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Classic Boat October 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
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in this issue

1 min
400 issues… and going strong

The world’s most beautiful boats. It might be our strapline, but it’s also one of the hardest questions there is. Beauty is subjective, they say. I’m not sure it is all that subjective, and the results of our straw poll imply that there are rules to aesthetics, rules that yacht designers of the golden age understood very well and spent hours dissecting, with their allies, maths and geometry. I don’t think there’s anyone on earth who, in purely aesthetic terms, isn’t softened by the sight of a long sheerline or the sweep of a deck. It’s strange, though, how ideas of beauty move on. Georgian terraced houses, the new-builds of their day, make people swoon now, in the same way old yachts do. I doubt anyone felt it back then.…

11 min
the perfect note

This is the story of a boat that has managed to achieve a truly impressive and consistent racing record over a period of 55 years, undeterred, it would seem, by nine ownership changes and having to comply with four different rating rules. Clarionet was designed by Sparkman and Stephens and built (alongside her near sistership Roundabout) by Lallows in Cowes in 1966. She was produced for Derek Boyer who had previously owned Clarion of Wight (another S&S/Lallows collaboration) which, in 1963, had won the Fastnet and been the top-scoring boat in the victorious British team in the Admiral’s Cup. Both Clarionet and Roundabout – which came to be known as “the heavenly twins” – were designed as One Tonners, rating 22ft under the RORC rule. They were both developments of the S&S…

2 min
catalonian sunshine

After cancellation in 2020, the Puig Vela Clàssica Regatta held its 14th edition at the Real Club Náutico Barcelona from 15-17 July. Despite reduced attendance due to the pandemic, a cast of boats and crews competed in the ‘Classics’ and ‘Epoch’ classes, after passing an antigen control before the first regatta. It turned out to be “one of the best” iterations of the Puig, with the Garbi blowing above 12 knots, allowing a punctual start on all three days. As the thermal wind barely raised a swell, the fleet enjoyed unbeatable conditions along the coastal routes that passed in front of the beaches and coast of Barcelona, El Masnou, Montgat and Badalona. From the start, it was clear that Andrés León’s Yanira (Bjarne Aas, 1954) and Damián Ribas’ Alba (Phillip Rodes,…

10 min
tell tales

ROLEX FASTNET RACE Classics battle it out in high winds The 1939 yawl Amokura (above) gives a lesson in the benefits of heavy displacement to a modern compatriot, as the two boats batter through a punishing wind-against-tide start to the Rolex Fastnet Race in August. The oldest boat in the race, the 50ft Amokura, was built by Moodys for Lord Mountbatten’s Aide de Camp, Ernest Harston. She was being raced double-handed in the Fastnet by owner Paul Moxon and Steve Jones. While the modern boats took a pasting at the heavy winds start, with almost 50 retirements, Amokura was not as heavily reefed as many of the retirees. She did suffer as winds abated later in the race. Amokura competed in the 1959 Fastnet Race and again in 2019, but finished neither.…

1 min
bruce kirby, 1929-2021

Bruce Kirby, who died aged 92 in July, was known across the sailing world as the designer of the Laser dinghy, but the self-taught naval architect drew many other successful designs, including the Sonar class, the Kirby 25 and Ideal 18, as well as America’s Cup 12-Metre yachts and the Admiral’s Cup 40-footer Runaway. Famously he drew the initial sketch for what became the world’s most popular boat while ‘doodling’ on a legal notepad. The idea was canned and lay in Kirby’s desk drawer for two years, before he reworked it and it was shown, as the Laser, at the New York Boat Show in 1971. More than 216,000 Lasers have been built since then. Kirby was a three-times Olympian in the Finn and Star in the 1950s and 1960s and twice…

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