All set for a ‘Fyne weekend’ at 43rd Scottish Series

This weekend sees the start of the 43rd Scottish Series Regatta, sponsored by Silvers Marine, Scotland’s largest sailing event which is organised by the Clyde Cruising Club (CCC).  Racing is over four days finishing with the prizegiving at the end of sailing on Monday 29th May.

David Denholm, event chairman said: ‘All seems set fair for a spectacular event and that goes for the weather too. Initial indications are for fine conditions and a light breeze and the wind gradually filling over the weekend. This should provide great sailing and a wonderful spectacle in Loch Fyne over the bank holiday weekend.’

Scottish Series offers something for everyone: passage racing in the main for the white sail fleet, a competitive one design race area and some seriously promising prospects for the IRC and CYCA fleets.  The White Sail fleet (those not using spinnakers) will start in Largs and race to Tarbert on the Friday, with two race options on the Saturday including one with a lunch stop at the Oystercatcher at Otterferry. On Sunday everyone (less the One Design fleet) will compete in the Inch Race (round Inchmarnock if conditions permit) and the final races on the Monday to finish off the Series. 

Meanwhile thirty-one boats in the three One Design classes will race boat on boat.  The Sigma 33 and Sonata classes have been the workhorses of Clyde racing for over two decades and this year is no different. To this we add the Hunter 707s which produced the overall series champions for 2016 in Dara O’Malley’s ‘Sea Word’. ‘Sea Word’ are back to defend their title but are up against Scottish Olympian Luke Patience.

The CYCA handicap classes boast an equally strong field for the 2017 event with a total of twenty-three entries in two classes.

IRC racing will always attract the more competitive yachts. The real excitement is that the Spinlock IRC Scottish Championships will be decided between these forty-three boats, in three classes racing over four days – a significant challenge which should elect a worthy winner.

New for 2017 is the introduction of Icebreaker Parties on the Eve of the Regatta to be held in Largs and Tarbert. This year the Series charity is the Clyde Cruising Club’s Seamanship and Pilotage Trust, which will benefit from these two events. The Trust supports education, safety, training, promoting facilities for the less able and preserving the heritage across all maritime and seamanship aspects - a great cause with the ability to transform lives and promote sailing and seamanship.

David Denholm, event Chairman said: “The CCC, Silvers Marine and our other sponsors are looking forward to welcoming all entrants to what is shaping up to be a terrific event.

He added “Sailing is under-rated for what the challenges it offers the skippers and crews.  At the high end it is extremely technical, demanding and expensive as with the Americas Cup which also starts this weekend.  At the lower end it remains demanding but is affordable and fun.”

This year’s event is supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Scottish Series, through our Beacon programme. The regatta once again promises to be fantastic event, giving visitors and locals the chance to enjoy the sailing and yachting action in the stunning natural setting of Tarbet and Loch Fyne.”

 For further information, contact the Clyde Cruising Club:  Tel: 0141 221 2774

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