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29 May 2007, 10:48 am
PHELAN Wins Scottish Series Trophy
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Bell Lawrie Scottish Series 2007
Tarbert, Loch Fyne, Great Britain

Conor PHELAN (IRL) and the crew of Jump Juice, the Ker 37, won the Scottish Series Trophy on Monday, getting the benefit of the closest decision the regatta has seen for many years. On balance the Jump Juice crew shaded it over their Royal Cork club-mates and rivals aboard Blondie III, the Corby 37 which won IRC Class 2.
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While Jump Juice trounced the opposition in IRC Class 1 with their seven wins and a discarded fourth, so too did Blondie III aggregate seven wins which was complemented by a second place which they discarded. But Class 1 was judged to be the slightly stronger fleet, and in winning the main award for the Loch Fyne based 174-boat regatta, Jump Juice left in their wake no fewer than three past holders of the elusive piece of silverware.

'I'm delighted,' said PHELAN. 'We came here with a competitive boat and figured we had a good chance of winning the class, but only today after we won the first race did we start to think we really have a chance of the overall trophy. I came here for the first time two years ago on a Beneteau 36.7 and did not do very well, but this is fantastic and we'll be back next year.'

Pivotal Role For SCOTT

At the back of Jump Juice, Ruairidh SCOTT (GBR) - who started his sailing on the loch as an infant on his parents International One Design - played a pivotal role as tactician.

The former national, European and World Champion had a stressful final day when he learned his sister had sustained a head injury while racing on another Class 1 boat. Anna SCOTT - who sailed aboard the 1720 King Quick when Ruairidh won the Scottish Series Trophy in 2003 - had to be airlifted to hospital but was released later after treatment, but was not yet well enough on Sunday night to join the triumph.

Both Blondie III and Jump Juice won all three races on Sunday which were sailed in perfect conditions on Loch Fyne. With the northeasterly breeze never dropping below 12 knots it was a fitting climax to a memorable four days.

Blondie won their second race by just seven seconds. During the race their Dublin rivals aboard the Corby 35 Rosie had their time allowance saved but botched a spinnaker hoist big time and let the blue hulled Blondie back into the race. Rosie, Roy DICKSON's (IRL) boat, took second while Steve GOACHER (GBR) - the Lake District sailmaker who is a multiple Flying Fifteen World Champion and past Scottish Series Trophy winner - guided Keith LORD's (GBR) Isle of Man based A-35 to third place.

Bengal Magic Wins Class 3

The vintage J/35 Bengal Magic owned by John MOOREHEAD and Chris FERRES (IRL) retained their 2006 IRC Scottish Series Class 3 title, holding off Andy BUDGEN's (GBR) Cowes Week winning Sigma 38 The Project. Past double Scottish Series Champion Hamish MACKAY (GBR) finished third on the J/92S True Love.

IRC Class 4 saw Clyde sailmaker Murray CALDWELL (GBR) step up to race in a handicap class for the first time. A past winner in the Sonata and the Impala class here, he steered his Impala Hooch to win the 23-boat fleet by six points ahead of Shadowfax, the Beneteau 31.7 of Stephen and Billy FORTIETH (GBR), while Jimmy HOUSTON and Roddy ANGUS (GBR) took third in their Stephen JONES half tonner Misjif.

Andi Robertson (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action from Loch Fyne:© Marc Turner/www.pfmpictures.co.uk
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