Fife Regatta gets off to a flying start.
Published: Friday, 27th June 2008
Collection of some of the most beautiful yachts sailing today back in home waters.
The 3rd Fife regatta of the modern era got underway on Sat 21st, in the Firth of Clyde with a 20 strong fleet of spectacular traditional wooden sailing yachts, average age 90yrs all built a mile from the start line by Ayrshire's most famous boat builder William Fife.
The yachts resplendent in gleaming varnish work and polished brass have gathered from many parts of Europe, and ranging in size from 107ft to 19ft they will be competing on a handicap system throughout the next week within 2 separate classes.
Amongst the fleet Collars spars can be found on no less than 7 yachts taking part, from the famous Mariquita to the beautifully restored Peggy Bawn. Making their first appearance since restoration are the 8meter Lucky Girl, by Fairlie Restorations, and Ayrshire Lass, owned by skipper Paul Goss and restored in Ireland by shipwright Michael Kennedy. The 8meter Ierne, re-launch towards the end of last year, is also taking part and a good opportunity for owner Huw Jones to learn how to handle her 58' Marconi rig, before heading to the Solent.