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Classic Boat November 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.
the future and the past

This summer the Classic Boat team has been sailing in Cornwall, Palma, the Broads, Long Island, Copenhagen, Barcelona and a few other places in between. The boats have ranged from a Beetle Cat to a J-Class to a Falmouth Working Boat. To travel far and wide, and find such passion for our subject in each place, is cheering and only bodes well for the future of classic boating. But things are never straightforward. On page 64, we interview Mike Atfield, who has retired as the last traditional wooden boat builder in Salcombe, Devon. Other skilled Salcombe builders will do you proud if you want a wooden boat, but covering the cost of waterside premises in a popular holiday town, by building new boats in timber, is not easy. The Spirit…

11 min.
flying dutchman

The view from Thira, on the Greek island of Santorini, is one of the most photographed in the world. And no wonder. From 980ft up, you look out over the spectacular seven-mile-wide caldera, a ring of islands formed by a volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago, which is said to have provided the inspiration for the Atlantis story. The sea here is up to 600ft deep and its rich blue contrasts spectacularly with the whitewashed houses tumbling down the hillside above. So timeless is the scene, it’s not hard to imagine the Minoan ships depicted in the island’s ancient frescoes paddling across the bay in a ceremonial procession. Yet, when I visited the island in July and looked south past the Akrotiri peninsula, I saw something quite different. There, silhouetted against the…

1 min.
monaco marvels

The 13th ‘Monaco Classic Week – La Belle Classe’ took place in September with 150 yachts, dinghies and motorboats enjoying events on the water and ashore, courtesy of the Yacht Club de Monaco. As a special tribute to Carlo Riva, who died in April, Riva motorboats and members of Carlo’s family gathered on the water in front of a tarpaulin on which was written ‘Grazie Carlo’. Turquoise balloons, a colour forever associated with the brand, were released. Among other highlights were 90th anniversary celebrations for Creole, Xarifa and Trinakria, which made a stunning entrance into Port Hercule on the Saturday to thunderous cheers all round the quay. The overall winner was ga. cutter Viola of 1908. The Blue Peter and Elena of London also won concours prizes. It wasn’t all…

1 min.
j-class worlds

Thousands stood along Newport harbour shores and watched on spectator boats as the J-Class returned to its spiritual home in August, for the first ever J-Class Worlds. The Js raced for the America’s Cup from Newport in the 1930s and history repeated itself in 2017 as the modern-day Js Lionheart and Hanuman battled for the top spot. Eighty years previously, the same two designs had gone head to head in the last America’s Cup raced in Js. Lionheart is a modern-day equivalent of one of the designs drawn for the all-conquering Ranger, which won at Newport in 1937, while Hanuman is a modern-day equivalent of Endeavour II. Lionheart, originally designed by Starling Burgess and Olin Stephens, was optimised by Hoek Design and launched in 2011. Those watching in Newport were…

3 min.
wild ride

The International Rule may be 110 years old, but in the Baltic the Metre boat scene is booming, with newly restored and newly built yachts joining the fleet regularly. The 8-Metre Worlds on the island of Hankø in the Oslo Fjord, in August, was a glowing testimonial to the Baltic movement and the durability of the Rule. The event was buoyed by the presence of King Harald of Norway, who celebrated his 80th birthday by competing in his Johan Anker-designed Sira. Showing the International 8-Metre Association’s honorary life president no respect on the water were crews from England, Scotland, Canada, Australia, Austria, Finland, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland and a strong contingent from Norway. An 8-Metre World Championship o. ers four cups to fight for: the First Rule Cup for yachts designed before…

6 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 Meade Gougeon 1938-2017 Epoxy pioneer Meade A Gougeon died peacefully at home in Bay City, Michigan, in August, surrounded by his family. He is known today as one of the three founding fathers of the use of epoxy glue in the build and repair of wooden boats. The other two were Jan (deceased) and Joel. They formed the company known today as Gougeon Brothers Inc in 1969, starting to use the miracle adhesive on the DN-Class iceboats. By 1973, their small boat shop in Bay City, Michigan, was the biggest builder of iceboats in the USA. A year later in 1974, they sold the iceboat part of the business to focus on epoxy…