Results and Archive for 2015
2015 UK National Championships Results
Royal Corinthian YC 2nd-5th September 2015
The 707, 2015 National Championships, were hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club at Burnham on Crouch over four days from 2nd to 5th September 13 Boats entered but unfortunately one, last year's winner Cacciatore had to withdraw at the last minute. The fleet was made up of 6 local Burnham boats, 2 from Suffolk, 2 from Edinburgh and 1 from Aberdeen, who was the boat to travel the furthest and 1 boat that travelled from Hartlepool, with one crew member, Terry who flew in from Trinidad where he lives & works, just for the event instead of being on his honeymoon! - Understanding wife!!
The week kicked off on Tuesday with Welcome drinks and nibbles, hosted by ProBoat. After the race briefing, crews could then have a relaxed evening so they would be prepared for the relatively early sail down the Crouch to the racing area, outside of the waters being use for the Burnham Week Regatta.
Wednesday morning saw a light north-westerly breeze & a fast moving tide, not ideal, but with well positioned marks, a reasonable windward - leeward course was set.
Race 1 got underway after a general recall, which with the tide against the start line, showed the fleet to be very competitive. Close racing was had by all, with the exception of Rammie, who tried to 'barge in' at the committee boat end, ensnaring itself on the committee boat with the anchor line wrapped around its keel!! Luckily this coming together didn't affect the rest of the race, resulting in a win for Baby Beluga and a 2nd place for Racehorse both local boats. After some mark moving, the course was set for race 2, to allow for the changing tide, again as in all of the racing it was close, across the fleet. Unfortunately the wind started to disappear with the last boat not making the finish against the tide, within the time limit by a matter of seconds, but resulting in a win for Racehorse and a 2nd for Beaver Hunter, so was local knowledge a factor? After a long delay and a lot of course setting due to the variants of a now very light to non-existent wind, the Race officer, decided to abandon the racing for the day, with race 3 postponed until later in the championship.
Day 2, Thursday. There were 4 races scheduled for the day and with the wind coming from the west, it was easier to set the course up & down the tide, as opposed to across it. Again the racing was extremely close and the starts even closer! After just 2 races the fleet had had 7 starts! 1 from a wind change & 4 general recalls! Race 4 resulted in a win for Seaword, with Sharky 2nd, Race 5 was another win for Baby Beluga with Seaword 2nd. The afternoons racing only had 1 false start with Racehorse gaining 1st Position in Race 6 with Little Red Rooster 2nd. Race 7 saw Turbulence take a flyer on the second circuit and gained a well deserved win, with Feeling Touchy gaining 2nd, both boats best results.
Day 3 Friday. Wind direction north-westerly again! So course setting across the tide again, the Race officer, Matthew Anthony was now perfecting this and apart from a little hold up in-between 2 races for the wind to settle, the 4 races (inc. the postponed 3rd race) were near to perfect with very close racing giving SeaWord 3 first places with the other one going to Baby Beluga giving the 'Miserable Landlord' 3 well deserved wins.
Day 4 Saturday. Going into the last 2 races, bar a disaster, Seaword would win the championship, 4 wins in the bag, but RaceHorse in 2nd with 2 wins could technically beat them, this wasn't to be as SeaWord finished off the championships with another 2 wins. So becoming the 2015 707 National Champion.
The Irony of this win gave Dara O'Malley the championship as the owner of SeaWord but Helmed by Andrew Marshall who should have been sailing his own boat Code Z which couldn't make it down to Burnham for technical reasons!
Beaver Hunter from RCYC, helmed by Paul Gray, was notably consistent with no wins but no result worse than 7th, and this really paid off by the end of the event giving him 2nd place. It was hard to achieve this consistency with many boats being close to the front and then tail-enders from one race to the next.
Seaword got into their stride by the second half of the event achieving a remarkable 5 wins in the last 6 races. The rest of the fleet still swapped places with mark rounding's having as many as 3 places gained or lost, and final dashes for the best end of the line also causing a bit of stress for the race officer as boats were only one or two seconds apart at many of the finishes.
