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Sil­vers Ma­rine Scottish Se­ries – all set for ex­cit­ing rac­ing and great fun - both on and off the water!

TAR­BERT will wel­come the Sil­vers Ma­rine Scottish Se­ries fleet for the an­nual rac­ing re­gatta on Loch Fyne be­tween May 26 and 29 2017. The event en­com­passes first class rac­ing in a spec­tac­u­lar set­ting and has be­come an iconic re­gatta at­tract­ing not just com­peti­tors but vis­i­tors to Tar­bert. The lo­cal com­mu­nity en­joys one of its busiest week­ends of the year – both in the vil­lage and also at Por­tavadie ma­rina across from Tar­bert. For many it’s a ‘must do’ week­end in the UK rac­ing and so­cial calendar. The 43rd event is or­gan­ised by Clyde Cruis­ing Club (CCC) and the ti­tle spon­sor is Sil­vers Ma­rine. Rac­ing is of­fered over a mix of classes – from spin­naker to non-spin­naker classes, sail­ing a mix of round the buoys Olympic cour­ses to pas­sage rac­ing and a white sail cruise in com­pany from Largs. The event of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one from highly com­pet­i­tive rac­ing to fam­ily and cruiser classes with the in­shore race on Sun­day prov­ing a pop­u­lar ad­di­tion.

Tar­bert Har­bour Author­ity

Tar­bert Har­bour Author­ity (THA) hosts the fleet for the du­ra­tion of the event at Tar­bert and looks for­ward to wel­com­ing ev­ery­one as well as hop­ing for fair winds and sun­shine for rac­ing. The THA team has a rough berthing plan to ad­here to on a first-come, first-served ba­sis. The lat­est pon­toon ad­di­tion has ex­panded the berthing area and is now de­scribed as ‘sec­ond to none’. The pro­posed new toi­let and shower block should be com­pleted for next year.

Por­tavadie Ma­rina

Across the water from Tar­bert, Por­tavadie Ma­rina also wel­comes com­pet­ing yachts for which a re­gatta rate of £20 is of­fered. Ma­rina Man­ager Craig Cochran said: ‘Most of the ac­com­mo­da­tion is taken by yacht rac­ing teams and we are open for busi­ness in our restau­rants and café at our Leisure Club.’ As well as be­ing a Five Gold An­chors

ac­cred­ited ma­rina Por­tavadie is a first class re­sort desti­na­tion in it­self with in­fin­ity pool, spa and a range of shore­side ac­com­mo­da­tion and leisure fa­cil­i­ties.

The Rac­ing

The event for­mat is a mix­ture of Olympic style and coastal races. All spin­naker classes race on Loch Fyne on day 1. The open­ing pas­sage race from Largs for white sail, fam­ily class and cruis­ers is on Fri­day May 27. Satur­day sees a pas­sage race from Tar­bert to­wards Ot­ter Spit and re­turn to Tar­bert, which is not part of the se­ries. Sun­day fea­tures the Inch Pas­sage Race and rac­ing con­tin­ues in Loch Fyne till Mon­day May 29. The over­all re­gatta prize-giv­ing is on Mon­day night at the mar­quee. A Ban­gor to Tar­bert feeder race starts at 8pm on Wednesday May 24. This year Ir­ish in­ter­est in the event ap­pears to have been re-kin­dled with a rise in en­tries from across the water. Classes range from high tech IRC rac­ers to those sail­ing CYCA hand­i­caps, both spin­naker and re­stricted sail.

IRC Cham­pi­onship

New for 2017 is the IRC Scottish Cham­pi­onship which will be em­bed­ded in the Sil­vers Ma­rine Scottish Se­ries for the first time. Event chair­man David Den­holm ex­plained: ‘It makes sense as the num­ber of com­peti­tors at the Scottish Se­ries is con­sid­er­ably in ex­cess of the num­bers that have turned out for the week­end cham­pi­onships. We are very grate­ful to the Mud­hook Yacht Club for al­low­ing the MacIver Salver to re­main the tro­phy for the com­pe­ti­tion’. David added the IRC fleet within the en­try list was now sit­ting at more than 35 boats and could be even higher with late en­tries. ‘This prob­a­bly moves it to one of the larger IRC cham­pi­onships within the UK,’ he said.


