Results and Archive for 2014
Any old sails ?
Request from Rachel Alvarado at Port Edgar Yacht Club
I hear tell that there are people who throw sails away at the end of the season! I am here with a begging plea on behalf of the 707 training boats at Port Edgar. Our club boats have encouraged many a new 707 crew and quite a few new owners. Their sails are falling to bits now and we would be grateful for any further sails, they don't have to be in good nick, just functional. I would organise pick up. Thank you!
Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
19th October 2014
707s at Felixstowe Regatta
On one of the wettest weekends this sailing season two hunter 707s ventured out in the Felixstowe regatta, hosted by heaven ports yacht club, on the Suffolk Coast.
The first day promised to be windy and wet, and the weather man wasn't wrong. Both 707's were placed into IRC Class 3 and so started first with a building breeze of 20knots. Rafiki had a good start closely followed by Turbulence. The fleet then split with Turbulence opting for the right hand side, along with the larger boats in the fleet, and Rafiki sticking to the left. When the fleet joined at the windward mark the Dahler 34 'Mars' was leading the pack with Turbulence just ahead of Rafiki and keen to get down wind and gain as much as posable from the surfing conditions. Rafiki hoisted their kite and sped off down the run, closely followed by Turbulence, who decided to 'play it safe' and leave their kite in the bag. At the end off the run Rafiki had pulled away from Turbulence, to leave a 10 boat length gap. And intense race pursued, with Turbulence gaining up wind and Rafiki gaining on the run. At the finish Rafiki had held her lead and finished in from of Turbulence.
Then came race two. With 33knt gusts and big seas most crews were feeling rather wet. Rafiki lead off the line closely followed by Turbulence. At the windward mark Rafiki was leading, after a quick gybe and hoist the 'slay ride' down wind started. Rafiki's top speed pushing 18knots, with turbulence powering along behind. Upwind both 707s were being caught by the larger yachts but there extreme downwind speed meant they pulled everything back and more. Rafiki leading the fleet around the course for the whole race.
The third race was a 'round the cans' course, with Rafiki and Turbulance putting in solid results to leave them 1st and 3rd in class over night.
After a fairly hard night partying both crews ventured out into the rain on Sunday morning for the final two races. The wind was between 15 and 0 knotts leaving the 707s with a lot of hard work to maintain there overall positions. Both races pass off with flat water and periods of no wind. Both boats did very well and finished the day with Rafiki holding there lead and Turbulence finishing a very well deserved 3rd in class. Both boats did very well and with the Autumn series fast approaching (September), a local nationals in 2015 (Burnham) and boats costing around £6000 there couldn't be a better time to join this growing fleet and enjoy beating the "Big Boys". If you're interested in joining us please contact me and we will organise for you to have a go.
12th July 2014
Rathbones 707 National Championships – final results
Royal Forth Yacht Club press release
Edinburgh man beats hot competition to win national sailing event
Hot weather and hot racing dominated the Rathbones 707 Nationals this week on the Forth. It all came down to the last race, before Stewart Robertson (on Cacciatore) was awarded the overall prize.
Stewart and his (mostly) family crew sail from Royal Forth Yacht Club in Edinburgh. They didn't have the series all their own way. James Urquhart's Code Z was only a point behind after the 12 race series, having taken second place to Cacciatore in Race 11. Local knowledge may have helped, as Code Z usually races just up river at Port Edgar Yacht Club (South Queensferry) - but it didn't stop both boats being over the start line too early in the last race.
This serious level of competition extended to the rest of the fleet. Tich Summers (Seaword, Royal Forth), Neil McLure (Blue Funk, Dalgety Bay SC) followed close behind. Last year's champion Jon Powell, who was visiting from Royal Southern Yacht Club on a borrowed boat (Synchro) took 5th place overall. These three boats were within 6 points of each other. Many of the boats were only separated by one point at the end of the regatta.
Commenting on behalf of visitors from the south, east and north coasts, Alastair Mackie (Touchdown, Banff Sailing Club), said "What an extremely well run and highly competitive event. We enjoyed both the friendship in the club house and the competition on the water. Thanks to Royal Forth and the great race management".
