707 team racing
The call to use white sails only also brought new boats into the game safe in the knowledge that their full compliment of usual crew was not necessary for any spinnaker handling, and was welcomed by all in promoting much tighter team racing.
The Class had provided boats for the Oxford and Cambridge University sailing clubs and their Varsity Match held in June 2002, and this exiting form of racing is really taking off in the 707 class.
Racing took place around a conventional square course in a clockwise direction, and to ensure all were on their best behaviour this year brought the introduction of two umpire boats to follow up on the miscreants.
The Hamble River team dominated the first day with a faultless display (finish results, not tactics!) This left the remaining three teams fighting to entertain some closer battles, some remembering to draw on what they had watched from the America’s Cup pre-start manoeuvres. Everyone was learning fast. To redress the balance of power on Sunday, the Hamble River team kindly offered up their boat with the worst hangover to join the Hamble Combined team as a swap for the ever improving Darkness, and battle commenced again in high spirit and enthusiasm.
Everyone now looks forward to the next event, which is being planned for October 2003. There really are no barriers to getting involved, and several owners had combined forces for this event. With all girl boats entering in the Nationals in Fowey, why not go for an all girl team!
1st Hamble River SC Black Sheep, Chilli Chaser, Tartiflette 9 wins, 3 losses
2nd Royal Southern YC Doh!, Sparkle, Double Trouble 6 wins, 6 losses
3rd Warsash SC Betty, Sword, Pocket Battleship 5 wins, 7 losses
4th Hamble Combined Clubs Syncrho, Darkness, Bangers & Mash 4 wins, 8 losses