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Classic Boat September 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.
a real-life hero

For the past 50 years sailors worldwide have had an ambassador who would do the diplomatic service proud. He’s a man who changed the way a generation thought about sailing and who has inspired countless people to get afloat. He became known to the public as a young man, and it was as a young man that he gave away the large sum of prize money he had just won to a grieving widow. Over his career on the water he has broken down multiple sailing barriers, most recently going solo around the world again, aged 68. He’s given generously back to the sport, taking on leading voluntary roles, while his company, which organises a round-the-world yacht race for amateurs, has introduced thousands of people to offshore sailing. In June…

12 min.
raised from the mud

It takes 33 minutes to travel from Plymouth to Calstock by train, chuntering along 11 miles of one of the prettiest railway lines in the country. Alternatively, you can go by boat, although the journey is likely to take you a little bit longer, as I discovered when I joined the Tamar barge Lynher in Plymouth. We were late leaving, so missed two hours of northgoing current, then the forecasted southerly breeze failed to materialise which meant we had to putter along under engine alone. It took us three hours to reach Cargreen, some five miles upstream of Plymouth, where we had to wait another five hours, stranded by the outgoing tide, before resuming the final leg, through the upper reaches of the navigable Tamar. And what a journey it was.…

1 min.
a shipping boom

The records of the Crossley family of St Germans, Tamar pilots for several generations, show that from 1933-39 the Lynher River saw an extraordinary burst of shipping. In that time, the Crossleys piloted more than 1,500 ships upriver, not counting the hundreds of barges plying these waters without pilots. In his study The Shipping and Trade of the River Tamar, historian Ian Merry describes how a “cavalcade of small coasters, smacks and barges played their part in the last great upsurge of waterborne trade in the Tamar’s estuary”, with ships coming from as far as Russia and Holland. The main attraction was the stone quarries at Poldrissick, Treluggan and Cumbletor. Ironically, the so-called ‘blue elvan’ they produced was in demand for building roads which would ultimately lead to the barges’ own…

1 min.
suffolk yacht harbour regatta

The 18th annual regatta organised by classic boat hub Suffolk Yacht Harbour, on the UK’s east coast, attracted a varied fleet of 35 boats, with two days of racing in glorious conditions in June. A warm breeze of 8-14 knots allowed racing in Dovercourt Bay, Harwich Harbour and the Orwell and Stour rivers. The marina has a thriving Stella fleet and Timoa (1964) came out top after three races in the Stella class. Meanwhile the Tumlare Zest (1935) was winner in the regatta’s ‘slow’ class; and the West Solent ne-Design Arrow (1923) won the ‘fast’ class. It was a frustrating weekend for the 40 SqM yacht Venya, whose mast roke on a spinnaker reach, but helm Rufus Gilday was awarded the Spirit Yachts-sponsored hip flask for someone “in need of a sti…

4 min.
tell tales

Follow the Classic Boat team on Twitter and Facebook Re-riveted and rebuilt Our centenarian this month is the riveted steel passenger launch Lady Charlotte, built in 1914 by J Chrichton & Co near Chester on the River Dee. Originally named Flying Fox and a steamer, she is now electrically powered, with a new cabin and interior by Henwood and Dean, and re-plating and riveting by Michael William of Southampton. The design work on the 43ft 3in (13.2m) launch was by Andrew Wolstenholme. Lady Charlotte was voted winner of our Powered Vessel of the Year award in 2014. USA Herreshoff returns to boatbuilding A new boatbuilding company, rejoicing in the name Herresho. Boats, has been founded by the 80-year-old Halsey C Herreshoff, yacht designer, America's Cup sailor and grandson of Nathanael Green Herreshoff, with 21-year-old Rhode…

2 min.
bigger event celebrates 50 years

The YachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show marks its 50th birthday this year by celebrating another significant half century anniversary – that of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's famous world-girdling voyage of 1968/9. His boat Suhaili will be on display five decades after she departed from Falmouth in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race (see p20). The Southampton show runs from 14-23 September and this year has become Britain's only major boat show, following the cancellation of the 2018 London show, normally held in January. For classic boat lovers, the Southampton event offers a feast of small boat delights in the Wooden Boatbuilders Trade Association (WBTA) section, which always includes fresh restorations, newly built wooden dinghies, wooden dayboats and small yachts and more. On almost all these stands the builders are present, happy to speak about…