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Classic Boat February 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
rolling out the red carpet

History might come to record 2020 as the year of Covid 19, but in boatbuilding terms, it’s been a vintage year. At most yards, work continued all summer long, without any pesky owners halting work with funny ideas about sailing, so the shortlist for this year’s awards is particularly strong, from the first Atalanta and Vertue (which has generated more letters than anything we’ve published), to a father-and-daughter team who built a rowing boat, to the cover yacht on this issue, an S&S yawl built by one man alone. Motor yachts have been strong too, many of them launched in time for the 2020 Dunkirk return that was deferred, while the appetite for modern, powered launches with old appeal shows no sign of abating. We started our awards in 2007,…

11 min
go your own way

Although one could call Pieter van der Aa a master at many trades, everything he does has one thing in common: wood. He imports and sells exotic woods from South America while as an artisan carpenter he is responsible for a wide scope of projects ranging from beautifully designed staircases, furniture and delicately lathe-turned vases to complete house and shop interiors. In 2015 he built all the deckhouses for the 125ft (38m) replica schooner Ingomar as well as parts of the interior of a large, classic, motor yacht. Oh yes, and he also built his own house that many think is a historic 17th-century mansion and not a brand new one designed and built by Pieter. During all these activities which of course were needed to keep the fire burning,…

1 min
s&s today

The lineage of the S&S yawls can be easily traced straight back to the first of the breed, the legendary Dorade of 1930, probably the most successful ocean-racing yacht of all time. Today, there are more S&S yawls afloat at the smart regattas of the Med and elsewhere than any other definable type. These days, everyone from Tara Getty to Griff Rhys Jones has one. In the 60s, even John F Kennedy had one (Manitou). There are literally dozens of them preserved, restored or built anew and the number is growing, although the number left to restored, says current S&S president Donald Tofias, is seriously dwindling. “And every one after Dorade was faster, because every customer used to say ‘I want the same but faster’”. Clearly, judging from the fledgeling scene…

2 min
save the elena maria barbara!

A rare, 18th-century schooner replica, restored to the tune of around £1 million, could be abandoned if a buyer is not found soon. The boat is ‘really brand new’ after extensive work over more than 10 years and could be bought for around £125,000. The Elena Maria Barbara is a 95ft (29m) replica of an 18thcentury Baltic topsail schooner. She was built in 1995 in St Petersburg to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Russian navy by Peter the Great. There were only a handful of replicas built at the time, one of them being the well-known Pickle. The design, used by the British, French and Russian navies, was for a vessel that could sail fast to deliver important messages. Elena's hull, originally in softwood, has been totally rebuilt…

1 min
gu laws canoe yawl still cruising, aged 115

As we enter an Olympic year, or what we hope will be one, our centenarian of the month is a boat designed by an Olympian. Gilbert Umvreville Laws won gold for Great Britain in the 1908 London Olympic Games, helming his own design, Dormy, off Ryde in the Isle of Wight. GU Laws, as he is known to yachting historians today, was a pupil of Albert Strange. Dawn dates from 1905, and having marked her 115th birthday in 2020, her shipshape condition and annual mileage outshines most modern yachts. A canoe yawl, built in pitch pine on oak at the Falmouth yard of WE Thomas, she has been in the same ownership since 2014. The owner had her restored extensively at Gweek Boat Yard in Helston, Cornwall, and she was…

1 min
mirabaud yacht racing image of the century

These spectacular photos of classic yachts were entered for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image of the Century competition. The annual competition saw entries from 131 professional photographers, who because of sailing restrictions over 2020 were asked to submit photos taken since 2000. The winning shot was taken in 2002 by Gilles Martin-Raget of the giant Orma 60 trimaran Fujifilm II off Ushant. You can find it on our sister magazine’s website yachtsandyachting.co.uk. Meanwhile we have compiled some of the stunning shots of classic boats.…