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Classic Boat March 2019

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.
remain on board…

I was perched on the rail of a 1920s cutter at a classic regatta last summer, when an unexpectedly large wave nearly threw me off the boat. Going MOB at that precise moment would have landed me in a spot of bother, since the sea state was sizeable, we were on our own on the course and the gaffer I was on wasn’t the most manoeuvrable boat in the pack. And it being a classic regatta, I didn’t have a lifejacket on. Of course, it being a classic regatta, there wasn’t a lifejacket in sight in the whole fleet, not even in the big conditions we had that afternoon. The classic boat world is appealingly laissez-faire on this subject, but perhaps too much so at times. When the owner has…

9 min.
cut from a different cloth

Something rather unique has been taking place in the Netherlands over the past few years. Two new, wooden, Sparkman & Stephens designed classic sailing yachts have been simultaneously under construction at two different yards. Both are yawls with very comparable dimensions, 55ft 8in (16.9m) and 56ft 10in (17.3m), and both are copies of previously built yachts. One of them is in Heukelum, where boatbuilder Pieter van der Aa has steadily been working on his own yacht for the past few years. The other was in Enkhuizen, recreated by a team at Ventis Jachtbouw. This yacht, now launched, is the one you see pictured here. Ventis has been working on a copy of the yawl Impala since 2016. I would call her a copy because the original Impala built by Abeking &…

2 min.
a plate of oysters, the traditional way

Every year for the last quarter of a century sailing fishing smacks have gathered on the Mersea oyster beds in Essex to keep alive the skills and traditions of harvesting the native oysters under sail. The Mersea Dredging Match, each September, is a competition open to original fishing smacks and bawleys, as well as the smaller open bumpkins and brigs. Celebrity chefs and big sailing names often take part and this year, giving the proceedings a civic blessing, we had the mayors of Colchester and West Mersea to cast the first dredge, before the foreman’s flag was raised to start the two-hour dredge match to haul the greatest number of oysters while displaying the maximum amount of style and traditional dredging skills. The top prizes are for both these achievements. The fleet…

2 min.
at the panerai transat classique start

Against the striking backdrop of several volcanoes, nine classic yachts gathered at Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife for the start of the Panerai Transat Classique in January. The fourth edition of this three-yearly race got underway with a week of events including a lively Mount Gay Rum pontoon party and a gala dinner, pictured here, at Lanzarote’s modern art museum, where each crew was presented, dancing on stage to a soundtrack of their boat’s chosen theme tune. Most of the crews had come from France and Italy but the boats themselves were a broad cross-section of classics, varying in size from around 36ft (11m) upwards and dating from 1927 to 1973. Among them was Lys, a 1963 Olin Stephens design now owned by famous French sailor Philippe Monnet; a 1936 Laurent Giles ketch,…

10 min.
tell tales

Bought for £2,500 Former tug boat skipper Rob Mason bought the wreck of a Victorian gaff cutter yacht for £2,500 and over four years of work restored her to the head-turning object you see here. She was designed for racing by Alexander Richardson, whose giant racing yachts of the late 19th century rivalled those by the more famous GL Watson. She was built by Samuel Bond of Birkenhead in 1897. These days she’s engineless once again. Much of Rob’s work was more rebuild than restoration. “I almost gave up,” he admitted. GOLDEN GLOBE RACE 2018 And the winner will be… The Golden Globe Race was set for a nail-biting finish, with the two leading boats closing on Les Sables d'Olonne as we went to press. Dutch challenger Mark Slats, on his Rustler 36 Ohphen…

2 min.

To what degree is Pendennis a classic boat yard? We have a history of many iconic classic projects on the new build and restoration sides. At the same time we excel in mainstream refit. We have a workforce of 430 that has a very broad skillset and can apply its talents to anything from a 1920s classic restoration to a carbon yacht rebuild. Looking at the big classic yacht of yesteryear – is it still truly ‘classic’, with all today’s mod-cons inside? Yes it is. We go to some lengths to respect and protect the design and provenance of a classic yacht. Alongside that, it needs to be running efficiently and safely, comply with modern regulations and be used in the manner the client wants. It is a complex mix of requirements. Is maintaining…