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Consistent Sailing Gives Irish Crews Two Class Wins at the Scottish Series

29th May 2017
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Pat Kelly's J109 class RC35 winner, Storm. The Rush Sailing Club yacht from County Dublin was using an innovative symmetric spinnaker as opposed to the standard asymmetric typically used by the J109 class Pat Kelly's J109 class RC35 winner, Storm. The Rush Sailing Club yacht from County Dublin was using an innovative symmetric spinnaker as opposed to the standard asymmetric typically used by the J109 class Photo: Marc Turner

North Dublin boats from Rush Sailing Club and Howth Yacht Club have won class titles at Scotland's biggest sailing event that concluded on Loch Fyne this evening.

Pat Kelly's J109 Storm from Rush in North Dublin (who also sails at Howth) has won the RC35 class and Stephen Quinn's Howth Yacht Club based Lambay Rules, another J-design, has won IRC class three.

With a score sheet that featured five results out of eight races in the top three, Kelly's consistent north Dublin crew overhauled Scottish entry Kevin and Debbie Aitken's 'Animal' on the final day to win overall. Four Irish boats were in the top six overall in the 16–boat fleet going into today's last two races. Any one of seven boats were in contention. Second was 2015 Scottish Series Champion Fools Gold (Rob McConnell) from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club.

Storm Scottish series winPat Kelly's winning crew from Rush Sailing Club and Howth Yacht Club celebrate victory on the Clyde. Photo: Marc Turner

RC35 Scottish seriesToday's final race of the RC35 class at the 2017 Scottish Series, the 43rd edition of the regatta Photo: Marc Turner

Stephen Quinn's J97 was crowned IRC3 champion when he ended the series with eight results in the top five, a very consistent showing that put him into first place but only by a single point after a weekend duel with local entry Trastada, owned by Roddy Angus and Dan Challis.  Quinn also won the event's Rose Bowl. awarded to the yacht which in the opinion of the Race Committee has given the best performance in the IRC handicap classes in the Series and the Causeway Cup, awarded to the entry from Ireland which, in the opinion of the Race Committee, gives the best performance of the IRC classes in the Series.

Lambay rules j97Stephen Quinn's J97 from Howth was crowned IRC3 champion, winning both the ‘The Rose Bowl’ and ‘The Causeway Cup’

The runner up in Class one was ‘Forty Licks’, Jay Colville's East Down Yacht Club entry.

Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore and the crew of 'Eala of Rhu' who not only won class one, but also the coveted Scottish Series Trophy and the Scottish IRC Championship. Having been a very close contender in past years and missing out on count back, it is fitting that this year in a hotly contested class after finishing on equal points with the well sailed Irish boat 'Forty Licks', McGarry counted four firsts to three for 'Forty Licks' winning 'Eala of Rhu' the class.

Other prize winners were:

- Harris Cartwright of 'Golden Fox' who takes home the Crawford McInnes Trophy for Best Under 25 Helm, sponsored by Hempel Paints.

- Hempel Paints Youth Prizes were shared between the crews of 'Golden Fox' and 'Warrior'

- Rose Bowl awarded to the yacht which in the opinion of the Race Committee has given the best performance in the IRC handicap classes in the Series - 'Lambay Rules', Stephen Quinn

- The Tarbert Shield awarded to the yacht which, in the opinion of the Race Committee has given the best performance in the CYCA handicap classes in the Series - 'Enigma', Howard Morrison

- The Anchor Hotel Trophy awarded to the yacht which, in the opinion of the Race Committee has given the best performance of all competitors in the One Design classes in the Series: 'Mayrise', James Miller

- The Lemarac Tankard awarded to the yacht which, in the opinion of the Race Committee has given the best performance of all competitors in the Restricted Sail classes in the Series - 'Argento', Ken Andrew

- The Sinbad Trophy awarded to the best family yacht, regardless of class or results, as judged by representatives of the organising committee - 'Lyrebird', Clive Reeves

- The Causeway Cup awarded to the entry from Ireland which in the opinion of the Race Committee gives the best performance of the IRC classes in the Series (other than the winner of the Sail Scotland Trophy and the Silvers Marine Scottish Series Trophy, if appropriate) - Lambay Rules, Stephen Quinn

- The Silvers Marine Scottish Series Trophy awarded to the yacht which, in the opinion of the Race Committee has given the best performance of all competitors in the Series - 'Eala of Rhu', Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore

Download selected provisional results sheets below.

Published in Scottish Series, Racing
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