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Classic Boat October 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.
9,000 miles of bilge pumping

That we’ve become cosseted in our modern lives is hardly news, but sometimes we come across a story that serves as a useful reminder. If you read Simon Allan’s account last month of sailing from Vancouver to Antigua in Anne Marie, a tough but somewhat leaky 106-year-old gaff yawl, you’ll know what I am talking about. Simon ensured Anne Marie was seaworthy and he never felt in danger, but he and the crew had to nurse her carefully through the blows (at one time noticing the deck coming clear of the sheerstrake), they undertook almost constant running repairs (including using an angle-grinder in mid-Atlantic), and a quiet day saw them doing 200 pumps per hour. You can read part two of the story, the final leg to Cornwall, on p40.…

9 min.
‘wind-driven locomotive’

When Benjamin Franklin suggested that he who can have patience can have what he will, he was not talking about a 60ft Jack Laurence Giles sloop built in 1956 in Italy. Franklin’s quote applies so neatly to Pazienza [‘patience’ in Italian], however, that it’s hard not to make the connection. In an age when boats are almost exclusively built for one purpose, be it short-handed cruising, or offshore racing, it is refreshing to go back 60 years and find one whose abilities span multiple disciplines with style. Soon after she was built, her designer Jack Laurent Giles described her as “a good example of a comfortable short-handed cruising boat, with a first-class performance under power, yet able to take part successfully in ocean races”. In her six decades afloat, Pazienza has…

2 min.
mystic’s 26th annual woodenboat show

The Connecticut sunshine was fairly bouncing off the varnish at the WoodenBoat Show in Mystic Seaport, with the list of craft on display as varied and mouth-watering as ever. Attracting visitors was the Viking longship Draken Harald Hårfagre, which sailed to the US from Norway. Launched in 2012, she is a clinker-built reconstruction of a ‘Great Ship’, her design based on historic documents and archaeological findings, capable of 14 knots under one sail. A new restoration out of Gannon & Benjamin was also winning admiring glances. Mah Jong was built in 1957 by Cheoy Lee and is now racing and cruising in New England. We’ll be featuring her in Classic Boat before long. The highly regarded independent film about boat building on Carriacou, Vanishing Sail, was showing during the event, while Carriacou…

2 min.
whooper’s record-breaking summer of wins

“We are pushing her harder and harder” The 1939 yacht Whooper has beaten one of the world’s most competitive fleets of modern yachts to win Lendy Cowes Week overall, becoming, arguably, the most successful classic racing yacht of the modern era. The result in August made a hattrick for the season that is unheard of in classic yacht racing. The 39ft (11.9m) Laurent Gilesdesigned bermudan sloop had already won the IRC Nationals in June (again, against a modern fleet) and Panerai British Classic Week in July. To these recent triumphs she can also add two Round the Island wins, with the Gold Roman Bowl in 2004 and 2015. The recent win at Cowes Week was a tremendous victory for the 78yearold yacht and her owner, Giovanni Belgrano. Whooper scored consistent results in…

1 min.
dutch pride

The steel, Dutch threemasted topsail schooner Oosterschelde built in 1917, is the last of a large Dutch schooner fleet active in the early part of the 20th century, and as such, she’s not only a historical national monument in the Netherlands, but one of that country’s most loved vessels. She’s a substantial 132ft (40.1m) on deck and coasted under sail until the 1930s, at which point she was given an aft bridge and motorised to continue in the same role. These days, she’s a charter vessel operated by England’s Classic Sailing. She has been around the world twice, to both the poles, and around Cape Horn under sail, in 2013. At the time of writing, she was competing successfully in the 2017 Tall Ships Regatta in Canada. She can take…

1 min.
water wags shine

Glandore Classic Regatta celebrated 25 years in July, with a fleet of 80. One-design classes like the Dragons and Squibs rubbed shoulders with yachts and, of course, the Galway Hookers, Ireland’s most distinctive workboat. Returning to the regatta was the fleet of Water Wags, brought from Dublin by regatta veteran and yachting historian Hal Sisk (Peggy Bawn). The Water Wag is the oldest OD dinghy in existence, formalised as a class in 1887 and the fleet thrilled the crowd with a synchronised sailing performance. Attending was actor and local celebrity Jeremy Irons helming Willing Lass, and Caribbean pilot Don Street sailing his 1933 wooden Dragon, Gypsy. Don was celebrating his 87th birthday, his usual Heineken in hand.…