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Classic Boat March 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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10 min.
greek charm

Two titans battled it out near the regatta finish: the 1930 John Alden schooner Puritan, 135ft with a new and partly novice crew being expertly bossed about by Malcolm Banks, former mate on Herreshoff schooner Elena; and 1947 Glaramara, a 50ft (15.25m) Frederick Shepherd design, owned and raced by Stratis Andreadis, once ranked 29th in world match racing. Stratis had noticed that the finish line was skewed to the direction of the light winds and was pushing down Puritan. Glaramara was ahead, then almost abeam, then ahead again, and as the line was crossed a cheer went up from Glaramara while the Puritan crew clapped in admiration, appreciating the drama even if losing the placing. Refreshingly, this was not the usual haunt of classic regattas, we were not in Atlantic waters,…

11 min.
highlights of the london boat show

DOCKLANDS, LONDON 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 PETER SMITH Ab Fab star and Ghurka campaigner Joanna Lumley opened the Sunseeker stand this year, telling of her childhood spent on ocean liners between ports like Ceylon, Singapore and Hong Kong. Joanna’s memories seemed warm after all these years and she regaled the large crowd with stories of the rudimentary liners of the day – “We washed in warm saltwater, with soap for that purpose, and rinsed in cold.” Most of us will be familiar with the British Seagull, that stalwart of vintage British outboard engines that you see at boat jumbles and, still, clinging onto the transoms of a few dinghies. The Classic Motorboat Association stand at the London Boat…

2 min.
gstaad yacht club and classic boat unite to celebrate centenarians

As part of our Classic Boat Awards, we have joined forces with the Gstaad Yacht Club to create a new category, Centenarian of the Year. The winner will be announced at our Awards ceremony in April in London, after having been selected by an international jury of experts. Gstaad YC organises the annual Centenary Trophy, a race for yachts older than 100 years, held at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. This year the race will celebrate its seventh edition. Any centenarian will be eligible for the new award, whether a race yacht or not. The expert panel includes George Nicholson, honorary president of the Gstaad YC; French sailor and AC veteran Bruno Troublé (pictured right); Italy’s Gianbattista Borea d’Olmo, director of the Port of Monaco; and a representative from Classic Boat. Gstaad YC…

2 min.
hannah cunliffe national historic ships

How has the death of NHS director Martyn Heighton affected NHS? It has been a real loss for the sector, and for his team. However, we are determined to continue delivering our services to ensure that his vision for the future of NHS-UK is kept alive. Dr Eric Kentley, who has worked as a consultant for NHS-UK on many occasions has stepped in as interim director, while the process of recruiting a permanent director is put in place. What have been the major successes of the Shipshape Network? The Shipshape Network has run since 2010 and now boasts seven regional networks. It has supported and advised over 40 maritime projects since it started. Of these, Keeping History Afloat and the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership project were both partnered and led by NHS-UK, securing…

6 min.
ultimate planing machine

With his long and bushy beard, Rolf Gersch looks like a gold digger from a Jack London novel. Even wilder in appearance is his hydroplane Berlin III which, compared with the BMW 328 Roadster sitting next to it on the banks of the River Rhine in Mainz, looks like a coffin built to house an engine. The car still looks modern, homogenous from every angle, while the boat is an unthinkable dragster powered by the same two-litre unit, short pipes firing at the sky from an engine lying nose-up like a vintage fighter plane on the runway. Rolf delivers a few memories as a warning, memories that stretch back to a meeting with the boat’s first owner, pharmaceutical heir Jürgen Baginski, who commissioned the boat in 1950: “It’s not an…

3 min.
raising the barr

BONHAMS, USA Like Sir Ben Ainslie, fellow Brit skipper Charlie Barr did rather well in America. In an outstanding career the diminutive Scot, born in 1864, won the America’s Cup three times in a row – for America – and was the go-to man for American millionaires battling for yachting pride. Now two celebrated episodes from the glittering career of this uncompromising but honourable competitor from a family of racing skippers are brought back to life in paintings recently sold at auction in America. In the 1901 Cup, Barr skippered JP Morgan’s Herreshoff-designed Columbia against Sir Thomas Lipton’s larger GL Watson Shamrock II, which pundits considered had the measure of the American defender. What Shamrock II lacked was Barr and his well-honed crew. The better-sailed Columbia won 3-0. In 1903 Barr’s teambuilding skills and…