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Silvers Marine Scottish Series 2015 - May 22-25

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Fools Gold wins gold at Silvers Marine Scottish Series 2015

Clyde Cruising Club, Silvers Marine, sponsors and all competitors offer their congratulations to Robert McConnell and the crew of Fools Gold on winning the Silvers Marine Scottish Series 2015.

After four days, 11 races and some of the best sailing in Scotland, the crew certainly had the luck of the Irish taking the overall title, along with winning IRC Class 2. Race organisers awarded the coveted trophy to Fools Gold based on the best performance in the tightest class. And that's not all, the Waterford Harbour Sailing team received the Crawford McInnes Trophy sponsored by Hempel Paints for the best under 25 helm. They also take home the trophy for the best IRC class boat.

While Silvers Marine Scottish Series main sponsor Jamie McGarry may be disappointed to see the trophy go over the water to Ireland, you can be sure both he and Colin Moore will be back to fight for it again next year. Jamie, who has just announced Silvers Marine will sponsor the regatta again next year, praised the race officers Stuart Childerley, Johnnie Readman and Alan Cassels for their smooth management of the regatta. The race teams on both courses were excellent and it is testament to them that all races were sailed and none cancelled.

In IRC Class 1 it was Steven Cowie's Zephyr who came out on top. This was a hotly contested class all weekend and Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore's Eala of Rhu, who had been lying in third place overnight, had an outstanding final day. However, it was Zephyr who claimed the victory and it was wonderful to see Scotland's three Commodore's Cup team boats ending the regatta in the top three places, with Rod Stuart and William Ram's Aurora taking the final podium position.

In IRC Class 2, and there was just one point in it as overall champions Fools Gold stayed ahead of Sloop John T and Storm who both finished on 28 points.

Over in IRC Class 4 and Craig Latimer who has battled all week, settled for a single point victory over Trastada with Irish hopefuls Landbay Rules coming in in third on 22 points. Craig won this class last year in his previous boat Wildebeest IV and will be delighted to have snatched victory again this year.

CYCA 5 This class was dominated by Geoff and Norman Howison in their new boat Local Hero. Consistent sailing by Enigma saw them in second and a great regatta for Ian McNair in First By Farr saw the crew clinch third.

CYCA 6 and the veteran Valhalla of Ashton who has competed in every Scottish Series tops the table again this year. She looked strong all weekend and was followed home by She of the North and Garth Wilson's Zebedee who took a very credible third.

CYCA 8 Restricted Sail. It was all change in the top two with Windhound pulling out an ace in the last day to beat Jochr with Eureka IV taking third.

CYCA 9 Restricted Sail – well done to Halcyon who had a comfortable win over Lyrebird with Poppy in third.

Sigma 33 Series has had tight racing across the regatta but on the final day Bradshaw and Gallagher did what was needed to stay ahead of Leaky Roof 2 and Donald McLaren's Sigmatic which took the third spot.

National Sonata One Design and Steve Goacher's Eric the Boat dominated this class all weekend. However Old School had a great regatta to end up a credible second with White Magic in third. Sadly, this class saw last year's winner Murray Caldwell in Red Hot Poker have to withdraw on day one of the event with a broken rig.

VX One, this class had some tight racing but Ovington Boats held their nerve to finish ahead of Robbers Dog and Zhik.

J70 Iain Aitken in boats.com dominated this class with straight firsts across the regatta. He was followed home by Jacuzzi and Django to win the Scottish Championship.

Hunter 707 More T Vicar stayed one point clear of Rammie to take the class ahead of Black Sheep in third.

Scottish Series 2015 – Big Sunday 25th

Conditions out on the water today were almost perfect with a westerly wind of between 22 – 30 knots for the race round Inchmarnock. It was an absolutely spectacular sight at the mouth of Tarbert harbour as the fleet enjoyed a spinnaker start for the run down to Inchmarnock and the return beat home. This was a forecast that would suggest the possibility of damage to the fleet but, thankfully, it got off lightly.

Sir Arnold Clark's Drum, which is being sailed very well by a youthful crew, seven of which are under 25, had a fantastic day today taking line honours. Surely they must be in contention for the Crawford McInnes Trophy sponsored by Hempel Paints.

