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 Andrew Malcolm's Nemo 4 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.
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