Charlie Younger of Rathbones' Edinburgh office, commented: "our support as main sponsor of the 707 National Championships on the Forth is part of our ongoing commitment to helping sport in Scotland, having recently announced our extended partnership with Lacrosse Scotland until 2017. Rathbones is also investing in the next generation, as demonstrated by our Financial Awareness programme for schools, and other youth development initiatives. These involve sponsorship of the Education Business Awards and other educational events, including Bang goes the Borders and the Chalke Valley History Festival for Schools"
Royal Forth Yacht Club, host for the event, is increasingly hosting national championships. Close to Edinburgh city centre, it has ideal sheltered waters for keelboat sailing within a couple of miles of the harbour. Club Commodore, Mark Primrose, said "We are grateful to Rathbones and our other sponsors for their help, as well as our volunteer race management team. We are delighted that so many keelboat sailors enjoyed this event. We welcome all new sailors, and of course keelboat fleets, to enjoy good winds and sheltered waters so close to Edinburgh city centre."
Images courtesy of Ken Dougall - More here
and Rachel Alvarado
28th June 2014
Rathbones 707 National Championships 2014 RFYC Edinburgh
Final Results for 2014 National Championships
Congratulations to Stewart Roberston and the team aboard Cacciatore, the new 707 National Champions.
Updated 21st June 2014
707 Eastern Championship
The 707 Eastern Championship was hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club over the May bank holiday weekend. Eight races were scheduled over two days with seven boats competing, including four local boats, two from Suffolk and one very dedicated team traveling all the way from Scotland.
Saturday provided a very changing day for everyone with a sea and land breeze fighting for dominance resulting in very light and shifty wind. The first start had to be abandoned as the wind disappeared, leaving all the boats fighting against the tide. After a short delay the wind filled in to 6-8 knots allowing for a trapezoid course to be layed and racing began. The first beat proved challenging with most boats finding the infamous 'Burnham Mud', and positions changing several time. after some amazing team work Little Red Rooster lead the fleet in a very close fight to the finish.
After a delay for the wind to return the second race was just as close with positions constantly changing, leaving the Rooster to lead the fleet home. with wind fading and teams keen to get to the bar, races three and four were postponed until Sunday.
Sunday Proved just as challenging for the Race Management Team, but the wind filled in and allowed for three more closely fought races, including the final race where a large shift with 20 seconds making the pin end very biased, Leaving Rafiki and Race Horse fighting for the lead, with Rafiki opting to take the tidal advantage and Race Horse choosing to go inshore and take a lift along the bank. At the windward mark Race Horse lead with Turbulance hot on there heals. An Intense battle between Turbulance and Rafiki saw both boats fighting for the inside line and to avoid the mud. With a few boat lengths to the line Rafiki just pulled in front of Turbulace,resulting in Race Horse taking the gun, Rafiki in second, followed very closely by Turbulance.
|1||7032||Racehorse||Richard Bavin||Joey Thompson, Richard Turner, Angela Shephard, Kelly Nichols||RBYC||8||3||2||1||1||1|
|2||7095||Little Red Rooster||Andy Marshall||Neil McLure, James Urquhart, Dara O'Malley, Garry O'Connor||Mayo SC||13||1||1||2||3||6|
|3||7012||Rafiki||Aaron Woolf||Will Branton, Angus Stone, Tom Chipendale||Waldringfield||17||4||3||4||4||2|
|4||7033||Baby Beluga||John Lewis||Debbie de Boltz, Dave Hanson, Nick Tresidor, Jack Tresidor||BSC||19||2||5||3||5||4|
|5||7046||Beaver Hunter||Paul Gray||Bill Wright, Julia Batchelor, Rob Gray, Ollie Cook||RCYC||22||5||4||6||2||5|
|6||7105||Pocket Battleship||Andrew Prestwich||Stuart Munro, Katherine Prestwich, Bethan Prestwich, Matt Shephard||RCYC||30||6||6||5||6||7|
|7||7081||Turbulence||Chris Spark||Emma Spark, Adam Eaton, Dan Mariarty, Will Everitt||31||7||7||7||7||3|
15th May 2014
THIRD FORTH EDINBURGH 707 CUP TRIUMPH
For the third year running, the Edinburgh 707 Cup was hosted by Port Edgar Yacht Club in great sailing conditions, a pretty steady 15-20 knots Easterly wind and some sunshine!
Moved up river to avoid the Easterly swell, twelve Hunter 707s competed fiercely and good-naturedly for what has now become an established fixture in the Racing calendar.
Last year's champion, Cacciatore helmed by John Robertson was narrowly edged out of the winner's circl;e by James Urquhart and crew in Code Z helmed by Andy Marshall who managed three wins out of five races - only one point separated first and second.
