National keelboat winners battle in Burnham for the Champion of Champions title
The Keelboat Endeavour event consists of a series of short course fleet races, designed for teams of four to sail in 707 matched keelboats. It is an opportunity for all Keelboat Classes to compete against each other on a level playing field to fight for the Keelboat Endeavour Champion.
This year the British Dragon fleet was represented by helm Jono Brown with Mark Wade, Katie Cole and Chris Brittain. After the first day of racing, they were lying second overall. “The racing was VERY tight, 15-20 mins per race, and very quick turnaround times made it all very intense. And 23 races overall made for two long days on the water.” Chris Brittain commented.
“It was a great weekend and a great format. The 707’s was always a very good design and is perfect for this format. The organisation was excellent, congratulations to the Race team, and as always the RCYC were at their very best.”
- Cape 31 55 points
- J24 47 points
- Flying Fifteen 48 points
- Dragon 47 points
- Squib 39 points
- Illusion 33 points
- Sandhopper 28 points
- RCOD 25 points
- Ajax 23 15 points
This type of racing is designed to make exciting, high-speed sailing and minimise the spread in the fleet, and with a target time of 15 minutes per race, the emphasis is on as many short races in as quick succession as possible.
The short course fleet racing was held at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Burnham on Crouch Essex. Culminating with the prize giving on Sunday afternoon, to celebrate the Keelboat Champion of Champions.
Photos: Roger Mant
Video: Ed Aspninall