Tag Archives: Fife Regatta

Reviews

We’ve recently been enjoying undertaking a long overdue update to the Reviews page at this blog. As the northern hemisphere days shorten – and more often than not darken – it’s often a time to reflect. This time three years … Continue reading

Posted in America's Cup, Big Class, book, Britannia, Clyde yachting, Clydebuilt, Firth of Clyde, G.L. Watson, G.L. Watson & Co., G.L. Watson & Co. Ltd., Glasgow, Hal Sisk, Irish yachting, leather-bound, Lifeboat, limited edition, Martin Black, naval architect, object of desire, photography, River Clyde, RNLI, rowing, Sail and oar, shipyards, Steam Yacht, tank testing, yacht clubs, yacht design, yacht designer, yacht racing, yachting history | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Fife dynasty – first family of yacht design

It was our pleasure last year to assist CNN Mainsail’s Richard Simmonds and double Olympic gold medalist, Shirley Robertson, with their superb coverage of The Fife Regatta 2013, now up at YouTube. Their desire for accuracy and attention to detail … Continue reading

Posted in America's Cup, archives, art, boatyards, book, Clyde yachting, film, Firth of Clyde, G.L. Watson, Glasgow, journalists, naval architect, object of desire, other yacht designers, yacht design, yacht designer, yacht racing, yachting history | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A new Watson for the weekend – No. 274

Is this the first yacht built to a design by Glasgow-based naval architect to the world, G.L. Watson, since his untimely death in 1904 at the age of 53?* In the past week, during a yard movement in Brittany, we were … Continue reading

Posted in boatbuilders, boatyards, Britannia, Captains, Clyde yachting, Firth of Clyde, G.L. Watson, G.L. Watson & Co., G.L. Watson & Co. Ltd., G.L. Watson clients, Irish yachting, naval architect, object of desire, The Weekend Watson, yacht design, yacht racing, yachting history | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The weekend… pad

Not a Watson in sight here. But the story of G.L. Watson’s rise to fame as a designer of superb yachts of all types is very much part of the 19th Century development of the Firth of Clyde as a … Continue reading

Posted in Clyde yachting, Firth of Clyde, G.L. Watson, Glasgow, Martin Black, photography, River Clyde, Steam Yacht | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Latifa, full and by

“Poor Latifa: always head to wind,” many a knowledgeable sailor thinks when paying respects to Fairlie Parish Church’s beautiful wind vane. Yesterday off Ardlamont – the south-western tip of Argyll’s Cowal Penninsula – during The Fife Regatta’s thrash from Tighnabruaich … Continue reading

Posted in art, boatbuilders, Clyde yachting, Clydebuilt, Firth of Clyde, naval architect, object of desire, other yacht designers, yacht design, yacht racing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clyde Classic

Clyde Classic, the first of three very special Scottish and Irish classic yacht regattas this summer, survived a blustery weekend at Rhu on the upper Firth of Clyde – not least because events off the water, at the associated Design … Continue reading

Posted in boatbuilders, boatyards, Clyde yachting, Clydebuilt, Firth of Clyde, G.L. Watson, G.L. Watson & Co. Ltd., Glasgow, Irish yachting, Martin Black, naval architect, object of desire, other yacht designers, replica, River Clyde, rowing, Sail and oar, yacht clubs, yacht design, yacht racing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

Posted in boatbuilders, boatyards, Clydebuilt, G.L. Watson, G.L. Watson & Co. Ltd., naval architect, object of desire, The Weekend Watson, yacht clubs, yacht racing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment