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2017: Last Day & Final report

SWAN TAKES FLIGHT WITH TROPHY – 'EALA OF RHU' IS SILVERS MARINE SCOTTISH SERIES CHAMPION 2017

Congratulations to Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore and the crew of 'Eala of Rhu' who not only won class one, but also the coveted Scottish Series Trophy and the Scottish IRC Championship. Having been a very close contender in past years and missing out on count back, it is fitting that this year in a hotly contested class after finishing on equal points with the well sailed Irish boat 'Forty Licks', McGarry counted four firsts to three for 'Forty Licks' winning 'Eala of Rhu' the class.
On winning the Scottish Series Trophy, Jamie McGarry said "After coming so close in previous years, I am delighted with the performance of the boat and the supreme effort put in by the crew to win the trophy."
Jamie McGarry has also been the headline sponsor of Silvers Marine Scottish Series for the last three years and commented on "how much he had enjoyed the Series and being part of its continued growth", he also made special mention of "the warm welcome and hard work put in by the Tarbert Enterprise Company to make the shore side part of the event such a huge success greatly contributing to the overall success of the whole event".
Scottish Series Event Chairman, David Denholm commented "The Clyde Cruising Club is delighted that the Silvers Marine Scottish Series enjoyed some champagne sailing in stunning Loch Fyne off Tarbert. Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore's 'Eala of Rhu' were without doubt worthy winners of Silvers Marine Scottish Series 2017 and the Scottish National IRC Championship".

Other prize winners were:

  • Harris Cartwright of 'Golden Fox' who takes home the Crawford McInnes Trophy for Best Under 25 Helm, sponsored by Hempel Paints.
  • Hempel Paints Youth Prizes were shared between the crews of 'Golden Fox' and 'Warrior'
  • 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 – 'Lambay Rules', Stephen Quinn
  • 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 – 'Enigma', Howard Morrison
  • 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: 'Mayrise', James Miller
  • 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 – 'Argento', Ken Andrew
  • The Sinbad Trophy awarded to the best family yacht, regardless of class or results, as judged by representatives of the organising committee – 'Lyrebird', Clive Reeves
  • 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) – Lambay Rules, Stephen Quinn
  • 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 – 'Eala of Rhu', Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore

EalaIRC Class 1- As predicted the result of this class was very tight with Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore's 'Eala of Rhu' succeeding in winning not only the class but also the Series. Jay Colville's 'Forty Licks' sailed an excellent final day only to be beaten by 'Eala of Rhu' on count back. Finishing in third place having sailed a consistently good series in their new boat 'Inis Mor' were Jonathan Anderson and Murray Finlay.
RC 35 (IRC Class 2) – Consistency paid off in this class for Pat Kelly's 'Storm' which took a second and a first today to finish with 15 points, two ahead of Rob McConnell's 'Fools Gold' which sailed two excellent races today winning first and a second to move ahead of 'Animal'.
IRC Class 3 - Stephen Quinn and the crew of 'Lambay Rules' kept up the pressure on Roddy Angus and Dan Challis's 'Trastada' today posting a first and a second to end up one point ahead of the local boat and win the class reversing the positions from last year. 'Samauri J' owned by Alan Macleod and A Knowles also had an excellent day posting a third and a first to ensure their spot in third place.
CYCA Class 4 - Howard Morrison's 'Enigma' sailed two great races to post two firsts and confirm their spot at the top of this class seven points ahead of nearest rival 'Stargazer'. 'Valhalla of Ashton' came in a well-deserved third.
CYCA Class 5 - With only a slight hiccup (second place in this morning's race) Alistair Gay's 'Orwell Lass' (skippered by Ewan Sim (KOBSC)) sailed a near perfect series to maintain her spot at top of this class. Alistair Pugh's 'Marisca' took first in this morning's race followed by a second to beat Kenny MacDonald's 'Ravel's Bolero' into third.
CYCA Class 7 Restricted Sail - Well done to Ken Andrew's 'Argento' on finishing the series on 9 points to win the class ahead of Clive Reeves' 'Lyrebird' on 13points and Owen McManus' 'Jochr' on 15.
Sigma 33 Class - There were no surprises today in the Sigma 33 class with James Miller and Mayrise holding onto the top spot, ahead of Allan Lennox's 'Miss Behavin' and Harper and Robertson's 'Leaky Roof 2'.
National Sonata One Design Class - This has been an exciting class to watch over the weekend with placings changing each day. The two firsts posted by Brian Wiseman's 'Virtuoso' today were not enough to knock Steven Lyon's 'Kalm' from top spot but they did move them ahead of Ross MacNish and 'Old School' who ended the series in third place.
Hunter 707 Class - Winner Dara O'Malley and 'Seaword' barely put a foot wrong this weekend and, with two wins today end the series six points clear of Olympian Luke Patience sailing Neill Ross's 'CRHU' who were, in turn, seven points clear of Carl Allen's 'More T Vicar'.

Day Three - Sunday

Super Sunday at Silvers Marine Scottish Series

Despite being unable to race on Saturday due to lack of wind, crews made the most of the opportunity to enjoy the shore side activities around the village of Tarbert and the day was topped off with live music and a fantastic display of fireworks.