Three points further back, Seaword , who despite dumping their helmsman in the water in the first race, secured good results in the last two races and third place overall. Fourth and fifth went to Jetstream, Dave Northridge and Blue Funk, Neil Maclure from the Royal Forth Yacht Club.
Too many incidents to mention and thrills and spills throughout the fleet made for a very successful day for all concerned. With special thanks to the Event organisers, Dara O'Malley, Rachel Alvarado and Karl Saville and particularly to the Race Officer, Paul Deponia and his crew on the Committee Boat who ensured a great day's racing and a timely return to shore for refreshments and Chris' now legendary BBQ.
|Position||Boat Name||Sail No||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Total|
|6||More T Vicar||7115||3||4||4||9||9||29|
7th May 2014
Photos Liz Tulloch
David Thomas Regatta
In 2014, the yacht designer and sailing legend David Thomas is celebrating 25 years as a member of the Royal Southern Yacht Club.
In recognition, the Royal Southern is inviting owners of David Thomas-designed yachts to celebrate this landmark anniversary between 9th and 11th May.
13th April 2014
Crew match for the Nationals in Edinburgh
This is going to be a great event and no one needs to miss out. Skippers who need crew and crew who want boats to sail on; I am based in Edinburgh and have offered to match people up. At the moment both of the Port Edgar Yacht Club 707's are available and need teams to sail them. If anyone wants to come up from down South/up North on their own or with a team then let me know. Skippers if you need crew, then let me know.
30th March 2014
THIRD ‘EDINBURGH 707 CUP' ON FORTH
26th April 2014
Port Edgar Yacht Club are delighted to be hosting the third Edinburgh 707 Cup this Spring. Based at the site of the new Forth Crossing, racing of these One Design Sports Boats will take place on 26th April against the jaw-dropping backdrop of the Forth Road and Rail Bridges. Around 15 boats are expected to take part in an explosive series of 5 races centred on St David's Bay.
Crews are travelling from South of the Border to compete with the very best of the local fleets from Port Edgar and the Royal Forth Yacht Clubs, including defending Champion 2013 Winner, Cacciatore helmed by John Robertson in what should be a very exciting and competitive event.
Festivities will continue ashore……. !
Any enquiries to email@example.com or Dara on 07818 456882
Photo: Liz Tulloch
24th March 2014
Eastern Area Championships
3rd - 4th May 2014
This year the Eastern Area Championships will be hosted by the Royal Corinthian YC Burnham on Crouch. It is a two day event over the first May bank holiday weekend. There will be a presentation dinner on the Sunday evening.
NOR & SIs will shortly be available on the RCYC website.
For those scattered around the country come and give Burnham a try, although a river, plenty of water to sail on & a good social scene.
Accommodation plentiful & reasonable For further details please contact me
707 Burnham Fleet Capt. & Eastern Area Rep.
22nd March 2014
Rules Change Ballot
Here is the result of the vote on change to rule 6.1.13.
24 members voted out of a possible 31, so we easily exceeded the quorum figure of 11. Indeed 77% of members voting is good by any standards, and demonstrates the success of the email voting system.
Here is a reminder of what we were voting for. The proposal is to change rule 6.1.3 from:
"Sails shall be made only by manufacturers approved to do so by Hunter Boats Ltd. The number of and approval of sail manufacturers will be reviewed every other year"
"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".
The 24 votes were as follows:
Votes for 12
Votes against 10
Abstentions 2 (these were members who have sold their boats)
The votes in favour have therefore not reached the required 2/3 majority, hence the proposal is not carried. Therefore Elvstrom remains our sole sailmaker.
The comments that came in with the votes suggest that this may not be the end of the matter. There were a small number of members that voted ‘no' because, although they were in favour of opening up to any sailmaker, they wanted the wording for the new rules to be tightened up around shape and cloth. In my view this may increase the number of votes in favour to approximately the 2/3 majority needed. However there is also a strong minority who are in favour of staying with a single sailmaker, so it is by no means a foregone conclusion.
The way is therefore open for any full member to submit a proposal with revised wording. The proposal would also need a seconder, and it would probably be best if those who are looking for revised wording were to collaborate with the proposal.
Given the success of the email voting, it makes sense to use it again rather than waiting for the AGM. The voting should be open to all Full Members who have paid their 2014 subscription. Note that our constitution allows only one Full Member per boat.
Finally, thank you to all members who voted. The number of votes shows how strongly you feel on the matter. I look forward to further discussion and/or proposals, and seeing you on the water during 2014.
22nd March 2014
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.
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!
Details on Calendar page
13th December 2013