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Scottish Series IRC Lead for Dublin Bay Boats on the Clyde

25th May 2019
The Wright brother's Mata is lying fourth after two races sailed in IRC class three The Wright brother's Mata is lying fourth after two races sailed in IRC class three Photo: Scottish Series/Twitter

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 by two points with fellow Dublin crews also holding second and third place. J109 sisterships Something Else (Brian and John Hall of the National Yacht Club) are second on nine points with Howth Yacht Club's defending Scottish Series champions Storm, Pat Kelly on 11 points.

In class three, Howth Half Tonner Harmony, (Jonny Swan) that came so close to overall victory on the Clyde last year leads by two points from Scotland's Satisfaction, Nicholas Marshall.

As Afloat previously reported, the 2019 Scottish Series has attracted a significant Irish entry. It maintains the positive upswing which the regatta has been experiencing over recent years with overall entries up on target.

Read Afloat's predictions for the overall series wins here. Racing continues today and concludes on Monday. 

Results are here

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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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