Sunday saw a day of champagne sailing with a NNW wind 9 to 10 knots and mostly dry and sunny. Most classes managed to get in three races which was basically the programme of races from the Saturday. The races officers did a fantastic job in managing the day's racing schedule in what seems to be a seamless transition from race to race, which is becoming a hallmark of the regatta

IRC Class One – Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore's Swan 45 "Eala of Rhu' proved difficult to catch as it revelled in almost perfect conditions along with faultless crew work and tactics. With two firsts and a fourth it gives 'Eala of Rhu' a five-point lead over Jay Colville's 'Forty Licks' a very well sailed First 40 from East Down Yacht Club, which is still in contention for silverware. Two points behind is Rod Stuart and Bill Ram's "Aurora" sitting on 13 points just one point ahead of Jonathan Anderson and Murray Findlay's "Inis Mor" on 14 points. This is a very tightly sailed class and it will all come down to the results of Monday's races.

RC35 Class – The question in this class is can Kevin and Debbie Aitken's "Animal" get its paws on the silverware with an overall class win, currently lying in first place with 15 points. This has been a very competitive class from day one and going into the final days sailing there are 7 boats that could claim the title. One of those is Pat Kelly's "Storm" a well sailed J109 with consistent results throughout the series. Also in contention is "Banshee" owned and sailed by Charlie Frize, who is no stranger to class wins at Scottish Series and who could easily end up at the top of the class. The winner in this class is likely to be decided on the very last tack tomorrow.

IRC Class 3 – This class looks to be a real battle between local boat "Trastada" owned by Roddy Angus and Dan Challis, and Irish boat "Lambay Rules' a J97 owned by Stephen Quinn of Howth Yacht Club. On 11 and 12 points, respectively only one point separates these two remarkably well sailed boats who have enjoyed some great racing, tomorrow is a new day and both boats have all to sail for. In third place with 21 points is "Samurai J" owned by Alan Macleod and A Knowles sailing their first season in this J92. With three points separating the next three boats this class is still very open and will likely be decided on the final race tomorrow.

CYCA 4 – Scottish Series veteran Howard Morrison's "Enigma" looked magnificent coming down the last reach and it is easy to see why he is leading his class. Sitting on 10.5 points at the end of today's racing he will have to maintain a mistake free day tomorrow to keep his lead. "Stargazer" sitting on 14 points is an equally well sailed yacht and will have a hunger to win tomorrow. There is still a margin for error and "Celtic Spirit" currently lying third on 18 points could still squeeze in.

CYCA 5 – Alistair Gay's Nicholson 35 "Orwell Lass" (skippered by Ewan Sim (KOBSC)) was impeccably sailed today getting a perfect score to finish leading the class on 5 points. The crew managed keep the boat moving through the shifty and light winds of the morning's race with ease and revelled in the steady breeze of the afternoon to finish the day with three firsts. The battle will be for second place between "Marisca" on 12 points and "Ravel's Bolero" on 17 points.

CYCA7 – In the restricted sail class "Argento" looks like she might be the eventual class winner sitting on 6 points five ahead of "Jocher" in second and "Lyrebird' in third both sitting on 11 points. With more wind forecast for tomorrow it could all come down to boat handling to decide first, second and third.

Sigma 33 Class - The Sigma class, one of the Crewsaver Fleets, enjoyed anther day of close racing with much place changing it was boat handling that delivered the results today. No more so than in James Miller's "Mayrise" from Helensburgh Sailing Club finishing the day on 11 points. In second and third places, respectively are Allan Lennox's "Miss Behavin" on 16 points and A Harper and E, K Robertson's "Leaky Roof 2" on 19 points.

Sonata Class – Steven Lyon from Cove Sailing Club, sailing "Kalm", kept his head and delivered a second a first and a second to finish the day on 9 points. Dealing a harsh blow to "Old School" who previously lead the class and finished the day in second place on 13 points. Ross MacNish's "Old School" from Royal Gourock Yacht Club will be fighting hard tomorrow along with Brian Wiseman's "Virtuoso". The 9-boat class has enjoyed some great close racing and we look forward to more of the same tomorrow. With only 10 points separating the first five boats it is not over yet.

Hunter 707 Class – is enjoying some of the closest one design racing the class has seen. Darra O'Malley last year's winner sailing "Seaword" is without doubt the most consistent one design winner of the series, today posting a one, three and a one showing that strong tactics backed up with a disciplined crew will pay off in the toughest one design fleets. "Seaword" is currently sitting on 7 points three ahead of rivals "CRHU" sailed by Olympian Luke Patience. New boy to the class Luke, looked today to be having a stronger day on the water finishing the second race with a first and a very impressive lead. Carl Allen's "More T Vicar" from Port Edgar Yacht Club will be looking to continue to move up the rankings currently sitting third on 16 points.

The racing over the weekend has been great and with only one more day of racing it will be a big day for many as they fight for class places.

