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Scottish Series Organisers Survey Sailors Ahead of May's Regatta

7th February 2021
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 two questions: "Where is your vessel normally berthed" and "How far would you be willing to travel from your vessel's home base to participate in Scottish Series? The second gives a choice of four answers from up to 10 nautical miles to over 50 nautical miles.

Reaction from three Northern Ireland owners varies.

Located in Belfast Lough, John Minnis, Royal Ulster Yacht Club member and owner of the Beneteau 31.7 Final Call said, "We are based in Bangor Marina and content to travel up to 50 nautical miles".

The Royal Ulster Beneteau 31.7 Final CallThe Royal Ulster Beneteau 31.7 Final Call Photo: Afloat

His clubmate, IMX 38 owner John Harrington, also berthed in Bangor qualifies his answer; "Excession will complete the survey while we wait for news on how the event will be run and when we see that detail, we will be able to make an informed decision".

Gareth Martel, owner of the First 40.7 Pippa V1 also from RUYC says "It's all pretty easily accessible from Bangor so for me, the distance probably isn't a big factor" but in a previous statement to Afloat on 31st January, shows caution "If it looks viable nearer the time we will definitely be keen to take part".

At present, there are 106 prospective entries.

Betty Armstrong

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Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down.

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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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