25 Sep 2014
The Elliott 7 is proving a hit in Australia. A new fleet was recently delivered and to the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Pittwater, New South Wales, and Club Coach Tom Spithall says they fit the bill perfectly. The yachts, designed by Greg Elliott, are built in China by McConaghy Boats and were delivered to the RPAYC by container, with mast and spars built by Southern Spars. On delivery they were personally commissioned and sea trialed by Elliott Marine. Greg always works closely with the clubs and coaches to ensure that a quality product and performance is achieved and that backup and support is always available. Coach Tom Spithall reports that the boats have proven up to the task as training boats for our Youth Development Program, and have been extremely popular with the program participants. The boats have also been used in the club's popular Keelboat Learn to Sail Program, and have proved to be a great training tool. The Elliott 7 is a direct development of the Elliott 6 metre design and is a one design fibre glass production yacht built to a very high specification. While it is light weight and easily handled, it is also extremely tough and durable a necessity to withstand the rigours of daily use and still deliver the exhilarating sailing required by sailors today. The yacht features a number of innovative design and build techniques and customised quality fittings and equipment. All components are engineered to exacting standards to ensure strict control of weight and provide a strong, stiff, durable and light yacht. The Elliott 7m is geared towards a real keelboat experience and the design of the boat provides high stability allowing for a wide crew weight range of 270kg-350kg. Spithall also reiterates that one great thing about the Elliott 7's they have the capability to get up and go and reward you for pushing them hard, but they also can be toned down as to not scare the life out of people trying to learn how to sail. It's really hard to try and strike a balance between the two, but I believe Greg has gotten pretty close an enthused Spithall continued that the boats had their first official regatta outing in July, participating in the RPAYC mid-winter one design regatta alongside other classes. Both members and the Youth Development Squad filled up the boats as they battled it out over the weekend. The E7's proved to be very competitive against the other classes.