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Strong Irish Fleet to Contest Scottish Series

12th May 2019
A start of the highly competitive RC35 class at the Scottish Series on Loch Fyne A start of the highly competitive RC35 class at the Scottish Series on Loch Fyne Photo: Marc Turner

A potent fleet of Irish IRC Cruiser Racers is heading north to Tarbert this month in search of Scottish silver at the annual Scottish Series on the Clyde. There are a few Irish campaigns in each of the IRC classes this May and some likely Irish winners too.

For example, Pat Kelly's J109 Storm of Howth Yacht Club (just beaten overall at Kip Regatta) returns to Loch Fyne as the 2018 RC35 champion.

Pat Kelly's Storm of Howth Yacht ClubPat Kelly's (second from left) Storm of Howth Yacht Club is the defending Scottish Series Champion Photo: Afloat.ie

This year she is joined in 14-boat class two by two Dublin sisterships, Chimaera (Andrew Craig) of the Royal Irish YC and Tarbert regulars Something Else (Brian & John Hall) of the National Yacht Club. The Strangford Lough Elan 37 Adelante is also entered as is the RC35 Hijacker (S Cranston&J Buchanan) of Down Cruising Club. 

J109 Something Else 2682Tarbert regulars Something Else (Brian & John Hall) from Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat.ie

In class one, two Northern Ireland boats make up a third of the fleet with Jay Colville's First 40 Forty Licks and A, B, & J Douglas's Spirit of Jacana both making a return trip.

Forty licks 0315Jay Colville's First 40 Forty Licks Photo: Afloat.ie

In IRC class three, two Howth Yacht Club half–tonners Mata (D & M Wright) and Jonny Swan's Harmony are entered. Royal Ulster Yacht Club Beneteau 31.7 Final Call (John Minnis) is also in this class. Back on the scene after an eventful Cork Week in 2018 is Rory Fekkes in the successfully modified First 'F'nGr8'.

Half Tonner Harmony 3418 Jonny Swan's Half Tonner Harmony from Howth Photo: Afloat.ie

M Lowry/C Kevelighan have from Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough have entered the Quarter Tonner Manzanita and East Antrim's Richard Doig of East Antrim Boat Club has entered the Westerly GK24 Sirius in the 14-boat fleet.

And in the Sigma 33 class, Paul & Emma Prentice's Squawk from Royal Ulster Yacht Club is also travelling to Scotland.

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