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Classic Boat December 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.
this business of legends…

First in Monaco, then Cannes, then Saint-Tropez, it seemed everyone was speaking of just one boat, a mysterious silhouette, the shape of which hadn’t been seen for 80 years. The 1901 racing yacht Ester – so technologically advanced in her day that she’s been compared to the mighty Reliance – has been one of the most exciting restorations of recent years. In her day, she swept all before her. Her discovery, after 80 years on the seabed, is the stuff of dreams. Her reality today, sailing again in the classic fleet, is that of a yacht that exists in a category all her own. Another boat that no one can ever fail to notice is the replica three-masted schooner Atlantic. In 1905, the original crossed the ocean she was named…

12 min.
back from the dead

Ester was built for one purpose, and one purpose only: to defeat the Finns in 1901 and retain the coveted Tivoli Cup held by the Royal Swedish Sailing Society (KSSS). That she was designed by an amateur and went on to sweep all before her for nearly 30 years is impressive enough. That she was apparently scuttled on a dark night, then rediscovered 80 years later on the seabed, raised and rebuilt to race again sounds like the stuff of fairytale. And yet this is that tale. It really all began in 1900, the year before Ester was dreamed up by the gifted, young Gunnar Mellgren. In May, a remarkable yacht had been launched at Blekholmen boatyard in Helsinki. Aldebaran was designed by Gustaf Estlander to challenge for a number of…

2 min.
the last day of summer

Southeast winds are rare off the coast of Essex, but they brought blue skies and warm winds to what turned out to be the last day of summer on 21 September – perfect conditions. Cautious skippers put in a reef to meet the brisk wind, but these were eased out once past the windward mark of the Bench Head buoy marking the entrance to the River Blackwater. Racing, like cruising, is about being prepared – and this year, sailing my 8-ton Gauntlet Bardu, I was. I had scrubbed her hull the day before and I had the skills of first-rate crew with a competitive approach. Seeing other classic yachts at close quarters at the start of the race off West Mersea is a joy mixed with anxiety and sailing action. The event begins…

2 min.
showtime in the pacific northwest

Officially the boat count was 144, but reducing the 43rd edition of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival to such statistics would fail to do justice to the event. What best captures the essence of this charming gathering, in fact, it is not the number of boats that appear on the organisers’ list, but those that are part of the ‘natural’ environment of this unique maritime centre that, once upon a time, before the Great Depression left its mark, was a thriving commercial hub. Organised by the Northwest Maritime Center, this event is the most important of its kind on the US West Coast and is a brisk succession of meetings, seminars, demonstrations, boatbuilding contests and the like. On land, all around the jetties, you may find kiosks and other facilities where…

9 min.
high drama on the high seas

Classic Boat’s address: Jubilee House, 2 Jubilee Place, London, SW3 3TQ Follow the Classic Boat team on Twitter and Facebook On a day when the classic fleet at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez endured a protracted wait for an afternoon breeze to fill, there was excitement once the AP flag was lowered. Going for the start in the Aurique class, the 7-Metre Fife Endrick was over the line early. Ester, conversely, led off, showing a clean pair of heels, while Enrick began bearing away to round the line again. Gaff cutter Marigold powered on and a close shave proved too close as she went into the Swiss boat. The impact caused three crew members to land in the briny and had Marigold skipper Jean Degaudenzi reaching for the freeboard of the 1892-built Camper…

2 min.

How long have you been building and restoring boats? I am a third-generation boatbuilder. I apprenticed with my grandfather and father. I started working with my family in 1975. I founded South Shore Boatworks in 1990. How many people work in your shop? Currently, there are four of us in the shop. My daughter Christina is also in the shop learning boatbuilding and wheel-building. What new boats do you offer? We offer the Gurnet Point 25, which is a lobster-style boat that can be built with inboard or outboard power. In addition, we custom build and finish fiberglass and wooden boats. We are currently building a custom 30ft (9.1m) tuna boat for a local fisherman. What are the largest and smallest boats that you have ever built in the shop? The largest was Twist, a restoration of…