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Classic Boat August 2017

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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1 min.
30 years of classic boat

Welcome to Classic Boat’s 30th anniversary issue. Many of you bought the first issue in 1987 and have stayed with us since then. Thank you for your loyalty – and here’s to many years more of enjoying the world’s most beautiful boats. We mark our birthday with a 28-page celebration of the world of restorations, the driving force behind the classic revival of the past three decades. Many things have changed in that time, but our desire to serve a knowledgeable and passionate readership remains. The magazine’s raison d’être from the outset was to encourage new owners of classics and this month we launch an exciting new series – practical tips for the traditional boat owner, on everything from varnishing, to gaff rig, to anchoring under sail. We hope you…

8 min.
strange appeal

Canoe yawls, as previously noted in this magazine, are frequently neither canoe nor yawl. They represent a fascinating chapter in the history of sailing for pleasure evolving, as they have, from a misnomer popularised in 1866, the year John ‘Rob Roy’ MacGregor published his bestselling book A Thousand Miles in the Rob Roy Canoe, about a solo paddling journey across the waterways of northern Europe. The ‘canoe’ in the title, although inspired by native American birchbark canoes, was in fact half skiff, half canoe and half kayak (never mind the arithmetic) – and confusion about the terminology persists to this day. It’s hard to overstate the importance of that journey. The book, which sold 2,000 copies in its first five days, gave birth to the sports of kayaking and canoeing…

4 min.
preserving her charm

We had a plan: we’d fix the deck over winter, let Robert sail her for a season, then bring her back in for a new set of floors. The deck, lurking under its 1960s layer of Trackmark didn’t look too bad except round the edges, but proved worse than expected. The Trackmark glue put up a good fight, but even where this old covering was intact, there was an astonishingly high moisture content in the wood beneath: I used a sample piece about 8in x 1in x 2.5in to weigh accurately every couple of weeks, and the weight reduced from 267g to 143g, air-drying in the workshop over winter – it was completely saturated. The softwood tongue-and-groove deck planking (originally canvascovered) had generally faired well, but the scourge of the…

2 min.
falmouth turns 30 under blue skies

The 30th edition of Falmouth Classics, sponsored by Tilley Endurables, enjoyed blue skies, baking heat, light winds and a great atmosphere with almost 180 boats gathering in the harbour for three days of competitive but friendly racing. A strong workboat contingent, including several from France, joined gleaming Metre boats, traditional new builds and Spirit of Tradition designs to make a wonderfully varied fleet. A sea shanty festival taking place in the town during the regatta ensured a lively scene in the evenings, with around 60 groups performing in pubs and on outdoor stages around the town. Most crews, bar those with local moorings, berth at Falmouth Haven and for the first time, members of the public were invited onto the pontoons to see the boats close up. Another new feature…

8 min.
pacific northwest, usa cb man of the year saves fastnet winner

Leo Goolden, who restored a Folkboat, sailed it to Antigua to regatta victory, and was voted by you as our Yachtsman of the Year (2016), has saved an important yacht from ruin. We covered the plight of Albert Strange’s Tally Ho in this magazine, fearing her impending date with a chainsaw. Leo stepped in at the 11th hour. “I’ve gone and done something very silly,” he wrote on his blog. “I’ve bought Tally Ho. She cost £1, and she’s not quite ‘ready to go’.” “It’s about risking everything for something stupid and beautiful” After his Folkboat adventures, Leo sailed to the Arctic Circle then took a job as bosun aboard the three-masted schooner, Adix. The 107-year-old gaff cutter Tally Ho, 47ft (14.3m) on deck, needs a total rebuild. “I know she’s going to…

1 min.
down by the river

The English summer smiled upon the Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show this 2-4 June. This year saw around 5,000 visitors come through the gates in the three days. The show has been shrinking a little of late, in terms of exhibitors, with a reduced attendance by the Wooden Boatbuilders' Trade Assocation, which is concentrating its efforts on the Henley Traditional Boat RalIy this year. In terms of visitor experience, it still scores highly: it is a very family orientated boat show, set as it is by a pretty lake off the non-tidal Thames near the village of Pangbourne. Visitors try the variety of small boats for sale and meet their builders – or just come for a day out in the sun.…