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Classic Boat January 2019

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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end of the party

As we were going to press the news broke that Panerai will be ending its long-running classic regatta sponsorship, an announcement that will hit regattas worldwide. The events themselves are strong enough to continue and there is every reason to believe that someone else will jump at the chance to pair their brand with the glamorous world of classic yacht racing, but any sponsor departing after 14 years leaves a gap, and Panerai has been an exceptional sponsor.The news is a moment to consider the impact of Panerai’s former CEO, Angelo Bonati, who retired in 2018. A passionate sailor, Bonati’s backing gave shape to classic regattas worldwide by creating an overarching series of events, encouraging owners to get involved and probably helping drive some of the bigger restorations. He went…

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mariette original schooner

NIGEL SHARPthe helm station has a seating area which is a relatively modern additioninlet cap in the deckANDREW WRIGHTelectric winch and discreet instrument panelNIGEL SHARPmainsheet buffer and lower block.That boatyards worked fast in the great days of sail is well known, but it still seems astonishing that the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company completed the 108ft (33.5m) schooner you see pictured here in just seven months. Mariette’s keel was laid in October 1915 and the speed is explained by the fact that Herreshoff had 500 men working for him over that winter, the largest number he had ever had, to ensure the boat was launched in time for the season in May 1916.Herreshoff famously did not favour the schooner rig, thinking it too complicated, costly and wind resistant. Consequently he ‘only’ designed…

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oldest boats on show in vancouver island

2 The owner of the 16ft Small Fry, the smallest boat on display, was born in 1941, the same year his boat was built. She’s fitted with an inboard Easthope four-stroke engine3 Boats parade against the Victoria skyline4 The topsail schooner Pacific Swift5 The largest sailing vessel present was the 105ft gaff schooner Pacific Grace6 Flying Cloud7 Nancy Everds and Peter Mann aboard the 88ft Gyrfalcon, the largest power boat on show8 Larry Benson and Tina Stotz, aboard Thelonius9 Waving a hat at the schooner Alycone, built in Seattle in 195610 The 1926 motor yacht FaunFor the citizens of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, Labor Day has been synonymous with the Classic Boat Festival since 1978. And so too this year, between 31 August and 2 September, the festival took…

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40th règates royales in cannes

2 Lovely sight as the New York 40 Chinook crosses the line to windward of the 1926 Fife Hallowe’en (sail number 2), the 1912 8-Metre Esterel (H31), 1906 Fife Eva (6) and 1913 8-Metre Nin (8)3 The Fife Kismet (left) with West Solent One Design Arrow4 Overall winners (from left) 1990 German Frers design Il Moro di Venezia I, the 1949 German Frers bermudan sloop Cippino II and the 1908 15-Metre Mariska5 Exciting racing at the markThe 2018 Trophée Panerai closed in style with the 40th anniversary edition of Règates Royales in Cannes. The origins of the regatta go back to 1929, but it faded out in the 1960s and was revived in 1978 by Jean-Pierre Odéro and other enthusiasts, growing from a fleet of just five 8-Metre yachts to…

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tell tales

(EMILY HARRIS)120 years and not outOur Centenarians series doesn't feature many boats celebrating their 120th birthdays that haven’t been exensively rebuilt – at least once. But that is what you are looking at here. Witch, 38ft 8in (11.8m) in length plus bowsprit, was built by Dickies of Tarbett in 1898 and belongs to OGA president Alistair Randall. Last summer he and Witch sailed from Essex to the Isle of Wight for the OGA 55th anniversary (see last issue). The boat also did the east coast OGA summer cruise and the Swale Match. Then Alistair sailed Witch back home singlehanded. “Despite her age, I pretty much go where I want,” says her proud owner.EXCLUSIVEPanerai to cease sponsorshipLuxury watchmaker Panerai confirmed rumours, as we went to press, that it will cease its…

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“the boat is the star”

The Comité International de la Méditerranée (CIM) has responded to suggestions that its rating rule is unfair by declaring that creating a level playing field among all kinds of classic yachts in all weather conditions is impossible.Ernst Klaus, of the CIM Rules Committee, made the comment as he answered criticisms made by French yachtsman Bruno Troublé in our last issue. Former America’s Cup skipper Troublé wants to trial a new Med handicap system based on the IRC rule, but with a classicspecific element that is yet to be drawn up.His proposals follow a survey of members of the Association Française des Yachts de Tradition (AFYT) last year about the validity of the CIM rule as a rating system.Klaus answers Troublé’s individual points below, but meanwhile he told Classic Boat: “We…