Yacht: Solway Maid

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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 Second World War.


“She remains the least altered of all Fife’s designs, and a formidable competitor on the Med racing circuit.

Solway Maid is of significant historical importance, being as she is the very last yacht to be designed by the great master William Fife III and also built at his yard at Fairlie. After his death the yard continued to exist, but never again was the combination of his design genius and master craftsmen found in the same vessel,” Edmiston.


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 Solway Maid 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 were encountered on the first day 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


2021 – Listed for sale with Edmiston for €450,000.

Designer: William Fife III
Type of Boat:
Rig: Bermudan Cutter
Year Built: 1940
Built By: William Fife & Son, Fairlie, Scotland
LOA m / ft: 16.03m / 52' 6"
LOD m / ft: 16.03m / 52' 6"
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
Construction: Mahogany planking on wood and Stainless Steel frames
Displacement: 15 tons.

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