Please select your home edition
Cyclops Marine 2023 November - LEADERBOARD

RS21 British Isles and Ireland Cup 2023 Event 1 at the Scottish Series

by Paul Fisk 2 Jun 07:38 BST 26-29 May 2023
Scottish Series RS21 A-Plan Insurance © Andrew Wallace

A small, lean and keen fleet of four RS21s joined around 600 sailors in the Scottish Series at Tarbert on beautiful Loch Fyne with four days of racing over the bank holiday weekend of 26-29 May.

The RS21s were lucky to have their own class start within the regatta's one design course which was shared with the 707, Etchells and Sigma 33 classes. Every morning, the fleet were played out of the harbour to the wonderful sight and sound of a lone piper from the Loch Fyne Pipe Band perched on a rock at the harbour entrance - what a way to start the day!

The race team, led by Principal Race Officer David Denholm ably assisted by Eilidh Miller, defied the odds on Day 1 to run three races in very light wind and sunshine. After a long day on the water, Liam Willis with crew Keith Willis, Will Taylor and Will Homewood in Dark and Stormy were clear leaders with a 2, 1, 1 scoreline. In second overall was Duncan Hepplewhite with crew Emma, Craig and Rona Hepplewhite in Sailingfast, closely followed by Calum Bell and crew Tom Mitchell, Suzie Homer and Christine Wood in A-Plan Insurance.

This young team of 18-25 year old sailors has been developed by A-Plan Insurance along with Haven Knox Johnston. The aim is to give young sailors who are coming to the end of their RYA youth pathway an opportunity to experience one design keelboat sailing. The A-Plan RS21 team are all Scottish based and must have a 50/50 split male/female. This is a very exciting opportunity for the sailors, but also for the marine industry. It has attracted support from Rooster Sailing, Marlow Ropes and Sailingfast. The team will have the boat to compete in the British Isles and Ireland RS21 Cup, racing at Scottish Series, Dun Laoghaire, the Nationals at Lymington and the World Championship in Sardinia. The day's racing finished with generous drinks on the pontoon sponsored by Sailingfast and Doig and Smith.

Three more races were run on an overcast Day 2 in mixed breeze which built as the day went on to finish with a welcome downwind blast for all crews - a great opportunity for the RS21 to show what it can do given a bit of breeze. Dark and Stormy maintained a healthy overall lead with a consistent set of results (3, 2, 1) with the youthful A-Plan team chasing hard with a 2, 1, 4. In the meantime, the Hepplewhites in Sailingfast (4, 3, 3) were holding off Paul Fisk and crew Caroline Fisk, Pippa Jubb and Richard Tucker in Responsible Sailing (1, DNF, 2) for the final podium place. Following drinks on board the Spirit 65 'Chloë Giselle', courtesy of Dark and Stormy, the fleet enjoyed a spectacular firework display and a lively Scottish Series Saturday night party with revelling into the early hours.

Two more bullets for Dark and Stormy in both of Day 3's light wind races in more glorious sunshine gave them what looked like an unassailable lead with two races scheduled for the final day. Sadly, with the Loch looking like a sheet of glass all racing on Day 4 was cancelled, so the final results were Dark and Stormy first overall, A-Plan Insurance second and Responsible Sailing just taking third on countback from Sailingfast.

As this competitive and fun fleet builds momentum, we are all looking forward to a healthy balance of partying and racing at the next round of the British Isles and Ireland Cup which takes place as part of Dún Laoghaire Regatta from 6 to 9 July. Visit for all event details, dates and charter opportunities.

Related Articles

International Blind Keelboat League at Rutland
An event that showcased the resilience, skill, and camaraderie of six international teams Rutland Sailing Club, in collaboration with Blind Sailing UK, proudly concluded the 2023 International Blind Keelboat League, a groundbreaking event that showcased the resilience, skill, and camaraderie of six international blind sailing teams. Posted on 21 Nov
RS21 Italian Class to present Masterclass
As part of the World Sailing Sustainability Sessions The RS21 Italian Class will present a sustainability masterclass on 29th November 2023 as part of the World Sailing Sustainability Sessions. Posted on 18 Nov
RYA National Match Racing Grand Finals
Team Absolute take the crown in RS21s at Queen Mary The RYA National Match Racing Grand Finals 2023 saw eleven teams battling it out in RS21 keelboats over a weekend of variable conditions at London's Queen Mary Sailing Club. Posted on 2 Nov
RS Sailing announces RS Fest Miami 2024
The first multi-class RS event in North America! Get ready for the RS Fest Miami, the first EVER major multi-class RS Sailing event in North America. The three-day regatta, Saturday March 30th to Monday April 1st 2024, is a celebration of RS Sailing fleets - hosted in tropical Miami, Florida! Posted on 28 Oct
Hamble Winter Series week 3
RO states it was always going to be a difficult day "It was always going to be a difficult day!" This was the view of RO Kathy Smalley, who was standing in for PRO Peter Bateson this week when, the decision was taken for a one hour postponement for week 3 of the Hamble Winter Series. Posted on 26 Oct
RS21s - a new addition to Volvo Cork Week 2024
Making their debut at this renowned regatta after being added to the line-up Volvo Cork Week 2024 will welcome an exciting addition to its line-up of competitive sailing classes as the RS21 One Design Class makes its debut at this renowned regatta. Posted on 13 Oct
Hamble Winter Series week 1
One Design Championships kicked off in quite a mix of conditions The first weekend of the 42nd Hamble winter Series took place in what Paul Wyeth described as "Quite a mix of conditions!" Posted on 11 Oct
RS21 Worlds 2023 at Porto Rotondo, Sardinia overal
Tight racing and double victories prevailed It was a double victory for team 'Caipirinha' at the RS21 World Championships in the crystal-clear waters of Sardinia this weekend. The crew not only took the title of 2023 World Champions, but they also claimed first place in the RS21 Yamamay Cup. Posted on 3 Oct
RS21 Worlds 2023 at Porto Rotondo, Sardinia Day 1
Record-breaking attendance at the event with 55 boats from 12 countries The biggest event of the RS21 Calendar has begun in the stunning surrounds of Porto Rotondo in Sardinia, Italy. The RS21 World Championship 2023 is the second edition of the International Class Association's Worlds. Posted on 28 Sep
RS21 UK & IE Cup - Calendar Announced for 2024
The championships will take place across seven months in six key locations The RS21 Class Association is excited to announce the RS21 UK & IE Cup Calendar for 2024. Sticking to the Corinthian ethos, sailors compete in identical RS21s; levelling the playing field and intensifying the competition. Posted on 20 Sep