It's all change at the top of IRC Class 1 with Rod Stuart and William Ram's Aurora pulling out a three point lead ahead of Steven Cowie's Zephyr. You can never discount Zephyr and you can be sure they will fight for the win tomorrow. However, Aurora is showing that consistency pays off. Slipping to third today is Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore's Eala of Rhu. But with just six points separating first and third in this class there is still all to play for, and bodes well for the next Commodore's Cup team.

IRC Class 2 and Ireland is topping the table with Robert McConnell's Fools Gold which loved the big winds which Sunday brought. This is still a wide open class which will go right to the wire and will be decided in tomorrow's next three races. John and Brian Hall's Something Else and Ian and Graham Thomson's Sloop John T are snapping on their heels – there is only two points separating first to third.

IRC Class 4. Craig Latimer in Wildebeest V had an excellent day and was always in control in the big breeze. He has his regular crew, which has sailed together for three seasons, and it showed as the day belonged to them. The top three boats in this class look great and both Roddy Angus' Trastada and Stephen Quinn's Lambay Rules who are both sailing consistently remaining in touch of the top spot.

CYCA Class 5 and Geoff and Norman Howison's Local Hero is well clear of the pack. The big story in this class is the battle for second with Howard Morisson's Enigma and Ian Macdonald's Significant revelling in the conditions.

CYCA Class 6 and Alan Dunnet's Valhalla of Ashton has a comfortable lead. However there is certainly a battle for the rest of the podium places with only one point separating second and fourth. Andy Malcolm's Nemo currently lies in second with Kenneth Halliwell's She of the North in third but A Campbell and R Man's Stargazer could still cause an upset to the scoresheet.

CYCA Class 8 Restricted Sail. There were no spinnakers in this class but Jochr and Windhound remain locked in a fierce battle being separated by just one point. Eureka IV in third lies just one point ahead of Richard Smith's North Star.

CYCA Class 9 Restricted Sail and we have two Clyde Cruising Club members battling for top honours with just one point between them. Stephen Owen in Halcyon currently leads Clive Reeves' Lyrebird with John Roberts from Whitehaven Sailing Club closely following in Poppy. However the day belonged to Marc Ritson in Saracen who took the win in his Sigma 36 and is currently lying in fourth.

Over on the Crewsaver course an it's a change at the top of the Sigma 33 Class sees Gallagher and Bradshaw's Busy Beaver taking the top spot ahead of Harper and Robinson's Leaky Roof 2 who had an OCS in race 2. And Donald McLaren's Sigmatic brought himself right into the mix with a second and a third to find themselves in third.

It's all over bar the shouting in the National One Design Sonata Series as Steve Goacher's Eric the Boat continues to dominate the class. Cochrane and Galbraith's Old School leads D Matthew's White Magic, but there are still three races to go tomorrow so there may be an upset.

Ovington Boats maintain their lead in the VX Class ahead of Jono and Benji Shelly's Robber's Dog, who continue to show their pedigree in second and Duncan Hepplewhite's Zhik in third.

The J70 Scottish Championships and it's no change to the top of the table with Ian Aitken in boats.com in first, Paul Heys and S Hawthorn's Jacuzzi in second and Christopher Hawforth's Django in third.

There's still all to play for in the Hunter 707 Class with just two points separating M Fleming and D Smith's Rammie in first and Carl Allen's More T Vicar in second. T Clark and S Parker's Black Sheep remains in a solid third.

It's back on the water tomorrow for the final three races of the 2015 Silvers Marine Scottish Series.

For a full list of results visit http://www.eastmore.biz/sailing/YR13/YachtReport2013.php?file=ccc%2FTarbert_2015&type=result&report=IRC1_overall

Scottish Series 2015 – Day 2 round up

After a great second day of sailing there's still everything to play for in Silvers Marine Scottish Series. Super Saturday lived up to its name, conditions were challenging with a light southerly blowing 10 – 12 knots, but the sun shone and it was a spectacular day showing Argyll at its best.

There were plenty of thrills and spills and in IRC Class 2 Alistair Shires of Sloop John T became the first casualty of the event, after an onboard incident. Alistair swapped the waters of Loch Fyne for hospital but we're delighted to say he's fine and will be back onboard in the near future.

In IRC Class 1 Silvers Marine Scottish Series main sponsor Jamie McGarry is now leading the table having had a great day on Loch Fyne. Rod Stuart and William Ram's Aurora is just two points adrift of the top spot with Steven Cowie's Zephyr falling to third. With two races tomorrow we're looking forward to some more fierce competition on the water.

