Tag Archives: Kyles of Bute

Summer of ’68 – The Tobermory Race

This is not a classic yacht race. In the late 1960s, the elegant, bespoke, mostly locally designed and built yachts seen in the beautifully planned, filmed and paced documentary below were the norm on the Firth of Clyde and West … Continue reading

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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

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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

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Scottish literature class

When Tarbert Loch Fyne poet George Campbell Hay (1915-1984) worked 1930s summers aboard the herring skiff Liberator, the local fishing fleet would have been universally motorised, either by conversion or by design. Perhaps reflecting this transition, in his maritime work … Continue reading

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A wee adventure

The Fifes are not the only beautiful wooden yachts paying a special visit to the Firth of Clyde in the summer of 2013. The old and not so old ladies (shh, some of them might even be plastic and sport … Continue reading

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Return of the Dragon

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 … Continue reading

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