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13 IRC Entries for 2021 Scottish Series as Late Entry Fee is Deferred for Scotland's Top Sailing Event

2nd May 2021
Racing on Loch Fyne at a previous edition of the Scottish Series
Racing on Loch Fyne at a previous edition of the Scottish Series Credit: Marc Turner

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 for the May 28th event and the organisers have deferred the application of the late booking fee until Tuesday, 4th May.

As regular Afloat readers will know, in order to protect the series from another year of cancellation, the Clyde Cruising Club announced in January that it was stripping back its May regatta to a racing event-based over multiple locations on the Clyde.

In the face of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the Scottish Series organiser 'overwhelmingly' decided to do 'whatever it can to have a Scottish Series in 2021'. 

In January, CCC reported that 100 boats had reserved a spot for the regatta, with CCC saying they would to operate in a restricted manner so entrants will be invited strictly by their reservation date.

According to the Scottish Series website, (last updated on May 1), there is now a total entry of 57 boats for the event across 14 classes, the biggest division being the Hunter 707s with 12 boats entered.

Three Sigma 33s are entered including former Irish open champion Leaky Roof II and there is also a fleet of Etchell 22 one-designs.

Entry is open here.

Top Banding

The organisers have removed the top banding in the IRC divisions. Chair of the organising committee, Glenn Porter said: "With many yachts facing the prospect of racing with reduced crew numbers to ensure compliance with Covid bubble size restrictions it is hoped this measure will ensure larger yachts are not unfairly penalised whilst running with reduced crew numbers".

Shortening of 2021 event

Porter has also shortened the event, dropping the last day.  Announcing the change he said: “Organising any event in 2021 is a big challenge. We have already made some significant changes that would have been unthinkable a year ago by cancelling all shoreside events and not hosting any food or race office facilities ashore this year. This has allowed us to concentrate on a purely “on-the-water” racing event which reduces contact possibilities to a very low level. It is also important that we reduce the movement of crew as much as possible. By moving the event to the Clyde we have taken a massive step towards achieving this goal, however, it is clear that we need to take measures a bit further. As such we will be shortening the event, dropping the last day, Monday". 

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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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