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Classic Boat January 2021

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
grown bends and fast boats

The restoration of the 1894 yacht Bel’Rose is pretty far to one end of the authenticity continuum; the Swedish boatbuilders in charge of her restoration, Mathias and Martin Ravanis seem to start their restorations (their last one won the CB award in 2018) by searching through forests for the correctly shaped grown timbers. These are sometimes used, during authentic restorations, in moderate radii for knees inside the hull, but these guys don’t stop until they find really extreme bends, for things like the aft end of a cockpit coaming even. On the modern end of the spectrum, although still in wood, is a re-work of Ernest Hemingway’s famous Pilar, a new boat intended for series production. Just like the old one but probably, in honesty, better in every way, and…

11 min
swedish rose

In late 19th and early 20th century Sweden, many sailing clubs had an annual lottery boat. It was a way to bring money to the club through ticket sales, while at the same time helping local boatbuilders by commissioning them. The finished boats were often exhibited in a central town square. They would draw the crowds there and on the water too, when racing started each summer. Albert Andersson designed many of these lottery boats, but Bel’Rose, said to be inspired by the lines of Nat Herreshoff’s celebrated Gloriana, and built in Gothenburg in 1894, was different. She marked the end of an era. Today the clipper-bowed Bel’Rose, one of the most beautiful boats in Sweden, is sailing again. After nearly two years of restoration she is born anew, 126 years…

10 min
tall ships for falmouth 2021

The tall ship fleet will sail into Falmouth in August 2021. The historic harbour will host the start of a Tall Ships Race commemorating the first circumnavigation of the world 500 years ago by Elcano and other surviving members of Magellan's expedition. It will be the sixth time Falmouth has hosted the tall ships since 1966. Organiser Sail Training International and local Falmouth authorities said that given the likely health restrictions, the event would be "operationally innovative". There will be around 40 vessels arriving prior to the 19 August race start date, with the Class A square-rigged vessels anchoring in the Carrick Roads. Further Class A and Class B ships are likely to anchor in Falmouth’s inner harbour, while Class C and D will be berthed at Port Pendennis Marina. The 2021 event…

1 min

Peace CK171 The National Historic Ships UK photography competition, run with Classic Boat, attracted many strong images. This year, for the first time, entries were divided into the four seasons of the year, to support the National Historic Ships’ promotional calendar. The overall winner was Dan Jones of Glasgow, for his original, reflective shot of the tall ship Glenlee outside Glasgow’s Riverside Museum. Head judge Christian Topf commented on the juxtaposition of traditional and modern, and noted that the scene, “devoid of any people, seems to echo the unusual circumstances we all find ourselves during these strange days of Covid-19.” Regular CB snapper Sandy Miller took ‘highly commended’ overall for his runner-up overall for The Sallie and Cambria and in our category too, for his shot of three Norfolk dinghies. Overall…

11 min
sydney harbour 18 footers

The Sydney Harbour 18-Footers and their development are probably well known throughout most of the sailing world: always seemingly over-canvassed, developing from relatively heavy 19th-century, centreboard boats with lots of crew (some of which, supposedly, had to jump overboard and swim for it at the beginning of a last downwind leg or when the wind went light) to lightning-fast skiffs with just three trapezing crew, in the latter part of the 20th century. But what is much less known is that there is still a fleet of traditional 18-Footers actively racing from the wonderfully-named Sydney Flying Squadron on the north shores of Sydney Harbour. Sailing races were first held on Sydney Harbour at the very beginning of the 1800s and by the middle of the century boats from 6ft (1.8m) to…

2 min

MECUM, USA Hack actor’s top-of-the-bill Hacker From pushing pens as a Detroit bookkeeper, a night school course in naval architecture propelled John Ludwig Hacker to push the limits of speed and style on water with pioneering vee-hull planing racers that evolved into the glamorous high-speed runabouts that were a defining statement of the heady and frantic glamour of the Gatsby era. The company he founded in 1908 exists to this day as the world’s largest builder of classic mahogany power boats. Back in 1930 a hard-working American character actor named Edward Everett Horton, who later recalled “I do the scavenger parts no one else wants and I get well paid for it” had amassed enough money to buy a new top-of-the-line, triple-cockpit 30ft Hacker-Craft. With its sumptuous leather-upholstered accommodation for 8-10 revellers, the…