Wind-happy yachts light up Kyles as Fife Regatta leaves Bute

Yachts participating in the 2013 Fife Regatta made an eye-catching sight as they cruised through the Kyles of Bute on Monday.
Yachts participating in the 2013 Fife Regatta made an eye-catching sight as they cruised through the Kyles of Bute on Monday.

The yachts participating in the 2013 Fife Regatta left Rothesay on Monday morning - and made for a spectacular sight as they cruised in company through the Kyles of Bute.

The low cloud and persistent rain which greeted the regatta on its arrival in Rothesay on Sunday afternoon had lifted by the following day, and by the cruise’s scheduled start time of 11am many of the 20 participating yachts - all built to the designs of William Fife III, whose yard at Fairlie near Largs was responsible for creating some of the world’s most beautiful classic yachts - had already left the safe haven of the town’s inner harbour.

The road between Port Bannatyne and Rhubodach, on Bute’s north-eastern shore, was lined with photographers along almost its entire length as happy snappers sought a sight of an event only held once every five years.

The regatta will spend the next two days in and around Tighnabruaich and Portavadie before returning to its HQ at Largs Yacht Haven, just a stone’s throw from the site of the Fifes’ Fairlie yard.