Launching imminently a new Corby 36, the Rob Davies/Andrew Creighton, Roxy 6, is expected to lead a vanguard of Irish yachts heading to Tarbert, Loch Fyne intent on returning the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series trophy back into Irish hands.
With just over two months to go until the premier sailing regatta in the north of Britain takes place, there are clear indications that the Irish contingent will race on Loch Fyne armed with some of the most potent craft on the water. To date 25% of the entries received for the 2010 Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series have been from Ireland.
Among those top Irish teams that promise to be back on Loch Fyne over the May bank holiday weekend is the double top trophy winner Anthony O’Leary. He has the regatta on his schedule as the Cork crew work up to trying to win the Rolex Commodore’s Cup for Ireland. O’Leary and his crew come with a highly potent Ker 39 which will be following much the same set of events as Roxy 6, and so arriving in Tarbert direct from the Irish championships.
Roxy 6, designed by John Corby, is due to be launched, on schedule, at builders Dale Nelson in Neyland, Pembroke in Wales this weekend. After initial sea trials the new boat will compete locally at Neyland and Milford Haven in a series of warm up races before heading across the Irish sea to race off Kinsale at the Spring Series before heading to the Irish IRC Cruiser Racer National Championships on Dublin Bay, the weekend before the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series.