2012 707 Eastern Area Championships 8 May 2012
The May Bank Holiday saw the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club host the 2012 707 East Coast Championship. The fleet of seven was greeted on Saturday morning by a overcast river Crouch and a strengthening cold north easterly breeze. The visiting team on Black Sheep was keen to learn the waters and reached the racing area in the Roach ahead of the rest of the fleet.
The windward-leeward course was set on a high tide with the start just inside the mouth of the Roach. The fleet got away cleanly on the first start with Race Horse the eventual winner. However, confusion after an individual recall in the second race, resulted in Race Horse starting minutes after the fleet. Pocket Battleship was the over-night leader
with six races left in the championship.
A cold northerly wind and drizzle on Day Two left teams questioning what month they were actually in. A flooding tide and clean starts left the fleet battling for the shallow waters, and Baby Beluga found some shallower water!
Pocket Battleship took the early lead and just managed to hold Beaver Hunter behind to take the race. Beaver Hunter made up for this by winning the next two races. A wind shift before the last race meant a good start was key.
The majority of the fleet headed for the west shore of the Roach before heading out on the long port tack to the mark. A close battle soon ensued between Marlin, Beaver Hunter, and Baby Beluga at the front, with Beaver Hunter as the eventual winner. With three wins on Day two, Beaver Hunter now held the overall lead moving into the final day of racing.
Tricky wind conditions made setting a course difficult on Day Three and after an excursion to the Roach the fleets moved up the river to Cliff just in time for one race. Short tacking up the north shore with the RBODs and RCODs made racing even more challenging, with the lead changing multiple times.
Pocket Battleship just managed to pass Race Horse after a close encounter with the windward mark. However, a final win by Pocket Battleship was not enough to take the overall top step.
Principle Race Officer Kim Allen and his team ran some great racing in difficult conditions, with Beaver Hunter ending the weekend as the East Coast Champions.