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Classic Boat March 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.

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

in this issue

1 min
strange days, they say

Yachts designed by Albert Strange are, in their own modest way, as desirable as those by the greatest names like Fife and Herreshoff. If you want a small sailing yacht and value aesthetics and rarity over all else, any of his little canoe-sterned yawls of the early 20th century would be at the top of your list. Albert Strange graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art and went on to become the founding principal of the Scarborough School of Art. It would be impossible for someone so steeped in beauty to design an ugly boat – and he never did. When we featured Mist in a 2006 issue, pictured tipped into a barge like an old mattress in a skip, a saviour came forward, in the shape of John…

11 min
scud missile

In the late summer and early autumn of 2020, the clouds briefly parted between lockdowns and the world stepped outside for a short spell of freedom. Throughout spring and summer, boatbuilding and restoration work had continued around the world behind closed doors at a steady, uninterrupted pace, but sailing had been put on hold. Amid a series of ever more affirmative press releases (“We will go ahead!”) from the biggest beano of them all – Voiles de Saint-Tropez – a lean shape was taking form in a shed on the Tuscan coast. In the end, the press releases came true, and that shape, a newly-rebuilt Bar Harbor 31 called Scud, was ready. With the huge rig, low freeboard and menacing, low-profile upperworks, she looked dangerous, and so she proved to be, winning…

9 min
tell tales

DEVON Sharing traditional skills Newly launched Cremyll Maritime Training aims to create a community of people learning and sharing the skills of traditional boatbuilding and seamanship. Based at Cremyll in Devon, the project is part of a wider series of initiatives driven by Dominic and Barbara Bridgman and their fellow directors Robert Webster, Simon de Groot and Debbie Risbourough. The CIC, or Community Interest Company, was formed in 2016 to save the Tamar sailing barge Lynher from destruction. “Our objective is simple: to introduce more and a wider range of people to learning the skills required to preserve our maritime heritage," said a spokesman. Thanks to the Earl of Edgcumbe they have secured the Gymnasium, built as a training centre by the Royal Navy at Cremyll in 1899, as a base for their range of vocational…

11 min
river rogue

Commissioned by the Norfolk Broads Yachting Company (NBYCo) during the golden age of Broadland charter sailing holidays, Rogue’s days as a hire yacht were brought to an early end by the consequences of war. Her subsequent passage through the hands of a succession of dedicated private owners has included Government requisition, three restorations, a prolonged spell on Cambridgeshire’s Fens and racing success on her native Broadland waters. Rogue’s story began with the laying of her keel in 1913 by NBYCo’s Wroxham boatyard. It is believed that the 27ft (8.2m), gaff-rigged Rogue and her sister yacht Vagabond were designed by the yard’s foreman, Alfred Pegg. They were intended to be an enlarged and improved version of a successful series of yachts built for NBYCo’s hire fleet since 1909. The five-berth sister yachts…

2 min

ONSLOWS Golden sand, azure sea… must be Clacton! “The brilliant blue of the sea in this series is something to marvel at.” So ran one review of the series of “East Coast Joys” rail posters, and east coast sailors used to drinking tea as thick as mud and sailing on water the colour of tea would most definitely agree. Nevertheless, by 1931 when these six posters – designed to be displayed individually or as a panorama – were produced, graphic design was beginning to be recognised as art, and foremost among the British exponents was Tom Purvis, who studied under an elderly Degas and Walter Sickert and was also acclaimed as “The King of the Hoardings.” London & North Eastern Railway, who commissioned these works, even held public exhibitions of the latest poster…

1 min
objects of desire

MARINER’S SELECTION An essential selection of items that might find a place on every traditional boat or boatyard. The sailmaker’s needles, palm, hook, beeswax and twine wouldn’t do Ben Ainslie much good as he races in the Prada Cup in Auckland, even if he does have ‘real’ sails, but they are all items still used today by a few traditional sailmakers. classicmarine.co.uk BAG FROM SAILS We always enjoy the products of German company 360Grad, which makes bags and accessories from recycled sails. The brand’s spring and summer 2021 collection uses a series of carefully selected colours: “The yellow stands for optimism, luminosity, spirit, sunshine, light. The grey means strength, resilience, and serenity. Thus, our models in the yellow/grey combination stand for confidence and patience – strength and hope. Everything will be fine!” All models…