New format sailing regatta will go ahead in new location

The 2021 event will see competitors moving away from Loch Fyne to various locations around the Clyde estuary.

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The sailing fraternity on Arran will be pleased to hear that the Scottish Series, the second largest yachting regatta in the UK and Scotland’s premier regatta, will still go ahead this year but in a new location.

Traditionally taking place on Loch Fyne, centred around the village of Tarbert, the event usually brings in excess of 120 yachts and 800 people together for a long weekend of multi-class racing and shoreside festivities on the late May bank holiday weekend.

This year, however, the organisers, Clyde Cruising Club, have announced plans to move the event east and it will now take place in a number of locations throughout the Clyde estuary.

The revised event will also see all shoreside and social activities cancelled to reduce the risk of the event not running for a second year.

Glenn Porter, chairman of the organising committee, said: ‘In 2020 we saw the largest regatta north of the south coast cancelled, something we are keen to avoid again.

‘Born out of a desire to race and socialise over the last bank holiday weekend in May we know that 2021 will need to be very different.

‘By stripping out the high risk social aspects, which we know many love, and operating out of multiple bases we hope to support the many racers who look forward to this annual event.’

Speaking about the decision to move the event, a spokesperson from the Clyde Cruising Club said: ‘Moving the event allows us to take advantage of multiple, relatively close locations to continue to run on the water racing, reducing the movement of people and, we hope, making it easier to manage any protection level or other restrictions still in place at the time.

‘We have also made the extremely difficult decision to cancel all shoreside activities, and will not be hosting a physical race office.

‘In effect the Scottish Series 2021 will be stripped right back to a racing event based over multiple locations on the Clyde all on the same weekend as originally planned, May 28-31, 2021.’

The Clyde Cruising Club has a 111-year history of operating a keelboat and dinghy section with a global membership.

It also produces informative sailing directions recognised globally as invaluable for sailing and cruising in Scotland’s waters.

Details on the 2021 race format will be released in late February on the event website at where sailors can also reserve their place in any of the events.


Photographs: Marc Turner