantastic turnout with 14 boats on the startline, tourists from Wales, an all-female crew with skipper Rachel Alvarado and strong turnout from the training fleet at Port Edgar . The sailing instructors from Port Edgar Sailing School sailing on Eh! even had time to make a recording of their efforts.

And what were their thoughts? "I think this is a very bad idea" Watch their recording

The strong turnout bodes well for the 2014 707 National Championship at Royal Forth, Edinburgh. The event will run from Wednesday 18th June to Saturday 21st June with a grand social on the Saturday night to round off the event.

We would like to invite as many 707’s from fleets across the UK to join in what promises to be a fantastic event and further confirming the renaissance of the 707 fleet. Remember Edinburgh is a great city, bring your families if brownie points won’t stretch for 5 days away without the Mrs!!!!!

26th September 2013

Scottish 707 Championships 2013

707 Norther Champs

29th August - 1st September 2013

The Scottish 707 Championships are being held this year as part of East Coast Sailing Week(ECSW) on 31st August and 1st September . ECSW is been hosted by Port Edgar Yacht Club Edinburgh and is a 4 day event from 29th August to 1st September with the Scottish 707 championship taking place on the Saturday and Sunday.

Any 707 wishing to sail all 4 days can join the sports boat fleet for the Thursday and Friday and compete in the 707 championship on the the Saturday & Sunday.

It promises to be a premier yachting occasion with a comprehensive social programme. Entry fee is £50 for the 707 championship or £65 for boats wishing to do all 4 days, entry fee includes craning.

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28th May 2013

707 National Championship

Scarborough 2013

June 26th – 29th 2013

Scarborough Yacht Club

Typically large North Sea waves and a variety of wind and weather made for exciting and challenging racing at the 707 national championship at Scarborough, North Yorkshire. The class has over the last few years dispersed from its Solent roots, with its biggest fleets now in the Firth of Forth, Yorkshire, Cornwall and Essex. Visiting boats came from as far afield as Germany, Wales, Hamble and Edinburgh to challenge the Yorkshire sailors on their home waters.

Against the magnificent backdrop of Scarborough’s beaches, cliffs and castle, the 14-strong fleet sailed 11 races on windward-leeward courses. During the week there were six different race winners.

Light winds and a strong tide on Day 1 required careful starting and strategy. In the initial race 180-degree windshifts resulted in the fleet spreading right across the course on the first run, with huge distances between various groups. The race officer shortened the course so it was a run to the finish; amazingly the fleet came together and finished en masse, local boat A Grand Day Out just holding on to first place. The overnight leader was Paul Gray’s Beaver Hunter from Burnham-on-Crouch with a very consistent 2,3,2 followed by David Boatman’s Outlaw from Sunderland.

After day 2 was abandoned due to lack of wind, the third tested crews’ stamina with five races contested in winds that rose through the day, made more challenging by a large rolling swell, powerful gusts and several hours of rain. There was the occasional broach; minor damage included spinnaker-pole fittings and a boom vang. The overall lead was taken by Jon Powell’s Betty (Warsash SC), with Beaver Hunter now lying second.

This left it all to play for on the last day with any one of six teams capable of taking the title. The wind started at about 10-12 knots but slowly clocked right and dropped through the day. The race officer sensibly reduced the length of the course to try and get as many races in as possible before the 2pm deadline. In the first race those that started at the committee boat and sailed almost to the lay line came out on top. Betty, and Cacciatore steered by John Robertson, got away and led to the finish, Betty getting the gun. Race 2 saw the same pair get away again this time Cacciatore crossing the finish line first, only to find they had been black flagged along with German boat Heizkorper (Lars Huckstadt). The pin end was favoured in the final race and with a slight left-hand shift the boats were soon tacking for the mark. Betty won the pin and cleared the fleet to lead at the windward mark and hold on to first place till the finish.

The wind dropped and saw some big moves both up and down the fleet. Sharkey (Hughes and Cooper) came through to second to go with their third from the first race of the day. Betty’s three bullets gave them the championship, while Dara O’Malley’s SeaWord (Royal Forth YC) steered by Scottish national champion Titch Summers finished the day with 4,3, 4 to take second overall from Outlaw in third.

