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Classic Boat December 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.

United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
R 99,40
R 796,78
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
raise a glass to rum

Fifty years ago, the Royal Navy swept away centuries of tradition to clear the stage for the sanitised, modern world that was coming, and poured the last ever tots of the rum ration. Originally, as Dave Selby tells us in this month’s saleroom, every sailor received a daily rum ration of half a pint (284ml)! It’s a wonder, as he points out, that they ever left the dock. The ration was decreased over time. Some years ago, I was given a tour of an operational warship’s galley. I forget what the menu was, but it no doubt featured pale-looking baguettes, inoffensive pasta and various “healthy options.” In the rum era, the menu would have included ‘turds on a raft’ (kidneys on toast), ‘boiled babies’ heads’ (small steak-and-kidney puddings) and ‘cheesy…

12 min
andrillot return of the first vertue

It’s 380 miles from Dartmouth, England, to Vlissingen, Holland, by the coastal route. It’s a routine enough passage for many British sailors cruising in Holland, or for Dutch and German sailors cruising the UK. But it’s also long enough to be filled with drama, as Uli Killer found when he sailed his new acquisition Andrillot ‘up-Channel’ home to Germany. “We had all the time strong winds,” he says. “The forecast was always for 10 knots, and we always had more than 20 knots. It was a hard job on the tiller sometimes with the boat going downwind and big waves following. The boat was always wanting to slide across the waves, not go straight through. We sailed through the inner passage at Portland Bill, and the water was like a whirlpool.…

2 min
they pulled it off!

After months of planning and emails to the yachting press to saying Voiles WILL be going ahead – hard to believe in the heat of the second French Covid wave – the world’s biggest classic yacht regatta went off as planned, with about 150 yachts, about half the usual turnout, and spread over a fortnight rather than the usual week. “We pulled it off! Organising our 22nd edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez while adhering to the health and safety guidelines has been a massive challenge” said Pierre Robinson, President of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, the organising body. Weather wise, the fleet had everything from dead calms to near gale conditions thrown at it. The first week was for yachts up to around the 80ft (24m) mark, and included the…

12 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 THE NATIONAL TRUST Tamar barge ailing in lockdown The National Trust is hoping to raise £120,000 to save a rare 1899 Tamar sailing barge after major rot was discovered during repairs. The project has stalled since the start of the pandemic and now observers fear for the future of the boat. During the UK’s first lockdown, the lead boatbuilder was put on furlough and volunteers were sent home. A blog updating supporters on the project reports: “Shamrock was left sat in her cradle on the slip at Cotehele Quay. With the crew’s return in late August, Shamrock was checked out and found to be drying out with her elm bottom hull plank seams opening up. Her cover…

1 min
the art on canvas

WINNER Classic Boat AWARD KEVIN CLARKSON This year’s winner of the Classic Boat award is Kevin Clarkson for his acrylic titled A breeze on the Blackwater (pictured above), priced at £975. Kevin trained as a graphic designer but for the past decade has been a professional artist, and is currently chairman of the Thames Maritime Artists. He has a wide range of subjects including traditional working boats, military ships and historic vessels, but always has a wonderful understanding of the coastal sea. He lives in Kent, England, and his work is represented in the permanent collection of the Guildhall Museum and Eastgate House Rochester, Upnor Castle Kent. He was commissioned to paint a large-format set of four paintings depicting a naval action in the Second World War for a private client, a significant…

11 min
lugger of looe

“There are days when you’re working on board, stuck in a confined space, and you wonder why you’re doing this,” says Steve Styles, co-owner of the 44ft 7in (13.6m) Cornish lugger Our Daddy. “Then you sail into Paimpol for the traditional boat festival, and people line the quayside applauding that boat as you go in. Your chest swells with pride and you realise that’s why you do it. People become passionate about these old boats not because they’re a business prospect, but because of the emotions they evoke and how beautiful they are to sail.” And well might Steve’s chest swell with pride, for it was that cruise to Paimpol and the Breton coast that earned Our Daddy the title of Regional Flagship of the Year in 2017, an honour awarded…