Drop Sail at the Mark
By Russ Kramer
Two yachts from the storied yard of Fifes of Fairlie, Scotland, engage in informal racing action on the Firth of Clyde. Aboard Belle Adventure (1929), crew hauls in a flying jib as Moonbeam (1903) has the upper hand past the mark.
36 x 24 Oil on panel, 2003. This painting was featured in the 2003 Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition and was selected as the cover art of the show catalog. It is in private collection.
Russ Kramer writes: "This scene was inspired by a trip we made to Scotland in 2002, where I learned of the William Fife & Sons yard in Fairlea, now long gone. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, they were designing and building some of the most beautiful racing yachts in the world. These two boats have been lovingly maintained throughout the decades, and still evoke awe when campaigning in classic regattas today. I imagined what it must feel like to be standing so precariously out on the end of the bowsprit on one of these magnificent boats, and the thrill of being so close to the elements.