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Fife Wooden Classics in the Hands of Nature on Blustery Clyde

2nd July 2013
Fife Wooden Classics in the Hands of Nature on Blustery Clyde

#fiferegatta – Latifa's splendid port tack start across all of the other Class 1 yachts was an enthralling beginning to another day of racing for the Fife Regatta. Competitors from as far as Italy and California dressed for Scottish Sailing in full waterproofs and had a true experience of our west coast. The strong south westerly breeze reaching 30 mph at times gave exhilarating sailing for those on board and spectacular sight for those watching from the shores.

Class 1 and 2 boats left behind the lovely villages of Kames and Tighnabruaich after a superb visit. The village had hosted a BBQ, wooden boat skiff rowing races, a meal for 100 guests and a ceilidh. Yesterday a sunny cruise was enjoyed through the scenic Kyles with boats cross taking through the 'narrows' on their way from Rothesay. John Aitken sailing onboard Solway Maid described it as "fantastic and an absolute privilege." CNN camera man has been thrilled by his experience of classic yachts in Scotland and loved Sundays sailing when "Mother Nature took charge and gave dramatic sailing."

Mother Nature influenced class 3 today and their race was cancelled due to the strong winds and sea state. Prior to this announcement, Ayrshire Lass, the oldest of our fine Fifes had set off having made her decision to cruise to our destination, Portavadie marina. At 126 years she was the first to reach Portavdie after four hours of sailing, loving every minute of it and feasting on a fine supply of Glasgow made Tunnocks treats.

The Scottish owned, Saskia, the elegant 8m pure racing boat, has achieved some excellent results, but due to other racing commitments at Cowes this weekend, she is unable to complete the regatta and sadly we have to say goodbye to her tomorrow.

The famous dragon emblem of Fife's creations has been much admired and being worn with pride by all competitors and supporters of the regatta. Commemorative clothing is available through the regatta shop at Portavadie and Largs Yacht Haven for the remainder of the event.

Tomorrow sees a well earned lay day where crews can explore the local area, take a trip on the paddle steamer Waverley or simply take pleasure in visiting each other's yachts.

Class 1 winner was Latifa, the first of the regatta, now lying second overall. Class 2 continues to be closely contested between The Truant and Mikado, with Mikado claiming first place. Results are on www.fiferegatta.com

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