The new format for this year's regatta sees four straight days' racing on Loch Fyne with two races per day for the bigger boats. There is a 'stand alone' Tarbert Outbound race on Tuesday 31 May, with finishes in both Bangor and Inverkip.
Competition is expected to be fierce in all classes, with last year's overall series champion, Antony O'LEARY from Cork, Ireland returning to defend his trophy against rivals from as far afield as Hong Kong, Dubai, Ireland and the south coast of Great Britain.
Record crowds are expected in Tarbert during the Bell Lawrie Scottish Series. It is estimated that 2,000 people are involved in the racing - 1,700 crews and 300 volunteer helpers. There will be up to 200 yachts racing, with 15 committee boats setting courses and recording start and finish times and 25 boats anchored in the harbour providing accommodation for crews. Ashore, 250 rooms in Tarbert hotels and guesthouses are fully booked from one year to the next by regular Scottish Series participants. Bars and restaurants look set to be very busy over the holiday weekend, with an estimated 25,000 pints of beer being drunk and 5,000 oysters consumed by thirsty and hungry crews, once they come ashore after a hard day's racing.
There are many high profile businessmen racing in the event, including property tycoon, Keith MILLER, chief executive of The Miller Group, Boyd TUNNOCK of Tunnock's Tea Cakes and Caramel Wafers fame and Iain GRAHAM of Graham Technology. There are also several up and coming young Scottish sailors taking part including Scott AIKMAN, Scott GRAY, Mark PLUMMER, Angus STEVENSON and Ruaridh SCOTT, who are all members of the Volvo Keelboat Squad of sailors.