IRC 2 sees a change at the top with Sloop John T taking the top spot. The conditions suited the boat perfectly and this coupled with good tactics and handling saw them rewarded. Something Else remains in second and Kevin Aitken in Animal keep a hold of their third spot.

Moving onto the IRC Class 4 and the start of the Crewsaver course and it was Roddy Angus' Trastada who had the best day and really found their pace. They're seeing their hard work paying off following a major boat optimisation. Craig Latimer's Wildebeest V falls to second following an OCS and McVey / Darge and Black's Phoenix rises to third. The racing in this class is very tight and tomorrow's racing will be very interesting.

In CYCA Class 5 Geoff and Norman Howison's Local Hero appears to be in a class of their own. They stay well ahead of Howard Morrison in Enigma and Ian Macdonald's Significant who had an excellent day.

It's still Alan Dunnet's Valhalla of Ashton at the top of CYCA Class 6 leading Stargazer in second, while Andy Malcolm's Nemo was finding pace in third.

CYCA Class 8 Restricted Sail. The Jochr in the pack pulled a lead of two points ahead of Windhound and North Star in third. There are no discards in this class yet and Windhound could still hang in there but will have to discard a retrial.

CYCA Class 9 Restricted Sail sees Stephen Owen in Halcyon hanging on to first while John Roberts' Poppy leapfrogs Clive Reeves' Lyrebird to take third.

Sigma 33 Class and its still Harper and Robinson's Leaky Roof 2 at the top of this tightly grouped section. Gallagher and Bradshaw's Busy Beaver worked hard to take second place from James Miller's Mayrise.

In National One Design Sonata Series Steve Goacher's Eric the Boat took three firsts today to see him dominate this class. Cochrane and Galbraith's Old School, lying in second, secured three seconds while D Matthew's White Magic holds onto third.

Ovington Boats maintain their lead in the VX Class ahead of Jono and Benji Shelly's Robber's Dog, who was let off the lead, in second and Duncan Hepplewhite's Zhik who was barking up the wrong tree today in third.

The J70 Scottish Championships table stays the same with Ian Aitken in boats.com in first, Paul Heys and S Hawthorn's Jacuzzi in second and Christopher Hawforth's Django in third. These boats enjoyed a great day's sailing and Loch Fyne certainly suited them.

It's tight at the top of the Hunter 707 Class with just three points separating the first three boats. M Fleming and D Smith's Rammie leads with Carl Allen's More T Vicar with T Clark and S Parker's Black Sheep in third.

There are two races tomorrow, including the anticipated Round the Island Race.

For a full list of results visit http://www.eastmore.biz/sailing/YR13/YachtReport2013.php?file=ccc%2FTarbert_2015&type=result&report=IRC1_overall

Janet West
Pure West Media

Scottish Series 2015 – Day 1 round up

Thanks to everyone for their patience, we had connectivity issues which delayed us getting the results for day 1 posted.

Connectivity issues were not the only challenge on day one of Silvers Marine Scottish Series, as we had to say goodbye to last year's champion, Murray Caldwell in Red Hot Poker, who was forced to withdraw from the series after he lost his rig. But in IRC Class 1 it was consistency which was the winner with Steven Cowie's Zephyr ending the day on top with a 2nd, 3rd and finally a win to top the table. He sits six points clear of Rod Stuart and William Ram's Aurora on 12 points with Jonathan Anderson and Murray Findlay's Roxstar in third, and Silvers Marine Scottish Series main sponsor, and last year's class winner, Jamie McGarry in Eala of Rhu and Jay Colville's Forty Licks both sitting on 15 points. This is a very strong fleet with everyone having a bite at leading and after the first day we can already see this is going to be a very competitive class.

In IRC Class 2 Storm dominated the return of the Irish contingent with themselves and Something Else leading the charge. They are followed by a strong local challenge led by Kevin Atiken in Animal and Neil Sandford's Now or Never 3. This is going to be a very competitive class and look out for the lead to be changing daily.

Over in IRC Class 4 last year's winner Craig Latimer is showing he means business in Wildebeest V. He's just one point clear of the J97 Lambay Rules with Roddy Angus' Trastada in third. This is a very tight class with just one point separating first and third place.