A new ini­tia­tive for the RC35 class is formed out of the Scottish Se­ries Class 2 to im­prove the com­pet­i­tive sail­ing in that band of IRC yachts and will see it a main­stay of this year’s event along­side a re­vived Sigma 33 fleet, the One De­sign fleet and the strong 707 class. All classes are cur­rently boast­ing around a dozen en­tries. ‘Ev­ery­thing is shap­ing up well for an ex­cit­ing race se­ries over the end of May Bank Hol­i­day week­end,’ en­thuses David. ‘En­tries are up on last year and we have sub­stan­tial spon­sor­ship, not only from head­line sup­porter Sil­vers Ma­rine, which also pro­vides its barge and marks but prizes from Mar­low Ropes, Knox an­chors, a youth spon­sor­ship boost from Hem­pel Paints and six mark buoys from Crewsaver.’ He added: ‘It is again a priv­i­lege to link the Crewsaver brand with our One De­sign fleets which last year saw this race­track pro­vide some of the clos­est rac­ing es­pe­cially in the Hunter 707s. In­deed it was from this class the over­all Scottish Se­ries win­ner emerged. ‘For 2017 we hope the same com­pet­i­tive spirit and ex­per­tise will again be dis­played.’ Luke Pa­tience may also be ap­pear­ing again at Tar­bert in a 707 and the class as­so­ci­a­tion is also mak­ing a boat avail­able for a Glas­gow Uni­ver­sity stu­dents’ en­try. David added: ’We are hop­ing for a sub­stan­tial en­large­ment of the White Sail fleet through the Scottish Ma­rine Tourism Al­liance to in­ter­est from Sail­ing and Cruis­ing Scot­land, the Face­book-based group.’

On the start­line Class IRC 1

Former sev­eral-times, over­all-se­ries win­ner Jonathan An­der­son races his new Ker 39 Inis Mor against the fa­mous How­i­son part­ner­ship with their ‘well kent’ Lo­cal Hero. Rod Stu­art and Bill Ram’s Corby 37.2 Aurora will also be hot con­tenders in this class along­side the J122 Black Jack of Kip with Phil Moyes at the helm. Jay Colville from East Down Yacht Club brings his First 40, Forty Licks as well as the Mack­ays in their Farr 30 Wild Hag­gis. Pos­si­ble late en­tries in­clude Steve Cowie’s Ze­phyr and Jamie McGarry’s Eala of Rhu and both would also be to the fore in this class.

Class IRC2 / RC 35s

Com­pe­ti­tion should be very hot with the new RC 35 in­ter­est. The two Corby 33s Ja­cob V11 and Ban­shee of John Stamp and Char­lie Frize race this class as sea­soned and ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paign­ers giv­ing close one de­sign rac­ing. And there are three J109s pitch­ing up – Pat Kelly’s Storm, the Ir­ish con­tin­gent with Chi­maera and Jim Dervin’s No Wor­ries. Add in three First 36.7s the Aitken’s An­i­mal, Jef­fery and Scutt’s Car­men 11 and Al­tair from Cove, the Balm­forth’s Tan­garoa and Rob McCon­nell’s Fools Gold and there are some se­ri­ously good sailors in this class. Triple Elf, the First 35 of Chris­tine Mur­ray, is also al­ways up there as is the Thom­sons’ Sloop John T, this year rac­ing against an­other Swan 40 Can Can IV, of the Thoms. Craig La­timer’s new Wilde­beest is a Ker 32 which prom­ises great things. A pre­vi­ous class win­ner Craig’s boats are al­ways well sailed as is Neil Sand­ford’s Now or Never 3.

Class IRC 3

Tras­tada, the An­drieu half ton­ner of An­gus and Chal­lis, re­turns as does Lam­bay Rules with Stephen Quinn of Howth Yacht Club. The J92s of Peter Doig from East Antrim and Ni­cholas Mar­shal’s Sat­is­fac­tion will also have fel­low J92 Sa­mu­rai J of Cove Sail­ing Club in close com­pe­ti­tion. Also bat­tling it out will be the two half-ton­ner’s Har­mony and Kin­gone, al­ways to the fore. Mur­ray MacDon­ald is cam­paign­ing his Sonar for ‘Autism on the Water’ and the fa­mil­iar names of the Kent’s Farr e Nuff, Phoenix, Edgy and John Reekie’s Blue Jay from Bassen­th­waite SC should all add in­ter­est to the mix. The Swan 36 of Chris Frost may just up­set the plac­ings if the wind is up.


