The spectacular sight of classic yachts has returned to the Clyde again, with the assembly of 22 of one of the world's most prestigious groups of yachts. All designed by William Fife and Sons at their boatyard at Fairlie, they vary greatly in age and size. With the NLB's POLE STAR heading downfirth, the 130 foot long schooner ALTAIR was seen today leading the 'Clyde Race' from Largs to Rhu. She dates from 1931.
The dark-hulled vessel in the centre of this view is even older, and is the 1915-built MARIETTE, A little shorter at 124 feet, she is a gaff schooner.
Another view showing some of the participants in today's race. The fleet is spending a full week on the Clyde, and will be racing to Rothesay on Tuesday, and from the Kyles of Bute to Largs on Thursday. The final race in the 2008 Fife Regatta takes place on Friday.