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Classic Boat July 2018

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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down to earth again

On June 14 a parade of GRP cruising yachts will take place in Falmouth Harbour, Cornwall. Unremarkable, maybe, but these 19 skippers will be sailing solo non-stop around the world, in a recreation of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race 50 years ago. Their fibreglass production yachts are not classic, but it is an event that will catch the imagination of anyone who knows the story of the first race in 1968, particularly those who remember following it. The great thing is that the boats we’ll see in Falmouth could be handled easily by any yachtsman. Here is an event, like the Jester Challenge for shorter voyages, that brings round-the-world racing down to earth again. It would widen the race’s accessibility still further if organisers found a way to allow…

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the perfect line

Circe’s first owner Carl Hardeberg, who skippered her to success in the 1951 Fastnetrace report in the New York Times August 1951second owner Carl HovgardWhere do you take a Sparkman & Stephens yawl if you want to really test her against her kin? If you want to put her up against the best and most competitively sailed and also most immaculately looked after boats bearing S&S lineage, you go to the Med. There you’ll find your pride and joy lined up on a quay somewhere alongside Blitzen, Stormy Weather, Argyll, Manitou and Skylark among others. Imposing company, given their long race histories and professional standard of maintenance today. They effectively form a class within a class, probably deserving of its own Sparkman & Stephens trophy.Among the S&S royalty tied up…

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cowes spring classics

If the overnight success of Hamble Classics two years ago demonstrated an appetite for a season-closing regatta in the Solent, then the 24 wooden boats that gathered for the inaugural Cowes Spring Classics on 11-13 May showed there is also a demand for a season opener.The new regatta, based at Shepherd’s Wharf Marina, attracted a varied fleet ranging from the Herreshoff replica Winifred, at 23ft 10in (7.26m), up through gaff cutters, work boats and Metre yachts. The Laurent Giles design Whooper won a competitive IRC class, beating 1904 Fife Mikado and the 1970 composite Twister Sea Urchin into second and third.There was a good number of gaff-rigged boats with Step Back in Time, a Golant Gaffer, topping the OGA handicap class ahead of Winifred and the Golant Gaffer Satellite. There…

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oldest surviving and only carvel wherry

Launched in 1898, the 58ft (17.7m) Albion is the oldest surviving wherry and the only carvel-built trading wherry ever built. In 1949 she became one of the first historic vessels to be saved in the UK by a preservation group. Today she is still operated by the Norfolk Wherry Trust, which offers her for charter during the summer. The sight of her coming around a bend on the Broads, her mast showing first above the trees, is still one of the most electrifying sights in sailing, 120 years after her launch. wherryalbion.com ■…

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tell tales

(PPL MEDIA)Margaret Thatcher takes a breeches buoy across the Earls Court pool in 1979 and The Beatles go rowing in 1965.the 1966 event and the first programme (CB ARCHIVES)LONDON BOAT SHOWBoat show cancelledBritish Marine, organiser of the annual London Boat Show, has cancelled the 2019 event, which was due to run at ExCeL, London, from 9-13 January.The decision was made after independent research by Zing Insights showed there was insuffcient support from a large proportion of the marine industry to the London Boat Show in its current format, duration and location.British Marine said: “Visitor research also showed that consumer satisfaction of the 2018 show was below acceptable industry standards. Visitor satisfaction was centred on the content of the show and specifically on the number and diversity of sailing and power…

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BRIAN SAUNDERSFactory Foreman, Jeckells the SailmakersCongratulations on completing 50 years of service at Jeckells. Did you get a gold watch?Yes, the boss was kind to me (and the Jeckells family have always been kind to me and the rest of us).You joined the company aged 15. What advice would you give to your young self looking back?Listen more to the older staff, so that I could have learned my trade more quickly.What are the big industry changes you’ve seen?Improvements with adhesives, threads and, of course, technology, including our new laser cutter.Your favourite sail-making material and why?I like any material so long as I am doing what I am told and get paid!What are the most common mistakes owners make in fitting out their boats with new sails?They listen to the…