Long time Scottish Se­ries cam­paigner Brian Robert­son is on home ground with Celtic Spirit, his X332 and Alan Moore’s Dehler 34 Delin­quent is also a fa­mil­iar boat in this class. The Grand Soleil 34 of Bil­s­land and Camp­bell will no doubt be the strong con­tender to win the class but John Cor­son’s Sala­man­der and Boyd Tun­nock’s Le­merac will hope to give the Ar­ran boys a run for their money. Keith Sal­ters from Royal Ul­ster with Grey Goose and First Edi­tion with Cameron Still, the GK 34 Strike 3 of Mark Tay­lor and Maria Beattie from Prest­wick add to the mix. A class with the Mor­ri­son’s Enigma, the Elan 333 Delta Blue of Wal­lace and Cuth­bert­son and John Mill’s Elan 31 Vamp should be re­ally in­ter­est­ing to watch. And al­ways in the top plac­ings and sev­eral times class win­ner, Val­halla of Ash­ton the ken­speckle Swan 36 of Alan Dun­nett will be sail­ing to win again as well.


An open class with six en­tries to date. Ex­pe­ri­enced Alas­tair Pugh with his Contessa 32 Marisca is back again and Alistair Gay takes on the class with his lovely Ni­chol­son 35 Or­well Lass. Colin Wood’s Nic 30 from Largs is an­other of the clas­sics as well as the Colvic UFO of Oliver Epsom that will have to work with Richard Doig’s Sir­ius from East Antrim Boat Club and Ravel’s Bolero of Kenny Macdon­ald. Slow­est boat in the class is David Wil­liamson’s West­erly Tiger. This will be a close class to call.

White Sail Fleet CYCA Class 8

This class has the widest range of hand­i­caps to con­tend from 5.25 to 22.95. Owen Mcmanus of Camp­bel­town Sail­ing Club sails his X332 Jochr and he will face stal­wart Ian Ni­col­son’s Maxi 1000 St Brid­get. CCC com­modore Clive Reeves also lines up with his Maxi 1000 Lyre­bird. Royal Ul­ster YC is rep­re­sented by John Moore­head in his Swan 40 Mar­garita and An­gus Cartwright races his big 47.7 Golden Fox. The Sigma 33 of Ste­wart Shearer and Elan Im­pres­sion of Reid and Wilkie and the Ocea­nis, Whim­brell, like the pre­vi­ous con­tenders are all quick boats and will have to be some way ahead to keep clear on hand­i­cap of the Frigate 27 and Jaguar 25 at the slow end of the fleet.

CYCA Class 9

This class start from Largs and will com­prise ‘non se­ries’ com­peti­tors who will take part in the pas­sage rac­ing. Anna Mae from Loch Su­nart with Dorothy and Ste­wart Ritchie at the helm are long time SS cam­paign­ers. Mar­jorie Grant’s beau­ti­ful McGruer sloop Ke­lana is en­tered as is the Moody 31 of the Devon­alds of Delt­ing Boat Club and Joe Magee’s Al­bin Cu­mu­lus Tor­ranan. Garth and Erica Wil­son will be se­ri­ous con­tenders for this with their Moody 336 Shear­wa­ter.

Sigma one-designs

There has been some­thing of a Sigma 33 re­vival with 11 of these one-designs lin­ing up for the start­ing gun. As ever the top three of Don­ald McLaren and his team on Sig­matic, Leaky Roof 2 of Harper and Robert­son and James Miller’s Mayrise will be hard to beat.

Sonata one-designs Old School with Ross MacNish at the helm will have new com­pe­ti­tion this year w ith Brian Wise­man of Craig­nish Boat Club en­ter­ing Vir­tu­oso with Guy Neville at the helm. Mark Tay­lor’s Sara­band and Wicked Wookie will all be vy­ing for top plac­ings in what’s again, a highly com­pet­i­tive fleet.

