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Classic Boat September 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.
the biggest pilot cutter yet

The building of the Pellew, Luke Powell’s ninth pilot cutter build in Cornwall, is something we, and much of the sailing world, have been following since the start. The most extraordinary thing about the project is not the size (although she’s by far the biggest pilot cutter replica of her sort to date), but the fact that one man has now built nine of these – and that there has been the market to support it. A decade ago, the pilot cutter replica building boom was unique: never has there been, that I know of, such a sudden appetite for large, working style sailing vessels costing the best part of half a million Pounds or more. The fever ended as quickly as it began, and there was a point a…

12 min.
luke chapter 9

Pellew is the ninth pilot cutter to be built by Luke Powell in the past quarter of a century, but what sets her apart from the others is her size. With a hull length of 68ft (20.7m) she is significantly longer than the 46ft (14m) Agnes, the biggest of the previous eight. But it is in displacement terms that she really stands out: at 74 tonnes, she is triple the size. The previous boats were based on Isles of Scilly pilot cutters, whereas Pellew is a replica of the Vincent, a Falmouth pilot cutter. The Scilly boats were generally smaller than their Falmouth cousins, which often carried as many as eight pilots. One thing they have in common is that no original boats of either type survive today. The Vincent was built…

10 min.
tell tales

Boat show in Southampton? British Marine is busy investigating options with the local Southampton council with regards to a smaller, outdoor event, after the Southampton Boat Show became the latest in a long line of cancellations, as Government advice continued to warn against large-scale gatherings. Organiser British Marine said the 52nd edition of the show would be held in September 2021. British Marine CEO Lesley Robinson said: “Annually Southampton International Boat Show attracts an attendance of over 100,000, with more than 430 exhibitors. An event of this size and format is simply not possible this year and as such, we have made the decision to postpone it until September 2021.” She added: “We’re naturally very disappointed that we cannot run the event this year in its usual magnitude and format, but the Southampton International…

3 min.

How long have you been building and restoring pond yachts? Over 30 years–I started aged eight. My father bought me a 12in (30cm) wooden Star Pond Yacht which I sailed on Aldeburgh boat pond in Suffolk. As an adult, a career as a goldsmith took me to Thailand where I started crewing on full-sized Yachts in regattas around Asia. Back in England, I started making pond yachts and it became a full-time business. What is a pond yacht? The term is not in the dictionary, so I will give you my definition. As a builder and restorer, my work encompasses all forms of vintage model yachts from small collectable antique toys to 6ft (1.8m) A-class racers from the 1850s to the 1960s. Pond yachts are a sub-category of vintage model yachts; they are…

9 min.
keeping in her slipstream

The rejuvenation of a rare Broadland One Design has been a real family affair, as Richard Johnstone-Bryden discovered when he encountered the 24ft (7.3m) Slipstream Spindrift during the annual Oulton Week regatta. Her origins date back to the mid-1960s, when former civil engineer Mick Richardson drafted the lines for a high-performance wooden sailing craft inspired and named in honour of Victorian Thames half rater Slipstream, which he had owned for several years. Mick’s 20th-century derivative proved to be even quicker than the veteran half rater and went on to forge a reputation as one of the region’s fastest sailing craft. The combination of the nomadic existence associated with his civil engineering career, and a young family, prompted Mick to seek a better work-life balance, so in 1955 he moved to Norfolk…

2 min.

BONHAMS/CHARLES MILLER LTD Hair’s cruellest cut Two simple locks of hair, one sandy-coloured the other lustrous brown, reveal the twists of fortune that befell Nelson and his mistress Lady Emma Hamilton in life and death. From modest beginnings, the son of a Norfolk clergyman and the blacksmith’s daughter became the most celebrated couple of their age. Yet, when the hero of the Nile and Trafalgar died in 1805, Lady Emma Hamilton was cruelly cut adrift by family and harshly treated by the British Government, which ignored Nelson’s instructions to provide for Emma and daughter Horatia from his pension. Amid an outpouring of national grief, Nelson was buried in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral in a ceremony fit for kings. Almost nine years later to the day, and after a spell in debtor’s prison,…