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Classic Boat August 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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12 Edities

in deze editie

1 min.
leading figures

Three stories in this issue highlight female figures doing great things in the classic world. Nicole Shrimpton has been the driving force behind the restoration of our cover boat, Defiance. Hannah Cunliffe is the new director of National Historic Ships, leading a mostly female team supporting maritime heritage in the UK. Thirdly we report on Charlotte Whyte and Jess Harris, who have just completed the restoration of a fishing boat in Cornwall. There are many other examples of leading women in today’s classic world – Jane Coombs of Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, broker Gillian Nahum of Henley Sales & Charter, and Joanna Powell, who runs the pilot cutter Agnes, to name just a few who are successful in typically male roles. Nonetheless, I know from seeing how my wife is…

10 min.
defying the odds

It was in 1934 that Uffa Fox wrote of the virtues of the 8-Metre class that “a young owner could…sail such a vessel around the coast from regatta to regatta just as the owners in the larger classes do, for coastal cruising in an 8-Metre would give owners the two most sought-after things in life; health and happiness”. Just a year after he wrote that, an 8-Metre called Defiance was launched in Australia and, as if to endorse Fox’s words, she would become known as the ‘Offshore Eight’, not least because of the five Sydney-Hobart races in which she would compete. The story behind Defiance’s conception is quite remarkable. Not only was she the very first 8-Metre to be built in Australia, but her designer, builder and first owner was, in…

1 min.
ernest digby

Among the other sailing boats designed and built by Ernest Digby was another 8-Metre, Frances, which followed immediately after he sold Defiance and which he named after his wife. Frances had a remarkable record in the prestigious Sayonara Cup, Australia’s premier sailing trophy at that time and named after William Fife’s 1898 gaff cutter. (Defiance never competed for it, as it wasn’t held during Digby’s ownership.) Frances won it in 1951 and retained it the following year. She lost it to the Tasmanian 8-Metre Erica J in 1953, but in 1954 won it back. In 1955, she was beaten by the Fife 8-Metre Saskia and was unsuccessful the following year too. Digby became a highly respected designer, builder and sailor, commodore of both the Hobson Bay Yacht Club and the Royal…

2 min.
st mawes pilot cutter review

Light winds did not prevent spirited racing and a lively atmosphere at the 12th Pilot Cutter Review, sponsored by Classic Sailing, in May. The annual gathering takes place from St Mawes Sailing Club on the Fal estuary in Cornwall. Six boats entered – Marguerite (1893 Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter), Jolie Brise (1913 Le Havre Pilot Cutter), Agnes (built by Luke Powell of Working Sail in 2003 to the lines of 1841 Isles of Scilly Pilot Cutter Agnes), Polly Agatha (replica of 1904 Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Peggy, built by Cockwells in 2007), Amelie Rose (built by Luke Powell in 2009 and now undertaking an environmental mission with cleanseasodyssey.org), and Unity (adapted Mevagissey lugger built by Jon Bray of West Country Cutters in 2017). First to arrive at St Mawes and first…

1 min.
antibes puts on a show

Almost 90 boats gathered in Antibes in the south of France for a spectacular display of classic yachts under sail. The 23rd edition of Les Voiles d’Antibes, sponsored by Panerai, ran from 30 May to 3 June in light winds and under blue skies. The regatta was bolstered this year by the first Antibes Classic Yacht Show, with stands set up in the arches of the old harbour walls, and deemed a success by exhibitors and organisers. The oldest yacht racing was the 1897 ga. cutter Lulu and the fleet spanned much of the history of yachting from there on, including many Universal and International Rule designs and a healthy Spirit of Tradition class too. A newcomer this year was the Sparkman & Stephens yawl Santana, restored two years ago in Rhode…

1 min.
twin-masted dipping lugger st ives mackerel driver

The St Ives mackerel driver Barnabas is one of a hardy sort built to take whatever the seas could throw at her while fishing. She was built in 1881 by Henry Trovorrow above the beach at St Ives, and restored from 2005-6 by her current owner, the Cornish Maritime Trust. She’s a twin-masted dipping lugger of just over 39ft (11.9m) and in 2015 sailed around Britain in her own wake of decades earlier. These boats were known to sail far north in the 19th century, chasing various types of fish in the Atlantic and North Sea. Her current crew noted during the 2015 fundraising voyage that she is a “bit of a beast to handle”.…