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Animal retains the RC35 Class Championship

by Robin Young 15 Sep 15:43 BST 11-12 September 2021
Race start during the RC35 Class Championship 2021 © Neill Ross /

Kevin and Debbie Aitken's First 36.7, Animal, has completed a 3-peat as Scotia Handling Services Ltd RC35 Class Champions.

The season long championship was completed at the Clyde Cruising Club's GSS Regatta in partnership with Crhu Rigging on the 11th and 12th September. It was all to play for between Animal, John Stamp's Corby 33 Jacob and Charlie Frize's Corby 33 Banshee going into the final event. After 5 close races in 5 to 18knts of breeze Animal continued a successful season with a regatta win followed by Jacob and Robin Young's J109, Jings.

With a slightly reduced series the RC35 fleet were happy to be back on the water after the 2020 Championship was cancelled due to the pandemic. The fleet of Scottish and Irish yachts competed over 5 events spread from May to September on the West Coast of Scotland.

It all started at the relocated Clyde Cruising Club's Scottish Series based at Largs instead of it's usual home of Tarbert Loch Fyne. A light wind regatta saw Animal get off to the best start possible with a straight set of first place finishes to not only win the RC35 Class, but also pick up the 2021 Scottish Series Trophy. Jacob and Jings completed the podium with a 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The class then moved onto the Mudhook Regatta in June. Five races were completed across 2 days. Saturday saw westerly winds of 8 knts gusting to 17knts. Sunday brought near perfect conditions, blue skies and warm sunshine. The south westerly began slightly lighter but build to gusts of 20knts for some brisk and exciting racing. The results could barely have been closer with the top 3 boats finishing on the 8 points each. The win went to Charlie Frize's Corby 33, Banshee by way of a victory in the final race. Banshee was followed by Jings and Animal in 2nd and 3rd.

Next up was the Scotia Tree Services RC35 Championship weekend in the middle of July, sailed in conditions more commonly found in the Mediterranean rather than Scotland. Sun, warmth and wind were in plentiful supply for both the days. The fantastic racing was supplemented by a great dock party on the Saturday evening kindly put on by Scotia Tree Services and Makars Gourmet Mash Bar. Jacob got their first event win of the season followed up by Animal in 2nd and Banshee in 3rd.

Getting to the tail end of the season the fleet moved back to Largs for the Largs Regatta Festival in the last weekend of August. Another light and tricky weekend saw Animal pip Banshee to victory with a win in the Sunday 'Round the Island' race. Jacob closed out the podium in third place.

The final standings after the 5 events, with 1 discard, were 1st Animal, 2nd Jacob, 3rd Banshee.

"Big thanks to everyone in the class for making the season possible and all the Clyde clubs for running the events during a difficult year.

Clyde Cruising Club, Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club, Helensburgh Sailing Club, Largs Sailing Club and Fairlie Yacht Club", said outgoing Class Chairman and Class Champion Kevin Aitken.

A big thanks as always to the class Sponsors Helly Hansen, North Sails, Harken, Marlow Ropes, Makars Gourmet Mash Bar, Scotia Tree Services and Scotia Handling Services.

"The RC35 Class will be back in 2022 with a full program of events in Scotland and Ireland. If you would like more info please get in touch through the RC35 Class Facebook Page", added new Class Chairman Robin Young.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameBoat TypeIRC RatingScottish SeriesMudhook RegattaRC35 ChampsLargs RegattaNorth Clyde RegattaPts
1AnimalFirst 36.711813D2115
2JacobCorby 3313824D1328
3BansheeCorby 3313641325D10
4JingsJ 10911328D5313
6Blue JayJ 109119D744419
5NoWorriesJ 1091125567D622
7ELFFirst 351189D756826
8TangaroaPronavia 38121678D8829
9HijackerKer 3213477810D830
10VampElan 37TBC97810D832

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