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Classic Boat February 2020

Admire the world's most beautiful boats, brought to life through breath-taking photography. Classic Boat offers a unique blend of yacht reviews, seamanship and restoration features, history and design columns, practical advice and coverage of the leading international regattas and events. Whether your interest lies in working on restoration projects or sailing in classic regattas; whether you're a wooden boat owner or simply an admirer of traditional marine workmanship, Classic Boat will have something for you.

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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
who will you vote for?

In this issue, you will find the shortlist for our 2020 Awards, where we list the boats, and a few of the people, that and who have defined the past year in the world of classic sailing – not to mention a page of powered vessels too. This is the 13th year we have held our awards. It started in 2007 for two reasons. Firstly, we thought boatbuilders and associated industries were unsung considering their amazing work, never mind the owners who continue to pour blood, sweat, tears, and great sums, to make these dreams a reality. The second reason was one word: Lulworth. Since then, everything from a 12ft clinker dinghy to (in this issue), a nearly-200ft super ketch have made the shortlist. This year, we have a full…

12 min.
the viola lovers

It almost goes without saying (especially to readers of this magazine) that it isn’t just important that a boat should sail well, she should look good, too – and, many would argue, so should the crew. While it is common practice for race crews to wear matching liveried clothing so they are recognisable as a team, both afloat and ashore, during the 2019 season Viola’s crew – or the ‘Viola Lovers’, as they like to call themselves – took this one stage further. They all grew sideboards (or sideburns, or mutton chops) in a style that hasn’t really been fashionable for a long time. Viola was originally launched on 18 June 1908, having been designed and built – alongside the 15-Metre Mariska – by William Fife III. Her garboards and adjacent…

3 min.
sydney-hobart race 1904 yacht katwinchar to make historic return

The oldest yacht ever to have raced in the Sydney-Hobart classic makes a return to the event on Boxing Day, following her recent restoration by the son of a former owner. Katwinchar was built in 1904 by coopers employed by Ricardo Watney, a keen sailor who lived on the Isle of Wight – better known as the founder of the Watneys Brewery in London. There are no surviving plans, but it is believed the 32ft (9.8m) double-ended ketch was designed by Watney himself. She was built with steel-frames and cedar planking, and named after his children Katherine, Winifred and Charles. The restoration has been carried out on behalf of well-known Australian boatbuilder Bill Barry-Cotter, who first fell in love with the yacht when his father Frank bought her in 1960 in Tasmania.…

6 min.
the 11th uk maritime heritage forum leading conservators speak

The 11th UK Maritime Heritage Forum convened in Glasgow on 13 and 14 November, co-hosted by the magnificent Riverside Museum and Glasgow’s very own 'Tall Ship' – 1896 steel-hulled, three-masted barque Glenlee. They were assisted as always by the National Maritime Museum’s indefatigable Sally Archer. This unique annual event typically includes the big guns and decision-makers of UK maritime heritage, such as Hannah Cunliffe from National Historic Ships (NHS), Paddy Rodgers (the new director of the Royal Museums, Greenwich, who took over from Kevin Fewster in August) and representatives from our most iconic vessels, such as the Cutty Sark, Mary Rose and SS Great Britain. Someone told me they kept coming back to the conference because of the lack of hierarchy and the fact that everyone talks to everyone – among the…

18 min.
the nominees

Welcome once again to the annual Classic Boat Awards in association with Classic Marine, where we celebrate the best in the sometimes unsung world of classic and traditional boatbuilding and restoration. The pages that follow feature everything from large, antique restored sailing yachts to plywood folding dinghies, motor boats and cutting-edge spirit-of-tradition yachts, along with some of the people who have achieved great things on and on the water. Some have been complete rebuilds, others partial, some at the best boatyards in the world, some in backyards. Choosing the shortlist is a big job, but now the bigger job falls to you – and that is to pick the winners of our 2020 Awards. To do that, please visit awards.classicboat.co.uk, a dedicated Awards page that makes it easy to cast your votes.…

2 min.

ARTCURIAL, FRANCE Is Mariska the Alfa Romeo of the seas? If the 1908 Fife-designed and built 15-Metre Mariska were a car, what would she be? A Bentley Speed Six or Type 57SC Bugatti perhaps, or possibly an 8C Alfa Romeo? Comparison is invited by the fact that Mariska is coming up for sale in a February classic car auction at the famed Retromobile show in Paris, where last year, a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B (inset) sold for €16.75 million. Like the exquisite race-bred Alfa touring saloon, Mariska was built not just for speed but for comfort, so that the owner may live on board in reasonable style, as laid down by the new 15-Metre formula established to challenge rules that had created marginal racing freaks. Consequently the 15-Metre boats attracted patronage at…