Chelsea Magazine

Boating & Aviation
Classic Boat

Classic Boat

October 2020

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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Chelsea Magazine
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1 min.
last of the summer leaves

We are slowly emerging from the deep uncertainty of the pandemic. Regatta sailing, albeit bedevilled by weather, returned to British shores in early August, with racing, albeit bedevilled by weather; but the picture is mixed. In early summer, most organisers either cancelled or kicked their events into the long grass of September, the distant wilderness when everyone’s back from hols, the lawnmower doesn’t beg to ‘go walkies’, but the sun still shines. Many of those are now cancelled, notably the Round the Island Race. The south of France still plans a unique late-summer hattrick: the delayed Voiles d’Antibes on 16 September, then Régates Royales at Cannes, straight into a two-week Voiles de Saint-Tropez ending on 10 October, when the sun always shines and bonfires along the shoreline burn fallen leaves…

10 min.
italian job

The ketch Sahib, built on the Ligurian coast by the boatbuilding Sangermani brothers Cesare and Piero, comes from a boatyard very close to the heart of Italian sailors, Sangermani, but before you can even understand the yard, you need to consider the era that her build was set in. This was Italy in the 1950s, undergoing an economic and cultural transformation so profound that it has since been referred to as a miracle. Today, we often refer to that period as the ‘dolce vita’ (sweet life) years, forgetting just what a change Italy underwent in the 50s and 60s. Really, this is the era that invented modern Italy, establishing the styles, objects and ideas that are so well known to the world today: state TV was launched, and Italian cinema, with…

1 min.
hms victory’s underside is bared

HMS Victory reopened in August with her underside visible to the public for the first time. This followed groundbreaking work by engineers, scientists and historians to replace the original cradles, which the ship had rested on for nearly 100 years. In their place, 134 stainless steel props now support the 260-year-old warship and will provide feedback on her condition. The 3,500-tonne HMS Victory has been preserved in No. 2 dry dock (itself 218 years old) since the 1920s. Andrew Baines, project director for the National Museum of the Royal Navy, said: “Victory was slowly collapsing on herself. We had to fix the foundations, and now we have we can carry out the rest of the ‘keyhole surgery’ which she needs to keep her going for the next 250 years.” A walkway has also…

1 min.
tickets for the boat2020 event on sale

Tickets for the BOATS2020 event at Mayflower Park in Southampton, from 11-20 September, are now live. The limited tickets are strictly available only in advance, and can now be booked online at boats2020.co.uk. The not-for-profit venture, organised by the team at British Marine, replaces the cancelled Southampton Boat Show. There will be more than 90 boats on show and a good selection of kit on show, however the wooden boat area will be not be part of the event. Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine, said: “The diverse range of brands makes it a staple for serious boat buyers and water sports enthusiasts keen to see the latest boats and equipment. “Visitors can expect a safe and quality day of viewing and browsing, knowing that the event is fully endorsed by Southampton City Council and…

1 min.
salcombe yc puts on a show

Salcombe Yacht Club marked its 125th anniversary in August with a successful race week. Eighty-five boats took to the water in glorious conditions, and the rare spectacle of racing on the estuary was thoroughly welcomed by locals and holidaymakers. The club’s planned anniversary ball had to be cancelled because of the pandemic, but commodore Andy Savell and flag officers pulled out all the stops to produce a memorable event. Social distancing measures included asking all competitors to refrain from using the slipway and instead sail from a mooring, or launch from the beach each morning. Everyone who raced did a duty and the club organised race officer teams made up of family or friendship bubbles. There were two highly competitive fleets of Salcombe Yawls, a Solo fleet, and fleets for medium and…

1 min.
looking for crew for voyage to malaysia

The owner of a modern classic yacht built on a small island in Malaysia is looking for paying crew to help him sail the boat back there. The schooner Isaura do Mar was designed by Bill Dixon and launched in 1989. Today she is a charter boat, but with income hampered by local restrictions and the pandemic, owner Kit Thackeray says: “It’s 33 years since I walked into a small island boatyard in Terengganu, Malaysia, and commissioned a 68ft (20.7m) wooden schooner designed by Bill Dixon. Now may be the time to go back to those shores and complete the circle. We will be offering at least five passages on the Isaura do Mar [find her on Facebook] and the price will include all shipboard expenses on a boat that will…