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Classic Boat November 2011

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
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English
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Chelsea Magazine
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from dan houston, editor: a rosbif lunch on talitha g

The wind it was, that died. And sometimes the only sound above the occasional lazy slap of a slop against a long, low counter was that of the photographers grinding their teeth. This year there was wind for the first two days of racing at Cannes’ Régates Royales and then some sporadic puffs all the way through the week and into the next: Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. We jilled, we ghosted, we hobby-horsed on the trippy swell of many motor boats. We sat becalmed or glid in semi-stately circles on the oil-dark waters, searching their placid skin-like surface for any hint of moving air. This doesn’t really happen in England, dear reader, or any other place with much tide; eventually things get disturbed by the movement of water itself. So it…

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transatlantic survivor

I’ve never thought of a boat as having an instinct for survival, but I am beginning to change my views after encountering the Herreshoff cruising yacht Neith and learning her history. Built in 1907, she’s been sunk, abandoned (several times), sailed across the Atlantic by hippy students with a Sea Scout manual and no experience, and weathered severe storms under various colourful owners. She’s heading into her 105th year probably in better shape than when she was built. “Few boats have been brought down so low and then brought back to where she is now,” admits her present owner, Van Brown. Neith was a one-off cruising boat from the famous Bristol, Rhode Island, yard of Nathanael G Herreshoff. At 53ft (16.2m) and with a very slender 10ft 6in (3.2m) beam, she was…

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no hispania, but a record turn-out

Hispania, the Fife III 15-M whose appearance was much anticipated at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez late this September, did not race after one of her trustees died in a hunting accident two days before the regatta started. The other 15-Ms Tuiga, Mariska and The Lady Anne did race along with 115 other classics – a record at this event. Star of the event was surely Falmouth Working Boat Victory, trucked down to compete in her yellow livery – full story next month. ‘Best Boat’ was Griff Rhys Jones’ S&S yawl Argyll. Mariquita, the 19-M Fife III won her class in this, her centenary year. It was great to see The Lady Anne racing again after a decade’s hiatus with her schooner ‘tender’ Adix also sailing daily. CB also sailed the new spirit-of-tradition…

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fear for clipper’s future

Fears are again mounting over the future of the City of Adelaide as the bid to transport the historic clipper ship to Australia appears in danger of stalling and a new deadline is imposed for her removal from the slipway in Irvine, reports Peter Willis. In a letter to Classic Boat (see p97), RESCUE, the British Archaeological Trust reveals, thanks to Freedom of Information requests, that a deadline of 24 March 2012 has been imposed on Australian group, Clipper Ship City of Adelaide Ltd (CSCoAL) to remove the ship. CSCoAL’s own timetable is already behind schedule, and it is still short of A$2million (£1.25m) needed to realise its transportation plans. State and Federal Governments have turned down requests for support and the proposed site in Adelaide is dependent on conditions which…

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100 birthday launch

The 1911 pilot cutter Kindly Light was relaunched on 28 September after an 18-year restoration for owner Malcolm J McKeand by boatbuilder David Walkey at Gweek on Cornwall’s Helford River. Two days later, on her birthday, she was re-named at a ceremony at Falmouth’s maritime museum in the blistering sun and to a crowd of 300 well-wishers. The 53ft 6in (16.3m) working vessel was designed by William Stoba to beat her rival, the 1904-built Alpha. She was one of the fastest of her kind, and, at the pinnacle of the type’s evolution, built, as she was, near the end of the age of sail. Her purist’s restoration makes no use of engine or electrical systems.…

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protection of historic vessels stepped up

New guidance published by English Heritage this September encourages local authorities to recognise the value of any fixed, historic vessels they might have in their records – or on their land. “Every local authority has what’s known as a Historic Environment Record (HER),” explained English Heritage spokesman Mark Dunkley. “It’s a record of all the historically important sites in that authority’s jurisdiction, and it’s important because it’s used to help to decide planning applications – so if a site is proposed for a new development, the authority will know whether or not there’s a significant Roman archaeological site there, for instance.” This new guidance encourages recognition of fixed vessels among these artefacts, so that they can be protected nationally by one of three methods: as a protected wreck site (like the Mary Rose),…

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