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Classic Boat December 2017

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.
whose party is this?

The 1968/69 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race is as much etched in the minds of French sailors as British, but the concept, sponsorship, most of the competitors and the eventual winner all came from Britain. However, when the organisers of next year’s anniversary event (a re-run of the original race in 1960s yachts and kit) approached locations on the English south coast with the idea of hosting the start, to their surprise the response was far from warm. Negotiations stalled with first Falmouth and then Plymouth, the reasons ranging from a lack of interest to demands for money and red tape. So now the race will start and finish in Les Sables d’Olonne. The French will do it proud. But meanwhile Falmouth and Plymouth, both with historic links to the…

11 min.
perfect composition

On an April day in 2005, Jordi Cabau drew back a plastic tarpaulin on a makeshift wooden hangar among the Mallorcan pine trees, to see what lay inside. The forested interior of the largest island in the Balearic archipelago must have veiled many secrets over the years, but this one was extraordinary. Inside was the 1937 masthead sloop Sonata, drawn by Carl Alberg of the Alden design office. It was enough of a find in itself, but what made it doubly interesting was the similarity to the yacht Jordi and wife Heidi had found on the same island, where they live, five years earlier. That yacht was Mercury, designed by Sam Crocker (a fellow disciple of the Alden office) and built in 1938, to the same construction method and with the…

1 min.
maine magic

The New England classic fleet gathered in Maine in August for the annual WoodenBoat Series, which is made up of the Castine Classic Yacht Race on Thursday, the Camden Classic Yacht Regatta (the feeder race from Camden to Brooklin) on Friday, and the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta on Saturday. This year, the 30th anniversary of the Camden Classic, the sailors were treated to some misty conditions and light winds, not that that dampened events shoreside, especially the famed Eggemoggin barbecue. The fleet ranged in size from 25ft to 90ft with a wide variety of boats, from classes like the NY32s, NY30s and Concordia Yawls to one-of-a-kind designs. The series was preceded by a symposium at Maine Maritime Academy on the career of Danish designer Aage Nielsen. An historic Nielsen fleet assembled…

2 min.
golden globe race re-run goes to france

Classic Boat’s address: Jubilee House, 2 Jubilee Place, London, SW3 3TQ cb@classicboat.co.uk Follow the Classic Boat team on Twitter and Facebook There was disappointment for British sailors as it was announced that the 2018 Golden Globe Race will start from France. The race, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original event in 1968/9 that led to the first solo non-stop circumnavigation, will start from Les Sables d’Olonne on Sunday July 1, 2018. The race organisers' initial plans were to have the start and finish on the English south coast, but negotiations with first Falmouth in Cornwall and then Plymouth in Devon fell through, despite both ports having strong historical connections to the race. In the original race, all of the competitors started from the English south coast, except for John Ridgway, who left from Inishmore, Ireland. The French,…

1 min.
tilly xv takes the centenary trophy

The Sonderklass yacht Tilly XV has won the Centenary Trophy, organised annually by the Gstaad Yacht Club at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, which took place in October. The race is for boats a century or more in age and is run with a staggered start, with the aim of a group finish. Tilly XV has had an exciting season, having raced at Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in April, where she lost her mast on day one. Woodstock Boatbuilders worked day and night to get her a rig back and she was racing again on day four. After Antigua, Tilly XV’s season continued as she was transported to the Med, where she has been causing cameras to click wildly as photographers spot her unusual dimensions – 19ft (5.8m) on the water, very low…

2 min.
panerai challenge med winners announced

The winners of the 2017 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge were announced at Régates Royales de Cannes in September. The event is the final regatta in the Panerai European series and the overall winners take home a muchcoveted Panerai watch. This year, five races were held in light breezes, and the eventual winners were Hallowe’en in the Big Boats, Linnet in Vintage and Ganbare in the Classic class. Victory was especially sweet for the crew of the 1926 bermudan cutter Hallowe’en, as she finally took the top step on the podium for the first time in her 10th year in the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. Designed and built by Wm Fife III and launched in 1926, she set a record for the Fastnet Race in 1927 that stood for 12 years and…