707s in Burnham Week 2012 1 Sep 2012
Seven boats entered for the Bank Holiday Weekend, although only five competed in Saturday’s race. Close racing between the three leading boats resulting in Racehorse squeezing past Baby Beluga to take line honours with Beaver Hunter third. On Sunday the full entry was on the water with Baby Beluga winning from Beaver Hunter and Race Horse so on Monday there was everything to play for…
Monday and five boats made the start of what was going to be a long and exciting race up and down the Roach, with short tacking against the tide with most of the Burnham Week classes. Racehorse lead from the start and looked certain to be winning the weekend, but after just coming out of the Roach for the first time broached which allowed Beaver Hunter to slip into first place, a position which was held to the finish. With Baby Beluga a non- starter in this race, the points were all square between Beaver Hunter and Racehorse with the same results, giving Beaver Hunter the win as winner of the last race.
The final Saturday of Burnham Week was contested by five boats racing for the Patricia Bowl.
Due to the south-westerly breeze, a long course was set with short windward legs across the river down to Outer Crouch 3. Beaver Hunter was the first to make it to the shallows of the north shore followed by Baby Beluga.
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The run was closely fought with all five boats in contention.
At the firstt turning mark Beaver Hunter was in the lead closely pursued by the fleet. The race continued out of the river with all the boats hugging the north shore.
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By the time the fleet got to Outer Crouch 3 for the second time Racehorse had got through Baby Beluga to second place. Beaver Hunter turned first for the beat home gaining the most of the incoming tide before it turned, with the prospect of a long short tacking beat back to the finish, but the wind shifted through 30 deg making it a fetch and therefore making it a procession to the finish line but giving more time in the bar!
You can access the results of both the Bank Holiday Weekend and the Final Saturday via the links in the right hand column.
On a sad note Swallow has now been sold and will spend it’s new life in Cornwall, but we hope we will still see John out in the 707 fleet as a crew.