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Classic Boat May 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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in deze editie

10 min.
thicker han water

ROSEMARY III BUILDER William Fife and Son, 1924 LOA 38ft 6in (11.73m) LWL 25ft (7.7m) BEAM 8ft 6in (2.6m) DRAUGHT 6ft (1.8m) SAIL AREA 620sq ft (57.6m2) DISPLACEMENT 6.8 tonnes The history of the Fife yard on the River Clyde is well documented. Starting with William Fyfe I [sic], who built his first boat in around 1803, three generations of the Scottish dynasty produced a long line of fishing boats and yachts, culminating in the great beauties we know today. After the death of William Fife III in 1944, the yard staggered on under new ownership, until it was finally closed down and the workshops demolished in 1985, to be replaced by a modern housing estate. One of the very last pictures taken of the yard shows a big empty shed, stripped bare of every last tool or drawing or scrap of timber. Slightly to one…

5 min.
tell tales

ST BARTHS Hanuman wins biggest-ever J clash Hanuman has claimed the narrowest of victories in the recent St Barths Bucket, in a fleet of six J-Class yachts, the largest gathering of the racing ‘super sloops' the world has ever seen. This year marked the 30th holding of the Bucket, an invitational regatta for yachts 100ft (30.5m) or over, and from 16-19 March, the half dozen Js battled it out over a series of five races. The participating boats were, in reverse finishing order on corrected time: Shamrock V (built in 1930, Charles Nicholson designed, the only surviving wooden-hulled J); Topaz (built in 2015 in aluminium to a 1935 Frank C Paine design); Ranger (built in 2003 in aluminium to a 1934 Starling Burgess and Olin Stephens design); Lionheart (built in 2010 in aluminium…

2 min.
maldwin drummond 1932-2017

The summer fog had lifted, and from the cockpit of the bermudan cutter Runa VII, Maldwin Drummond took his first glimpse of war-torn Boulogne, writes Dick Durham. “Wrecked buildings were all around. It was like standing on the tongue of an aged giant, looking outward at a skyline of ill-used and decaying teeth,” the impressionable 21-year-old wrote on his first Channel crossing in 1953. As a floating steam crane lifted chunks of sunken ships from the harbour, Maldwin lay in his bunk reading a book with a cover depicting a gaff cutter sailing across the iron cross of the Imperial German eagle: The Riddle of the Sands. The novel sparked a lifelong passion in Maldwin, who, a decade or so later, sailed the same route that its author, Erskine Childers, had taken…

1 min.
boathouse 4 visit from the princess royal

HRH The Princess Royal visited the newly revamped Boathouse 4 in Portsmouth on 20 March to speak to students working on the restoration of historic vessels, among them Sir Alec Rose’s Lively Lady. A plaque to commemorate her visit was unveiled in Midships, the newly opened restaurant at the boatbuilding school, which is also a public visitor attraction at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. LYMINGTON Laurent Giles at 90 One of the longest-running design offices celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. The firm of Laurent Giles was founded by Jack Laurent Giles in 1927, who established a reputation for cutting-edge design. His innovations, breadth of influence (cruising and racing yachts, motorboats and motor-sailers) make him one of the most important boat designers of the 20th century. His ‘firsts’ include doghouses on small yachts, coachroof-stepped masts,…

3 min.
q& a

What will you be doing this spring? This spring, I will have the once-in-alifetime experience of sailing on Jolie Brise. I will sail from Greenwich to Portugal in a leg of the the famous Tall Ships Transatlantic race! I will be on board from 15 April to 1 May when we will arrive at Sines in Portugal. Have you got any sailing experience? Yes I have a bit: I sail dinghies at my sailing club, Teign Corinthian Yacht Club in Teignnouth, and I’m part of this year’s Southwest Youth Sailing Association winter training squad. I have absolutely no Tall Ships sailing experience and so I’m really excited to gain another sailing skill and I am grateful to Dauntsey’s school for offering this amazing opportunity. What do you think of Jolie Brise? I have read a…

3 min.

The organisation of a new sail training programme is underway on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. A non-profit body called Fuel – Foundation for Underway Experiential Learning – was established in 2016 and is working toward the construction of a 115ft steel topsail schooner. The origins of the Fuel programme began with the new vessel’s designer, Captain Robert Douglas. In 1964, Douglas – a programme advisor – designed and built the 108ft schooner Shenandoah. Along with the retired pilot schooner Alabama restored by Douglas, Shenandoah and Alabama have taken thousands of young students sailing throughout the coastal waters of New England. Fuel’s president, Ian Ridgeway, was one of those students and continued on with the programme until becoming a captain for Douglas. After the construction of Shenandoah, Douglas drew the…