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Enjoy the ‘Fyne’ life at the Silvers Marine Scottish Series

THE SILVERS Marine Scottish Series will welcome more than 100 racing yachts to Tarbert, Loch Fyne, over the bank holiday weekend from Friday May 27 to Monday May 30.

Set on one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland, this, the 42nd Scottish Series, is much more than just a yacht racing event – it has something for everyone both on and off the water.

For many it’s a ‘must do’ weekend in the UK racing and social calendar. The buzz of the event in the village of Tarbert and across at Portavadie provides a magnet of attraction for both locals and visitors. The influx of yachts, committee vessels and visitors by both sea and land and the accompanying shoreside activity makes it one of the busiest weekends in the year for the area and a destination in itself to enjoy. The event on the water is organised by Clyde Cruising Club (CCC) and has Silvers Marine, the well known boatyard at Rosneath, as the title sponsor. The series offers a mix of CYCA and IRC handicap racing including CYCA white sail classes. With passage races and a white sail cruise in company from Largs, family and cruiser classes and the Round Inchmarnock race on Sunday, the Silvers Marine Scottish Series is set to attract a wide range of enthusiasts by offering racing at different levels for four days or for just the passage races if preferred.

All Scottish Series photographs by www.yachtingimages.co.uk

Tarbert Harbour

Tarbert Harbour Authority (THA) hosts the ffeet at this pretty west coast port and an offer of 20 per cent discount on berthing fees till May 1 contributed to an early influx of entries. Similar discount offers from Clyde Cruising Club and Clyde Challenger have also boosted the entry list to a higher number than previous years.

Donna Mallen, business development off cer of THA, said they expected in the region of 130 racing boats as well as round 50 committee, press and support vessels. She said: ’This is one of our busiest times of the year. It kickstarts the season and puts a lot of money into the village which is essential to our economy.’ For harbour master Donald M c A l l i s t e r this will be his second Scottish Series event. ‘We are all very much looking forward to welcoming the fleet. We hope everyone has fair winds and sunshine to race and sees the area at its most scenic best,’ he said. Mr McAllister added the THA team had a rough berthing plan which they would be asking yachts to adhere to on a first come, first served basis. With a new pontoon addition, the berthing area has been expanded and is now described as ‘second to none’ and all the boats in the harbour makes for a truly spectacular sight. The harbour off ce can be contacted on 01880 820 344 or info@ tarbertharbour.co.uk.

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