Three bullets for Fever Glenfiddich
A picture postcard opening to the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series was welcomed by nearly 100 crews on Loch Fyne who returned to Tarbert this afternoon content to have enjoyed sunshine, light winds and excellent racing.
If the racing for the IRC classes to the south of the loch left little time to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery there could have been no complaints as the race organising team there marched through three short races in jig time. The 7-9 knot breeze from the southeast proved remarkably steady, given Loch Fyne’s reputation for capricious minded winds, and the fierce sunshine reflecting off the dark waters ensured that most return to the Kintyre peninsula haven with a healthy glow.
Three wins from three starts for Fever Glenfiddich, Grant Gordon’s England-based J/97, which has Tarbert expat Ruairidh Scott on tactics, sets the bar very high, even for the galaxy of past Scottish Series Trophy winners, which already lead their respective classes. Scott, who won with King Quick in 2006 in the 1720 Sportsboat Class, ensured that Fever was on imperious form, showing as much as anything that just the right amount of patience is a required virtue on the Loch where he grew up sailing. They just passed the current Scottish Series Trophy champions, Jackaroo, on the final stage of the first, short race. And in the third race they held back just enough to ensure that they were not one of the four transgressors who jumped the start gun in Race 3.
“I have to say we were close, very close. But we were absolutely fine and it turned out to be a good start,” confirmed Scott on the dockside in Tarbert. “But it was a nice way to start the regatta. We got good starts in all three races and that helps. In the first race Jackaroo got away a little on the first leg and we just worked to pull them in. We have a good class with three well sailed J/97s.”
In IRC Class 1 it is the past double winners of the top award Bateleur, Chris Bonar’s evergreen BH36 which opened their regatta with a win, following up with the second and third to lead overall in the big boat fleet. Arran brothers Iain and Graham Thomson lead IRC Class 2 on their Swan 40 Sloop John T with a 2,1,3 today.
The CYCA fleet enjoyed the best of the sunshine with a long course, weaving their way around the north of the loch towards Ardrishaig to finish one giant passage which was won in CYCA Class 5 by Howard Morrison’s crew on Enigma.