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Classic Boat May 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
$9.10(Incl. tax)
$73.01(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
flying the yellow flag

A day before Classic Boat’s print deadline, the Prime Minister ordered a three-week UK ‘lock-down’. Over the years, readers have told us what a haven Classic Boat is from the worry or tedium of the ‘real’ news, but even we can’t ignore Covid-19. A world on hold, falling markets and cancelled regattas will be a big challenge for the industry. Here at Chelsea Magazines, we are all working from home. For me, that’s a village in the South Downs, and temporary home-school for the two boys. The ‘core curriculum’ now features table tennis, fell running and, when the sun shines and we are free again, swimming off the pebbled coast and sailing on Piddinghoe Pond! A colleague is working from his Morecambe Bay prawner moored in the south of France:…

12 min.
worth the wait

“A handy little cruiser with comfortable accommodation, a good turn of speed, at a moderate price, and one that should render a good account of herself in handicap racing.” That, according to Yachting World in January 1922, was what Brightlingsea boatbuilders Aldous Ltd planned to produce, with luck in some numbers, giving yachtsmen “an excellent opportunity to secure an exceptionally fine little cruiser at a moderate price at a time when we are taught to believe such construction is impossible”. Aldous Ltd had been building boats for almost 90 years – smacks initially, and then smacks and yachts alongside each other – and up until the First World War had been controlled by the Aldous family. By now, however, the firm was being run by managing director Arthur Boyes, who…

5 min.
tell tales

Follow the Classic Boat team on Twitter and Facebook 2020 SEASON Hope for late season regatta boom after Covid-19 causes postponements The rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus has predictably taken its toll on sailing events around the world, yet regatta organisers remain cautiously optimistic of a mid to late season boom after cancellations and postponements in the spring cause a pent-up demand to get afloat. The Classic Boat Awards presentation, scheduled to take place at the Royal Thames Yacht Club on 31 March, has been postponed and we hope to be able to reschedule the ceremony later in the year. The postponement of the Olympic regatta, due to start on 24 July, and now happening in 2021, came after other big events due to take place this summer, such as the America’s Cup World…

2 min.
photography competition 2020

This year, we are looking for photographs which celebrate ‘maritime heritage through the seasons’. How you interpret this theme is entirely up to you. You may decide to capture a vessel on our registers, a project or activity, a maritime scene, or even the ship’s cat – you choose. Our judges will be looking for creativity, composition and best fit for the season you are representing. Images can be taken with a camera, mobile device or drone. Twelve photos will be featured in our annual calendar, one for each month. We are not encouraging people to contravene government guidelines on going outside unnecessarily, but if you are able to take any photos from your windows, gardens and balconies or during your daily exercise without contravening those guidelines, we would love to…

4 min.

First of all, I think you’d better tell us who you are! We are a City of London Livery Company, one of 110. Ours was founded in 1299, when there were two main boatbuilding factions in London, one in Rotherhithe and the other, which prevailed, in the city. These days, the livery companies are essentially philanthropic organisations that donate to and assist relevant causes. Unlike in most livery companies, our members are all relevant to the marine industry. No lawyers masquerading as grocers then? Nothing wrong with that! But no. Can you tell us a little about your apprenticeship scheme? We’ve been running this since 2014. We offer a number of apprenticeship bursaries for first-year apprentices in the marine industry. We will consider apprenticeships in boatbuilding or marine engineering at Level 3, which is a…

10 min.
slow race to alaska

Racing an engineless boat 750 miles from Washington State to Alaska is a daft endeavour, yet at the start of the 2019 Race to Alaska (R2AK), 46 vessels jockeyed for position in a nasty blow. The fleet, a quirky mix of designs, included multihulls, two SUPs, dories, kayaks and one absurdly ancient gaffer. Launched in 1903, was the oldest competitor in the R2AK – ever. Built for speed, the 38ft (11.6m) gaff cutter had collected a bit of silver in her 116 years, which might be why owner Stanford Siver decided to point her north. The grand prize in the R2AK, nailed to a tree in Ketchikan, is $10,000, and second place is a coveted set of steak knives! Beyond that, the prize for ringing the finish bell is a sense…