VX / J70 and Hunter 707s 2016 Scottish Se­ries Win­ners over­all Dara O’Mal­ley and the 707 Sea­word, re­turn to de­fend their ti­tle. The team faces strong com­pe­ti­tion from More T Vicar of Carl Allen from Port Edgar, a pre­vi­ous class win­ner and Ste­wart Robert­son’s crew on Cac­cia­tore, 707 Scottish Cham­pi­ons have to rank as a favourite. Glas­gow Uni­ver­sity SC team race Big Boys’ Toys with a boat given by the class as­so­ci­a­tion. David Smith’s Ram­mie from Aberdeen is also a strong con­tender and Kieran McAl­lis­ter re­turns with Wish­ful Think­ing from Lough Swilly Sail­ing Club. The strength of this class on the east coast should show through with Neil McLure’s Blue Funk, Mad Rafiki, from He­lens­burgh Sail­ing Club form the west coast con­tin­gent. Please note all class di­vi­sions were cor­rect at time of go­ing to press but may change with en­try for the event.

SPON­SORS of the 2017 event

The Sil­vers Ma­rine Scottish Se­ries 2017 would not be able to be run with­out the sup­port of the fol­low­ing spon­sors:-

Sil­vers Ma­rine

Once again Sil­vers Ma­rine is pro­vid­ing its in­valu­able sup­port to Scottish Se­ries. The iconic boat­yard at Ros­neath is one of the most pro­gres­sive boat­yards in the UK with a highly skilled and mo­ti­vated work­force. The wide skill base with ISO9001: 2000 qual­i­fi­ca­tion and con­tin­u­ous train­ing pol­icy en­sures that qual­ity re­mains Sil­vers prime con­cern. Sil­vers can pro­vide the skills and ma­te­ri­als nec­es­sary to keep your boat in top con­di­tion www.sil­vers­ma­


Crewsaver is the safety part­ner and prod­uct spon­sor edi­tion of the 43rd edi­tion of the se­ries. Crewsaver will be pro­vid­ing a brand new set of in­flat­able marker buoys for the event and for use at Clyde Cruis­ing Club there­after. Crewsaver is a world-lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of ma­rine safety equip­ment and cloth­ing for the com­mer­cial and leisure ma­rine in­dus­tries. The com­pany designs and man­u­fac­tures be­spoke safety equip­ment for sev­eral coun­tries’ spe­cial forces, the UK gov­ern­ment’s En­vi­ron­ment Agency and the avi­a­tion and oil in­dus­tries. Crewsaver is part of the Survitec Group.

Hem­pel Paints

Hem­pel Paints spon­sor the Craw­ford McInnes Tro­phy for youth. As a global sup­plier of high-qual­ity ma­rine paints and coat­ings, Hem­pel says it will keep your ship in prime con­di­tion, both in­side and out, through­out its life­time. With a fo­cus on prod­uct in­no­va­tion, cus­tomer ser­vice and tech­ni­cal ad­vice, Hem­pel has been a lead­ing sup­plier to the ma­rine in­dus­try since 1915. To­day, Hem­pel sup­ply a wide range of ad­vanced prod­ucts, from fuel-saving an­tifoul­ings to some of the tough­est epox­ies in the in­dus­try.


Leg­endary bis­cuit man­u­fac­turer Tun­nock’s has been a loyal sup­porter of the se­ries for many years, re­turn­ing again this year with their sur­vival packs of good­ies for com­peti­tors. Boyd Tun­nock said: ‘Tun­nock’s has been as­so­ci­ated with the event for more than three decades. It’s a fan­tas­tic event in the Scottish sport­ing calendar giv­ing the per­fect blend of se­ri­ous rac­ing and true Scottish hospi­tal­ity.’

The Botanist and Bruich­lad­dich

The Botanist, the first and only Is­lay Dry Gin, sup­ports the event with the spirit de­scribed as a ‘pro­gres­sive ex­plo­ration of the botan­i­cal her­itage of the is­land. Wild, for­aged, dis­tilled.’ Bruich­lad­dich joined the spon­sors in 2015. The whisky dis­tilled on Is­lay since 1881 is a sis­ter brand to The Botanist Is­lay Dry Gin.

