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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

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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

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Pride of Portree

They said it themselves: “one of the most hare-brained projects Skye has seen for some time.” We would add: beautifully hare-brained. This summer, an intrepid team from the Isle of Skye will raise funds for the RNLI and Young Carers … Continue reading

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Ireland to starboard, or port?

The Dromineer Literary Festival recently described Irish maritime journalist, author and historian, W.M. “Winkie” Nixon as: “…a sailing journalist who writes like a poet and whose love for his subject is apparent in his writing.” Winkie’s blog at Afloat.ie is … Continue reading

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The Reliance Project 4 – floating batteries

The Herreshoff Marine Museum blog, supporting their project to build a one-sixth scale museum-quality fully rigged model of the 1903 America’s Cup defender, presently poses the question to metallurgists and engineers: “… how susceptible to galvanic action was Reliance?” The … 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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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

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