For three quarters of a century, a small wooden yacht has been at the centre of repeated cross-border skirmishes, as Clyde sailors take on Suffolk's finest.
This week is the 75th Anniversary Loch Long Week regatta at Cove Sailing Club near Helensburgh. The stakes? Nothing less than a country's honour.
Of the 25 Loch Long One-Design yachts racing, seven have made the 500-mile trek from Aldeburgh Yacht Club in Suffolk. With pennants flying beneath grey July skies, the sailors will duel, using their racing guile to harness wind and tide in their favour.
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