Day Two - Saturday

There was no racing on Saturday because of a lack of wind

Day One

The Heat is on at Silvers Marine Scottish Series

'The Heat is on at Silvers Marine Scottish Series'

The 43rd Scottish Series, sponsored by Silvers Marine for the third year started today Friday 26th May 2017. With it came sunshine and record temperatures hitting 30 degrees in Tarbert, Loch Fyne. Some would say that the competition on the water was even hotter, with plenty of action in the Silvers Fleet and the Crewsaver Fleet. These results are almost certainly subject to protest as it was very competitive in most classes, no more so than in IRC 2 the RC35 class where some bumps occurred during mark roundings. Silvers Marine Scottish Series is also incorporating the Spinlock IRC Scottish Championship so there is plenty to race for. The day's racing was spectacular with the most incredible splash of colour across Loch Fyne and the atmosphere is electric on and off the water. Everything points to a fantastic weekend of racing ahead.

IRC Class One – the sun was definitely shining on 'Eala of Rhu', owned by Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore of event main sponsor Silvers Marine. Today she dominated class one, showing some great pace and tactical decision making, managing to place the boat at the right place at the right time, ably assisted round the course by Jon Fitzgerald and Kevin Sproul. Claiming two firsts and a second giving them 4 points and leaving them 4 points ahead of 'Forty Licks' owned by Jay Colville from Ireland on 8 points just one ahead of Jonathan Anderson sailing his new Ker 39' 'Inis Mor' with Murray Findlay. There are plenty of other boats in this highly competitive class which could upset the 'apple cart' before the weekend is out.

IRC Class Two- RC35 Class – this ferociously competitive class of 17 boats, with a very tight rating band does not allow for error. It was a pleasure to watch the starts of this class and indeed the class racing over the three races today. This class is going to be won by consistency and today that was seen in the results where the first three boats are all on 13 points. Ireland's 'Fools Gold' owned by Rob McConnell, 2015's Series winner today stamped their intentions on the class and led the pack. In second place 'Now or Never 3' sailed by owner Neill Sandford squeezed in front of Irish boat 'Storm' owned by Pat Kelly. It is going to be really exciting watching this new class develop and grow.

IRC Class 3 saw fifteen boats crossing the line and enjoying three very competitive races. Leading class three after the first day's racing is Stephen Quinn returning this year with his boat 'Lambay Rules' from Howth Yacht Club, on ten points with a one point lead over local boat 'Trastada' owned by Roddy Angus and Dan Challis, who in turn are 3 points ahead of Nicholas Marshall's 'Satisfaction'. There is no doubt that this class is competitive with seasoned campaigners joined by some new designs, all enjoying some great racing in the three races today.

CYCA 4 – They say experience counts and this class has at first glance three past Scottish Series winners, not to mention previous class winners. One veteran campaigner Howard Morrison, who today had two firsts and a third in his yacht 'Enigma', used that experience wisely today giving him a four-point lead over 'Stargazer' from Arran Yacht Club owned by A Bilsland and A Campbell on 9 points and in third place is 'Celtic Spirit' sailed by Brian Robertson on 10 points. Looking at the entry list there could be much upset in this class and no doubt old scores to be settled.

CYCA 5 – Enjoyed some close racing but was dominated by 'Orwell Lass', a Nicholson 35' owned by Alistair Gay and skippered by Ewan Sim (KOBSC), Kyles of Bute Sailing Club, definitely one to watch this week with two firsts and a third giving him a 7 point lead over 'Marisca' a Contessa 32' sailed by Alistair Pugh, just ahead, by one point, of 'Sirius' a GK 24' from Ireland sailed by Richard Doig.

CYCA7 – Restricted Sail Class of 13 boats sailed a passage race from Largs to Tarbert. After much place changing the eventual winner was David and Karen Parker's Beneteau 35 'Slippi Jin' followed closely by 'Argento' a Jeanneau Sunfast sailed by Ken Andrew with CCC Commodore Clive Reeves', Maxi 1000 'Lyrebird', in third place.

Sigma 33 Class - As always this class has regularly been one of the tightest fleets in Scottish Series with a strong one design association; it is a fast and exciting class to sail in whatever the weather delivers, and today was no exception. 'Miss Behavin' sits on 9 points equal with 'Leaky Roof 2', just one point ahead of James Millar's 'Mayrise'. Expect some very tight racing in this class of 10 boats.

Sonata Class – In the Sonata class Ross McNish in 'Old School' from Royal Gourock Yacht Club dominated the day with three firsts. This well sailed boat will be hard to beat, but there are plenty in the class that will be vying to do that. 'Kalm' is in second place with 8 points, just two ahead of 'Scruples' on 10 points. All will be wanting to stamp their authority on the class tomorrow.

Hunter 707 Class - This popular one design class saw 11 boats on the water today enjoying some great scratch racing. It was a joy to watch Dara O'Malley, last year's Series winner in his boat 'Seaword' taking the fight to 'CRHU' owned by Neill Ross sailed on this occasion by Olympian Luke Patience. Luke would be forgiven for thinking that he was back at the Olympics and will definitely be looking to better today's results where he is sitting one point behind O'Malley with 5 and 6 points respectively.

Saturday is shaping up for a great day on the water in all classes.

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