Scottish Series 2016 - May 27-30
DAY 4 - Monday and Final Results
To the Hunter the Spoils – Seaword is Silvers Marine Scottish Series Champion 2016
Having a perfect regatta is never easy, and when, you add a regatta as prestigious as Silvers Marine Scottish Series to the mix, it's an almost impossible feat. However, Dara O'Malley and Seaword from Port Edgar Yacht Club achieved just that, taking not just their class win but also lifting the Silvers Marine Scottish Series trophy.
Sailing in the Hunter 707 class Seaword finished the weekend with a near perfect scoreline, so impressing Silvers Marine Scottish Series Event Chairman David Denholm and his committee, that they awarded them the top prize.
Other prizewinners were:
- Callum Bell who takes home the Crawford McInnes Trophy for Best Under 25 Helm, sponsored by Hempel Paints.
- Hempel Paints Youth Prizes went to: Callum Tait; Jake Miller; Janey Campbell and Tony Fitzgerald.
- Rose Bowl awarded to the yacht which in the opinion of the Race Committee has given the best performance in the IRC handIcap classes in the Series – Aurora
- The Tarbert Shield awarded to the yacht which, in the opinion of the Race Committee has given the best performance in the CYCA handicap classes in the Series – Thrust
- The Anchor Hotel Trophy awarded to the yacht which, in the opinion of the Race Committee has given the best performance of all competitors in the One Design classes in the Series: Seaword
- The Lemarac Tankard awarded to the yacht which, in the opinion of the Race Committee has given the best performance of all competitors in the Restricted Sail classes in the Series – Brave
- The Sinbad Trophy awarded to the best family yacht, regardless of class or results, as judged by representatives of the organising committee – Chaos
- The Causeway Cup awarded to the entry from Ireland which in the opinion of the Race Committee gives the best performance of the IRC classes in the Series (other than the winner of the Sail Scotland Trophy and the Silvers Marine Scottish Series Trophy, if appropriate) – Something Else
- The Sail Scotland Trophy awarded to the yacht normally based outwith Scotland which in the opinion of the Race Committee gives the best performance of all yachts in the Series (other than the winner of the Silvers Marine Scottish Series Trophy, if appropriate) – USA208 VXI Ovington Boats
- The Silvers Marine Scottish Series Trophy awarded to the yacht which, in the opinion of the Race Committee has given the best performance of all competitors in the Series - Seaword
IRC Class 1 Having sailed a near perfect regatta, Rod Stuart and Bill Ram's Aurora secured a first and second place today to seal victory and end the regatta five points clear of Silvers Marine Scottish Series sponsor Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore's Eala of Rhu. And, with a second and a first today Prime Suspect and Charlie Frize take third spot. This has been a hugely entertaining battle to watch and, going into the final day, there was still all to play for.
IRC Class 2 This has been an incredibly tight class across the whole weekend and it couldn't have ended any closer with just one point separating the top three boats. John and Brian Hall pulled out all the stops on Something Else today to net a second and third which was enough to end the day on top of the table. They end the regatta on equal points with the brilliantly sailed Sloop John T and Iain Thomson, who came into Monday topping the leader board, but who failed to capitalise on their advantage. And we have to also give mention to Christine Murray and Triple Elf who sailed a great regatta to come in third overall.
IRC Class 3 Roddy Angus and Dan Challis continued their domination of this class today securing a first and a second in the day's two races to end the event a point and a half clear of second place, the very well sailed Lambay Rules and Stephen Quinn. And Darge Black McVey and Phoenix took a well deserved third place in the class.
CYCA 5 There will be celebrations in Oban Sailing Club tonight as Richard Shellcock and Thrust top the table in CYCA 5. Their first and third today made sure they ended the regatta five points ahead of last year's class winner Alan Dunnet and Valhalla of Ashton. Having a great day out on the water today, taking a second and a first, saw John Corson and Salamander XXII end the regatta in third place.
CYCA Class 8 Well done to David and Karen Parker's Slippi Gin who slid into first place, winning their race today to end the weekend on top. There's been a real battle between Slippi Gin and Brian Robertson's Celtic Spirit who went into the final day leading the table. However, it wasn't their day and, with Owen Mcmanus and Jochr taking a second place, they made sure they ended up where they were last year, in second spot, with Celtic Spirit in third.
