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Classic Boat March 2018

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.
it’s about the boats

Can you really race classic boats from different eras on the same race course and expect a level playing field? Surely not, and you’d think that would be the end of it, but every few years the same debate rears its head over whether classic regattas should be run under this or that handicap system. The latest comes on page 58, a proposal that the Med circuit should switch from CIM to IRC. Under CIM, the Med fleet has blossomed and CIM’s authenticity factor has been key to keeping the boats close to their original state. No system is perfect, however, and the current discussion is an opportunity to bring the camps closer together, even if one rating system is unlikely to satisfy all-comers. A new system in the Med…

10 min.
flight of the sea eagle

Classic Boat 2018 Awards NOMINATED It’s a windy day in 1936 and three friends are out sailing an Anker 10-Metre yacht in the Åland archipelago between Sweden and Finland. The gusts between the islands here can be strong, nothing that your average Anker 10-M couldn’t handle, but today the boat’s owner is unhappy. Holger Nilsson, aged 55, is a personable character who runs one of Sweden’s biggest companies. With him is good friend and business colleague Sven Salén, a medallist at the Berlin Olympic games and one of Sweden’s best-known sailors. The third member of the party is Tore Holm, talented yacht designer, introspective nice guy and also an Olympic sailor. Quite a trio, and a group of people who’d have enjoyed having a good-natured dig at the Norwegian living legend…

2 min.
a life in boats

Philippe Fabre, who died on 18 June 2017 aged 63, was an enthusiast for all kinds of boating and a visionary whose altruism touched many. He was born into the Fabre shipping family that owned cruise liners in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its fortunes had declined by the time Philippe was born in Buenos Aires in 1954, but he was weaned on stories of his ancestors’ seagoing days. He bought his first boat as a young man, the Fife 6-metre Zenith, which he had restored back to class rules to race on Lake Geneva in the Bol d’Or. He met Caroline in 1981, marrying in 1984, and with their sons Robbie and Henry enjoyed holidays on a restored pointu from Port Grimaud. Poor health forced him to retire in 2001 and…

8 min.
tell tales

Classic Boat’s address: Jubilee House, 2 Jubilee Place, London, SW3 3TQ cb@classicboat.co.uk Follow the Classic Boat team on Twitter and Facebook FALMOUTH/ LES SABLES D'OLONNE Golden Globe Race is on This year’s Golden Globe Race will depart from Les Sables d’Olonne in France, as planned, despite concerns voiced by the French Sailing Federation in last month’s Tell Tales. Race organisers and the federation ironed out rules issues for the 'replica' event, to be raced in 1960s boats and kit. Regatta planned to salute RKJ: visiting yachtsmen are welcome Falmouth will host the Suhaili 50 Parade of Sail on 14 June to mark the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston departing at the start of the 1968/9 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston will be present aboard Suhaili, and joined by other famous world-girdling yachts: Moitessier’s Joshua, Chichester’s…

2 min.

David Knight of the Classic Motor Boat Association The Classic Motor Boat Association is 20 years old. Is interest in vintage vessels on the increase? Yes it is and not necessarily purely for the CMBA. The Thames Vintage Boat Club, too, is seeing many boats being restored. This is the affordable end; for not much more than £1,500, you can get on the water in a classic boat with like-minded people. We have a membership of 250-300 people, many with more than one boat. What does the Association do? Our mantra is the preservation and use of classic boats. Like a classic car club, we want to keep these old boats alive. We have events all round the country, from Falmouth to Loch Lomond. The boats are trailerable and that’s what makes them manageable.…

2 min.
gstaad yacht club centenarian of the year shortlist

FOLLY (1909) Designed by Charles Nicholson for himself and inspired by 8-Metre lines, Folly was discovered by German Frers in the 1990s and after two big refits is now well looked after and raced regularly in the Med. CHIPS (1913) This rare P-Class was designed by W Starling Burgess and has been faithfully restored in Maine. She was moved to the Med to race alongside fellow P-Class Olympian, making for a magnificent duo. JUANITA (1896) Once owned by Dulcie Kennard, first wife of Maurice Griffiths, Juanita was found in a semi-derelict state and purchased by young enthusiast Will Thomas. She was well restored for the 2017 season. ANNE MARIE (1911) New owner Simon Allan sailed her 9,000 miles from Canada to Cornwall (CB351). She was built to Lloyd’s Special Survey 18A1 and has many original features. Simon…