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Corby 33 Loses IRC One Lead to J109 as Scottish Series Enters Final Day

26th May 2024
Sigmatic (right) and the Belfast Lough entry Paul Prentice's Squawk racing in the Sigma 33 division of the 2024 Jura Scottish Series Regatta
Sigmatic (right) and the Belfast Lough entry Paul Prentice's Squawk racing in the Sigma 33 division of the 2024 Jura Scottish Series Regatta Credit: Marc Turner

On a day when the IRC and the CYCA Scottish Series fleet raced around Inch Island in Loch Fyne, the overnight leader in IRC 1, John Stamp’s Corby 33 Jacob VII (CCC) lost out to the J109 Ben Shelley’s Mocking J from Fairlie Yacht Club who now leads the 13 strong fleet by just 3 points into the final day tomorrow (27th) when he presumably hopes he can discard the retiral in Race 7. Shelley won last year’s overall RC35 Scottish championships.

In CYCA, the best result is for the CYCA Restricted visitor from across the North Channel in Strangford Lough Yacht Club, Stevie Andrews. His Hanse 371 (who managed to get the number 3701), Dark and Scary, counted five first places to make his mark in that 13-boat class.

Other impressive results can be seen in the Hunter 707 division where Eddie Batchelor’s Tsunami has a string of firsts living up to the boat’s name.

But leading less comfortably is Alan Dunnet’s Swan 36 Valhalla of Ashton (CCC), which holds a lead of just one point from Rory Chalmers’ Mustang 30 Sleipnir. Dunnet must also be hoping to use the retirement as a discard.

A spinnaker run at the 2024 Scottish Series Photo: Marc TurnerA spinnaker run at the 2024 Scottish Series Photo: Marc Turner

The Etchells have produced a solid leader in Bounce Back (Stephen Rarity) from Gourock whose five firsts give a secure position at the top of the fleet. James Miller’s Mayrise still leads the One Design Sigma 33 Class with the Belfast Lough entry, Squawk (Paul Prentice) hovering in the middle of the fleet.

Tomorrow is the final day of the Jura-sponsored four-day Scottish Series, and the wind is forecast to be light. The weather is dreich in Scottish terms.

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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 2025

The dates for the 2025 edition of Scotland's biggest sailing event at Tarbert are: 23 –26 May 2025

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