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Classic Boat July 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
the real gold medal is survival

Whatever happens at this year’s deferred 2020 Olympic Games, scheduled to kick off on 23 July as we went to press, they will be significantly more competitive than the games that took place in 1920, where every yacht that entered won a medal, bar one, as the small fleet was split into so many classes. The real gold medal for these boats was surviving another century to be restored and sailing today – as a few of them are. Another survivor of that era is the schooner Mary Rose, designed by Nat Herreshoff (she was his last yacht to that rig) and built in 1926. To survive this long, a yacht usually suffers a succession of ‘improvements’, a decade or more abandoned on dry land, a world war or two,…

13 min
shallow appeal

If there was a formula to measure the performance of a boat relative to its ease of construction, then the American sharpie would have to be one of the highest scoring designs. Originating as a workboat on the south coast of Connecticut, USA, its single-chine construction made it quick to build, while its shallow draught meant it could negotiate mud banks and its unstayed cat ketch or yawl rig made it incredibly easy to handle. What’s more it was fast and seaworthy, and there are countless stories of sharpies sailing through storms which by rights should have swallowed them up. Little wonder, then, that when the up-and-coming British designer Iain Oughtred stumbled across an archive relating to Ralph M ‘Commodore’ Munroe and his sharpie Egret while on sabbatical in the USA,…

11 min
tell tales

GLASGOW New Scottish Yachting Archive launched A new Scottish Yachting Archive has been set up by GL Watson & Co, to record the story of yacht design and build in Scotland. The archive was set up after GL Watson & Co acquired the complete Fife archive, which has been moved to Glasgow, where it will be stored alongside the GL Watson archive and other historical documents owned by the company. The Fife archive dates from 1832 and boasts a consecutive run of designs from 1889 until the end of the yard in the 1940s, around 600 boats in all. It contains drawings, technical information, correspondence, half models, photos and other documents relating to the Fifes and their dealings. The archive was kept in Hamble by Fairlie Yachts until the company closed five…

11 min
herreshoff’s last schooner

It is mid-April in Antigua, when Falmouth Harbour would usually be bustling with classics for its annual regatta. Instead, on a calm afternoon, I sit quietly with Gerald Rainer, in the beautifully-varnished cockpit of this very special schooner, to talk about all the lives that crossed and brought him to this point. Gerald grew up near Lake Traunsee in Austria. It was a small house for the size of family so the rivers, pastures and mountains became his playground. Forbidding the young children to play at the lake, his parents didn’t find out until many years later that he had been learning to sail there instead of studying with school friends as he’d told them. But by then, he was converted…and this early passion would transform his life. Nearly a century earlier,…

2 min

CHARLES MILLER LTD Sailor king’s favourite mistress Though Charles II, the sailor king, is generally credited with inventing yachting, it wasn’t the only sport he was interested in. In rather less woke times there was barely a murmur when in 1674 he named his new royal yacht Portsmouth after his favourite mistress of the time, the Duchess of Portsmouth. Years earlier his passion – for yachts, that is – had first been sparked in 1660 when the City of Amsterdam gave him what would be the first of many royal yachts, the Mary, and in the following year he took part in the first organised regatta, when he won a 40-mile race on the Thames against the Duke of York, who apparently did not protest the outcome – another yachting first. With the…

1 min
objects of desire

RARE NAUTICAL BOOKS The Peter Harrington Rare Books 2021 Travel and Exploration catalogue, newly published, features plenty for yachting historians and lovers of sailing memorabilia, for example an unpublished set of journals kept by a Royal Navy midshipman during a tour of the Gulf in 1930-33, including an account of a visit to Dubai and an on-board reception for the Trucial Sheikhs, part of a broader British policy of ‘courting’ local rulers. Also available is a complete set of Cook’s accounts of his three voyages, nine volumnes dating from 1773-4. Trucial Sheiks £125,000 Cook £60,000. peterharrington.co.uk ENDURANCE LOGBOOK BY TOM CUNLIFFE Designed with Classic Boat columnist Tom, who is also, among other things, a Fellow of the Royal Institute for Navigation, the Endurance is bound in tough royal blue English buckram, printed on heavyweight…