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29 May 2001, 09:59 am
Protest Secures Victory
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Bell Lawrie Scottish Series

Colm Barrington's Gloves Off went one better than last year when they secured Class 1 overall with a day to spare.
Their overall win came in the protest room as they successfully ensured the disqualification of the French IMX 40 from the first of today's two races for the IRC classes, for carrying one more crew than their IRC certificate allows.

Gloves scored two second places today in much more muscular breezes on Loch Fyne. At times they topped 20 knots to produce some brisk sailing, but so too there were moments when the wind all but disappeared. Commenting on his day trying to crack the mysteries of the Loch Fyne breezes, Gloves tactician Eddie Owen said: " It was bizarre out there. There was no way you could predict it, all you had to do was look round and say the wind is over there, let's go there!" Warden Owen went on to explain that there were also very very big shifts on the loch 'of the order of 40 degrees and during one race they found themselves laying the mark on both tacks.

Also completing a class win with a day to spare was the Elan 362 of the Forth's Richard Mackenzie. Silver Darling landed two more wins to secure IRC Class 3 with a day to spare and must be in the running for the overall Scottish Series Trophy.

A hat trick of wins today for the Sigma 33 Pepsi meant they have out themselves in the running for overall trophy which they won in 1999. Speaking of what will be their third successive class win at the regatta tactician Jon Fitzgerald of Pepsi commented: "It is not getting any easier and we still have to take risks to win. " Fitzgerald says the racing in the Sigma 33 class is getting tougher every year " You can win it and move on or come back and be popped at and we keep coming back for more because it is the best racing. When we won this in 1991 in White Lightnig there were two boats that could win this and now there are up to nine boats could win a race."

In the 1720 class Stewart Hawthorn's Yachtsandyachting.com now leads after winning the third race of the day.
News Editor/ Andi Robertson
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