In true 707 tradition, the Championship was hard-fought, fun, friendly and great value for money. The entry fee of £175 per boat covered lift-in, lift-out, berthing in Scarborough marina, free beers at the yacht club - magnificiently housed in a lighthouse - and three evening meals for all four or five crew, the most lavish being dinner and wine at the prizegiving party where the band played on till the early hours. An abundance of prizes courtesy of sponsors included a two-night Champagne break from Britannia Hotels, an Elvstrom jib, and a £100 Z-Spars voucher. Other sponsors were Gill, Iconic Trading, Scarborough Marine Engineers, Coates Marine, Daleside brewery and The Tea Pot Cafe

1 Betty Jon Powell 14
2 SeaWord Dara O'Malley 32
3 Outlaw David Boatman 35
4 Beaver Hunter Paul Gray 36
5 Heizkorper Lars Huckstadt 42
6 Cacciatore John Robertson 44
7 Double Trouble Christian Smart 53
8 Sharky Hughes & Cooper 55
9 Blue Funk Neil McLure 62
10 A Grand Day Out Bramham & Littlewood 69
11 Second Fiddle Anthony Dearden 80
12 Black Sheep Clark & Parker 86
13 Shameless Roger Buxton 112
14 Blue Rusher Usher & Owen 119

Sarah Norbury
Freelance journalist

28th May 2013

707 Eastern Area Championships 2013

Easterns 2013

The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham on Crouch, once again played host to the 707 Eastern Area Championships. Five local boats and a visiting boat from Scarborough competed in eight races over two days of the bank holiday weekend.

Saturday saw challenging and blowy conditions with gusts of over 25 knots. The race officers set a good course despite the changing winds and followed a trapezoid format. The day was dominated by Paul Gray and his crew on Beaver Hunter who set the early pace selecting perfect routes to first mark, although in the first race they failed to find the correct way to the finishing line, Having been disoriented by a massive broach after the last mark, allowing Baby Beluga through. John Lewis and crew of Baby Beluga tried to match the pace of Beaver Hunter and challenged for the top spot in many of the following races.

The other four boats failed to match the speed of the front two on this occasion and battled it out for the remaining spots. The day finished with Beaver Hunter ahead securing an excellent three 1st places and a second.

Easterns 2013

Sunday brought very different conditions with a light to non existent south easterly breeze. The fleet drifted its way to the committee boat start line where fortunately more wind was found.

The first race of the day, Race Five, saw a change in fortune for the lighter crew of Richard Bavin and Racehorse. The light winds suited their style and they moved away into a substantial lead. Beaver Hunter and Andrew Prestwich and crew aboard Pocket Battleship set chase and were the only three boats to finish within the 15 minute time period; Baby Beluga missed out by only seconds!

Easterns 2013

In Race Six Baby Beluga took the initiative and set an early lead closely followed by the rest of the fleet. The race remained close throughout its duration right down to the final gate where Baby Beluga dropped the spinnaker and headed for the line. Racehorse managed to hold theirs to steal first place on the line. However, in their excitement at having won a close race and whilst celebrating, managed to hook themselves around the leeward mark of the squib fleet, much to the hilarity of the 707 fleet who witnessed the entire event...

The early pace of Racehorse meant that the overall scores were getting close between the top three boats. A third win of the day for Racehorse in Race Seven, closely followed by Baby Beluga and Pocket Battleship meant it went down to the wire.

Easterns 2013

A wind shift and falling tide meant a change of course for the final race back out in the main channel. The wind picked up and so did the fortune of all crews. Baby Beluga and Beaver Hunter bolted out of the blocks into an early lead with Racehorse and Pocket Battleship, Joe Blob and Black Sheep close behind. However, the remaining four boats could not match the pace of the front two. Baby Beluga made a final push to the line finishing first, ahead of Beaver Hunter and Pocket Battleship with Racehorse coming in a disappointing fourth. Congratulations to Beaver Hunter for retaining the title of 707 Eastern Area Champion.

Easterns 2013

Our thanks must go to the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club for making all feel welcome and hosting the event, the race officers for their time and effort in preparing such close racing, the mark layers for their efficiency and help towing boats off big orange easy to see bouys. Thanks must also go to the crews that give up the time to make these events possible and a special mention to Tom Clark, Steve Parker and crew of Black Sheep for travelling all the way from Scarborough to take part.

Pos Sail Boat Owner
1 7046 Beaver Hunter Paul Gray
2 7033 Baby Beluga John Lewis, Nick Tresidder, and David Hanson
3 7032 Racehorse Richard Bavin
4 7105 Pocket Battleship Andrew Prestwich
5 7080 Joe Blob John Saunders and Richard Taylor
6 7038 Black Sheep Tom Clark Steve Parker

Richard, Racehorse

19th May 2013

Scottish 707 Traveller Series 2013

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Royal Forth Yacht Club 25th May 2013,

After the huge success of the Edinburgh Cup contested by 13 boats in April, the second Scottish 707 Traveller event of 2013 takes place at RFYC on 25th May. The Scottish Traveller is open to all boats – not just those based in Scotland – so please come and join us for a day of fun and sunshine (?) on the water, followed by a barbeque at the Club.

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8th May 2013

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Edinburgh Cup

The start on one of four Edinburgh Cup races held in the Forth off Dalgety Bay on Saturday and hosted by Port Edgar Yacht Club.

PORT Edgar Yacht Club hosted the Edinburgh Cup raced off Dalgety Bay on Saturday 27th April.