CYCA Class 9 Ken Allan and S Shearer's Brave have looked like class champions from the start of the weekend, with a perfect scoreline. They are worthy winners, with Silvers Marine Scottish Series sponsor Boyd Tunnock in Lemarac picking up second and Honey Bee and Iain Cameron in third.
Sigma 33 There were no surprises today in the Sigma 33 class with James Miller and Mayrise holding onto the top spot, ahead of Harper and Robertson's Leaky Roof 2 and Donald McLaren's Sigmatic.
National Sonata One Design Series The first and third places of Douglas Paton and Edgy, were enough to edge their way to victory in the class today. This has been a very exciting class to watch all weekend as B Wiseman and Guy Neville's Virtuoso sailed an equally consistent race. Ross MacNeish and Old School had a good result to take third place overall.
VX One In the end Brian Bennett and Ovington Boats had the upper hand, and securing two first places today go on take the class. Jono Shelley and Abracadabra ran out of magic and will have to be content with a solid second place ahead of the Lead Sled and Neal Piper in third.
Hunter 707 Class winner and Silvers Marine Scottish Series champions Dara O'Malley and Seaword just haven't put a foot wrong this weekend and, with two wins today end the series six points clear of John and Stewart Robertson's Cacciatore who were, in turn, six points clear of Neil McLure's Blue Funk.
DAY 3 - Sunday
Champagne sailing conditions for day three of Silvers Marine Scottish Series
With temperatures touching 21.5 degrees out on the waters of Loch Fyne today (Sunday 29 May) it wasn't just the weather which was scorching. Crews took to the waters for day three of Silvers Marine Scottish Series and set some blistering times in good wind conditions. And, with just tomorrow to go there is still everything to play for in one of the most prestigious titles in yachting.
IRC Class 1 This class is turning into a real battle between Rod Stuart and Bill Ram's Aurora and Silvers Marine Scottish Series sponsor Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore's Eala of Rhu. With the wind blowing between 8 and 12 knots, team Aurora was able to find some extra pace in the conditions picking up a first and a second in the day's two races. The team, which has hardly put a foot wrong all weekend, goes into the final day three points clear of Eala of Rhu. However, tomorrow's forecast will be challenging, the type of conditions Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore relish, and they will fight to the end for victory.
IRC Class 2 Iain Thomson and Sloop John T have sailed a great campaign so far. However, they picked up an eighth place in the first race today, which they counted as a discard, but bounced back to secure up a first in the second race to lead John and Brian Hall's Something Else by five points and Kevin Aitken and Animal by six points going into the last day.
IRC Class 3 Roddy Angus and Dan Challis in Trastada are dominating this class. They have a great scoreline, picking up another two first places today, and still looking fresh out on the water. They haven't put a foot wrong all weekend and have managed to stay ahead of the very well sailed Lambay Rules. They just need to hold it together going into the final day but they are certainly sailing like class winners.
CYCA 5 Another first today for Richard Shellcock and Thrust who stay ahead of a pack of previous class champions including Valhalla of Ashton, Enigma and Salamander XXII. However, there is just three points separating the top three boats and this class will go down to the wire, having enjoyed some very close racing across the weekend. Thrust had a very good race today, and on corrected time, was five minutes ahead of second place Valhalla of Ashton and Alan Dunnet.
CYCA Class 8 This is a real battle going into the final day as David and Karen Parker's Slippi Gin slipped to second behind Brian Robertson's Celtic Spirit. However both boats are tied on points and it will be a real battle to the end. Today's good steady wind and shortened Inchmarnock race kept the class sailing a steady race.
CYCA Class 9 Ken Allan and S Shearer's Brave picked up another first today to stay ahead of Silvers Marine Scottish Series sponsor Boyd Tunnock who scored a second in Lemerac.
Sigma 33 James Miller's Mayrise, Harper and Robertson's Leaky Roof 2 and Donald McLaren's Sigmatic will be going all out for victory in the final day. Mayrise has sailed a very consistent regatta to go into Monday three points ahead of Leaky Roof 2 and previous class champions Sigmatic just a further three points behind.
