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Classic Boat May 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.
no one’s counting now

This month, we publish the winners of our 2019 CB Awards (p40). At times like this, it’s worth pausing to remember why people go to the lengths that our winners did in order to restore, or build, these vessels. Boats, John Ruskin once wrote are, at their best, works of art and some of us might think them better still. Others have said that boats, as a generality, are the most important objects in human history. For many, the fevered enthusiasm will stem from the peerless grace and feel of a fast yacht making way under sail. For others, the sound of a burbling V8 or perhaps, in a stout cruising yacht, the promise of sanctuary – or at least privacy. Whatever the cause, a few of the vessels on…

12 min.
giant slayer

People often laugh at me for wearing full wet weather gear,” says Sigi Rittler with a smile when he greets us at the quayside in Cannes. Rittler, the owner of the Sonderklasse Tilly XV, who has kindly given up his place on board today to make way for me, can see that the four of us are soaked. “She is like a washing machine,” he adds. The Sonderklasse has its origins in Germany at the very end of the 19th Century. Kaiser Wilhelm II, an enthusiastic sailor, was keen to make the sport affordable for more people. A one-design class might have been the answer but they were virtually unheard of in those days and so, largely at the Kaiser’s instigation, a “restricted” or “development” class was introduced – something that…

4 min.
mystate australian wooden boat festival

It will surprise many to learn that the Australian Wooden Boat Festival (admittedly with free entry) attracts more than 200,000 visitors, around four times as many as the last London Boat Show. And it isn’t even held on the Australian mainland, but in Hobart, on the relatively remote island of Tasmania, home to only half a million or so people. From the first two-day festival attended by 20,000 in 1994, the biennial event has grown hugely. Since 2007 it has been held over four days. On the first day of this year’s event, sunny but blustery conditions greeted the c250 boats in the Parade of Sail which, as ever, opened proceedings. The wind, blowing straight down the River Derwent into the parade’s teeth, didn’t suit the square-riggers, which had to resort to…

3 min.
mahurangi to auckland on thelma

“Come with us on 60ft (18m) Thelma. 1897 gaff,” read Tony Blake’s email which was necessarily brief because he was “at sea cruising at present – very limited internet.” I had met Tony – brother of the late Peter Blake and an accomplished sailor in his own right – in Cowes a couple of years earlier and jumped at the chance to join him and his crew of 12 on Thelma for three days in January. Thelma was designed and built by the Logan Brothers – the largest boat they ever built – in 1897, more for cruising than racing. She had five owners before she was bought in the 1930s by Ronald Ernest “Johnnie” Johnson, a pacifist who, on the outbreak of World War Two, tried to sail Thelma (then…

5 min.
tell tales

OBITUARY Paul Gelder 1947-2019 Paul Gelder, ex-editor of Yachting Monthly, died in February of cancer, reports Barry Pickthall. He is best known for dreaming up the idea of saving Gipsy Moth IV from rotting away in her concrete grave at Greenwich to sail around the world. His passion for his work went far beyond the usual call. He lived every article and loved nothing better than to be immersed in a breaking story or to spearhead a headline-catching campaign. Paul was born in Islington in 1947 to a teacher and nurse. His father Bill sparked the his son’s interest in journalism with his other role outside teaching, as TV and theatre critic for the Barnett Press. Paul graduated from Harlow College of Journalism to work at the same paper, soon becoming editor. Then…

2 min.
panerai british classic week

This year’s regatta takes place from Cowes on the Isle of Wight from 13-20 July. This year’s event will be familiar to previous editions in that the friendly atmosphere ashore, the competition afloat and the organisation, with the help of Royal Yacht Squadron Racing on the water, will continue. There are, however, several aspects of the 2019 regatta that make it significant. Firstly, the British Classic Yacht Club, with new commodore Jonathan Dyke at the helm, is introducing a renewed focus on the concours d’elegance competition, with a panel of independent judges assessing each participating yacht on authenticity. There will be greater weight on this than in previous years, with separate prizes for the class and overall winners of the concours competition. These winners will be decided by the independent judging panel…