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Classic Boat May 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
never forget the owners

Yacht owners are, quite rightly, their own worst accountants. The budgeteers who have achieved amazing work on faith and skill… the owners who have spent £20 million on a big rebuild… and the ‘pressed middle’, the retired doctor who spends a quarter of a million resuscitating an ‘ordinary’ 30-footer from a coma… Most will avoid dissecting expenditure with the vigour of a Hell’s Angel dodging a performance of The Nutcracker. They all know the wild feeling of going for a paddle on a sunny day and ending up swimming in a riptide of expenditure. Unlike in any other field of restoration – houses, cars, and so on – every boat conservator knows he’s in depreciation freefall. He, or quite often she, will do it not for profit then, but as…

11 min
the lady with the carved dragon

In the 1990s, during a walk along the jetties of a marina in Kusadasi, Turkey, a man called Rahmi M Koç stopped to observe an old wooden cutter that bore the name Breiz Atao on the stern. The expression means “Brittany forever” in Breton, and in the state she was in, there was no worse way to honour the grandeur of this region of north-western France. The boat was scarred by neglect, mutilated of bowsprit and denaturalised in rig, which at that time was bermudan. Nonetheless, the Turkish gentleman, a tycoon at the helm of the country’s pre-eminent industrial and services group, clearly felt he was standing before a boat of rare pedigree. The condition of the yacht was simply pitiful. From a brief inspection, it was clear that the hull…

12 min
tell tales

ISLE OF WIGHT 90th anniversary Round the Island Race The Round the Island Race celebrates its 90th birthday this summer with a series of new features including a race around the Solent for Dragons, XODs and other keelboats. Entry is now open for the popular event, whose fleet of around 1,500 yachts makes it one of the biggest sporting events in the world. It takes place on 3 July this year. Rob Peace, rear commodore for sailing at organising club the Island SC, estimates that around half a million sailors and 70,000 boats have done the race in its 90-year history. The 2020 race had to be cancelled and the club anticipates the 2021 edition could be one of the biggest yet. “Sailors are desperate to get back out on their boats and our race…

2 min
photography competition 2021

In partnership with Classic Boat magazine, National Historic Ships UK is running its annual Photography Competition for the 12th year. After the challenges of 2020, we are looking for photographs which celebrate the theme of “Back to the Water”. How you interpret this theme is entirely up to you. You may capture one of the historic vessels on our Registers operating again or a museum ship re-opened to the public post-Covid, someone hard at work on their vessel, people enjoying the freedom of the great outdoors or having a fun day messing about on boats – you choose! We’d love to see a wide range of vessel types, whether big or small, at sea, ashore, in harbours, on canals, lakes and rivers or as part of a museum collection. Our judges will…

10 min
the winners

IN ASSOCIATION WITH ‘Japan’s first extensive big-yacht restoration was carried out by experienced European boatbuilders and skilled Japanese craftsmen’NIGEL SHARP ORRESPONDENT RESTORED SAILING VESSEL OVER 40FT CYNARA Restored by a team led by Paul Harvey and Ben Hobbs, Designed by Charles E Nicholson, Built 1927, LOD 95ft (29m), Rig gaff ketch The gaff ketch Cynara is proof that big-yacht restoration is not dead. She was sold into Japanese ownership in 1973 and has been there ever since, in recent years often spoken about as “one of the last left to do”. Work on the gargantuan project began in April 2017, made up of a group of boatbuilders from 12 nations and a team of skilled Japanese carpenters. She is now sailing again, and with an estimated 92 per cent of her Burma teak hull still…

3 min

BONHAMS The Great Boat Jumble of 1851 It’s well known that Britain invented everything including drowning, as this photograph of a rubber dinghy at the 1851 Great Exhibition testifies. In 1823, Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh developed a way of bonding rubber to fabric to create a waterproof raincoat several years before the invention of rain by another Brit. And in the early 1840s American Charles Goodyear got into a patent spat with plucky Brit Thomas Hancock over the vulcanising process of stabilising rubber. This in turn led to the invention of lawyers, which spurred the greatest scientific minds in Britain to develop a means of drowning them. This was ultimately perfected in the 1950s with the invention of the Avon Redcrest dinghy. This newly discovered 1851 photo – as in newly discovered by me…