- 12 June 2020
The historic Fife Regatta returns in 2020!
Prestigious classic yachts will return to the Clyde in 2020 for a celebration of the much admired William Fife designed boats. This will be the fifth celebration of his work with the last regatta held in 2013.
During the golden age of the Victorian era through to 1938 when his yard at Fairlie, North Ayrshire built his last yacht Solway Maid, Wm. Fife was a master of his craft. Twenty of these classic yachts are set to return to the Clyde again.
The inaugural Fife Regatta was held in 1998, and thereafter in 2003 and 2008. A number of owners with a shared passion and enthusiasm for Fife yachts have made this pilgrimage back to their home waters. The Dragon and Wheatsheaf emblem engraved in the bow of Fife’s yachts is symbolic of the level of craftsmanship in each creation. Fife yachts continue to attract attention worldwide with exacting restoration projects and the sheer pleasure of sailing them.
More details will be announced soon and posted here and on www.fiferegatta.com
We are proud to be supported by Visit Scotland Year of Coasts and Waters 2020!
William Fife III (1857 – 1944) was from a family of boat builders and designers. His yard was in the small village of Fairlie on the Firth of Clyde. After his death the yard was run for a short period by his nephew before being sold. The yard then became Fairlie Yacht Slip Ltd., where fishing vessels were built and yachts repaired. The yard was demolished in 1985 and little remains of the yard. A commemorative sculpture was erected in 2011 on Bay Street.
William Fife also designed and built Shamrock I, skippered by Sir Thomas Lipton which challenged for the Americas cup in 1899.
Locations to view the yachts from land will be identified. The Fife Regatta committee is working closely with Argyll Secret Coast to identify some of the best vantage points.
Secure your berth for 2020
The regatta will be one of the largest events on the Clyde in recent years and we expect marina berths to be booked well in advance. 2020 is also the Visit Scotland Year of Coast and Waters.
To secure your berth, please contact us by calling 01475 675333 or complete our enquiry form below..