Rob McConnell’s A35’ Fools Gold took home the silver position in the newly established RC35 class on Lough Fyne at last weekend’s Scottish Series. For anyone who has sailed Tarbert Harbour, they will be familiar with the often-obscure weather conditions and this year was no different, the consistency of the sailing was going to take the prize. Day two saw the boats retire to shore as the racing had to be cancelled due to the lack of wind, however three Irish boats remained in the top six, making the RC35 class a very close call indeed. Day three saw champagne sailing conditions as all classes enjoyed the averaging 10-knot breeze and by the end of the day, it was too close to call it. The last day of the series saw rougher weather conditions – favoured by Fools Gold, who topped off the event with a first and a second position, allowing Pat Kelly’s J109 Storm from Rush Yacht Club to claim the title. WHSC’s Rob McConnell, who won the overall title in 2015 said “I’m truly delighted for the lads on Storm. This was our first time out on the water this year and I believe that Pat and his crew were very deserved winners. It’s fantastic that Irish boats can travel to places like Scotland and show just how competitive the Irish cruiser scene is”.
Article by Marcella Connolly