RC 35 racer cruiser

The RC35 Class is de­vel­oped for close, com­pet­i­tive rac­ing within a tight rat­ing band (IRC 1.015-1.040). Yacht rac­ing will be in Scot­land, Ire­land and Wales. Scottish Se­ries is de­lighted that RC35 has cho­sen to sail with us on Loch Fyne pro­vid­ing a sig­nif­i­cant boost to the IRC fleet.

Mar­low Ropes

Mar­low Ropes is noted as ‘High Per­for­mance Rope Ex­perts.’ Mar­low pro­duces a fan­tas­tic range of high per­for­mance cordage for the leisure in­dus­try and their dyneema prod­ucts have fu­eled ad­vances in both yacht and dinghy sail­ing. The Sil­vers Ma­rine Scottish Se­ries is de­lighted that Mar­low are behind the prizes for the event and will pro­vide a be­spoke hal­yard to the ‘Yacht of the Day’.

Knox An­chors

Knox An­chors are con­tribut­ing an an­chor (ap­pro­pri­ate size for the boat) as a prize within the se­ries. In­vented by Pro­fes­sor John Knox and man­u­fac­tured in the UK, the Knox An­chor is de­scribed as the re­sult of more than 10 years of de­sign and test­ing for those who want an an­chor that sets im­me­di­ately and holds tena­ciously. With a hold­ing power of more than 40 times its own weight, the Knox is claimed to be 30 per cent bet­ter than any other.

Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil

Sup­port­ing the event by point­ing up the in­put to

The so­cial scene

The so­cial scene is as im­por­tant as the on-the-water ac­tiv­ity. The fo­cus is the mar­quee by the Tar­bert pon­toons. Clyde Cruis­ing Club is or­gan­is­ing Icebreaker par­ties this year to kick-start events and wel­come com­peti­tors on Thurs­day night. There will be a bar and a hog roast. A sim­i­lar event will be held at Largs Yacht Haven for the white sail fleet. A small do­na­tion will be asked for to sup­port the CCC Sea­man­ship and Pilotage Trust char­ity. The Tar­bert mar­quee pro­vides a meet­ing point and so­cial venue where ev­ery­one can en­joy drinks and catch up on the day’s ac­tion on the water. Satur­day night wel­comes The Eliot Mur­ray Band with free en­try to the event. The tra­di­tional and spec­tac­u­lar fire­works on Satur­day are this year be­ing funded by Tar­bert En­ter­prise Com­pany (TEC) and Tar­bert Har­bour Author­ity (THA). TEC re­ceives sup­port from Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil and THA. John Hardie of TEC, which takes the lead in or­gan­is­ing shore­side at­trac­tions, said: ‘We wel­come both com­peti­tors and vis­i­tors to this fan­tas­tic event. Ev­ery­one recog­nises its im­por­tance to the vil­lage. The re­gatta is so well run on the water with top class rac­ing and this is pointed up by the en­try list from far and wide. Ashore it’s also great fun with a buzz about the vil­lage that is al­ways as­so­ci­ated with the Scottish Se­ries week­end.’ Tar­bert’s ho­tels, restau­rants and other ac­com­mo­da­tion providers are geared up to of­fer a se­lec­tion of the best of hospi­tal­ity and food for all. John added: ‘The Sil­vers Ma­rine Scottish Se­ries pro­vides the best food, drink and boat­ing for an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence both on and off the water.’ the econ­omy of the area.

MarineBlast Multimedia

Keep­ing the event front and cen­tre of ev­ery­one’s thoughts through multimedia chan­nels.

Tar­bert Har­bour

Tar­bert Har­bour hosts the Sil­vers Ma­rine Scottish Se­ries and in con­junc­tion with Tar­bert En­ter­prise Com­pany spon­sor the fire­works dis­play on Satur­day night.

The Scottish Sail­ing In­sti­tute

The Scottish Sail­ing In­sti­tute has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence host­ing, man­ag­ing and sup­port­ing sail­ing events from the in­ter­na­tional re­gat­tas around the world to lo­cal events across Scot­land and is de­lighted to be able to sup­port Clyde Cruis­ing Club and the Sil­vers Ma­rine Scottish Se­ries in 2017 and wishes good luck to all those tak­ing part.

Other sup­port­ers in­clude RYA Scot­land, and Even­tS­cot­land.

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