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Classic Boat September 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Chelsea Magazine
Frequency:
Monthly
R 99,40
R 796,78
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
it’s never plain sailing

The plan was simple, as I went over it in my head on the Red Jet to Cowes at this year’s British Classics Week, script in hand, plastic moustache in my back pocket. I was going to run onto Josh Major’s newly-restored Fairey Huntsman Flower Power, zoom away from the quayside, then have him push me into the sea, with the words “It just isn’t your day, is it?” This will sound insane if you’re not familiar with the chase scene in From Russia with Love where Sean Connery drives a Fairey Huntress away from the baddies pursuing him in ‘Huntsmen’. We were planning to re-enact the start of that scene with Josh, dressed in a suit with yachting cap, pushing me (dressed in a sense of hopelessness and a…

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11 min
centreboard ketch

The story of Saecwen of Lymington begins in 1962, when the first Saecwen was built by Priors of Burnham – one of about 25 Alan Buchanan-designed Saxon Class sloops, all given Anglo Saxon names. Saecwen (pronounced saykwen) is Anglo Saxon for sea queen. In 1970, Saecwen was bought by Captain Colin McMullen, whose grandson Charles was born the same year the boat was built. “My earliest memories were on that boat,” Charles told me recently. The Watson family kept Saecwen for 28 years and she was, at one stage, co-owned by three generations – Charles, his parents and his grandfather. They regularly sailed her across Biscay to Spain and they took her across the Atlantic and back six times. “Summers were spent afloat,” said Charles. In 1989/90, Charles took a ten-month…

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1 min
british classic week

This year’s British Classic Week, hosted by the British Classic Yacht Club, attracted 50 sail and motor yachts to Cowes for a week of sunshine, sailing and socialising. Despite challenging light conditions at the start, the Royal Yacht Squadron race committee led by Race Officer Dai Prichard went ahead with all six races in the series, as well as the annual Ladies’ Race. The two longer passage races (sponsored by Classic Boat and Spirit Yachts respectively) took place at the end of the week, with winds of up to 17 knots and champagne sailing. Social events included drinks at the Royal Yacht Squadron and the Classic Boat pontoon party. On the Thursday, finishers were passed Hattiers Rum Dark and Stormies, and gin and tonics by Dartmouth Gin, as they crossed…

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1 min
cowes classics week a huge success

Cowes Classics Week, held from 5-9 July, continued the post-lockdown trend for big turnouts, with a record entry of 214 yachts. Good, consistent breezes most of the week enabled the race committees to run a full schedule of races for most of the 17 classes on the four race circuits, sponsored by marine insurer GJW Direct and the shore line by Robert Oatley Wines. Racing was cancelled on Tuesday due to too much wind but that enabled competitors and visitors to Cowes to enjoy the spectacle of Cowes Classics Day, in which classic cars and classic power boats joined the classic yachts on and around The Parade in Cowes. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Suhaili and a WWII Motor Gun Boat were the top attractions on the water, while a 1924 Bentley Speed Model outshone…

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1 min
barges race on the blackwater

The 2021 Blackwater Match was a day of tight starts and tense finishes, reports Sandy Miller. Four staysail barges lined up almost bow to bow in a light northerly for the first start. Repertor was the fastest start, by a smidgen, but Niagara was first to the outer mark and first home to take the President’s Cup. In the bowsprit class, Mirosa was both the fastest start and the first to the outer mark but Blue Mermaid fought it out with Marjorie for line honours. After 6 hours and 4 minutes of racing, just 36 seconds divided these two, with Blue Mermaid helm Richard Titchener receiving the Keeble Cup and the Match Pennant. It was a similar story for the smacks. Although the 1906, Aldous-built, Maldon-registered smack Lizzie Annie was…

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1 min
classic yachts magazine

Classic Yachts is a lavish new, one-off publication featuring the greatest stories from the classic boat world. We’ve put together the most incredible restoration stories, new build projects, voyages and other tales from around the wooden and modern classic scene worldwide. We cover everything from the latest J-Class to one of the oldest gaffers afloat, and even a GRP launch inspired by the lines of yesteryear. It’s a rich feast for all classic boat lovers and is on sale at your nearest quality newsagent or via our parent company’s website chelseamagazines.com/shop.…

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