Fleets

Forth – Port Edgar Yacht Club

The 707 Fleet has grown rapidly in the last couple of years, particularly in the Firth of Forth and at Port Edgar Yacht Club. It is now home to over twenty of these great one-design boats with regular club sailing and close 707 competition. We have 10-15 boats sailing regularly.

The Club has two 707s for use by club members for a nominal amount and itis a great way to try out a boat, and also get to know other 707 sailors in the Club.

PEYC is situated in South Queensferry, 10 miles West of Edinburgh, beside the dramatic sights of the , Queensferry, Forth Road and Rail Bridges. There is racing mid-week and at weekends.

Many of the 707 events are sailed on the Forth and there is a great racing calender, friendly but exceptional competititon and a great social scene. Between fifteen to twenty five boats normally compete at the Traveller competitions.

Contact Gerry Fitzgerald as the Scottish Fleet representative  gerry@fitzgerald.co.uk

Port Edgar Yacht Club, Port Edgar Marina, South Queensferry, EH30 9SQ

Clyde Fleet

The Fleet on the Clyde is developing fast with 8 boats planning to sail in the Tuesday evening East Patch racing. Some will be based at James Watt dock and others at Royal Northern and Helensburgh SC.

A number of well-known faces have cnverted to sailing the 707 due to the highly competitive fleet in Scotland.

Contact West Coast 707 representitive Dan Challis for more information danchallis@hotmail.com

Northern Fleets – Scarborough YC, Hartlepool and Tees YC and Sunderland YC

We have a resurgence of 707s  in our midst and we now have new teams and new enthusiasm with 6 boats racing regularly, especially in our Winter Series.

 Scarborough YC is one of the only clubs on the East Coast to offer winter sailing. November- March we have the Autumn and Winter series with 6 races per series run every two weeks on a Sunday. This is without doubt some of the best sailing of the year! Conditions are generally on the limits with large swell and big winds. 

Having attained Fleet status the 707’s enjoy their own start and recently racing has been changed to ensure races are held on a windward leeward course where possible.

Class-owned boat Miss Moneypennyis based here and is sailed by teams from Leeds, Sheffield and York Universities. We would encourage any other universities to contact us especially for summer sailing.

Northern representative contact is Rudi Barman rudi@terrortower.co.uk

Hartlepool and Tees Yacht Club – home to the very competitive 707 Sharky.

Sunderland Yacht Club – there are now two Club-owned 707s based at the Club.

Wales

There are currently 6 boats sailing on Milford Haven based at the many clubs in the area. We intend to base another one of the Class-owned boats there to be sailed by a University, and we understand others are keen to swell the numbers and so the Fleet will continue to grow.

Our enthusiastic Representative for Wales, Jan Gwilliam, can be contacted via Jan.gwilliam@btinternet.com

Burnham Fleet

The highlights ofthe year are the local regattas. Racing starts at Easter with The Royal Corinthian regatta then the Royal Burnham Regatta takes place over the Whitsun weekend and is followed by the Phantom Trophy series run by the Royal Corinthian over 3 separate summer weekends, focusing on offshore and long distance racing. Finally the Joint Clubs Burnham Week commences the August Bank Holiday for 8 days racing.

Racing takes place in the tidal estuary of the River Crouch and the River Roach, and is always close with many mark roundings. Racing is usually in a confined area so a reliable echo sounder is recommended but it’s not surprising for visitors to find their boat and sail handling improves drastically when heading flat out at 15 knots towards the shore in 25 knots of breeze.

RCYC have recently bought a number of 707s for use by club members and they are also available for charter.

Contact Eastern Area Rep Debbie de Boltz   via  debbiedb@hotmail.co.uk

South West/Helford River Fleet

We hold our racing mainly on Wednesday evenings starting and finishing in the river and sailing into the bay when weather permits. We have 4 main series throughout the season with sponsors providing prizes for each series. In addition we held a match racing day to home everybody�s boat handling skills, a Sat race regatta and an end of season Sat series holding 3 to 4 back to back windward leeward each day.

If anybody would like to join our fleet or are down on holiday and would like a sail then please contact the Helford River Sailing Club.

Banff Sailing Club – North East Scotland

There are 2 Club-owned boats based at Banff SC which join in the Club’s keelboat racing, and are also used for training.

Trailer-Sailed boats

Many of the boats are only used for 707 Class racing and are towed to events – we think approximately 15 of the boats are sailed this way and make up the balance of the 40 active boats we expect to see at the 2021 Nationals.