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Classic Boat February 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.
a stellar line-up

It’s been a boom year for restorations. Not all the spectacular projects that have been underway are afloat quite yet (so next year shouldn’t be too shabby either), but yards and private individuals across the world have been turning out some stellar projects. Some of them you’ve seen in Classic Boat this year, not least the boat on our cover this month, Santana. We’ve been chasing her since we first saw her at Mystic Seaport in June. She and the rest of the best of this year’s restorations and new builds make up a stunning shortlist for our 2017 Classic Boat Awards. You can take a look at the line-up on page 35 and vote for your favourites on our website until 15 March. There’s an ocean-going schooner, a New…

11 min.
hollywood classic

Humphrey Bogart’s weakness for beauty was well-known beyond Hollywood. His suitors, oft-speculated upon and perhaps embellished in terms of reliable reporting, were said to be blush-worthy, boasting no shortage of silver screen sirens. But conceivably the most unremitting love of his life, the one which turned heads decade after decade among a sea of beauties and the one that remained ‘till death did they part’, was Santana. Bringing the then-80-year-old boat back to her most glamorous days, however, was nothing short of a modern day marvel. “I was trying to think to myself, ‘What boat has had a better or more authentic restoration, and barring a couple of possible boats worldwide, this … this is the one,” reflects Joe Loughborough. Long before launching his refit and restoration company, Loughborough Marine Interests…

10 min.
tell tales

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 OBITUARY Dr Renato ‘Sonny’ Levi 1926-2016 Planing powerboat innovator Dr Renato ‘Sonny’ Levi RDI FRSA, died on 9 September 2016, aged 90, writes Mike Taylor. A critical combination of aero design skills, an intuitive Italian flair for shape and style and a deep-rooted love of boats was to give the legendary Dr Levi the lifelong tools he needed for producing craft of exquisite elegance and performance. After drawing his first maritime outline, aged seven, he went on to design a further 1,000 power and sail craft from 1960, the year he founded his own yard in Anzio. The list of his maritime creations includes A Speranziella, his first Cowes-Torquay raceboat, and perhaps his defining, and favourite, craft,…

2 min.

Bruce Thorogood, Classic Channel Regatta Is the emphasis on racing or partying? Both are important but the racing is the beating heart of it – we have six races in the week and three parties. Do you need to have done a cross-Channel passage before? No – quite a few people have chosen the Classic Channel Race as their first cross-Channel passage. The support makes it like an ARC for Channel sailing. What is the ratio of UK/French sailors? There are more Brits because we have more classic yachts here. About a quarter are French, with a few from Belgium, Holland, Germany and Ireland. Three words to describe the feel? Informal; Anglo-Breton; convivial. Do we need to bring the blazer? Most definitely not! What handicapping system do you use? The JCH Classic Handicap, widely used on the Atlantic and Channel coasts of…

2 min.

EAST COAST Sperry Sails returns to Martha’s Vineyard American sailmaker Sperry Sails has re-opened a previously owned sail loft on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. The Marion, Massachusetts based company was founded by Steve Sperry in 1976 and the company operated the second location in the town of Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard during the 1980s, before passing the loft to another local sailmaker. The new loft resides above the beach-front shop of boatbuilders Ross Gannon and Nat Benjamin of Gannon and Benjamin Marine Railway, already a long time customer. “Working above G&B is both exciting and rewarding,” said Ben Sperry, owner of Sperry Sails. “We have been close with them for years, making sails for many of the boats they build.” The new loft is well suited for the island’s large fleet of…

13 min.
restoring a legend

After one solo circumnavigation, two transatlantic crossings, a voyage to Iceland and five years drying out in the clinically clean air of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Suhaili was in need of restoration. The task of bringing her back to cruising rather than concours condition has taken three years and countless hours, by a core team of four plus friends working weekends who have been just as keen as Sir Robin to see the yacht back in good fettle again. Suhaili’s restoration took longer than it did to build her in the first place. The biggest problem the team had was to replace all the iron fastenings holding the 1¼ inch teak planking. The fastenings were exhibiting the equivalent of ‘nail rot’ in a roof, and the…