Rathbones 707 National Championships -2014
See STV video piece about the race. See also Final Results. which includes a gallery of photos from Liz Tulloch. Additional photos on this page by Ken Dougall. Piece and info also on Yachts and Yachting.
Granton played host this year to a national sailing championship. The Hunter 707 class has a well-established fleet on the Forth, and visiting crews have come as far as Banff in the North and Southampton in the South.
This regatta is held annually around the UK coast and was won last year at Scarborough by Jon Powell. The link with Rathbones is a new venture for both the sponsor and the 707 class association.
The sailors have appreciated Edinburgh’s fantastic sunshine, and the challenging winds. The first day got off to a slow start, but the second day was very busy, with four races.
Each day ended with a social event and prize giving. The most important prize of the day was probably the race winners, although some sailors seem to think it’s the “idiot of the day”, or the random draw for a box of wine from Great Grog.
Royal Forth Yacht Club was the host for the event, and has a long tradition of hosting national championships. It is close to Edinburgh city centre and has ideal sheltered waters for keelboat sailing within a couple of miles of the harbour.
The testing winds have made it difficult for any single boat to dominate throughout. However, local sailor Stewart Robertson and his regular crew on Cacciatore were leading half way through the regatta and managed to hold off a strong challenge to gain the title. Key challengers included James Urquhart (Code Z) and Neil McLure (Blue Funk), both from the Forth. The rest of the 21-strong fleet needed some solid finishes to climb the leaderboard.
Club Commodore, Mark Primrose, said “We are delighted to have so many brilliant sailors come to Edinburgh to sail. Many are inspired by last year’s Olympic sailing, and by the America’s Cup. We want more people to start sailing, or return to it, and like all sailing clubs are happy to welcome new members. Who can resist the fresh air, exercise and camaraderie that come with this sport?” Last year’s class champion, Jon Powell, said “We are enjoying the hospitality, sport and social life at the Royal Forth Yacht Club. All of us appreciate how much effort has been put in by all the club volunteers. All of the sailors have been made very welcome.”
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Results – see enclosed
Royal Forth Yacht Club
Hunter 707 sailing boat
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There was also a very lively and enjoyable social scene which culminated with a grand prizegiving dinner on Saturday evening at theGhillie Dhu in the centre of Edinburgh.
List of Entrants for Nationals
Twenty-one boats have entered the 2014 Rathbones 707 National Championships. The full list of entries is shown on the link below: