Classic Boat

December 2021

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.

United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
shaken, not stirred

We’ve gone all carpe diem on Bond at Classic Boat lately. No Time to Die – the film the world was waiting for throughout the pandemic – was finally released, and there was Daniel Craig sailing a Spirit 46 in the Caribbean. It was his last outing as 007, and a neat bookend to his first appearance, Casino Royale (2006) in which he sailed a Spirit 54. We were up at Spirit not long ago, having a sail on their new 30 – their first open dayboat. More in the next issue. Meanwhile, who can forget the boat chase in Sean Connery’s second Bond movie – From Russia with Love (1963)? We were out on a restored Fairey Huntsman 28 this summer, the boat from that film. The Bond boat…

10 min
keeping it in the family

The Frers dynasty of naval architects spans over 100 years of yachting history. Four consecutive generations, slightly confusingly all called Germán Frers and three of which are still alive and active today in their design offices in Italy and Argentina, have left an indelible mark on yacht design in general and yacht racing in particular. In 1843 the first of the Frers family, also called Germán, migrated to Argentina and soon became a well-to-do landowner in the fast-developing country. When his son Germán Frers II died in 1907 at the age of 40, nine-year-old Germán seemed destined for a life as a farmer as well. But he developed an interest in yachting and admired the yachts imported from Europe that raced regularly on the River Plate, among them some 6-M and…

1 min
frers passion in print

In 2002, Barry Pickthall wrote an excellent book about the first two generations of Frers active as naval architects. The book was called A Passion for Design and there is truly no other word in the English language that so perfectly describes the emotion that drives this Argentinian family. Passion about sailing, passion about yacht design and passion about the importance of family. During the building of Recluta, Germán’s daughter Zelmira, herself an interior designer and architect, went to visit her father to find out where he was spending so much time lately. It was in a shed there in Buenos Aires that she saw the beginnings of Recluta for the first time and became totally inspired by what was happening there. She began to document the process, which has…

2 min
plans unveiled for new classic museum

A small team of enthusiasts on the Thames has submitted a major planning application that would develop the famous Hobbs Boatyard site and create a riverside classic boat museum. The application stems from wooden boat champion Adam Toop (inset, left), who is the owner of the Rose Toop Collection, the significant collection of Thames and river-related classic boats and artefacts that was assembled by Bill Rose (inset, right), who died earlier this year. Shortly before Mr Rose’s death, Toop was able to announce the acquisition of the Hobbs Boatyard site to house the collection. He said: “After an exhaustive search of nearly ten years, we were truly delighted to finally acquire the perfect new home for the Rose Toop Collection – Hobbs Boatyard on the Wargrave Road. “Over the past 12 months…

1 min
tonino, 1911

His Royal Highness Don Alfonso, King of Spain, commissioned William Fife III to design this 10-M yacht, which the king wanted to be able to enjoy himself as helmsman, with a small number of crew, while his other yacht, Hispania, followed as consort with his family aboard. Tonino was the first civilian vessel built by the military Astilleros del Nervion Boatyard in Bilbao and King Alfonso recorded many wins at her helm, at regattas across Europe. The boat raced remained in the King of Spain’s ownership until the Spanish revolution of 1931, when she was sold to Italy. A varied history since then, including a spell racing in the 1986 edition of Vele d’Epoca, Imperia, as shown here, has seen her most recently come under the ownership of The Classic…

2 min
apprenticeship started by menai straits owners

Owners of the Menai Straits One Design are hoping to reinvigorate traditional skills and ensure the future of the class with an initiative to employ an apprentice. The MSOD fleet is believed to be the oldest, complete, drop-keel, one-design fleet sailed within UK waters. John Begley, owner of one of the boats, says: “All seventeen boats are here in the Menai Straits, a few needing some fairly extensive remedial works, with an active class association fully committed to restoring and keeping these boats in top condition going forward into the future. “As a class association we have come to realise that the number of skilled boatbuilders with experience of wooden hulls, especially carvel hulls, is diminishing quickly as artisans are impacted by the passage of time, as happens to us all. “The majority of…