National stars sail into town for event

READY FOR ACTION ... at the start line for the sailing event
READY FOR ACTION ... at the start line for the sailing event

THIS weekend sees the start of seven days of highly competitive sailing off the coast of Scarborough.

The National 707 Championships are being hosted by the seaside town this year, and Richard Craven one of the event organisers, says everyone involved is looking forward to seeing some spectacular sailing.

OVERTURNED ... this boat encounters some problems

OVERTURNED ... this boat encounters some problems

He said: “707s are best described as high performance sports boats sailed with a maximum crew of five.

“All the yachts are identical right down to the colour of their sails. The only difference between the boats is skill of the people on-board, so we’re hoping for some decent weather and some thrilling sailing action.”

Yachts from all over the country have registered to take part in the event; including boats and their crews from as far afield as The Solent and Scotland.

“Crews push their vessels to the very edge of their limits, and sometimes at their cost beyond those limits,” said Richard.

“Given the right weather conditions 707 racing can be a thrilling spectacle and I’m sure the event will attract interest from the thousands of tourists visiting the sea-front,” he added.

Yachts and their crews register for the National Championships on Saturday and competitive sailing takes place over the next four days with three races taking place each day.

“Everyone at Scarborough Yacht Club is very proud that we’re able to stage such a prestigious event, especially the crews of our own 707 fleet who are eager to test their skills against the best in the country.

“Among the competitors taking part in next week’s racing (August 21-24) is reigning 707 champion Jon Powell, from Hampshire with his yacht Betty. We’ve also got Paul Gray and his boat Beaver Hunter from Burnham on Sea, who is the current Northern area class champion. So the crews from Scarborough will be definitely up against it,” he added.

The 707 Championships will be complimented by a packed social programme culminating in a dinner and prizegiving ceremony at the Barbican bar, who are the main sponsors of the event.

After a two-day break Scarborough Yacht Club’s annual regatta takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Nick Taylor, the club’s commodore said: “A huge amount of work has gone into organising these events and everyone involved should be congratulated. Events like these promote and bring added value, not only to the yacht club but to the town as well.

“What has been organised is nothing less than a festival of sailing and a celebration of everything that is good about Scarborough Yacht Club.”