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Elliott 7 - Newsletter Spring 2011
The season is almost upon us and already looking good. This Newsletter follows on from my email of 19 July.
The following new ratings have been negotiated and apply for this season:
- Class CBH with the square top mainsail 0.840
- Class SMS with the square top mainsail 0.782
Grand Prix Series
Jim Walsh will have the Notice of Race for the Series out soon.
- Make your accommodation bookings early for:
- Jervis Bay Challenge 5 – 6 November (A number of other events on in Huskisson that weekend, so get in quickly.)
- City of Canberra 3 – 4 December
- Audi Geelong Week 21 – 29 January
- Audi Sydney Harbour 9 – 12 March
- Sail Port Stephens 16 – 22 April
- Airlie Beach Race Week August – dates to be advised
The Committee is now complete. We welcome:
Mark Ward as Director, Web Site
Mark has taken over the work that Aaron Terry started and expects to have the web site operational very soon.
Simone Deane as Director, Women’s Development
Simone is planning how best to implement this role. She’ll email everyone shortly to outline her plans and seek your ideas about how to best to make the E7s the “Class of choice” for women sailors.
Greg Hill as Director, Western Development
Greg is one of the group of E7 enthusiasts who sail out of Nedlands Yacht Club in Perth.
Bio details for all your Committee Members will be included on the web site, so you know who they are and that your Association is being managed by highly capable people.
If you’d like to make any suggestions about what the Committee might do to help make the Class even better or ask any questions, please contact me at
Square top mainsail
Jim Walsh is having his existing pin top mainsail re-cut to the square top. He’ll report on his assessment of that procedure and cost for those who are thinking of using this option.
The designer of the E7, Greg Elliott of Elliott Marine, will be in Australia several times over the coming season and would like to meet E7 owners and their crews. He’ll be in Perth for the ISAF Worlds, where the new Elliott 6 will be match racing. Greg Hill will be arranging for him to get together with the E7 gang in Perth and possibly have a sail with them while he’s there.
We’re also talking with Greg about having a sail on the East Coast at some time during the season.
Replacement rudder blades
Elliott Marine has agreed to license the Association as a builder of rudder blades. Mike Green is exploring the most cost-effective way of providing a mould, to be owned by the Association, that Members may hire to have a new blade built if they break one.
Matt Owen and Andrew Reid have promised an article on tuning. Jim Walsh is looking out an article on trailer maintenance. Peter Barter is writing an article on the costs of owning an E7 and how to budget for those. I have an article on the blocks about leadership and managing a five-person crew. There will be room for others, if you would like to contribute.
Mark wants to set up a “news scroller” on the site . He’ll be looking for news of Members’ “doings”, comment about tuning and sailing the boats, reports of events and lots of photos. There will be a “Members’ Only” section to provide value to Members. Mark will email everyone shortly to seek your comments and input.
One feature of the web site will be a facility to help people charter an E7 for events such as the Grand Prix Series – get yourself and your crew on an aircraft and join in big events – bring your own sails along if you like.
We’re talking with Elliott Marine about creating closer links between their web site and ours. We’re also planning closer links and liaison with the Clubs where we all sail.
Decals for the boats
Peter Barter is researching two designs of decals to fix on the boats: o Our web address; and o A refresh for the Elliott 7 on the side of the cockpit.
He’ll be in touch with us all about those shortly.
Peter tells me there are still a few Owners who still haven’t paid their membership subscription for this season. Would you please do that and help support the work of your Association? Find Peter at
With best wishes,
Australian Elliott 7 Class Association Inc.