Chelsea Magazine

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Classic Boat

Classic Boat October 2019

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.
living aboard for 40 years

How would you like to live on a yacht for 40 years? Depends on the yacht of course. A Folkboat? That would be for the spartan or the desperate. A 150ft, 1930s superyacht on a great mooring with a year-round crew to look after you? Well, sure, but there’s what they call a “cost implication” to that. How about a 43ft (13.1m) John Alden schooner, one that you helped to build yourself, on a budget, by a lake in the South American rainforest? You might find it hard to part with a thing like that. Lynn Meissen (page 56) did just that, sailing all the while. The author wonders, as do we, if this might be a record? Has anyone lived aboard a sailing yacht, in permanent commission and regular…

12 min.
one man’s dream boat

“You can’t have boats like this unless you build them with heart and soul. It’s utterly commercially unviable, it’s an exercise in madness. But it’s also a vision, it’s my life’s dream. If I never do anything else, I’ll feel I’ve done something worthwhile. It’s also been an example for my sons and their friends: that if you really want something, you can have anything you want.” Mike Ludgrove is speaking in the saloon of his yacht Helena, after only his second sail on the 60ft wooden cutter that he devoted the past 13 years of his life to building. It’s the culmination of a lifelong dream, and Mike is rightly euphoric. Helena is a remarkable boat, immaculately finished both inside and out, and utterly graceful under sail. She’s the sort…

4 min.
logbook out and about

Clash of the titans In Newport, Rhode Island, 22 12-Ms took part in this festival of yacht racing that was divided into five classes: Grand Prix (1985-86), Modern (1967-82), Traditional (1958-64), and Vintage (1928-38). Two more, both confusingly named America II, sailed in the Spirit Class. Racing was held over four days, with two races a day on the first three days and one on the final day. In the Grand Prix, Thomas Andersen steered Legacy, with Jesper Bank calling the shots, to win the class; starting with four bullets they held sufficient second and third places to give them a single point lead over New Zealand and five better than Kookaburra II owned by “Mr Prada” Patrizio Bertelli from Italy, and steered by five-time Olympic medallist Torben Grael. In the Modern class,…

8 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 114-YEAR-OLD CLASSIC YAWL Iolaire tragically lost off Ibiza – all hands saved The 114-year-old classic yawl Iolaire, famously associated with the US sailor and navigator Don Street and whose name is immortalised in the Imray-Iolaire charts of the Eastern Caribbean, has foundered and been lost off Ibiza. There was no loss of life or injury, and the sinking has been attributed to an accidental gybe causing a loss of control in heavy seas that swept the yacht onto rocks. The boat sank on 26 July, rather poignantly coinciding with Don’s 89th birthday, although he hasn’t owned Iolaire since 2009 following his 52year stint at her helm. Although well-travelled in the hands of various intrepid…

3 min.
q&a

How long have you held the role for? Not long. This is my second regatta but I’ve only done one full cycle and some projects take well over a year to come to fruition. Who are the other key people who make CCW run? The regatta chairman and Royal London Commodore David Gower, and our principal race officer Gill Smith. It’s a strong management team but just as important are the other 100 volunteers who each contribute a lot of their time to make the regatta a success. Do you live on the island? Yes, I’m lucky enough to live in Cowes although I do have to commute off the island for my 'real' job! What do you sail yourself? I race various keelboats and dinghies and I like the variety, but the boat I own and…

10 min.
the last saunders roe

It seems so unlikely now, but there was a time, and it’s still on the edge of living memory, when Britain seemed to be leading half the world on a technological collision course with the future. Between the two wars, British dominance in automotive engineering on land, at sea and in the air, seemed to be nearly unassailable. Before the war, the fastest motorbike you could buy anywhere in the world was the English made Brough Superior and the fastest train was the Mallard. Rolls Royce was still a superlative term and in the skies above western Europe, the glorious Supermarine float planes with their elliptical wings, broke record after record in the Schneider Cup air races before going to war as the Spitfire. Bentley made Le Mans their own…