At London Boat Show, the Clyde Cruising Club announced some minor changes for their Bell Lawrie Scottish Series running this year from 30 May-4 June at Tarbert on Loch Fyne.
The offshore race on the first night of the regatta will now only be open to the IRC and CYCA yachts, leaving the Sigma 33s, Sonatas and Restricted Sail classes to start on the Friday morning with a day race from Inverkip to Tarbert. This race will be optional for the 1720 and Sportsboat classes, and will not form part of their points series.
CCC say they will also shorten the course of the offshore race to ensure the whole fleet is in Tarbert by late afternoon on the Friday.
"We listened to the competitors and in parrticular those in the One Design classes felt that racing in daylight, where there is better visual contact between boats, was more satisfying and equable," commented the CCC's new Commodore, Peter Fairley (who many may remember as the UK's erthwhile Harken distributor).
The race programme will this year be less intense for the CYCA and Restricted Sail classes. They will only sail one race instead of two on the Saturday, Sun and Tuesday, although they will still have two on the Monday.
The dates of the event have also been moved so that it doesn't conflict with the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations and public holiday or any other major events on the south coast.
Fairley also commented they were hoping numbers to increase at the Bell Lawrie White stockbroker-sponsored event, now that the foot and mouth epidemic has subsided.
Classes this year will comprises four under IRC, four under the CYCA's handicap, Sigma, Sonata and Cork 1720 one design classes and a RORC/RYA Sportsboat class with a maximum rating of 0.950.
Among competitors in this year's race will be
Among the entries will be Richard Matthew's Corby 48, Oystercatcher.