Special mention must be made of Aaron Woolf and his young team from Waldringfield Sailing Club who were sailing only four up, and yet showed flashes of real talent, and it will be good to see what they can do at future events.
Chris Spark of Turbulence sailed with a different two trainees on each of the days. The experience of such close fleet racing was described as 'awesome' and will hopefully spur them, and others, into this remarkable small keelboat.
Final positions were:
1st Seaword, Dara O'Malley/ Andy Marshall from RN&C YC
2nd Beaver Hunter, Paul Gray RCYC
3rd Racehorse, Richard Bavin RCYC
4th Baby Beluga, John Lewis RCYC
Special thanks go to Race Officer Matthew Anthony, with his team on the water of Mick King, Barbara Wright & Jane O'Brien and the Mark Layers Robin, Martin & Joe for making this a very well run & enjoyable event. Also thanks to the staff of the RCYC & the nationals committee for making my life relatively easy
Bill Wright - 707 Burnham &Eastern Area Representative
Additional words supplied by David Smith - Rammie - our new Press & Promotions Guru.
Footnote: An initiative has been started to encourage more boats to travel by forming 'hubs' around the country to host key events and provide a boat rental infrastructure.
Roll on next season and the Nationals In Scarborough!
|1||GBR7060N||Sea Word||Andrew Marshall||Royal Northern & Clyde YC||20||4||5||1||2||3||9||1||5||1||1||1||1|
|2||GBR7046N||Beaver Hunter||Paul Gray||RCYC||37||6||2||3||7||5||4||4||7||2||3||3||5|
|4||GBR7033N||Baby Beluga||John Lewis||RCYC & Crouch YC||41||1||10||9||1||4||11||6||1||5||6||6||2|
|5||GBR7037N||Blue Funk||Neil McLure||Port Edgar YC||50||3||6||5||9||6||8||5||3||7||5||2||8|
|6||GBR7095N||Little Red Rooster||Micky Wright||RCYC||51||7||4||7||4||2||6||2||6||4||9||9||9|
|8||GBR7092N||Feeling Touchy||Geoff Kimber||Creeksea SC||57||5||11||4||6||9||2||9||11||3||10||5||4|
|9||GBR7012N||Rafiki||Aaron Woolf||Waldringfield SC||73||9||7||8||11||12||5||11||9||6||4||11||3|
|10||GBR7061N||Rammie||David Smith||Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC||77||13||3||12||8||7||7||8||8||10||8||7||11|
|12||GBR7077N||Stroppy Cow||Marc Ellis||RCYC||98||11||13||11||12||8||12||12||4||8||12||10||10|
8th September 2015
Eastern Area Championships
Royal Corinthian YC 23rd-24th May 2015
The 707 Eastern Areas was hosted, as usual, by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club at Burnham over the Saturday and Sunday of the late May bank holiday weekend. Four races each day were scheduled, and six boats were entered.
The four races on Saturday were closely fought in ideal force 3 conditions, with results fairly evenly distributed between the top 4 boats. Sharky led the way followed by Beaver Hunter, Racehorse, and Baby Beluga.
Sunday's races followed a similar pattern. Racehorse had the better results but not good enough to overhaul Sharky, with Beaver Hunter 3rd, and Baby Beluga 4th. Special mention must go to Little Red Rooster who raced 2-up on Sunday, and were reasonably competitive - even managing to beat Beaver Hunter in one race! Aquaholic were not able to race on Sunday hence came sixth overall.
So congratulations to Andy Hughes and the rest of the Sharky boys, visiting from Hartlepool. Very well deserved and popular Eastern Area Champions 2015. Results can be found on the RCYC website here.
30th May 2015
Northern Area Championships
Scarborough Yacht Club 9th-10th May 2015
|Boat Name||Sail Number||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Race 6||Total Pts||With discard||Position|
|A Grand Day Out||7075||3||3||2||2||3||1||14||11||2|
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12th May 2015