Fife Regatta arrives in Rothesay Bay

The 86-foot schooner Astor, built in 1923 and brought to Scotland from California for the 2013 Fife Regatta, heads for Rothesay Bay on Sunday with Bogany Point and Canada Hill in the background.
The 86-foot schooner Astor, built in 1923 and brought to Scotland from California for the 2013 Fife Regatta, heads for Rothesay Bay on Sunday with Bogany Point and Canada Hill in the background.

The 2013 Fife Regatta brought some of the world’s most beautiful classic yachts into Rothesay Bay on Sunday afternoon.

Twenty yachts, all built to the designs of William Fife III of Fairlie, raced from Largs to Rothesay on the second day of the event, creating a memorable spectacle as they arrived in the bay.

Numerous other yacht owners took to the seas to witness Sunday’s race and to welcome the Fife yachts into Rothesay.

The regatta - which is only held once every five years - attracted participants from around the world, including the 86-foot schooner Astor, which was brought to Scotland all the way from California for the occasion, and the graceful 126-year-old Ayrshire Lass, built at Fife’s Fairlie yard in 1887.

The week-long regatta continues with a ‘cruise in company’, leaving Rothesay at 11am on Monday (July 1), with further stops at Tighnabruaich and Portavadie during the course of the week.