Classic Boat November 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.

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in this issue

1 min
time to make my departure

I am slipping my mooring after 21 years afloat with Classic Boat. As the owner of Bardu (right), an 8-ton Gauntlet yacht, it’s been a joy to sail at weekends and then arrive at work on Monday mornings to lay out pages, selecting pictures of the most gorgeous boats in the world – a dream come true. However, I am not alone. Over the years I have been amazed by the number of people who want to restore and care for classic boats and make their dreams come true as well. If I had to put my finger on what it is about traditional wooden boats that is so alluring to this fraternity of fascinating and knowledgeable people, I’d say it’s this: the skill and craftsmanship that went into the…

10 min
i saw three ships

A glorious late-summer’s evening in Dublin Bay. Three identical boats race each other in fading sunshine and a gentle but steady breeze. With multiple place changes and with on-water camaraderie which would later be accentuated ashore, this is one-design racing at its very best. But these are by no means ordinary one-designs. They are the first three reconstructed boats of a revived class that originally sailed over a century ago: the Dublin Bay 21 Footers. At the turn of the 19th century there were already three one-design classes in Dublin Bay: the 1887 Water Wags (still active today and generally considered to be the world’s oldest one-design class), the 1897 Colleens and the 1898 Fife-design Dublin Bay 25s. Then in October 1902 at a general meeting of the Dublin Bay SC,…

2 min
designer’s notes

In the Mylne archive, we generally find two lines plans for each design, the final clear ink version, then the original pencil version with the details and workings of the designer’s mind. It is here that we see the note on the 23 stem angle and 18.5 sternpost rake. The lines are drawn distinctly in pencil, yet the calculations and notes are scattered randomly and at odd angles like margin notes. One might conclude these are the workings of an artist with a scientific mind, and not vice-versa. Drawn at a scale of 1:12 on stiff cartridge paper, the detail is full of curiosities. The calculations are not limited to hull shape and buoyancy. The drawing is cluttered with structural detail such as frame sizes, backbone dimensions, keel fastening sizes…

10 min
tell tales

SOUTH OF FRANCE Centenarians race at Saint-Tropez Twenty three yachts, each more than 100 years old, took part in the 10th anniversary Centenary Trophy at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez in late September. The annual race is organised by the Gstaad Yacht Club and has steadily grown in stature and number to become one of the centrepieces of this spectacular regatta, and so it was this year, as an epic race took place worthy of the most competitive modern yachts and featuring two former America’s Cup helmsmen. It was light easterly winds in which the fleet set sail from Le Portalet Tower at midday and at the end of a 7.5-mile circuit around the bay, it was the 1913 P-Class Olympian that took line honours after a close battle with Spartan. Bruno Troublé was…

7 min
holman’s missile

In the output of almost any yacht designer, it is the anomalies, like Herreshoff’s catamaran, Tore Holm’s J-Class or Fife’s seaplane tenders, that are the most tantalising. The English yacht designer CR ‘Kim’ Holman (1925-2006) was best known for his seaworthy cruiser racer sloops in the 25-30ft range like the Stella and Twister, and for some larger cruising yawls and ketches in the 35-50ft range. Stiletto is, for him, that moment of rarity. By 1961, when Stiletto was launched, Holman was relatively unestablished, but he had just made a big splash with his 1959 yacht La Vie en Rose, a 27ft (8.2m) clinker-hulled fractional sloop that won all her seven races at Burnham Week. She was the first of more than 100 Stellas. The early years of the 1960s were, for…

2 min

CHARLES MILLER LTD Thick as a plank An attempt by the Yacht Racing Association, forerunner of the RYA, to amend its rating rules to stem “unhealthy development,” backfired spectacularly in 1882 as designers including GL Watson navigated the loopholes to create extreme and freakish mutants, which won races… if they didn’t sink first. With absurdly narrow girth, extreme draught and a massive spread of canvas, they were likened to a “plank on edge,” as demonstrated by Watson’s 1885-built five-tonner Doris, with its beam of 5ft 6in (1.6m), waterline length of 38ft (11.6m) and draught of 6ft 8in (2m). Doris was indeed a winner, but when the 1886 Oona, an even more extreme example, sank, taking the life of her designer, the brief plank-on-edge era was over. BONHAMS Mega money for 17th-century iPhone Just as yuppies…