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2024 Scottish Series Notice of Race is Published

27th January 2024
The 2024 Scottish Series IRC division has 29 interested boats for the May regatta on Loch Fyne
The 2024 Scottish Series IRC division has 29 interested boats for the May regatta on Loch Fyne

It's 50 years since the Clyde Cruising Club delivered the first Scottish Series, and it has been run out of Tarbert, Loch Fyne, for the last 40 of those. This year’s event will be held from 24th till 27th May.

The 2024 Notice of Race has just been published, and now the crunch will be to see if the number of entries can reach the 2009 figure of 159, with the ‘interested’ register (now closed) standing at 150.

The early birds will benefit from an entry fee with a 15% discount in February, decreasing from 10% in March to 5% in April.

The 2024 Scottish Series schedule will incorporate one costal race, traditionally the Round Inch RaceThe 2024 Scottish Series schedule will incorporate one costal race, traditionally the Round Inch Race

At present, the highest level of interest registered is from the CYCA class, with a total of 50, including 11 in the innovative Introductory Class, which is tailored for those who are new to big event competition. The fee will include Pre-Event Racing tuition.

The IRC division has 29 interested, and the organising committee has announced that they will run the GBR IRC Scottish Championships as part of the event. The class will also have a Coastal Race around Inch Island south of the Kyles of Bute.

Despite the clash of dates with the Howth Wave Regatta, interest from Northern Ireland boats is fairly strong

The ‘interested’ register (now closed) stands at 150 for May's 2024 Scottish SeriesThe ‘interested’ register (now closed) stands at 150 for May's 2024 Scottish Series

More information here.

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 2022

Following the cancellation of the 2020 event, the dates for the 2021 edition of Scotland's biggest sailing event at Tarbert is: 3 –5 June 2022

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