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Strong Irish Fleet to Contest Scottish Series

12th May 2019
A start of the highly competitive RC35 class at the Scottish Series on Loch Fyne A start of the highly competitive RC35 class at the Scottish Series on Loch Fyne Photo: Marc Turner

A potent fleet of Irish IRC Cruiser Racers is heading north to Tarbert this month in search of Scottish silver at the annual Scottish Series on the Clyde. There are a few Irish campaigns in each of the IRC classes this May and some likely Irish winners too.

For example, Pat Kelly's J109 Storm of Howth Yacht Club (just beaten overall at Kip Regatta) returns to Loch Fyne as the 2018 RC35 champion.

Pat Kelly's Storm of Howth Yacht ClubPat Kelly's (second from left) Storm of Howth Yacht Club is the defending Scottish Series Champion Photo:

This year she is joined in 14-boat class two by two Dublin sisterships, Chimaera (Andrew Craig) of the Royal Irish YC and Tarbert regulars Something Else (Brian & John Hall) of the National Yacht Club. The Strangford Lough Elan 37 Adelante is also entered as is the RC35 Hijacker (S Cranston&J Buchanan) of Down Cruising Club. 

J109 Something Else 2682Tarbert regulars Something Else (Brian & John Hall) from Dublin Bay Photo:

In class one, two Northern Ireland boats make up a third of the fleet with Jay Colville's First 40 Forty Licks and A, B, & J Douglas's Spirit of Jacana both making a return trip.

Forty licks 0315Jay Colville's First 40 Forty Licks Photo:

In IRC class three, two Howth Yacht Club half–tonners Mata (D & M Wright) and Jonny Swan's Harmony are entered. Royal Ulster Yacht Club Beneteau 31.7 Final Call (John Minnis) is also in this class. Back on the scene after an eventful Cork Week in 2018 is Rory Fekkes in the successfully modified First 'F'nGr8'.

Half Tonner Harmony 3418 Jonny Swan's Half Tonner Harmony from Howth Photo:

M Lowry/C Kevelighan have from Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough have entered the Quarter Tonner Manzanita and East Antrim's Richard Doig of East Antrim Boat Club has entered the Westerly GK24 Sirius in the 14-boat fleet.

And in the Sigma 33 class, Paul & Emma Prentice's Squawk from Royal Ulster Yacht Club is also travelling to Scotland.

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Published in Scottish Series, ICRA Team

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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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