In CYCA Class 5 Geoff and Norman Howison's Local Hero has taken straight firsts on day one (we believe they're also in close contact with the committee boat!) They've stamped their authority on this class in this their new Benateau 44.7, ahead of veteran campaigner Howard Morrison in Enigma. These two boats could be put under pressure by Donald and Ewan MacKenzie's Ceol Beag or Ian Macdonald's Significant.

Over in CYCA Class 6 it's Alan Dunnet's Valhalla of Ashton – sailing in her 41st Scottish Series and winner of this class on many occasions who leads the way from Stargazer in second. She of the North, Kenneth Halliwell from Royal Ulster Yacht Club lies in third.

CYCA Class 8 Restricted Sail. This was the passage race from Largs to Tarbert sponsored by Clyde Challenger which was won by Sir Arnold Clark's Drum. Skippered by her first female skipper, Suzie Edmond, Drum clearly responded well to the feminine touch to clinch the race.

CYCA Class 9 Restricted Sail was a tough beat for this nine boat fleet. Stephen Owen in Halcyon took the day over Clive Reeves' Lyrebird in second and John Roberts' Poppy in third.

Sigma 33 saw Harper and Robinson's Leaky Roof 2 take the first day over James Miller, from Helensburgh Sailing Club's, Mayrise and Gallagher and Bradshaw from Cove Sailing Club's Busy Beaver in third. There are three previous winners in this class and it is sure to be a hotly competitive section.

Over in National One Design Sonata Series and it was Steve Goacher's Eric the Boat which is holding off Cochrane and Galbraith in Old School in second and D Matthew's White Magic in third. Old School will be chasing hard and is one to watch over the Series.

The VX Class is having a blast, excelling in the breezy conditions, with Martin Durner from Howarth Yacht Club in Ovington Boats currently leading the pack. Duncan Hepplewhite from Loch Lomond Sailing Club in Zhik is in third while Robber's Dog with Jono and Benji Shelley in third.

J70 Scottish Championships and Ian Aitken in boats.com bagged straight firsts, Paul Heys, J Boats supremo, and S Hawthorn's Jacuzzi took straight seconds and Chiristopher Hawforth's Django currently holds third place.

Hunter 707 M Fleming and D Smith's Rammie leads T Clark and S Parker's Black Sheep with Carl Allen's More T Vicar in third. This five boat fleet is very closely packed with just one point separating first and third places.

Everyone is looking forward to the party night in the marquee and fireworks at Tarbert Harbour this evening.

For a full list of results visit http://www.eastmore.biz/sailing/YR13/YachtReport2013.php?file=ccc%2FTarbert_2015&type=result&report=IRC1_overall

Janet West
Pure West Media

Its now Day 2 of the Scottish Series' fantastic weekend. We have a great number of entries (up 30% on last year), we have some great sponsors including Silvers Marine, Event Scotland, Clyde Challenger, the ever supportive and tasty Tunnocks and of course many others all of which I hope you will appreciate whether a Botanist Gin or even a North Sail. It even looks like the weather may play ball!!

The organising team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making this great event happen including our competitors without whom it does not exist!!

It's great to see you all in Tarbert. Best of luck!

Last Years overall winners, the team from Red Hot Poker. Who will take it home this year??

I can nearly taste The Botanist already!! Big Saturday night Party!!

Organisers of this year's Silvers Marine Scottish Series are delighted to announce that Gael Force Marine Equipment has become its newest sponsor.

Known locally for their Glasgow based chandlery in Hillington, the Gael Force name is well respected in the marine industry and they will supply the ground tackle for the race courses and marks.

The 41st Silvers Marine Scottish Series, which takes place in Tarbert, Loch Fyne between 22 – 25 May, is one of the most eagerly anticipated regattas of the season. And this latest sponsorship from Gael Force is another resounding endorsement of what is Scotland's premier sailing event.

Silvers Marine Scottish Series Chairman Dane Ralston is delighted at how plans for this year's regatta are shaping up. He said: "This time next week we'll be in Tarbert putting all the hard work of the last 11 months into practice. I'm thrilled at the level of sponsorship support we've had this year and I'd like to say a very big thank you to the team at Gael Force for coming onboard with us.

"I just can't wait to get to Tarbert, and get a great weekend of racing underway."

