Scottish Series 2016 - May 27-30
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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