The event was won by Cacciatore of Royal Forth Yacht Club, Granton, Edinburgh, who came from behind thanks to winning the final two races in a strong field which included several 707’s from the North of England.

Cacciatore, helmed by John Robertson, started badly, finishing fourth in the opener and fifth in the second but they held their nerve to collect 11 points in tricky conditions.

The Edinburgh Cup title adds to their recent racing CV which also includes being runners-up in the Scottish title.

The wind was changeable. It was from the north for the first two races making it a challenge to set a course. It then backed to the west and the last two races saw a steadier breeze.

Second in the event was Outlaw helmed by David Boatman from Sunderland. He was the defending champion from 2012 and Boatman started with a fifth place, won race No 2, was second in the third race and fourth in race No 4 for 12 points.

Third was Neil McLure of Dalgety Bay Sailing Club who helmed Blue Funk to 17 points in the four races, coming second in the first and fourth races. A sixth in the second followed by a disappointing seventh in the third let him down.

A total of 13 yachts took part, two more than in the previous year, and the fleet included three 707’s recently brought to the Forth by new owners.


Boat Sail No Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Position
Cacciatore 7115 4 5 1 1 1
Outlaw 7041 5 1 2 4 2
Blue Funk 7037 2 6 7 2 3
Eh! 7084 7 3 3 6 4
Wild Oat 7082 3 8 4 5 5
Code Z 7062 9 2 5 8 6
Baltika 7121 6 4 14 3 7
Rammie 7061 1 11 9 10 8
SeaWord 7060 10 9 6 7 9
Synchro 7070 8 7 10 9 10
Jalapeno 7098 11 10 11 12 11
Jetstream 7102 12 11 8 13 11
Apollo 7008 13 13 11 12 13

5th May 2013

Safety Check

Safety Check

707 Owners may wish to take note of the following message from a 707 owner.

Just thought i’d mention that whilst putting up the mast and setting the rigging this weekend two of the toggles at the base of the rigging [which apparently screw into a barrel and were originally welded to keep in position] , the weld broke hence the thread would just unwind and could potentially just pop out, or screw through and put pressure on the fitting, we have replaced both and when in stock intend to replace all of them, but thought it could be worth mentioning to the rest of the fleet to check their Toggles !

14th April 2013

Sharky - How not to Gybe

Calling all Solent 707s

The Royal Southern Yacht Club have introduced Saturday morning racing during May 2013 and Sunday afternoon racing during June 2013 specifically for dayboats. The idea is to encourage more of the Solent based dayboats, including 707s, out to race and give them a home for racing in the Solent. Racing will be held close to the river and so there will be no need to motor half way across the Solent! Entry will be free for members and £10.00 for non-members. To find out more check out their 2013 racing program.

The Southern Championships also feature in the Royal Southern’s 2013 racing program and will form part of the July Regatta on 27th/28th July 2013.

A few more dates for the diary…

1st June 2013 Round the Island Race Island Sailing Club

20th July 2013 Island Double Royal Southampton Yacht Club

3rd – 10th August 2013 Cowes Week Cowes Combined Clubs

7th September 2013 Nab Double Royal Southampton Yacht Club

Royal Southern YC 2013 Racing Programme (pdf)
Royal Southern YC 2013 Racing Programme List (pdf)
Royal Southern YC 2013 Entry Form (pdf)

If there are any other dates that you wish to add, please let me know.

Natalie French

21st December 2012

New Scottish 707s Traveller Series

707 Scottish Travellers Series

Next season sees the introduction of a new Scottish 707 Traveller series, with four events planned throughout the season. A boat’s overall position in an event will count towards her series score. Three events are to count, with one discard allowed.

The intention is also to have a social event on the Saturday evening of each traveller. More information will follow as it becomes available.

Please put the dates below into your diaries, and tell your crews now so they’ve no excuses for not being available! 

27th April 2013  Edinburgh Cup Port Edgar Yacht Club
25th May 2013707 Traveller Royal Forth Yacht Club
31st August & 1st September 2013Scottish 707 Championship East Coast Sailing Week - Port Edgar Yacht Club
28th & 29th September 2013  Scottish One Design Weekend Royal Forth Yacht Club

Scottish 707s – New Facebook Group

Attention all Scottish 707 sailors! If you’re on Facebook then please sign up to the new Scottish 707 Facebook Group. You can post photos, videos, comments etc., and there’ll also be information about each event in the new Scottish 707 Traveller Series. Please send this link onto your crew members. Sign up now – it’s a great way to find out what’s happening and to keep in touch with other 707 sailors north of the border.

(NB: If the link above doesn’t work just search for ‘Scottish 707s’ in Facebook)  

Photo is copyright Liz Tulloch

Simon Peakman

28th November 2012

2013 Events, Championships, Regattas, etc.

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Updated 24th November
1st November 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.

707 Scottish National Champions 2012

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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