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Classic Boat September 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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9 min.
skylark ascending

In an ideal world, every boat owner, however exalted or large his current yacht, should have a visceral memory of holding a tiller in one hand and a mainsheet in the other, feeling every tug of the wind and every droplet of spray. Tara Getty does. “The boats I grew up on were small sailing boats, which is undoubtedly the right way to start,” he remembers. “Like everyone else, it was a Mirror, then Larks, Wayfarers, Toppers and a Laser.” In fact, Tara still sails a Laser and remains seduced by the feeling of speed and immediacy that this classic one-man planing dinghy provides. Tara might be best-known for the family boat – the 247ft (75.3m), 1929-built Talitha, one of the biggest classic motor yachts in the world – and…

2 min.
logbook out and about

Racing was as competitive as ever on the Solent as an impressive fleet of classics old and new gathered at Cowes for Panerai British Classic Week in July. Talk of the regatta was a new maxed-out race yacht from Spirit, a 52D called Oui Fling, but even she couldn’t beat defending regatta champion Whooper, the 1939 Laurent Giles design owned by Giovanni Belgrano, which won the event overall. At the final night’s prize-giving, Panerai’s Philippe de Saint Lager presented the crew with the BCYC Racing Trophy and a Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic Acciaio – 44mm watch. (continued page 14) The bigger boats didn’t have it all their way and it was the smallest in the fleet that was third overall, Richard Matthews’ 25ft 9in (7.84m) Stella Scorpio taking a class victory…

3 min.
logbook out and about

Barcelona’s Puig Vela Clàssica celebrated its tenth birthday in July. Not many classic regattas are held in major cultural cities, which makes the Puig Vela rather special. The thing that really makes the annual regatta tick, though, is the near-certainty of good wind, and this year was no exception. Spain has been baking this year, with the hottest sea temperatures ever recorded on all its coasts and the hottest June in half a century. On the first day of racing, temperatures over 300C created a strong sea breeze as the air above the Catalan capital started rising in earnest. This combined with a south-westerly Garbi to produce sustained wind speeds of 16-18 knots with gusts over 25. Racing the 17.1-mile coastal course on the 1937 Alden yacht Sonata with the Cabau family…

2 min.
tales from the river bank

The Thames Traditional Boat Festival under its new management is thriving and always interesting, with a wide variety of traditional Thames boats including classic slipper launches, gentlemen’s launches, Bates Starcraft, steamboats, electric Thames canoes and launches, ski€s, punts and many others. The Dunkirk Little Ships are always a special attraction, while amphibious craft this year were there in good numbers, giving the surprising sight of a car motoring down the river. There was also a First World War torpedo boat, triplanes displaying in the skies, military vehicles on land, and vintage cars and bicycles. Surely there is something for everyone, and a wide variety of places to eat and drink well if you decided not to bring your own picnic. The event now spans three days, and on the Saturday night…

1 min.
spreading the canvas

While the 35th America’s Cup was playing out in Bermuda, a stunning fleet of eleven 12-Metre yachts, the class that competed for the Cup between 1958 and 1987, gathered on the Flensburg Fjord in June and July for the Robbe & Berking 12-Metre European Championship. The oldest participant was Heti from Hamburg, built in 1912, while the youngest was Kiwi Magic, with which New Zealand made its first attempt to win the America’s Cup in 1987. She belongs to a Scandinavian syndicate. The overall regatta winner was Wings (K15, 1937), ahead of Trivia (K10, 1937) and defending European champion Vim (US 15, 1939). Among many spectators and photographers there to see one of the biggest 12-M fleets assembled, were nine painters from the North German Realists group, invited by Robbe &…

2 min.
return the america’s cup to its roots

“There was absolutely no link, no reference to the extreme richness of the America’s Cup. They stole the label and did not respect the content” Bruno Troublé has spoken out about the 35th America’s Cup, criticising the 2017 event in Bermuda and the plans to run the Cup on a two-year cycle as “vulgar”. He celebrated the fact that the USA had not won the event again, saying victors New Zealand would now “fix it”, adding: “They know how to do it.” Speaking about the Bermuda event, Troublé said: “We don’t want a video game kind of boat racing where the greatest sailors on earth (Sir Ben Ainslie, Jimmy Spithill or Franck Cammas) have no chance. And while they race, we want to see their faces, not robocops covered with goggles, helmets…