707 Northerns August 2019

Scarborough Yacht Club 707 Northern Championships 2019 – Race Report 

Crews waking up to an early start on Saturday were sorry to note the complete lack of wind. The sea looked like oily glass with not a breath of movement.

As always with the 707 Fleet sailing is the key, but not only reason we are enthusiastic about our Class, there were a few sore heads following a late night at SYC and some crews found there way around Scarborough’s finest pubs and clubs.  Turbulance and Sharky crews looked the worst effected the next morning.

Due to tidal constraints once we left the harbour we were out through the tide so as the RO and mark layer tried their best to find wind the 707s had to drift up and down with some crews managing to catch up on sleep and other crews doing their best to feed the fishes!

Thankfully after about an hour a light breeze appeared and we managed to get race 1 in before the wind dropped again. Turbulance were looking slick and finished in first place closely followed by Sharky and Tallulah. Unfortunately due to the wind falling back away to zero again the decision was made to abandon the days races and retreat back to the Yacht Club for a hair of the dog.

Scarborough Yacht Club did us proud, our hospitality was second to none.  We had a fun Saturday night with a great BBQ from Paul Lester and Nick Taylor & Party games run by Bruce Temple and Matt Eade which went down very well. After a close game of beer pong to decide the winner between A Grand Day Out and Partial Pleasure, Partial Pleasure emerged as the Party Game Champions.

Sunday looked far more promising wind-wise and we were straight underway into race 2. After a massive shift in the first race the wind finally settled into a fresh SE direction and with an underlying swell, some fast close racing ensued.

The lead changed several times as boats battled with the spring tide and many penalties were taken as the top mark was misjudged. It’s not often you are affected by such a strong tide in apparently open water, but it was a good challenging beat.

Conditions became even more perfect with sunshine and 10-18 knots of wind powering up the 707s on the beat and offering some surfing downwind as the SE swell continued.

It was great to see our Scarborough fleet in good form and keen to take on the visiting boats, we hope the enthusiasm generated might develop into even more boats sailing regularly at SYC.

It was fantastic to have Sam Kennedy and his crew from Dubai Offshore Sailing Club on the class association boat Miss Moneypenny, they got to grips with the 707 quickly and thoroughly enjoyed the racing. Humdinger initially struggled with the start sequence but quickly improved throughout the racing. Shameless had pace and had some good tussles with local rivals. A Grand Day Out & Miss Moneypenny, battled for the honour of best local boat which eventually went to A Grand Day Out without their normal challenger, Black Sheep who unfortunately were out of action due to damage from the Nationals Championships in June.

Turbulence emerged as the clear winners with 4 aces, a 2nd and a 4th, but it was always tight and any of the leading boats could have nipped it at the last minute. Ex-Class-owned boat Partial Pleasure came second only a point ahead of Hartlepool boat Sharky helmed by Andy Hughes. Even the 4th and 5th places were separated by only one race – such is the closeness of 707 racing.

Congratulations to Chris Spark and the Team on Turbulence – the 2019 707 Northern Champions.

1st Turbulance

2nd Partial Pleasure 

3rd Sharky 

4th Rammie

5th Tallulah 

6th A Grand Day Out

7th Miss Moneypenny 

8th Shameless 

9th Humdinger 

Massive thanks to our prize sponsors:

Z-spars – for a full set of standing rigging won by Partial Pleasure

Gill – for a selection of dry bags for all competitors

Elvstrøm Sails – cool bags

East Coast Marine – a knife and rigging set – won by furthest traveled boat – Tallulah

A huge thanks to all our volunteers, we couldn’t have done it without you! 

Henry Wright – Race Officer

Carl Whitehead & Filey Sailing Club – Mark Layers

South Bay Scuba & Mark Mullen on Condor – mark layers

John Margetts – Photography

Beth Rose:  Martin Cramer, Ian White, Steve Russel, Matt Eade – Committee  boat

Big thanks to Paul Wilkinson and Chris Burrows at Scarborough Harbour. Superb Crain operation by Paul and Daz and great support of the event. “

Paul Lester – Rear Commodore for the BBQ

Graham Forrest , Karren Temple , Paul Lester and Nick Taylor for keeping the beer flowing well & hitting record figures over the weekend.

Julie & the team from the Tea Pot for the pie and peas and sandwich packs on the water.

It truly was a fantastic weekend of sailing. Thanks to all the crews that made it such a fun event! Onwards now to the 707 Sprints in Port Edgar in September.

Rudi Barman

707 Northern Rep

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