National Sonata One Design Series B Wiseman and Guy Neville's Virtuoso are sitting just two points ahead of Douglas Paton and Edgy. This is a real battle, between both consistent racers, for first and second which will be decided on the last day.
VX One Brian Bennett and Ovington Boats of Sarasota Sail Squadron played their trump card today by picking up two firsts. This class could not be closer with just half a point separating them and Jono Shelley's Abracadabra. However the Irish team could certainly pull a rabbit out of the hat with two races scheduled for Monday.
Hunter 707 Seaword picked up another three firsts today to count the perfect scoreline going into the final day. This class is enjoying really close racing in good conditions.
DAY 2 - Saturday
Challenging winds blow over day two of Silvers Marine Scottish Series
Day two of Silvers Marine Scottish Series was a difficult day for race officers and crews alike as constantly shifting winds were the order of the day. These difficult conditions suited some more than others with the victors being those who could manage to control them best.
IRC Class 1 Rod Stuart and Bill Ram's Aurora, with the help of five naval officers had a blistering day from the start when they picked the right side of the course. They saved time on the faster boats to scoop firsts in both races today. They move to the top of the table, just one point ahead of Silvers Marine Scottish Series sponsor Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore in Eala of Rhu who took a third and a second and Steve Cowie's Zephyr who lies third overall.
IRC Class 2 The tricky conditions played a huge part in the day's sailing in this class with winds ranging from 5 – 11 knots. Triple Elf, which is a new boat to Christine Murray picked up a first in race one and a second in race two to move into fourth place overall. This is a very competitive class and the well sailed Sloop John T picked up a second and a third to see Iain Thomson retain first place overall going into Sunday. John and Brian Hall took the win in the second race to remain in second overall with Kevin Aitken in Animal having a good day with a third and a fourth to lie third overall, just three points off first position.
IRC Class 3 Trastada under Roddy Angus and Dan Challis together with Tignaburaich's Pete Currie were tactically brilliant out on Loch Fyne today, picking up a first and a third to stay two points ahead overall in the class. Lambay Rules and Stephen Quinn picked up a first in the second race to hold on to second overall, and four points ahead of Darge Black McVey in Phoenix who lie in third.
CYCA 5 This is a fiercely competitive class and just one point separates first and third. Richard Shellcock's Thrust, from Oban Sailing Club secured a second and a first place to stay one point clear of Howard Morrison's Enigma and old campaigner Valhalla of Ashton under Alan Dunnet who are tied on eight points.
CYCA 6 Another super tight class with the first three boats all sitting on seven points. Today G Wilson and L Downie's Zebedee sprang to the top of the leader board ahead of Farr e Nuff and John S Kent and A Campbell and A Bilsland's Stargazer. There is lots more racing to come from this class and it's going to go all the way to Monday to find the winner.
CYCA 8 Restricted Sail Another tight class and with three points separating the top four boats there is everything to play for. David and Karen Parker's Slippi Gin holds on to the top stop tonight, having picked up two thirds today. But they are just two points clear of Ken Andrews and Argento who lies ahead, although tied on points, with Brian Robertson's Celtic Spirit. Owen Mcmanus in Jochr, who did not start the race yesterday, picked up a win in the first race to catapult them into mid table. With four scheduled races still to take place you can't discount this boat.
CYCA 9 Restricted Sail With three races over the two days, it's been straight wins so far for Ken Allan and S Shearer in Brave who top the table. It looks like a fight for second position at the moment, but ending the day in second overall is Silvers Marine Scottish Series sponsor Boyd Tunnock in Lemarac and Iain Cameron in Honey Bee.
Sigma 33 Class The challenging wind conditions saw only one race held in the remaining classes. But the Sigma 33 class is, as ever, very tight with just two points separating first and third. James Miller's Mayrise swaps positions with Harper and Robertson's Leaky Roof 2 to end day two on top of the table, with Miss Behavin who won the only race of the day propelled into third overall.
