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Rathbones 707 UK National Championship at Edinburgh - Overall

by Patrick Carnie 22 Jun 2014 07:32 BST 18-21 June 2014
Final action from the 707 nationals at Royal Forth Yacht Club © Ken Dougall /

Edinburgh man beats hot competition to win national sailing event

Hot weather and hot racing dominated the Rathbones 707 Nationals this week on the Forth. It all came down to the last race, before Stewart Robertson (on Cacciatore) was awarded the overall prize.

Stewart and his (mostly) family crew sail from Royal Forth Yacht Club in Edinburgh. They didn't have the series all their own way. James Urquhart's Code Z was only a point behind after the 12 race series, having taken second place to Cacciatore in Race 11. Local knowledge may have helped, as Code Z usually races just up river at Port Edgar Yacht Club (South Queensferry) - but it didn't stop both boats being over the start line too early in the last race.

This serious level of competition extended to the rest of the fleet. Tich Summers (Seaword, Royal Forth), Neil McLure (Blue Funk, Dalgety Bay SC) followed close behind. Last year's champion Jon Powell, who was visiting from Royal Southern Yacht Club on a borrowed boat (Synchro) took 5th place overall. These three boats were within 6 points of each other. Many of the boats were only separated by one point at the end of the regatta.

Commenting on behalf of visitors from the south, east and north coasts, Alastair Mackie (Touchdown, Banff Sailing Club), said "What an extremely well run and highly competitive event. We enjoyed both the friendship in the club house and the competition on the water. Thanks to Royal Forth and the great race management."

Charlie Younger of Rathbones' Edinburgh office, commented: "Our support as main sponsor of the 707 National Championships on the Forth is part of our ongoing commitment to helping sport in Scotland, having recently announced our extended partnership with Lacrosse Scotland until 2017. Rathbones is also investing in the next generation, as demonstrated by our Financial Awareness programme for schools, and other youth development initiatives. These involve sponsorship of the Education Business Awards and other educational events, including Bang goes the Borders and the Chalke Valley History Festival for Schools."

Royal Forth Yacht Club, host for the event, is increasingly hosting national championships. Close to Edinburgh city centre, it has ideal sheltered waters for keelboat sailing within a couple of miles of the harbour. Club Commodore, Mark Primrose, said "We are grateful to Rathbones and our other sponsors for their help, as well as our volunteer race management team. We are delighted that so many keelboat sailors enjoyed this event. We welcome all new sailors, and of course keelboat fleets, to enjoy good winds and sheltered waters so close to Edinburgh city centre."

More photos can be found at

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoatHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Points
1GBR7115NCacciatoreStewart RobertsonRFYC512212221661727
2GBR7031NCode ZJames UrquhartPEYC44443114142428
3GBR7060NSeawordTich SummersRFYC151811489418242
4GBR7037NBlue FunkNeil McLureDBSC66512337105101548
5GBR7070NSynchroJon PowellPEYC23103651625841048
6GBR7052NMore T VicarCarl AllenRFYC7108942951423352
7GBR7102NJetstreamRonnie MillarRFYC923101422533106657
8GBR7046NBeaver HunterPaul GrayRCYC3861216968935158
9GBR7075NA Grand Day OutChris MoreSYC117716564128137976
10GBR7062NSharkyAndy HughesTHYC8121111107141716712597
11GBR7110NBrave HeartRoger DoubalPEYC17141272210126211131198
12GBR7823NApolloMalcolm WorsleyRTYC1091368141718129912102
13GBR7061NRammieDavid Smith / Mike FlemingASYC121315571215161815118113
14GBR7024NSecond FiddleAnthony DeardenSYC151191512811147161714116
15GBR7023NTallulahSusan & Simon PeakmanRFYC1918161391171111121413117
16GBR7049NTouchdownAlistair MackieBSC181614141713101013181817142
17GBR7021NBlue RusherBruce Temple / Sam UsherSYC141517171315132120141518151
18GBR7084NEH!Andrew LawriePEYC131721181516192017171920171
19GBR2576LPartial PressureGavin SimpsonRFYC202018191818201915191616178
20GBR7098NJalapenoSteve GushPEYC161919201919181319202019181
21GBR7121NBaltikaPeter McKenziePEYC212120212017211521212121198

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