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Classic Boat April 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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like riding a bike

(COVER PHOTO: NIGEL SHARP)One often hears that not enough young people are coming into sailing. They may not be buying big gaff cutters just yet, but they are buying dinghies. A visit to the RYA Dinghy Show, which has just happened in London, leaves one with a very good feeling about the future of our hobby. The boats at the show aren’t all plastic and carbon; last year one of the most popular exhibits was a new wooden Flying 10, designed by Uffa Fox, built by Johnson & Loftus. Classic Boat gets a great response whenever we feature a classic dinghy, like the Osprey (Feb issue). Many of you wrote in with memories of sailing one. This month we have the Mirror – who hasn’t sailed one of these? The…

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the return of the chieftain

original frosted glass in the cabin skylightthe rudderhead is inscribed with ‘1905’, Ariki’s first year of racing. She was launched in 1904.newly leathered mast hoops on the old mastIt is early May, autumn here in the southern hemisphere. The plane trees lining the main shopping street of Auckland are losing their leaves, scattering the pavements with red and gold. The old Ferry Building on the quayside is a baroque edifice of red brick and golden stone. Beyond it modern ferries bustle like white beetles, bringing commuters from the suburbs and islands across the harbour into the city.Then I head westwards along the quayside. And there is the yacht I have flown half-way round the world to see – a long, lithe gaff cutter with slender overhangs, bobbing gently against her…

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tell tales

Winner Jean-Luc van den Heede (left) with Sir RobinSecond-placed Mark Slats celebrates (PPL MEDIA/GGR18)GOLDEN GLOBE RACEVan den Heede sails into historyJean-Luc van den Heede wrote his name into the record books by winning the 2018 Golden Globe Race at the end of January and becoming the oldest ever to race solo around the world. The 73-year old French veteran took both titles from Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, sole finisher of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race 50 years ago. Until now, Sir Robin had held the title as the oldest sailor to race around the world solo, for his Velux 5 Oceans Race in 2007, aged 68. He was followed four days later by the Dutchman Mark Slats.Van den Heede had led this retro race since rounding the Cape of Good…

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cameron riddell managing partner, eros

Eros is 80! She's had a colourful past with her owners including Stavros Niarchos. How is she used today?She has been owned by me and a partner since 2016 and is mostly a charter boat, sailing in wonderful places, like the BVIs or around New England. She also carries novice to professional sailors in classic regattas. We use the boat between charters.What kind of people charter Eros?All kinds. Some love sailing and others love the pampering by our chef and crew. Often it’s a family with kids or 3-4 couples. From time to time we host three generations of sailors.Can guests help crew the boat?They are encouraged to. We can sail the boat with three or four but it’s great to have guests to help raise sail, steer, tend the…

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we are family

sailing with guests off Antigua.shooting a 1920s scene for the film Antan Lontan about Martinique’s historyTomas and Audrey provide some top-flight entertainmenta charter experience on board Samsara offers the traditional and the medicinalValentine’s Day, 2011, on a beach in Perth, Australia. Two French kitesurfers meet. They have never crossed paths before, but discover they’re from the same area of Lyon in France, they have been to the same bars and clubs and they’re the same age. And they both share a dream to sail the world. It doesn’t take long before they fall in love.Then picture if you can the final day of Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta seven years later. The same two people are lying in the shade on an old wooden fishing boat, their two-year-old daughter playing on…

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(MECUM)MECUMAmerica’s Cup survivorIf only Tommy Sopwith had entered this Gar Wood runabout instead of Endeavour II he’d certainly have won the America’s Cup in 1937.Sopwith’s 1937 cup contender Endeavour II is no more, but the failed challenge leaves two survivors. One is his magnificent mothership, MY Philante, which as Norge serves as Norway’s royal yacht. And recently his tender turned up at auction in Indianapolis, USA.The 1937 28ft (8.5m) triple cockpit runabout that sold in part-restored state for $126,500 is no ordinary runabout, but one of the exquisite waterborne speedsters built by American race boat king Gar Wood. Indeed, neither is it an “ordinary” Gar Wood. It’s the only twin straight-eight-engined 28ft one ever built, and the only one liveried in white to match MY Philante.Originally powered by a pair…