The Weekend Watson – St Patrick

For the first time since its inception in 1998, this year’s Fife Regatta will host one of the rare examples of a yacht built by the famous Fairlie boatyard to drawings by another designer: the Salcombe Saint One Design St Patrick, designed by G.L. Watson & Co., and completed in 1919 by William Fife & Son – the dream team, Watsons and Fife.

St Patrick sailing at Kippford 1950s Iain McAllister collection

St Patrick sailing at Kippford 1950s
Iain McAllister collection

As naval architect Jack Gifford recounts, after a very short stay in Devon, together with her sister (brother?) ships, named, of course, St Andrew, St David and St George, she got around a bit before returning to Scotland to join the vibrant post-WW2 sailing scene on Scotland’s little known south coast, especially on Loch Ryan, and at Kippford where this happy image was snapped in the early 1950s.

After a period where she lost her way, she was rescued by her original design office to become “works boat” after rebuilding on the River Hamble by Fife restoration specialists Fairlie Restorations – the dream team again, and the luck of the Irish.

What became of her three saintly sister/ brother ships remains one of classic yachting’s tantalising mysteries…

About Peggy Bawn Press

496pg biography of Scottish yacht designer, George Lennox Watson (1851-1904). Significant book on the history of yacht design & the development of modern yachting. Beautifully illustrated. Many photographs previously unpublished.
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