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Classic Boat April 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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United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
restoration: why do it?

It was only 18 months ago that I wandered, uninvited, into the shade of a Rhode Island boatshed to find Joe Loughborough at work on a serious restoration. Joe was instantly welcoming and likeable, and so was the boat he was working on: Kirawan, a 1930s Phillip Rhodes yacht that raced in the infamous high-winds 1936 Bermuda Race, and prevailed against the aptly named, much more famous, competition from the S&S stable: Stormy Weather. And now, the owner plans to retrace her wake through history and do it all again. Purpose is one of the least venerated aspects in all fields of restoration. Spend as long as you like inspecting a restored vessel, checking it against the designer’s drawings, even inspecting the screwheads to ensure there are no posidrives (slotted…

11 min.
storm force

The steady thrush of a radiused, heavily planked bow and hull shouldering into the pitched, green waves of a gale will draw either high anxiety or faith from one 300 miles from any point of land. The crew aboard the cutter had only faith, and not fear during the 1936 Bermuda Race. Strong, southeast winds blew gale force for a week. Ten boats were disabled or withdrew, and most were blown 75 to 100 miles off the rhumb line from Newport. With enough of a forefoot to “keep a grip on the water”, according to The Rudder magazine that year, Kirawan never sagged more than 40 miles off. The Philip Rhodes-designed 53-footer (16.2m) stood up to what is considered one of the most gruelling races to the ‘Onion Patch’ in history.…

1 min.
designer phil rhodes

When young naval architect Phil Rhodes (right) designed Kirawan in 1935 on order from her owner, Robert Baruch, he was already on the fast track as a star young designer of modern racing boats, challenged only by Olin Stephens. Rhodes proved it when Kirawan (with him among her hard-driving crew) easily won the very rough, all-upwind 1936 Bermuda Race. She beat every opponent to the finish, except two much bigger boats, with her corrected time victory margin an immense 3.5 hours, and she won three of the four trophies she was eligible for. Some of Rhodes’ innovation soon became popular on other ocean sailing yachts. One of the most often copied was her novel strong, high cabin (nicknamed ‘dog-house’), which blocked the Gulf Stream’s heavy spray from attacking the helmsman and…

8 min.
tell tales

Tracey Edwards MBE joins Britannia Not the new INEOS TEAM UK America’s Cup yacht, but the Britannia Sailing Trust – as patron. The trust is restoring the 105-year-old Class One fishing smack of the same name. Spirit of Adventure Project Plymouth Waterfront Partnership (PWP) has launched a crowdfunding appeal to get 350 disadvantaged local children to sea aboard a variety of classic vessels. The project aims to connect youngsters with the Mayflower400 celebrations. Warming Pan dinghy classes Hamble River Sailing Club’s Warming Pan dinghy race has been run in late March since 1962. This year it gets a reboot with all active non-trapeze dinghy classes invited to take part. BCYC accepts motorboats The British Classic Yacht Club is inviting motorboats as members for the first time, and to its well-known annual Cowes sailing regatta. Previously, only Monaco…

2 min.

How are you managing with the loss of Panerai as headline sponsor? We have been running the regatta since 2002, without a title sponsor for many years, until Panerai came along, so in a sense we’re back to business as usual. The three cornerstones of the regatta – Cowes Yacht Haven, Royal Yacht Squadron running the racing and some entertainment, and Mary Scott-Jackson as organiser – will remain unchanged. Panerai allowed us the opportunity to build our regatta into what it is today. Now we can replicate that. We had a long look at the expenses and realised we could balance the books. Do you think there’s a chance of the ex-Panerai circuit returning? I’d like to see it integrated with the ex-Panerai circuit. Being the last of the Panerai regattas was quite…

11 min.
local hero

It seems astonishing to think of three generations of one family serving as coxswains at one lifeboat station for 71 consecutive years. However, Jim, ‘Father’ Matthew and ‘Boy’ Matthew (or Matt Jnr) Lethbridge did exactly that at St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly from 1914 to 1985. Both Matthews were awarded Silver Medals and Matt Jnr was also awarded a Bronze Medal; and between them they received eight other RNLI awards. During the Second World War, Matt Jnr served in the RAF in air-sea rescue boats, which may, to some extent, have prepared him for the RNLI rescue operations that followed. Among the higher profile of those were the Torrey Canyon oil spill disaster in 1967; the rescue of an ITN television crew who were planning to film Francis…