Commenting on the sponsorship, Chris TISO, Chief Executive, said, 'Being involved in the Bell Lawrie Scottish Series is an exciting move forward for us, as we believe the time is right to reach a discerning and targeted sailing audience. The professional organization of this event, combined with the fantastic attendance from all over the country, makes the association a natural one for Tiso. We also hope to have a Tiso crew participating over the weekend!'
The Clyde Cruising Club is also pleased to welcome back the three longstanding course sponsors: Talisker, Graham Technology and Tunnocks.
Graham Technology has supported the Bell Lawrie Scottish Series since 1998. The firm's founder and CEO, Iain GRAHAM, is himself a keen yachtsman, and has been competing in recent BLSS events in his new X-43, Seanachaidh.
His daughter, Mairi MCLELLAN, General Manager of Graham Technology says, 'It's fantastic to be able to support such a great event for Scotland. Our sponsorship has proved to be great exposure for the company, with the event's profile and popularity increasing annually. Because we're keen sailors, we're glad that we can help support such a fantastic event and ensure it is as successful as possible.'
Talisker single malt, the only malt whisky produced on the Island of Skye, is also once again supporting the Bell Lawrie Scottish Series, Scotland's premier yacht racing event and now a major fixture in the British yachting calendar. In addition to sponsoring a race course, Talisker host a popular 'dramming' session during the Scottish Series weekend, enabling crews to taste the island malt after a hard day's racing in Loch Fyne.
Nick MORGAN, Global Marketing Director for Diageo's Premium Malt Whiskies, said, 'I know that yachtsmen and women have always loved Talisker's distinctively warming and intense experience. There is a natural affinity between this famous maritime whisky and the challenging spirit of the Bell Lawrie Series. Year by year, both are growing in renown and success. Long may it continue!'
Tunnocks has a long association with the Scottish Series, with Boyd TUNNOCK having raced in almost every Series, since the 1970s. This year was no exception with TUNNOCK taking the helm of his Moody 38, Lemarac (caramel spelt backwards!). As well as being a course sponsor, Tunnocks provide some of their products for the crews throughout the weekend.
Volvo is the official car supplier to next year's Series and is also in negotiations with the Clyde Cruising Club to extend their sponsorship. Other sponsors supporting next year's Scottish Series, which runs from 26-29 May 2006 include B&G, Ocean World, McEwans and Argyll and Islands Enterprise and Argyll and Bute Council.