Well, what a week that was.
The Fifth Fife Regatta supported by Richard Mille concluded last Friday at a Prizegiving at Kelburn Castle, to rapturous applause from over 280 participants who came to the Clyde to enjoy this unique event, in 23 different types of yachts varying from 24′ to 125′. This was the largest Fife Regatta we have held and nine years since the Fife Yacht family last toured around home waters.
For the entrants this was a reunion to remember. Bringing these yachts together from across Europe was a major feat by the owners and crews and they were rewarded with our legendary Scottish hospitality and of course our varied weather! Racing on day one was cancelled due to high winds but thereafter, racing continued undisturbed with three classes battling a series of races in the Largs Channel, Rothesay, the Kyles of Bute and Loch Fyne, before returning back to Largs.
The results often take the backseat in the overall context and history of the event. Nonetheless, winners were presented with their silverware with special guest May Fife, the last descendent of the Fife family, in attendance.
Class 1: ‘Mariella’ (1938) – Antigua
Class 2: Falcon (1930) – The Netherlands
Class 3: Lotus (1934) – U.K.