The beautiful Fife yachts return to the Firth of Clyde this year to pay homage to the waters of their birth from 28 June to 5 July.
After an initial rendezvous on ‘Fairlie Roads’, moored at and anchored off Largs Marina, The Fife Regattas of 1998, 2003 and 2008 set sail for Rhu in the upper Firth.
But for the 2013 event it’s all change. After the Round Cumbraes Race and social events centred at Kelburn Castle and Largs Marina, the fleet will race to Rothesay, Isle of Bute, followed by three days of racing and gathering on both, Kerry, coasts of the Cowal Penninsula: in the Kyles of Bute at Tighnabruaich, and in Loch Fyne, based at Portavadie Marina.
Regatta co-founder, marine artist Alastair Houston’s evocative take on the railway company posters of old is available for online purchase here.
The second and third William Fifes of Fairlie were Glasgow yacht designer to the world G.L. Watson’s great friendly rivals. Author Martin Black recounts in his profusely illustrated biography, G.L. Watson – The Art and Science of Yacht Design, that Watson and Fife III even used to vacation together. And the sensitive matter of both Watson and Fife III designing America’s cup challenging Shamrocks for Sir Thomas Lipton is one of the most charming and revealing elements of Martin’s book, which can be purchased online here.
~ Iain McAllister ~