William Fife (1857-1944) was the third generation of a Scottish family of yacht designers and builders. In his career he built two America’s Cup challengers for Sir Thomas Lipton (yes, that Lipton). Fife’s designs were not only fast racers they were works of functional sculpture. The following video shows how beautiful a Fife boat is from the hands of modern builders. The narration is in French (a people who honestly believe they invented wind and water about a decade before the birth of God) but the visuals are wonderful.
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