Chelsea Magazine

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Classic Boat

Classic Boat June 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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1 min.
turning back time

A walk down the road to a neighbour’s farm the other day resulted in a a magical surprise, particularly magical when set against the purpose of the visit, which was to discuss horse manure. Above our heads, as I chatted away to the farmer’s wife, I caught a glimpse of varnished, cold-moulded planking. “There’s a Fairey Duckling above your head!” I blurted out. “Actually” she corrected “it’s a Fairey Falcon.” Many years ago, on another farm, an Uffa Fox Firefly lived in a similar barn, slung from the ceiling. Neither of these was exactly lost, but seeing them felt like an act of discovery. Our cover boat this month, Judy, is a small, one-off S&S day sailer discovered under a tarpaulin in New England, where it had been sleeping for…

10 min.
back with a fanfare

Eight synchronised swimmers, two well-known actors, an aerial hoop dancer and an internationally acclaimed orchestra conductor (all from the world of Italian entertainment); the former CEO of Panerai, a previous owner and the granddaughter of another previous owner, and five Riva powerboats – such a star-studded guest list at a lavish launching ceremony and subsequent gala dinner might well have taken some of the attention away from the real star of the show, but that was by d no means the case. As the gleaming 105-year-old Tirrenia II slid gently down the slipway to return to her natural habitat for the first time in 10 years, all eyes were firmly on her. Tirrenia II’s original name was Sappho II. She was built – with teak planking on oak frames and with…

6 min.
loch longs race in galicia

Three years ago the Loch Long Class took its boats from Aldeburgh to Lake Como. Last year the indomitable fleet went to Galicia, on Spain’s rugged north coast. Thirteen boats set out for the ancient fishing port of Viveiro to race in a private regatta on the deep, sheltered waters of Ria Viveiro (a sea loch). The logistics are not to be underestimated, and tour organiser James Powell (Iona) had the invaluable assistance of Bruce and (fluent Spanish speaker) Clare Johnson (Hussar), Jonathan Evans (Tantrum) and James Mehew (Akela) in the preliminary research for a venue. Baiona and A Coruña had been considered, but the enthusiasm of Viveiro Marina manager Fernando Medrano, the town council and local sailing club sealed the deal. And the quality of the wine and orujo (local firewater)…

1 min.
cowes classics week is on

The organisers of Cowes Classics Week, one of the biggest regattas of its kind in the world, were pressing ahead with plans to run the event in July, as Classic Boat went to press. The Royal London Yacht Club confirmed that the regatta, which features hundreds of boats in classes ranging from gaff ers to dayboats to Spirit of Tradition, is due to run from 25-31 July. Entries are open and new for this year is a planned display of more than 50 classic cars on the Parade, together with exhibits from the Cowes Classic Boat Museum. Regatta chairman David Gower said: “The well-being of our staff, volunteers and competitors is paramount, so we will be closely monitoring the situation and, if required, will cancel the regatta. “All entry fees and social event…

1 min.
emergency funds for sailing clubs

Sailing clubs in the UK can apply for emergency grants up to £10,000 to get them through the Covid-19 crisis. The money is available through a UK Government-backed Sport England package of £195 million to help the leisure sector. It includes a £20 million emergency fund which is now open for clubs to bid for grants between £300 and £10,000. RYA director of sport development Alistair Dickson said: “The emergency fund could be especially useful for clubs who have recently closed their doors during the coronavirus outbreak and who have ongoing financial obligations which they are struggling to meet.” The RYA has advice on applying on its website rya.org.uk, or contact sport.dev@rya.org.uk…

1 min.
before the lockdown

Before lockdown, there was this. The Duder Cup took place in Auckland on 23 February, days before the country went into lockdown, writes John Cadd. On the day of the Cup, which was first run in 1881, it had not rained in Auckland for 47 days. Those praying for rain got their wish, with the downpour so heavy that most helmsmen could not see the bows of their yachts. A fleet of 26 classics included the spectacular Waitangi, built in 1894, and Thelma, built in 1897, both prime examples of the design and build of New Zealand’s renowned Logan Brothers.…