New support for Scottish Series
"While their financial input is essential to being able to maintain the high standards of regatta management on the water that the event is regularly acclaimed for, it is doubly pleasing to welcome on board such prestigious brands that will both be highly valued by our competitors." Opened Clyde Cruising Club Commodore Peter Fairlie, "we are very fortunate to have a wonderful mix of sponsors to support the event."
Henri-Lloyd and Talisker join Tunnocks as the principal sponsors of the three different fleets' course areas on Loch Fyne. Their financial contributions effectively cover the substantial on-the-water running costs to ensure that all courses are well resourced in terms of support craft and personnel.
The club have been working tirelessly to build on the success of the 2002 event, and Peter Fairlie and his team are confident that the number of competing yachts will show an upturn this year.
Among those leading international skippers and crews who have indicated that Loch Fyne and the 2003 Bell Lawrie Scottish Series is already inked on to their new season race calendars are the brand new Swan 45s of Keith Miller, the Edinburgh based businessman who is a past Swan European Champion, and Ford Cork Week High
Performance IRM class winner Glyn Williams who will also bring one of the new Swan 45s north from its Solent base. A new class for the Laser SB3 sportsboat is also on the cards, and there seems a good chance that, with the continued growth of the class in northern waters, the biggest complement of Hunter 707 sportsboats is also likely this year.
While the process of consultation with past and present competitors to evaluate whether a change from the long established 'long weekend' formula to a five or six day week long regatta starting on the Sunday or Monday is well under way, and initial feedback will soon be known, the club have responded to competitors' desire to have 'no-spinnakers' racing for bigger or faster boats. So this year racing under CYCA Handicapping for the Restricted Sail classes will see two classes, with a split at 12.5 and under and 12.75 and over.
Other initiatives which started last year will continue. Some classes will not do the opening Offshore Race on the Thursday evening but will have a more direct inshore race to Tarbert starting Friday morning. Otherwise the successful formula that has served the regatta so well in over two decades of racing remains the same.
The regatta starts Thursday 22 May and finishes Tuesday 27 May. The notice of race has just been published and is available from the Clyde Cruising Club offices (tel: 0141 221 2774, e-mail Hazel@Clyde.org).