- See more at: http://blog.marineapp.co.uk/2015/05/scottish-series-welcomes-gael-force-sponsorship/#sthash.HBHvkqZB.MK0L84aW.dpuf

Hempel Paints add a splash of colour to Scottish Series
11.05.2015

Hempel Paints is the official sponsor of the Crawford McInnes Trophy at this year's Silvers Marine Scottish Series regatta

With just over three weeks until the 41st sailing of Scottish Series, this is great news for youth sailing, as the Crawford McInnes trophy is awarded for the best under 25 helm. Scottish Series has always attracted young, talented sailors to the waters of Loch Fyne and this year, with numbers across the fleet up by 20 percent, this will be a hotly contested battle. Looking through the names of previous winners of the trophy is like looking through a 'Who's Who' of sailing, so it's no surprise to learn this is the trophy everyone wants to win.

Silvers Marine Scottish Series Chairman Dane Ralston is thrilled to see Hempel Paints return as a sponsor. He said: "The Crawford McInnes trophy is one of the most prestigious in Scottish youth sailing, so it's fitting that its sponsor is as proud of its heritage as we are. Last year the Mayrise crew added their name to the trophy and we're very excited to see who will lift it this year. We'd like to thank everyone at Hempel Paints for once again supporting the regatta."

Silvers Marine Scottish Series takes place in Tarbert, Loch Fyne from 22 – 25 May. For more info visit the official website.

Scottish Series bouyed up with Crewsaver support
Silvers Marine Scottish Series is delighted to announce a new partnership with Crewsaver for this year's event.
Crewsaver is the the safety partner and product sponsor for next month's series, which runs between 22 - 25 May. It will also provide a brand new set of of inflatable marker buoys to be used during the event and afterwards for use at Clyde Cruising Club.
Silvers Marine Scottish Series Chairman Dane Ralson welcomed the announement saying, "At Silvers Marine Scottish Series we are very aware of how important it is to have sponsors who value their event audience and we are delighted to welcome Crewsaver into our event family. The Scottish Series race management team has been using Crewsaver racing marks for years and they have always performed even on the most challenging days we have on Loch Fyne.
"I know all our race competitors will welcome a brand as well known on the sailing scene as Crewsaver."
Ross Wilkinson, Managing Director for Crewsaver commented: "We are delighted to become a part of the Scottish Series; it is both professionally run and well respected throughout the community and will be a great platform to showcase our products."
As part of the sponsorship Crewsaver has also teamed up with the local retailers to offer 10% off the recently launched, next generation Crewsaver Fusion 3D lifejacket range.*
Competitors should visit the following retailers to find out more:
• Ardfern Yacht Chandlery
• Duncan Yacht Chandlers
• Largs Chandlers
• Kip Chandlery
In addition to this, competitors can also purchase the new Crewsaver lifejackets at 10% off from Ardfern on site during the entire event.
*E&OE, Terms and Conditions apply.

  

  21 April 2015

House of Bruichladdich says 'cheers' to Scottish Series

Silvers Marine Scottish Series is delighted to announce the return of one of its most popular sponsors, The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, for this year's regatta. Not only that, but The Botanist will be joined by Bruichladdich, the renowned Single Malt whisky from the same distillery.

With just over four weeks until the 41st Silvers Marine Scottish Series, places are filling up fast and this partnership is an indication of the level of support for the regatta from industry leaders.

Having headlined as a sponsor for the first time last year, The Botanist was a very popular addition to the Scottish Series list of sponsors.

Silvers Marine Scottish Series Chairman Dane Ralston welcomed the announcement saying, "I am thrilled The Botanist has chosen to support Scottish Series again this year and that we will also welcome Bruichladdich to our family of supporters. Sponsorship support is crucial for the future of Scottish Series, and to welcome such well known names to the table is wonderful news. We are very much looking forward to working with Bruichladdich to make this a long and fruitful relationship."

Dane continued, "We are delighted with the number of entries and we are looking forward to an excellent weekend of racing on some of the best sailing waters in the country."

Of course, not only is the House of Bruichladdich a local sponsor, given its distilleries on the island of Islay, but the brand fits very well with the ethos behind Scottish Series. Both brands strive for excellence and innovation, they have deep rooted historical links and, of course, both rely on the natural assets of Scotland.

As Bruichladdich master distiller Jim McEwan says:
"We believe in innovation and progress, in constantly striving to produce a spirit with intergrity and provenance. A spirit to put a smile on your face wherever you are and to help you close your eyes and quietly dream of Islay."

So whether you're a competitor or a spectator, Scottish Series promises to be an exciting weekend of racing on the water or a great few days shoreside.

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