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Classic Boat June 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.
proper classics?

This issue we feature yachts that fell between two boatbuilding eras – designed with ‘classic’ overhangs and sheer, but built in glassfibre with varying amounts of timber up top. These composite builds will never have the indefinable magic of an all-timber boat, but they’re not short of compliments. The Nicholson on p60 often catches out admiring onlookers, who are expecting the owner to tell them she was built in larch on oak in 1932, or some such tale. Last month, broker Peter Gregson wrote: “GRP can be moulded into any shape wanted with little skill, but the result is some of the most unfortunate boats ever seen on the water.” Many would agree. However, these early glass fibre designs are sought-after things. People sometimes ask when we will start writing…

10 min.
lucky chips

Bruno Troublé is something of a sailing legend in France. He competed in two Olympic Games – in the Flying Dutchman class in 1968 and in a Soling four years later – and then skippered three French challengers for the America’s Cup, in 1977, 1980 and 1983. “We had a tough battle against the British challenger Lionheart in 1980,” he told me. “We beat them 4-3 after collisions in every race. We were then beaten 4-1 by the Australians in the challenger final. Not very good but still the best America’s Cup result for France.” He also took part in three Admiral’s Cups and he won the Quarter Ton World Championships in 1981. In recent years he has turned his hand to the rescue of old boats, and Universal Rule boats…

3 min.
racing on chips at saint-tropez

I joined Bruno and Chips for a race at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez last October. Bruno was at the helm and among the crew were his wife Melanie, three professional crew – one full-time, Max, and two part-time – and John Anderson. Although the owners, who refer to Bruno as their “Minister for Sea Affairs”, were not on board, they were due to arrive the next day and take part in the remainder of the regatta. It was blowing about 15 knots at first but it soon dropped to about 6 knots, and then fluctuated back and forth throughout the race. We didn’t have the best of races: the mainsail foot outhaul broke just before the start and, although it was repaired in time, we then had, by Bruno’s own…

3 min.
classic boat awards 2018

IN ASSOCIATION WITH SUPPORTED BY Seeking your nominations Nominations are open for the Classic Boat Awards 2019! Please nominate yachts and motor boats, as well as Classic Boater of the Year candidates, over the coming year. cb@classicboat.co.uk…

9 min.
tell tales

CARIBBEAN Concours winners at Antigua Classic Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta kicked off in 300 heat and 25 knots of wind on 19 April, with the first results of the regatta, the Concours d’Elegance, announced as we went to press. The regatta appointed a nine-person concours judging panel to assess the boats entered, the panel including Tom and Ros Cunliffe, CB editor Rob Peake and lastly Bill Lynn, chairman of the Herreshoff Marine Museum, sponsor of the Concours d’Elegance event. The overall winner of the Concours d’Elegance was Ticonderoga, the well-known and immaculately maintained 72ft (22m) Herreshoff ketch of 1936 pictured here racing the next day. Among the other winners, notable was Russamee, a 50ft (15.1m) schooner that survived Hurricane Irma in September. Mah Jong, a 52ft (15.8m) Sparkman & Stephens design and a…

4 min.
the rating debate   the case for cim

In November 2017 L’AYFT (Association Française des Yacht de Tradition) and yachtsman Bruno Troublé circulated a questionnaire to classic yacht owners in the Mediterranean questioning five points relating to the CIM rating rule, writes Alice Widdows. We interviewed owners, skippers and others on the matter in the March issue. Here Ernst Klaus, spokesman of the CIM Rule Committee and a classic yacht owner himself, gives CIM’s off cial position. The CIM Rule Committee is composed of representatives of the four member associations: RANC (Spain), AFYT (France) AIVE (Italy) AMBC (Monaco). A committee meeting in November 2017 decided not to adopt any of Bruno Troublé's ideas, as did the Executive Committee of CIM later. Meanwhile a new CIM rule for 2018-2021 is due to be published in the spring. SUMMARY OF THE…