2019 Scottish Series – 24-27th May

The 707 Fleet was the largest at the Scottish Series with sixteen entrants in this one-design, ultra-competitive boat. The weather conditions ranged from breathless to blowy, suiting different crews over the days and meaning many crews got to return home with some glassware.

The top six boats swapped places constantly with the mid-fleeters of course having their moments of glory and leading at some point, but constancy pays off and Seaword eventually triumphed in Tarbert.

With seven out of the scheduled eleven races successfully completed, Seaword did not dominate: which indicates that the range and quality of skills in the fleet is improving. Even Olympic sailor Luke Patience and team struggled to fend off very tactical sailing and fierce, but friendly, competition!

The Class Association-owned boat, Miss Moneypenny, was used by Hamish Crow from Cardiff, owner of 707 Three Little Pigs based there. He gathered a capable team together of old sailing mates and their results were outstanding, coming second overall! The class-owned boat is a keeper and we expect great things from any team using her! Great to see was the Angus family team on Pocket Battleship of the two teenage boys Gregor and Rory, mum Lorna and dad Robin. They were seen as a threat as are keen dinghy sailors and have excellent tactics, and we know the parents are as excited in the competition as the boys.

For a mere £5000 you get the hull-to-hull competition without chequebook sailing, and on top of this you become part of a no-squabbling and friendly group of enthusiastic sailors. It now seems that we are attracting people from other classes and IRC divisions fed up with the expense and lottery of handicap racing. This is sailing at its most fun. For more information on boats for sale, or chartering the class association boat for an event, find us on Facebook or get in touch with the committee.

Next up for the 707 fleet is the ‘June Forth Event’ at Port Edgar YC 89 June. The Hartlepool Marina 707 Nationals, hosted at Tees & Hartlepool YC, take place 2730 June.

Sixteen 707s rafted up in the Scottish Series at Clyde – photo © Emily Smith

Overall Results:

PlaceSail NoYacht’s NameOwners NameR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1GBR7060NSeawordDara O’Malley12OCS331414
2GBR7007NMiss Moneypenny707 Class AssociationDSQ84512121
3GBR7037NBlue FunkNeil McLure/R Higgins3437812328
4GBR7023NTallulahPhil Hermiston1215456829
5GBR7052NMore T VicarCarl Allen9612931030
6GBR7064NPartial PleasureAndrew Mckeown23OCS6281132
7GBR7102NJetstreamB Hamilton/J Venton596849638
8GBR7097NMad DogNeill Ross810217111339
9GBR7110NBraveheartPeter Robinsin759965739
10GBR7003NValhallaAndrew Lawrie137713104243
11GBR7031NCrhuJames Urquhart4118101110548
12GBR7061NRammieD Smith/M Fleming613OCS121271262
13GBR7096NAutism on the WaterMurray MacDonald111211141414971
14GBR7105NPocket BattleshipRobin Angus1014101513131474
15GBR7098NJalapenoAndrew McLennan1415121115151582
16GBR7041NEastlanderTom Krzychovie1516131616161692

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