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Classic Boat May 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.
a range of winners

One thing I love about the Classic Boat Awards each year is how they show the vast spectrum of what a ‘classic’ can be. We have a clinker rowing boat, used by one woman as a ferry on an east coast estuary. We have an aluminium J-Class with state-of-the-art fittings and electronics, crewed by a small battalion. In between there are amateur builds and professional jobs, all launched after months or years of graft. Each of the boats nominated for an award deserves the highest commendation. On page 38 you can find out how you voted to choose the winners. They are a sparkling bunch. And if after reading that, you feel like having a go at winning a restoration award yourself, take a look at page 50. A field…

10 min.
daydream believer

Much of my life has been spent in the pursuit and construction of design elegance: houses, home interiors, furniture, cabinetry, and small boats. I have owned and sailed wooden boats all my life. In my sixties, when I realized I had the time, I began to look for a suitable classic sailing vessel to build or restore. As a lifetime woodworker the boat had to be wood, it had to be elegant in form (probably from the 1930s or before) and it had to be unique. I thought about restoring a classic, and found several worthy candidates. But replacing tired wood was not nearly as appealing as fitting new. It was then that in Uffa Fox’s excellent Sailing, Seamanship and Yacht Construction I came across the lines of Crystal, a…

6 min.
tell tales

GOLDEN GLOBE RACE 2018 The clock ticks loudly for the big race In 1968, nine men set off to become the first to sail around the world solo and non-stop, east-about and south of the great capes. Only Sir Robin Knox-Johnston returned. This summer, 20 men and one woman from 13 nations will try to recreate his triumph, on long-keeled boats and using only 1960s equipment. As we went to press, many of the participants were at sea, bound for Falmouth, where the town will hold pre-race celebrations and a historic parade of sail on 14 June. The race itself starts from Les Sables d’Olonne in France on 1 July. The newly appointed race director is well-known French sailor Patrice Carpentier (pictured), who has completed five circumnavigations, two in the Vendée Globe.…

3 min.
the british national yachting archive

It is hard to think of a sport that has left as big a paper trail as the sport of yachting. In addition to the records common to all sports (race results, rule changes, club histories and so on), yacht sailing carries an enormous data burden in terms of the boats themselves. Naval architects’ plans lie in garages, sitting rooms and maritime museums. Race records are scattered around the country and the internet. These days, what with a lot of sailing’s records being published online, then disappearing without ever being committed to paper (“born-digital material”) we are in an increasingly acute situation where information accessible today might not exist at all in 50 years’ time – or even next year. It is a situation that concerned Maldwin Drummond, maritime historian and…

2 min.

Brooke Parish, Chairman, Sparkman & Stephens How does it feel to have bought one of sailing's most iconic brands? Being a part of S&S is an incredible privilege for me. Was your ownership of the 1957 S&S Mermaid anything to do with it? There was a well-known TV advert for Remmington with the tagline: “I liked my shaver so much I bought the company”. I guess you could say the same thing about Mermaid and S&S. In a nutshell, what is Sparkman & Stephens in 2018? Our core business has remained the same since our founding.…yacht brokerage and naval architecture and design. Technology has had a huge impact on both brokerage and design and we have several initiatives underway in both areas that we hope to expand upon in 2018. Do wooden boats still play a part…

1 min.
win a sextant

Classic Boat has teamed up with Davis Instruments to offer one lucky reader this Davis Mark 25 sextant. Davis’ top-of-the-range plastic sextant, the Mark 25, features the US company’s patented Beam Converger mirror, sometimes referred to as a ‘full horizon mirror’, which makes taking sights a lot easier than it was in the 18th century! The horizon and astrobody images are combined in a single full field for reliable sights in any conditions. A mineral coating on the high quality optical glass allows the user to see through it, yet still pick up images as faint as low-light stars. The Mark 25 is illuminated by a long-life LED that will last for 10 years if used continuously. For Davis’ full range, visit davisnet.com To enter the competition go to classicboat.co.uk/sextantcomp…