Friday, 26 December 2008

Famous names in yacht designing,William Fife,Solway Maid

Reliance and Shamrock 3 in the 1903 Americas Cup Race.

Shamrock 3 on launch day,Dumbarton,Scotland in 1903.

Shamrock and Shamrock 2 racing.

Solway Maid

Solway Maid,Fifes last build.

Built for F Ivan Carr she was to be the last yacht in which William Fife III contributed to the design and she was completed during the war. Ivan Carr died of a heart attack in 1974 and 'Solway Maid' then went into the ownership of his "2nd wife, Marjorie H Carr who continued many wonderful years sailing the Scottish Lochs." In 1988 she was bought by only her second owner in her 48-year life, Rodger Sandiford. She is a regular on the Mediterranean regatta circuit, has been to both Fife regattas and is usually seen with her 'mothership', MY Istros. At the Jubilee Regatta in the Solent in 2001 she was one of the unfortunate casualties of the strong winds that the first day entailed and her 1940 spruce mast was brought down. A sad day for all but after a fine scarph by the infamous Spencers Yard she has been continuing to compete in the regattas ever since. Quotes courtesy of Andrew Carr

Submit information on this yacht!

Name: Solway Maid

Designer(s): William Fife III

Type of Boat: Bermudan Cutter
Year Built: 1940
Built by: William Fife & Son, Fairlie, Scotland
LOA m / ft: 16.03m / 52' 6"
LOD m / ft: /
LWL m / ft: 10.67m / 35'
Beam m / ft: 3.28m / 10' 11"
Draft m / ft: 2.29m / 7' 6"
Yard No: 825
Sail Stats: Sail Area: 1,200sqft (111m2) Sail No. 44C
Other: Displacement: 15 tons.

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Shamrock I & Shamrock II in 1901William Fife III (1857-1944), also known as Wm. Fife, Jr., was the third generation of a family of Scottish yacht designers and builders.

Fife was born in the small village of Fairlie on the Firth of Clyde. His father and grandfather (both also named William and often referred to as Fife I and Fife II) had also been designers and boatbuilders in Fairlie. The family business operated from a yard on the beach in the village. Fife began building yachts in 1890 and soon surpassed the achievements of his father and grandfather and became known as one of the premier yacht designers of the day.

As the third generation of a venerable Scottish boat building family, William Fife inherited a rich legacy but was quick to establish his own reputation as one of the top designers in the yachting world. Often dominating his chief competitors, Fife was a master of his trade who received commissions from European royalty and from clients as far away as Australia. Following on the heels of the success of his design Dragon (1888?), Fife adopted a stylized Chinese dragon as his trademark. Thereafter, those yachts that took shape on the shingle at Fairlie were known throughout the yachting world by this distinctive scrollwork.

Launching Shamrock III in 1903 at Dunbarton, Scotland,Fife designed two America's Cup yachts for grocery and tea magnate Sir Thomas Lipton who challenged for the cup a total of five times. The Fife designed Shamrock I lost to Columbia in 1899 and Shamrock III lost to Reliance in 1903. After the establishment of the first International Rule in 1906, Fife became a prolific designer of meter boats, designing and building several very successful 15- and 19-meter yachts in the years leading up to the Great War.

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