Around early February in the Northern Hemisphere it’s always nice to dream again about warm summer sailing. Even in monochrome, these clips of 1930s Clyde yachting from the Scottish Film Archive via the Mylne Yacht Design studio hit the spot.
Alfred Mylne (1872-1951) trained with G.L. Watson and then set up on his own in Glasgow in 1896, becoming a prolific designer of racing and cruising yachts, many built at his own boatyard, Bute Slip Dock Company at Ardmaleish, Isle of Bute.
Perhaps his presently best known design is the magnificent gaff ketch Thendara, seen in her youth here – possibly in her first season – and nowadays, a few restorations down the line, a regular competitor at the Mediterranean classic regattas.
Both Mylne Yacht Design and G.L. Watson & Co. Ltd., like to claim the oldest yacht design firm in the world tag, and who are we to argue. It’s wonderful that such great Scottish names are still to the fore.
We should say that some of the captions here should be taken with a very large pinch of salt, and we could say something stronger about obliterating Britannia full and by…
But don’t let that spoil your enjoyment of some wonderful vintage footage that brings to mind the return of the beautiful Fife of Fairlie designed yachts to the Firth of Clyde this June for the quinquennial Fife Regatta. We can’t wait.
Martin Black’s biography, G.L. Watson – The Art and Science of Yacht Design celebrates those great days when the River and Firth of Clyde ruled the waves in yacht design and building.