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Scottish Series
The award is for the best performance in the Scottish Series by a boat-based outside Scotland
Afloat Sailor of the Month for May John Minnis from Royal Ulster YC in Bangor on Belfast Lough has added yet another prize to his winnings with his First 31.7 Final Call taking the Causeway Cup for the best performance…
John Minnis, successful First 31.7 campaigner in Irish and Scottish waters   
We can only hope that next week's up-grading of our sailing from training events to official racing will hold up through a steadily developing season, despite the many challenges to continuing emergence from the pandemic. If it does, then when…
The 2021 Scottish Series had a much reduced IRC fleet and sailed with combined Zero and One fleet
The passage across the North Channel from Belfast Lough to the Clyde for the 2021 Scottish Series was undoubtedly a worthwhile one for John Minnis in the Beneteau First 31.7 Final Call from Royal Ulster Yacht Club. Racing at Inverkip…
Racing on Loch Fyne at a previous edition of the Scottish Series
With less than four weeks to go to the first race of Scotland's top sailing event, the revamped Scottish Series on the Clyde has received only 13 IRC entries received so far. Entry is due to close on May 14th…
Scottish Series Organisers Survey Sailors Ahead of May's Regatta
After Clyde Cruising Club decided to move the Scottish Series to the Clyde for 2021, the CCC team is working on the race programme. And in a recent communication to those boat owners having registered interest, a 'location survey' asks…
The Scottish Series on Loch Fyne
In order to protect the Scottish Series from another year of cancellation, the Clyde Cruising Club has stripped its May regatta right back to a racing event-based over multiple locations on the Clyde. In the face of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions,…
Racing at the 2019 Scottish Series
Following the earliest ever opening of registration for the Clyde Cruising Club's Scottish Series 2021, ninety-five boats had entered by Monday last for the event scheduled for 28th till 31st May at Tarbert on Loch Fyne in South West Argyll,…
Scottish Series Regatta Cancelled Over Coronavirus Restrictions
The Scottish Series, Scotland's biggest sailing event scheduled for the Clyde on May 22 is the latest yachting regatta to become a casualty of Coronavirus restrictions. In a letter to competitors issued this morning, the 2020 cancellation stated that the decision…
Scottish Series fleets were generally small in the IRC classes, except the RC35 class
Cork Harbour Olympic helmsman and Sailing Professional Mark Mansfield competed in May's Scottish Series and gives his views on the fleet at Tarbert. I raced as tactician on Stuart Cranston's new acquisition, The Ker 32, Hijacker from Strangford Lough. This boat was previously Checkmate which…
Rig tuning on Harmony in Scotland
The North Sails Ireland Team moved out of home for a few days last week and set up camp in Tarbert for the 2019 Scottish Series writes Nigel Young. Maurice O'Connell was helping Andrew Craig and his team on the…
Andrew Craig with the overall Scottish Series trophy in Tarbert
Andrew Craig of the Royal Irish Yacht Club’s very clearcut overall win with his J/109 Chimaera in the Scottish Series, incorporating the Scottish IRC Championship 2019, has been a superb demonstration of boat and logistics management, personnel selection, and good…
Racing the Scottish Series on Loch Fyne under the hills and mountains can be tricky. Approaching the mark in the hot RC35 Class, leading boat Chimaera (Andrew Craig RIYC) gets a sudden wind shift, yet still manages to carry her deflated finery round the turn. But right up her transom Something Else (John & Brian Hall NYC) and Hijacker (Stuart Cranston & J Buchanan, Down Cr C) are now hard on the wind - such as it is
The Clyde Cruising Club’s Scottish Series has long been a happy hunting ground for Irish boats and crews writes W M Nixon. We remember with particular fondness the great days of the Royal Cork YC’s Corby 36 Antix, with which…
Andrew Craig (second from right) and his victorious Scottish Series crew celebrate on the Clyde
Dublin Bay J109 Class Captain Andrew Craig of the Royal Irish Yacht Club emerged the overall winner of the 2019 Scottish Series in Tarbert yesterday in a clean sweep of IRC prizes by Irish cruiser racers after the series was…
Andrew Craig's Chimaera leads the 14-boat RC35 in Tarbert
Andrew Craig's J109 Chimaera from the Royal Irish Yacht Club continues her lead in the Scottish Series but a penultimate day challenge for the RC35 title has emerged from Strangford Lough's Hijacker, a former Irish Commodore's Cupper. Irish boats hold…
In class three, Howth Half Tonner Harmony, (Jonny Swan) continues to lead
After four races sailed at the Scottish Series in Tarbert, Dublin Bay boats continue to lead two of the four IRC classes on Loch Fyne yesterday. In the RC35 class, Irish J109s are in total control. Royal Irish's Andrew Craig on the J109 Chimaera leads a 14-boat class by six points…
The Wright brother's Mata is lying fourth after two races sailed in IRC class three
Dublin Bay boats lead two of the four IRC classes after the opening races of the Scottish Series in excellent sailing conditions at Tarbert on Loch Fyne yesterday. After two races sailed, Royal Irish's Andrew Craig on the J109 Chimaera leads a 14-boat RC35 class…

Scottish Series Background

Although the format of the Scottish Series varies little from year to year, it is interesting to see some of the changes which the event has seen over the years:

  • CYCA handicap class added to IOR (1976)
  • IOR level rating classes to reflect the popular sizes and World Championships being held in the UK
  • Separate one design class for Sonatas (1980 to date)
  • Campbeltown dropped with offshore races direct to Tarbert (1982)
  • Unique light displacement CYCA class - the forerunner of today's sportboats (1982)
  • Computer results system introduced in 1982 and now recognised as the best in the UK
  • Separate one design class for Sigma 33 (1987 to date)
  • Separate one design classes in certain years for Impalas, Sigma 38, Melges 24 and Cork 1720
  • Inner triangle to shorten courses for smaller classes (1986)
  • Points loading for offshore race reduced from 2 to 1.5 to 1
  • First racing in Scotland under Channel Handicap (1988)
  • Second racecourse for smaller classes (1989)
  • Discard introduced
  • Windward leeward races - two per day (1993)
  • Sportboat classes with no overnight races (1994)
  • Marquee on quayside for main social events (1995-2008)
  • Restricted Sail Class (1998)
  • Third racecourse for sportboats with up to three races per day (1998)
  • Day feeder races (2002)
  • Overnight and day feeder races discontinued (2005)
  • Stand-alone Tarbert Inbound and Outbound passage races introduced (2005/6)

With all these changes, some things have stayed the same:

  • Huge support from Ireland every year since 1975
  • A magnificent effort ashore and afloat from the volunteer helpers of the Clyde Cruising Club, Royal Scottish Motor Yacht Club and Tarbert Loch Fyne Yacht Club
  • Results and communications service at the forefront of technology
  • The best competition and the best social scene in the country
  • An overall Series winner, the roll call including many of the top sailors in Scotland and beyond.

Scottish Series 2021

Following the cancellation of the 2020 event, the dates for the 2021 edition of Scotland's biggest sailing event at Tarbert is: 28 May–31 May 2021

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