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Classic Boat November 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.
must it be fife or herreshoff?

The world of classic sailing yachts has, since its inception, suffered from a stifling duopoly. The kudos afforded to just a couple of designers – Nat Herreshoff (right) and Wm Fife III (plus, more recently, Olin Stephens) – has been so absolute as to suck some of the light out of equally beautiful or brilliant boats by equally brilliant designers. It has happened in the car world, too, where Ferrari, Porsche, Bentley and Bugatti have, to a lesser degree, dominated the upper echelons for years. That's more understandable: these are, after all, serious investments. What's surprising about the Fife/Herreshoff stranglehold is that it has become so pervasive without a profit motive. With Herreshoff, it's easy to explain: he was, by any rationale, the greatest yacht designer in history. But Fife?…

11 min.
jenetta racing again

The 12-Metre Jenetta has seen it all. A successful racing yacht in British waters in the late 1930s; a cruising yacht for many years in America; and then finally, and what to all intents and purposes should have been the end, an abandoned wreck in n Alaskan backwater. Then about 10 years ago, after her salvage and return to Europe, she was just a lead keel and some frames, a short section of her bow and stern, and some deck fittings, languishing in the grass outside the Robbe & Berking Classics boatyard in Flensburg, while inside a dozen of her sisters were being meticulously maintained or restored. Finally, her restoration began in 2017 and we have reported regularly here on the progress of this remarkable rebuild. In July 2019, just…

5 min.
sailing in style

More than 500 sailors and 44 yachts from nine countries competed for one of the most prestigious trophies in the Mediterranean in July – Barcelona’s 12th Puig Vela Clàssica regatta. A blustery day one, with brisk southwesterly breezes and a course running along the Barcelona coastline, saw tourists and locals gather at Port Vell, the Barceloneta beaches and Sant Miquel to admire the spectacle of an array of classics in full flight. On day two the wind was again from the southwest, but its intensity was lower, and the race area covered the coastline from Barceloneta to the mouth of the Besós. The regatta committee chose a coastal course under 14 miles for the Classic and Vintage fleets, and another 19-mile one for the Big Boats. On the final Saturday the breeze dropped…

10 min.
tell tales

Classic Boat’s address: Jubilee House, 2 Jubilee Place, London, SW3 3TQ Follow the Classic Boat team on Twitter and Facebook SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW Turning heads in a sea of plastic Spirit Yachts flew the flag for traditionalists at the Southampton Boat Show with the launch of its spectacular new CR50 ‘cruiser racer’. Apart from its glamorous good looks, the CR50 is notable for its use of Lignia modified timber (see page 24). It’s a sustainable solution that’s close to the heart of Spirit’s MD Nigel Stuart, who says: “Aesthetically, Lignia looks as warm, natural and smooth as teak, it is more durable, and it comes with a 50-year rot guarantee. Crucially for Spirit Yachts, Lignia is a sustainable and very low-maintenance material. The timber comes from managed forests that operate stringent replanting…

3 min.
q & a

Steve Rogers, Commercial director, Lignia What is Lignia, then? Lignia is a modified timber. It starts life as a non-durable wood from the radiata pine, and is impregnated with resin to give it similar qualities to teak What's the process of manufacturing Lignia? It starts with grading, which is done in New Zealand. Then the logs are quarter-sawn and sent to us for treatment, which happens here in Barry, south Wales. The logs are placed in an autoclave and saturated with resin under pressure. Excess water is then vacuumed out. The next stage is a gentle kiln-drying process. The final phase is heat-curing, which hardens the resin. The idea is to modify the wood at a molecular level, where individual cell walls are coated with the resin, which stabilises the wood as well as…

12 min.
winner in the trad class

My official job with Polly was to write an article about her, but there was a second agenda. Having authored a textbook on gaffers, I’d been buttonholed to help out with some of the practical rig detail. I joined her on the Beaulieu River one autumn morning under a cloud-swept sky with a moderate breeze blowing. There’s always a concern that the first sight of a boat will send one’s heart plummeting into the seaboots, but I needn’t have worried. The judges at CB knew their business. The mast came into view before the hull and the finer points a seaman always notices stood out loud and clear. The proportions were good. A pole-masted cutter can be a tricky design challenge. Too tall, it looks overbalanced; too short and somebody seems…