National Sonata One Design Class With just one race in the class today Ross MacNish did enough, with his second place to move to the top of the table tonight. Douglas Paton in Edgy took the win which moves him into second overall with B Wiseman and Gary Neville in Virtuoso retaining their third position overall. This is, however a tight class with just three points separating the top three boats and we're expecting more excitement on the water over the next two days of racing.
VX One Series With just one race today it's no change in the top three, but it couldn't be closer with just half a point separating Jono Shelley's Abracadabra and Brian Bennett from Sarasota Sail Squadron's Ovington Boats, which was beautifully sailed today and picked up the win. Just one and a half points behind lies Neal Piper in The Lead Sled. This class is too close to call and it's going to go down to the wire.
Hunter 707 No change t the top of the table but the top three boats are closely contested. Seaward ends the day retaining top spot ahead of Blue Funk in second and Cacciatore jumping up a position to secure third.
DAY 1 - Friday
Great start for 2016 Silvers Marine Scottish Series
The 42nd Silvers Marine Scottish Series is underway with over 110 boats taking to Loch Fyne to battle it out over four days of fierce competition. At the end of day one, it's Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore in Eala of Rhu who are topping the IRC Class 1 table.
IRC Class 1 is one of the most competitive classes in the regatta and the class didn't disappoint with some very tight racing across the day. But it was a great start for Silvers Marine Scottish Series sponsor Jamie McGarry, who with Colin Moore put together a polished performance to come ahead of Rod Stuart and Bill Ram's Aurora. With wind speeds varying between 7 and 12 knots, IRC Class 1 enjoyed three races, wind conditions were fairly steady for the first two, but proved fickle towards the end of the third race. The challenging wind conditions saw Steve Cowie's Zephyr holding onto third place on the boat's first outing in Scotland.
IRC Class 2 is always an exciting class to watch and this year is no exception. Seasoned campaigner Iain Thomson in Sloop John T showed that it will be consistency which will win the day as he sits on the top of the table tonight ahead of John and Brian Hall's Something Else by just one point. Kevin Aitken's Animal had a good day, well sailed and finished day one in third. This is a good result in her first fully campaigned season. With just three points separating first and third, there is everything to play for.
IRC Class 3 sees the newly formed team of Roddy Angus and Dan Challis in Trastada stamping their mark on the class and setting the pace at the top. They lie ahead of Darge Black McVey in Phoenix and Stephen Quinn in Lambay Rules.
CYCA 5 and it's veteran campaigner Howard Morrison in his trusty Enigma showing great pace ahead of previous Silvers Marine Scottish Series winner Salamander XXII who will keep Howard on his toes. And, of course, you can't discount Alan Dunnet and Valhalla of Ashton, who has competed in every sailing of Silvers Marine Scottish Series, and won the class last year, who is currently lying in third.
CYCA 6 and it's extremely tight at the top with just two points separating the top three. Stargazer is looking upward tonight sitting at the top of the table, ahead of Zebedee in second and Farr e Nuff in third.
CYCA 8 Restricted Sail the Clyde Challenger Passage Race from Largs to Tarbert is always a spectacular sight. Topping the leader board is the 35S5 Slippi Jin who came in ahead of Argeto and Celtic Spirit in third.
Over in CYCA 9 and Ken Allan and S Shearer's Brave had a good day in favourable wind conditions to come in ahead of Silvers Marine Scottish Series sponsor Boyd Tunnock in Lemarac and Scott Crossley in Portia.
The Sigma 33 Class is as competitive as ever with both Leaky Roof 2 and Mayrise ending the day on equal points.
Over in the National Sonata One Design class Wicked Wookie ended the last race comfortably ahead to top the table in front of Old School and Virtuoso. This class promises to produce some very close racing with some very close starts.
More tight racing over in the VX One class saw Abracadabra and the Lead Sled take joint first in the first race. The day ends with Abracadabra in first, Ovington Boats in second and the Lead Sled in third. This is anyone's class and it promises to deliver some great racing over the next couple of days.
In the Hunter 707 class Seaward showed some great sailing to claim two firsts. Blue Funk, who is not stranger to Silvers Marine Scottish Series lies in second and Sharky lies in third.
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