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Classic Boat January 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.
saluting two greats

The classic boat world is significantly diminished this month, following the deaths of two of our brightest lights. Martyn Heighton, who was director of National Historic Ships UK, was the visionary behind some of the biggest maritime exhibitions and events of our time, a dynamic and engaging ambassador for shipping and boating heritage, equally at ease in the boatyard and in the corridors of Whitehall. Just a week later, we were dealt a second blow with the death of Theo Rye, our technical editor. Theo was a brilliant naval architect possessed of an encyclopedic knowledge of yachting history and rare perspicacity when it came to yacht restorations. Unassuming to a tee, he was one of the leading experts on classic yacht design in the world. For many the loss is personal. For…

8 min.
welsh love song

When Myfanwy was launched in 1897 there wasn’t much bunting going spare; the British Empire was at its zenith and the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria was marked by 165 Royal Navy ships anchored at Spithead for her fleet review. Fifty-six years later the Victorian racing yacht broke adrift from her mooring and came ashore on the North Wales coast, sustaining damage to her starboard side. That she survived at all was credit to her builder, Samuel Bond, of Birkenhead, for the same January tempest of 1953 sank the Larne-Stranraer ferry, with the loss of 133 lives and produced the storm surge which flooded East Anglia, drowning 326 people in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Scotland and 1,800 in the Netherlands, the worst peacetime disaster in UK history. As Myfanwy’s clipper bow,…

2 min.
logbook out and about

Port Townsend’s Wooden Boat Festival celebrated it’s 40th gathering with a worldwide guest list. Hundreds of boats filled the docks and shoreline of tiny Port Hudson, flags flying high, brightwork gleaming, owners standing proud. Legend has it that the initial sparks for the festival happened in a hot tub (and apparently there was wine involved). A small group of ‘salt-water hippies’ who had wound up in the little mill town, situated on a point between the Straights of Georgia and Washington’s Puget Sound, set a date, found space for an office, rented a typewriter, invited experts from across the country and let the word fly. A kick-off symposium featured John Gardner, Nat Wilson, Nick Benton and others, setting the stage for the educational component that sets the festival apart from others. Organisers expected…

4 min.
more cargo to be delivered by the wind

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 The 100ft (30m) steel schooner Brigantes is being restored in Trapani for the purpose of carrying cargo under sail, reprising the role intended for her when she was built in 1911. When complete, the aim is for her to operate sail-trading routes between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. She should resemble her betterknown sister Eye of the Wind. This ambitious project is part of a growing movement of eco-sustainable freighters that come under the Sail Cargo Alliance. The Dutch-owned 92ft (28m) engineless brigantine Tres Hombres built in 1947 has been trading under sail since 2009, bringing rum from the Caribbean to European markets. She is capable of carrying 35 tonnes of…

6 min.
theo rye 1968-2016

Theodore Walter Rye was born "a fat and jolly baby" at London’s Charing Cross Hospital on 27 October 1968. When he died from a brain tumour on 12 November 2016, he was one of the world’s leading naval architects in the field of traditional yacht design with a knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject that were unrivalled. 'Tragic' is an overused word in obituaries, but his death, soon after his 48th birthday, will have left hundreds of people around the world with a deep feeling of loss, because aside from his career, Theo was one of life’s great joys. He was our technical editor for three years, and a day that went by without finding an excuse to phone him to discuss grammar, books, boats or anything else, was a…

3 min.
martyn heighton 1947-2016

Martyn Heighton, director of National Historic Ships and a lifelong champion of the UK's maritime heritage, died suddenly in his sleep on 7 December. National Historic Ships (NHS) is a government-funded, independent organisation advising the British Government on matters relating to maritime heritage. It was set up under Martyn’s guidance and went from strength to strength during his tenure. Martyn’s work at NHS, in addition to his career prior to that point, paints a picture of pre-eminence in his field – it is unlikely that anyone has had as much impact in maritime heritage, before or since. Martyn was born and educated in Leicester and studied at St John’s College, Cambridge, and the University of Leeds. His first taste of sailing came on the Norfolk Broads as a boy. His first…