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Classic Boat April 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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in deze editie

1 min.
spoilt for choice

A friend outside the boat world asked me recently if the ‘cult’ of classics was doing okay. I should have shown him the eight pages in this issue that makes up our annual events guide. In all, we list 121 classic boat regattas, rallies, festivals and shows, most taking place between now and October. Roughly four per weekend and hardly a cult. The Classic Boat team will be out sailing at many of the events we list, starting with Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in April and the new Cowes Spring Classics in May. From then on, the diary is packed and our desks in London are not that sadly forgotten. If you spot us on the pontoons somewhere, please do come and say hello. If, however, sailing for you is…

11 min.
you only live twice

Take an early morning flight from London to JFK, drive north east for an hour to Oyster Bay in Long Island and you can have the mainsail up on a brand new wooden 8-Metre before most people in the UK have had their first cup of afternoon tea. It’s a journey between different worlds that provokes a discombobulated shake of the head – the grey of Heathrow and the tranquility of Long Island’s north shore, separated by little more than a transatlantic snooze. But it’s worth it. Oyster Bay is home to Billy Joel, the Seawanhaka Yacht Club and more recently an extraordinary private collection of classic boats. There are Herreshoffs, Fifes and others, all kept in immaculate condition by a dedicated team, racing several times a week through the summer. Three…

3 min.
the man with 200 boats and a dream

“I always had a few more boats than I needed, but then it got ridiculous.” Bryan Hunt Lawrence, 75, and known as ‘Hunt’, doesn’t often do interviews, so when he nudges the nose of his RIB against the side of Defender and offers a tour of his collection of classic yachts, I jump aboard promptly. “I’ve developed an interest in bringing back iconic race boats,” he says with some understatement as we motor o?. “I like boats with a function. Most classic yachts were built to race but beauty has a function too.” “I bid on this boat at least five times,” he remarks as we pass a lovely Hinckley sailing yacht, Sophia. Motoring on, he continues: “This is Arcadia, commissioned by Bob Stone, just before he became NYYC commodore, built…

8 min.
tell tales

PACIFIC NORTHWEST Morecambe Bay Prawner Ziska in Race to Alaska The Morecambe Bay Prawner Ziska, restored many moons ago by Ashley Butler and now nearing the end of a refit in Port Townsend (Yard News, last month), has entered this year’s Race to Alaska (R2AK). This 750-mile race from Port Townsend, Washington, up the inside passage to Alaska, allows no motors and no support. It is nevertheless undertaken by entrants stretching to SUPs, kayaks, beach cats and pedal-powered craft. First over the line takes $10,000 (c£7,200). True to the event's zany style, the runner-up gets a set of steak knives. The website describes Ziska’s chances of winning as akin to “Civil War re-enactors starting a street gang”, a write-up the boat's crew declare themselves thrilled with. In terms of the discomfort of tacking…

5 min.
the rating   debate

The case for KLR Iain McAllister responds to our CIM vs IRC debate last month Amidst recent animated debate on the pros and cons of the handicaps used at most classic yacht regattas in the Mediterranean [see last month's issue], and some in England, it's worth noting that one system, originated in Germany but increasingly used elsewhere in Europe, has gone about its business quietly, e_ ciently and simply for almost 25 years: Klassiker-Rennwertformel, better known as KLR. Devised by Lübeck-based classic yacht owner, enthusiast and keen racing sailor Enno Thyen, KLR has amassed a database of over 1,000 yachts as its use spread beyond its original German Baltic waters base. A version has been in operation in Norway for many years; in Scotland on the Clyde it's been the system of choice…

2 min.
wes massam of noble masts

How many wooden masts do you make each year? At our busiest we have made up to six per week but typically a big job takes around six months to complete so it depends on the size and how quickly the customer wants it. What size of boats do you build for? Every type of boat from small punts up to tall ships like the Lord Nelson. At the moment we have orders for top masts for the SS Great Britain, a large schooner being restored in Japan and around half a dozen UK customers ranging from Falmouth work boats to a Wharram multihull. The biggest mast you’ve made? The longest was 116ft (35m) and was floated across the Bristol Channel to Cardi.. The biggest diameter was 60cm (24in), used for columns in a library…