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Classic Boat

Classic Boat November 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.
opposition in the lead

When we speak of politicians now, it’s usually in despondency, whichever side you are on. Edward ‘Ted’ Heath was no doubt as divisive in his time as any leader of today – and still may be to those who remember his spell at the nation’s helm. Those of us with no memory of the Heath years know only his legacy, at the helm of a series of racing yachts, all bearing the name Morning Cloud. On his first, he won nothing less than the Sydney Hobart race of 1969, and on his second, a bright-finished Sparkman & Stephens design built on the Isle of Wight, he captained the British team to victory in the Admiral’s Cup. He remains to this day the only British Prime Minster ever to have won…

10 min.
from glory to opposition

It must have been with his tongue firmly in his cheek that Tony Morgan renamed his new boat Opposition after buying her from Edward Heath in 1973. Before becoming Prime Minister three years earlier, Heath had served as Leader of the Opposition for five years and would briefly do so again after losing the 1974 General Election. “I think it must have been part of their agreement, that the buyer had to rename the boat, but I don’t think Heath was best pleased with the choice,” said Jamie Matheson, the current owner. “But I think it is a brilliant name.” Heath’s ocean racing career had got off to a spectacular start in 1969 when he had won the Sydney Hobart race in a production S&S 34, the first of his five…

2 min.
easy glider and other sisterships

Although it was Edward Heath that commissioned the design for the second Morning Cloud, another 10 boats were built under licence to the same design, known as the S&S 41. Six of these were built in aluminium by the Royal Huisman yard in Holland, and four others by different yards and in various timber construction methods. These included the cold-moulded Easy Glider, whose hull was built in Germany and then fitted out in Holland in 1972. She has been owned since 2016 by Piers Dibben, Olly Hughes and Andrew Perkins, who invited me to race with them on one day during Panerai British Classic Week in 2018. At the helm was Hamish Janson, an old sailing friend of Piers’s family. Aged 78 and recovering from some recent health issues, he demonstrated…

3 min.
logbook out and about

The week-long Corsica Classic sees yachts sail around the Corsican coast, calling at a different port every evening. This year, the 11th edition, from 24 August to 1 September, saw high winds but blues skies and temperatures around 30C. As ever it was open to gaff and bermudan classic yachts, and Spirit of Tradition (SOT) yachts. The oldest was Swedish gaff cutter Hild from 1899. The two youngest, new boats in the SOT class, were an Eagle 44 and an Eagle 54 from Leonardo Yachts. The biggest was 80ft (24m) ketch Hygie from 1930, doubling as committee boat. The smallest was 32ft (9.5m) Kallefjonken from Sweden, a late-60s polyester Vindö 40. Gian Battista d’Olmo used to compete in Cannes or Saint-Tropez but now prefers the intimacy of events like the Corsica…

1 min.
spring in late summer

11 min.
tell tales

NEW ZEALAND Classics at the America’s Cup A plan is under way to showcase the historic New Zealand classic fleet during the America’s Cup regatta in March 2021. Charlotte Lockhart and Andrew Barnes, (above) owners of the 1904 Arch Logan-designed gaff cutter Ariki (Classic Boat April 2019), are hoping to organise classic boat racing just before the daily match races between the AC75s of this latest 36th America’s Cup. Plans for the J-Class fleet to race at the event, as it did during the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, have been scuppered by the pandemic. Andrew, who is chairman of Regional Facilities Auckland, and responsible for the city’s maritime museum, said: “We have what we believe is the largest fleet of gaffers that are still racing on the waters they were built on. “We see this…