26-30 May 2007




Wet and Windy - just how we like it!

After some calm and warm days in which competitors set up the tents and caravans in the adjacent field, the regatta saw cool, cloudy and at times, very wet conditions for competitors and spectators alike. However the weather was not going to deter the 60 or so competitive sailors who raced their boats to try to win one of the celebrated trophies which are a feature of this historic week. For 115 years, the Upper Thames Sailing Club at Bourne End has hosted this regatta for dinghies ranging from OKs and Fireflies to Wayfarers and Merlin Rockets and featuring the National Championships of the magnificent Thames A-Raters.

2007 saw a record number of entries with 16 Raters competing for the silverware and especially for the Queen's Cup, originally presented by Queen Victoria.

Winners in the dinghy classes were:

Firefly: Peter Cook and Janet Exelby from Frampton-on-Severn

Merlin Rockets: Pat and Jilly Blake from Cookham

Wayfarers: Roy and Judy Burnham from the home club UTSC.

OKs: Julian Burnham from UTSC

Handicap: Simon and Jemma Davies from UTSC

Overall Dinghy Class winners: Peter and Beth Brewer, UTSC in a Wayfarer.


Thames A-Rater results

Thames Champion Cup was won by Spindrift crewed by Martin Hunter, Jeremy Kearns and Mark Staite.

Queens Cup was won by SCAMP crewed by Jonathan Smith, Jens Sorensen and Adrian Hart.

Check Results section for all results.

A busy social programme went ahead without interruption thanks to the large marquee which the club had erected on the riverfront lawn. With a mix of events including Curry Nights and Barbecues, everyone had a great time. Sponsors of the week were fatface and craftinsure, so winners left with some tangible mementoes of their week as well as the precious silverware.

A raffle in aid of Sail4Cancer raised over £300 for the charity.

Upper Thames Sailing Club welcomes new members, either social or sailing.

What a great place to relax by the beautiful River Thames.