Close Competitive Racing at the Keelboat Endeavour

Across two days, 10 teams completed 30 races in barely 10 degrees on the River Crouch for the 2024 Keelboat Endeavour.

The teams represented several of the one-design keelboat classes using five 707’s. The Dragon fleet was represented by Mark Wade, Heath Puxley, Rene Nel and Chris Brittain.

The short-sharp (10-15 min) races were sailed in windy (15 gusting 20+ kts) conditions in Burnham, meaning every team completed a tiring 15 races each.

On Saturday there were no spinnakers and Sunday, no spinnakers and one reef which levelled the playing field keeping the emphasis very much on racing skills rather than crew/boat handling.

Nearly every race was too close to call until the finish line and the smallest of errors would bounce a team to the back of the fleet. However, as always, some were better at it than others and congratulations to the Flying Fifteen Class who were the clear winners. But all the following places were very close, after 15 races only 4 points separated 3rd to 6th place.

Our thanks to all the volunteers and staff at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club who, as always, laid on a great weekend both on and off the water.

“I am thrilled the Dragon Class was represented at the Keelboat Endeavour event held at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club. Mark Wade and his team competed against some of the UK’s top keelboat sailors, demonstrating the strength and ability within the British Dragon fleet.”

Andy Moss, BDA Chairman


  1. Flying Fifteen
  2. Sonata
  3. 707
  4. J24
  5. Sunbeam
  6. International Dragon
  7. National Swallow
  8. Squib
  9. K6
  10. International 2.4m

Photo credit: Roger Mant, RCYC