Count­down on for Scot­tish Se­ries

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE count­down is on for the start of the Sil­vers Marine Scot­tish Se­ries re­gatta which starts on Fri­day May 26. Based at Tar­bert, Loch Fyne, this is the 43rd event and is or­gan­ised by Clyde Cruis­ing Club (CCC). The four- day race for­mat con­tin­ues un­til Mon­day May 29 with the se­ries prize-giv­ing af­ter the fi­nal day’s sail­ing.

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 over the bank hol­i­day week­end.’

The re­gatta pro­vides ‘something for ev­ery­one’ – a com­bi­na­tion of mainly pas­sage rac­ing for the white sail fleet and highly com­pet­i­tive rac­ing for the One De­sign, IRC and CYCA fleets.

The white sail fleet (rac­ing with­out spin­nakers) start in Largs and race to Tar­bert on Fri­day. On Satur­day there are two op­tions, in­clud­ing one with a lunch stop at the Oys­ter­catcher in Ot­ter­ferry. Sun­day sees all the fleet, other than the One De­signs, com­pet­ing in the Insh Race round Inch­marnock, if con­di­tions per­mit. Fur­ther rac­ing on Mon­day fin­ishes the se­ries.

The One De­sign rac­ing sees Sigma 33s, Sonatas and Hunter 707s in ac­tion. The Sigma 33 and Sonata classes have been the rac­ing ‘ work­horses’ of Clyde for more than two decades and this year there is an ex­cel­lent en­try of 11 Sig­mas and nine Sonatas.

The Hunter 707s saw tremely com­pet­i­tive rac­ing in 2016 and also pro­duced the over­all se­ries cham­pion in Dara O’Mal­ley’s Sea Word. A highly com­pet­i­tive fleet of 11 will be on the start line this class, with Scot­tish Olympian Luke Pa­tience look­ing for suc­cess.

The CYCA hand­i­cap classes boast an equally strong field for the 2017 event with a to­tal of 23 en­tries in two classes.

IRC rac­ing is al­ways at­trac­tive to the more com­pet­i­tive yachts.

In IRC class one, the ti­tle spon­sor owned Eala of Rhu has un­fin­ished busi­ness with Aurora, both vy­ing for a class win so some close rac­ing is an­tic­i­pated be­tween the two.

The Sil­vers Marine team will be look­ing for a class and pos­si­ble se­ries win to round off their spon­sor­ship term. What was bet­ter known as class two will race as the RC35 class. This new ini­tia­tive for boats in this hand­i­cap range has put new en­ergy into the Clyde rac­ing scene as re­sults from the re­cent Kip re­gatta have shown.

Chal­lenge

A large class three of 41 boats will fight it out over four days not only for a class win but for the Spin­lock IRC Scot­tish Cham­pi­onships – a sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge which should elect a wor­thy win­ner.

This year the Scot­tish Se­ries char­ity is the Clyde Cruis­ing Club’s Sea­man­ship and Pilotage Trust, which will ben­e­fit from the eve- of-re­gatta ice-breaker events.

The trust sup­ports ed­u­ca­tion, safety, train­ing,

Yacht­ing

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 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 – what Event Scot­land would term the per­fect stage.’

En­tries re­main open till rac­ing starts and for those who can’t com­pete, the jour­ney to Tar­bert will be well worth­while to view the colour­ful spec­ta­cle both on and off the wa­ter.

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