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Classic Boat September 2011

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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2 min.
from dan houston, editor

Restoring: ways and means You could say there are as many ways to restore a wooden boat as there are to skin a cat. Of course I’d know nothing about skinning cats and the idea that someone might have learned different techniques of relieving them of their pelts absolutely horrifies me; surely it’s always been just an expression? But restoring boats? Well, there are lots of approaches. One way, and I do think it’s a good way, is to restore a boat bit by bit, with winter schedules of work which are realistic enough to be able to keep the boat sailing in the summer. This can be complicated, but our story on Kelpie, overleaf, which went in to Fairlie restorations in the winter-time during the last two years, shows how…

10 min.
rekindling kelpie

In 1903, some yachtsmen in the Clyde Estuary and the Solent became so angered by the then-prevalent Rater yachts, those slim, tippy and flimsy craft built, with the endorsement of sailing’s governing body of the time, to go like lightning, that they commissioned two new classes from Scottish naval architect Alfred Mylne. These were to err on the side of speed, but they were to be ‘proper’ yachts, also capable of passage-making, moderate in keel and beam, and of a construction that would ensure their survival beyond a single sailing season. In Scotland, the Clyde 30 class was born and in England, the SCOD – South Coast One Design, a far shout from the Charles Nicholson 26ft sloop class of the same name, half a century later. It is some measure of…

1 min.
peter the beard’s memories of kelpie

I first worked on the boat when I was 19 in 1968. She was then owned by Pat Hornidge of the Newton Ferrers sailing school, rigged as a yawl. She was fairly original below and I can remember stained glass windows at the entrance to the cabin at the bottom of the companionway. She had the original yellow pine decks, caulked and payed with marine glue. Needless to say, they leaked. Pat sold her to his skipper Andrew Hooper who’d take people for day sails and West Country charters. He then sold her to Crispin Rushworth Lund who won the first Southwest Gaffers race on her, off Salcombe in Devon. I believe she was then sold to a Canadian and I lost touch with her. About this time she was fitted…

1 min.
helping kelpie to lose weight

The main issue, according to Pelham and Duncan Walker at Fairlie Restorations, was weight: the cruising yacht additions, the over-specified rig and heavy, inauthentic interior all played their part and this was borne out when Kelpie raced in ‘sold-as-seen’ condition at the 2009 Mylne Regatta. At perhaps three tonnes over weight, she used to take on buckets of water every time she heeled. Pelham remembers a day when crewman Kostas was below pumping out, when the water coming in was enough to trigger his lifejacket. The first job was to build a self-draining cockpit to a later Mylne design. At the same time the opportunity was taken to fit a wing shaft line, removing the heavy rudder and structurally unsound stern post. The old, oversized, overweight rudder with a turbulence-causing prop…

2 min.
panerai british classic week

Celebrating difference at BCYC News Editor Steffan Meyric Hughes +44 (0) 207 349 1931 steffan.meyric-hughes@chelseamagazines.com The weather wasn’t the best – on the opening Sunday F7 winds caused the classic Round the Island race to be cancelled while rain and storm clouds also dogged the middle of the week – but despite that, and with 72 boats, this was the best British Classic Yacht Club regatta yet. The most significant aspects of this year’s BCYC Panerai British Classic Week were the number of boats and the difference in design. There were gorgeous gaffers, from the 57ft (17m) Kelpie to the 29ft 6in (9m) Jap; an Ian Howlett 12-M, Crusader; no fewer than five Spirit yachts, a Folkboat... What? A Folkboat? Yes, small boats were much in evidence, with two SCODs, the Folkboat Little Otter, an…

1 min.
record turnout at cowes classics

A record fleet of more than 90 classic day-racers and keelboats were present for Cowes Classic Week (25-29 July), which followed on from the Panerai British Classic Week and was still being raced as we went to press. A fleet of 40 X-Ones was celebrating 100 years since their first race in the Solent. Add to that a record fleet of Solent Sunbeams; most of the Daring Class (similar to 5.5-M yachts), with more than 20 of those present celebrating 50 years; the travelling Loch Longs, based at Aldburgh, Suffolk and Cove in Scotland and attending for the first time, and several other fleets of classic Solent day-racers and it looks like a viable alternative to the regular Cowes Week, which is, according to organisers, bursting at the seams with…