Fife Regatta 2013: Day 7

July 05, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

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The final day of this year’s Fife Regatta saw the fleet cast off with a moderate wind. With glistening seas, they executed a race format known as the Kings Course, dating back to 1891.

The final day of racing of the Fife Regatta on the King's Course North of Great Cumbrae

The final day of racing of the Fife Regatta on the King's Course North of Great Cumbrae - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

This is when the development of yachts in Scotland was gaining worldwide recognition and such prestigious yachts as Latifa, Astor and Kentra  are fine examples of the William Fife legacy.

Watching boats such as Tringa, built in 1904 sailing a course which unknown to us her predecessors may have done is moving. The small class 3 boats took the inner diagonal loop of the course while class 1 and 2 did an outer square starting and finishing in Largs Bay.

First boat across the water taking line honours was Mignon, 1898, co owned by Barry Dunning and Bob Fisher. This was a great achievement along with her five wins in the series.

Classic sailing yacht Astor - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Classic sailing yacht Astor - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

This seven day regatta with 5 race days has been a wonderful collection of heritage and fine sailing and the Kings Course was appropriate to close the racing programme. Event Director Fiona Houston commented “ It has exceeded our expectations and has been a privilege to have been involved in assisting these yachts return to Scotland. For those fortunate enough to own or sail a Fife yacht it is super that they choose to accept our invitation to our event.”

The final scores convey the close racing in class 1 with a single point separating winners Latifa (ITA), 8pts, and second position sailing yacht Astor (USA), 9pts. In third place was Saskia (SCO), 11pts, who had dominated in the early part of the week and despite having to leave in order to attend another event she remains on the podium.

Tringa, Fiona, Oblio Yachts - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Tringa, Fiona, Oblio Yachts - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Class 2 was won by Mikado (ENG) finishing on 4pts followed by The Truant (SCO), 11pts and Viola (FRA), 11 pts.

Class 3 winner was Mignon (ENG), 4pts, with Coralie (ENG), 8pts and Rainbow (ENG), 13pts.

The event concludes with a prizegiving party and we wait another five years when the Fifes may return once again to Fairlie.

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