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Classic Boat August 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.
meet our new design guru

Back in 2014, we published Theo Rye’s appraisal of one of the most famous small sailing boats of all time – the Herreshoff 12.5. It was an apt start to what became a regular series, cruelly truncated when Theo died young in late 2016. Every month, Theo drew upon all his knowledge as a naval architect to dissect a design from history, and he coupled his sophisticated technical knowledge with an easy style that made his words light and authoritative at one stroke. There are few who can do this, and of all the pages in the magazine, we choose the author of our 'Classic Design' column the most carefully. This month, after a hiatus of more than two years, we welcome only our second writer to those pages. He…

11 min.
from garden to sea

Boat-loving visitors to Tasmania might be distressed to drive past Helm’s Bay, about 30 miles south of Hobart, and see the broken wreck of an old yacht lying keel-less on its side in a waterside garden. But if they were to drive a short distance further north along the shores of Port Cygnet and look across the water, they might see a similar looking yet immaculate boat on a swinging mooring in a sheltered bay. And if they were to discover that boat – an 8-Metre – has the garden sculpture’s ballast keel bolted to her bottom and hear her story, their distress is sure to be alleviated. Johan Anker designed a total of 40 8-Metres during his career, the majority of which were built at his own yard. Number 21…

2 min.
cowes spring classics 2019

The second Cowes Spring Classics continued the success of the first. With 27 boats entered, as well as some support boats and a few classic yachts that came along just to see what was going on, the boats looked fabulous and the atmosphere at Shepards Marina was relaxed and friendly. Racing was run in two classes for large and small bermudan yachts and a separate class for gaffers, and despite very light winds, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), who run the racing, managed to complete two races on Saturday, with the wind increasing in the afternoon. Sunday brought even less wind, but the light breeze presented the perfect opportunity to mingle on the dock, and gave time for owners and crew to meet old and new friends while admiring a fleet…

2 min.
falmouth classic 2019

At times leading up to the three-day Falmouth Classics weekend, the weather forecast was not at all favourable but when it came to it – on the Friday and Saturday race days at least – the rain held off and competitors were able to enjoy cracking sailing breezes. A total of 189 boats attended the weekend and, of these, 90 took part in the three races. Four of the 12 classes were won by boats that had a clean sweep of race victories: Charlie Hussey’s Mat Ali (a Harrison Butler-design built in Malaya in 1935), Lionel Hoare’s Mizpah (a 1994 replica of a gaff-rigged Seaview Mermaid), Miles Pinchin’s Cornish Shrimper Sterren Vor and Nigel Reed’s Mirror 16 Sola. In race one in the ‘Bermudans 35ft and over’ class there was a…

5 min.
tell tales

ARCTIC EXPLORATION Integrity’s crew conquer Jan Meyen Having overwintered in the ice-free harbour of Husavik on the north coast of Greenland, the Stirling and Sons gaff cutter Integrity found herself bound for the isolated island of Jan Meyen in May, with a crew of ‘gentlemen explorers’ determined to summit the active volcano. Integrity is a 43ft (13.1m) larch-on-oak gaff cutter launched in 2012 but built along the lines of traditional 1880s gentleman’s yacht (CB292). She looks every inch the perfect vessel for a Victorian gentleman adventurer – or his modern counterpart. That would be Will Stirling, Integrity’s owner and skipper, who led the voyage and described Jan Meyen as "an irresistible challenge; a small island in the Arctic Ocean, with no safe anchorages on which there is an active volcano with glaciated slopes and…

3 min.
lowell north 1929-2019

Lowell North was a man respected by all, particularly those like many of us who met him. It wasn’t hard to like him; his personality radiated welcome. Even his competitors held Lowell in respect and many of them, as well as his close associates, dubbed him “The Pope”. He was simply superior in technology before it was even called that in sailmaking. Lowell was first and foremost a sailor. From the age of 14 when his father bought a Star and persuaded young Lowell to crew for him, his lifetime sport was set. The Star had cotton sails (it was 1944) and they weren’t anything like the right shape. In Lowell’s eyes they had to be altered, so he set about it. He took them apart and re-cut the many panels…