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Classic Boat November 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.
the missing link

Europe is crying out for a dedicated wooden boat show. The US has events in Port Townsend and Mystic Seaport, while the Aussies and New Zealanders have the event in Tasmania – each a glorious celebration of timber craft big and small, attracting visitors and exhibitors from across the world. Us Europeans have some great shows, not least the Thames Traditional Boat Festival and the Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show in the UK, and we have the beginnings of a good event in the Antibes Classic Boat Show, launched last summer. But these are relatively local, small-scale affairs. Of the mainstream events, The Yachtmarket.com Southampton Boat Show, which we have just enjoyed in the UK, has a respectable selection of modern classic and traditional boats, and Düsseldorf’s boot has…

11 min.
carlotta comes home

Let’s get one thing out of the way – is she a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter or not? Built to the same scantlings, materials and layout as two pilot boats previously constructed at the WH Halford yard in Gloucester, England, she was put into service in 1899 as a ‘Protection Cutter’ or ‘Police Boat’ for the Cumberland fisheries. When the advent of steam power ended her government career, she was sold to one Lady Vivian and converted to a yacht. That opened up a world of opportunities and allowed her to show off her weatherliness and speed to a very diffierent audience, but it did put her working career in stays, the ineluctable fact remaining that she never carried a pilot. Her subsequent history, therefore, has been peppered with a…

2 min.
cowes classics

An impressive turnout for Cowes Classics Week reflected the continued growth of this regatta for one-design classes and yachts racing on handicap. The 2018 regatta, now in its 11th year, featured 19 classes of classic cruisers, gaffers and keelboats, all designed before 1978. The event is organised by the Royal London Yacht Club from its headquarters on Cowes Parade, assisted by other Cowes clubs. Winner overall was Lawrence Wride’s Sunmaid V, a 1967 Sparkman & Stephens one-ton sloop built in mahogany on oak at Lallows on the Isle of Wight and kept in very original trim. “Perseverance and patience in the tricky conditions seemed to pay off for us,” said Lawrence after receiving the Royal London’s historic 1792 Cup. “We won our class last year and were second the year before,…

11 min.
tell tales

GOLDEN GLOBE RACE 2018 Massive storm smashes race fleet Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy and Irishman Gregor McGuckin were safely aboard the French fisheries patrol vessel Osiris, as we went to press, headed for Amsterdam Island in the Indian Ocean for medical attention and onward transport, after dramatic events in the Golden Globe Race. The two were evacuated from their yachts after a freak Southern Ocean storm packing 70-knot (F12) winds and 45ft (14m) waves ripped through the fleet. The three sailors in the path of the 20-22 September storm, in the middle of the southern Indian Ocean and 1,900 miles from the nearest land (Perth, WA) were: Tomy, a 39-year-old commander in the Indian Navy sailing the Suhaili replica Thuriya; McGuckin, 32, of Ireland, a professional yachtsman sailing his Biscay 36 ketch Hanley…

1 min.
falmouth working boat championships

Competitors in the annual Falmouth Working Boat “World” Championships, hosted by St Mawes Sailing Club, enjoyed glorious weather for three consecutive days in early July. Seventeen boats – seven of which are centenarians - took part in B Class, and five in a revitalised C Class for the smaller boats. Five races were scheduled and at the last minute it was decided to hold three of them on the first day: officially because of a very light wind forecast on the afternoon of the second day, but the fact that this new schedule avoided any clash with another “world” sporting event – the England football team’s World Cup quarter final – was no bad thing. The first day brought a cracking northerly breeze and a dominating performance in B Class by…

2 min.
franklyn braithwaite, a&f sails in antigua

Congratulations on becoming Chairman of Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Do you have plans to develop the event? The event has been running very well for years but it’s time to review the structure and look at where can develop it. What can you bring to the role? I am hoping that having been organiser of Antigua Sailing Week and having been involved in the Classics for years, my experience will move us on. You were named Grand Officer, Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage, for your distinguished contribution to sailing and community development. How did you feel? It was quite a moment. I’ve been involved since way back in sailing and in Antigua Yacht Club. It was nice for sailing as a whole and it felt good to be appreciated by the government. How should we…