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Classic Boat June 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
goodbye, sailing prince

You’ll have seen, perhaps, the funeral. You’ll have heard the endless tributes. You’ll have heard, again, of his politically incorrect gaffes, his loyalty to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, his relentless diary, his modernisation of the monarchy; the list continues. In terms of sailing patronage, Prince Philip is irreplaceable, as Barry Pickthall writes in his obituary this issue. He was seemingly patron of every yacht club in Britain and as one commodore of a small dinghy-sailing club put it, “he actually turns up sometimes.” He did at the Royal Thames YC, where I overheard him cracking an outrageously nihilistic joke to a group of mates, before meeting for the obligatory handshake (remember them?). Philip will be missed by many disparate groups, such was his diversity of his work.…

10 min
made in japan

The extensive restoration of a yacht not far short of a hundred years old and a hundred foot long can provide a mighty challenge for any established boatyard, however skilled and experienced its labour force might be. And while the difficulties are on another level altogether when undertaking and completing such a project in a distant country with absolutely no previous history of such work, the 1927 Camper and Nicholson ketch Cynara is clear proof that nothing is impossible. Cynara’s original name was Gwendolen. She was commissioned by HG Nutman who, in 1922, had bought the 1902-built, 92ft (28m) yawl Lady Beatrice, designed by Charles E Nicholson and built at Camper & Nicholsons’ Gosport yard – so it was perhaps natural that he should go to the same designer and builder…

7 min
hrh the duke of edinburgh the sailing prince, 1921-2021

During his 99 years, HRH Prince Philip, the longest serving prince consort in British history, made a significant contribution to many walks of life from commerce to the environment, sport, industry, science and youth challenges. He also had two personal passions – carriage-driving, for which he was a former world champion; and sailing. The sea was in his blood. Philip was an active participant at events like Cowes Week where the Royal Yacht Britannia would take pride of place in the deep-water anchorage in Cowes Roads. He was just as committed to the administration of the sport as an active patron of the International Association of Cape Horners, Admiral of the Royal Naval Sailing Association organiser of the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, and the Royal Yacht Squadron, which marked…

6 min
fliming of the essex serpent

Uffa Fox regatta next year A major regatta in the Solent next year is set to celebrate the work of Uffa Fox, 50 years after his death. It has been organised by the Royal London YC and Cowes Classic Boat Museum, supported by the Atalanta Owners Association and the Cowes Corinthian YC and forms part of a series of events in Cowes from 18-21 August 2022. Racing will be for dinghies, keelboats and yachts designed by Fox alone. The Classic Boat Museum will hold various events including seminars and an exhibition of Fox’s dinghies. Events will be followed by the Flying Fifteen European championships, organised by the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club from 20-26 August, 2022. Fox died on 26 October, 1972, as one of the leading naval architects and sailing figures of his…

3 min
maria cospito, head of navigators and general

Happy 100th to Navigators & General! Can you celebrate properly given the circumstances? Thank you! We’ve had to change some of our plans but we’ve still been able to mark this milestone. It’s our customers – some of whom have been with us for decades – who have made our centenary possible, and it’s them who we really want to thank. It’s an interesting time to be an insurer. Have you been fielding some unusual requests over the last year? With overseas holidays hampered by travel restrictions, people are thinking of new ways to travel and explore. Boats appeal to what many people want at this time – a sense of freedom and to escape outdoors. We’ve seen spikes in demand for cover at both ends of the market, from small speedboats to…

6 min
90 years of round the island race

The Round the Island Race celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. The first race took place in 1931 with 25 entries. Nine decades later, it is one of the biggest mass-participation events in the world, giving weekend family crews the chance to compete against the sport's biggest names. Records have tumbled and eras come and gone, but the heart of the event – a spectacular, challenging day out for ordinary sailors – remains. Back in 1930, it was Major Cyril Windeler, a member of the Island Sailing Club, who first proposed a handicap race around the Isle of Wight for ‘smaller’ boats, which at the time meant between 5 and 25 tons. Still organised by the Island Sailing Club today, in this anniversary year, a new race for keelboats will be launched…