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A new magazine for traditional boat enthusiasts

Classic Sailor

Classic Sailor is a new magazine about traditional and classic boats from ex-Classic Boat editor Dan Houston and Peter Willis that promises rather more coverage of the traditional craft around our coast than we’ve often seen in Classic Boat in recent years.

The second issue is said to be in the shops now, and includes:

  • news and features including 16 pages of practical advice
  • a visit to Maldon, home of traditional sailing on the East Coast, with the town regatta in full swing
  • a 120-year-old workboat in Cornwall that is still being raced today
  • a new Andrew Wolstenholme trailer sailer
    correspondents reporting from Scotland and Galicia, and the new offshore rowing phenomenon gripping Essex and Suffolk
  • the Edwardian world of Albert Strange and his last cruise
  • Tobias Smollett, who struggled with 18-century shipboard discipline, but became the undisputed father of the naval novel
  • getting away from the dock under control, understanding variation and deviation on our compasses, and discuss the merits of the new wonder rope Dyneema
  • association news this month including XODs, a 50th anniversary for Folkboats types, and a Finesse owners’ rally

I think we should wish them well (even if their successful could mean there’s no need for poor little Intheboatshed.net)… Find out more here.

Videos of Dutch charter boats racing at the end of their season

Frank van Zoest has sent over these videos of charter boats racing at the end of the chartering season. He says the boats are around 100 years old and usually in their third life. The videos came to him via his son.

He explains that early in their working lives they were sailing freighters, and then converted to motor vessels following WW2. In the ’80s they were reconverted to sail, this time with the aim of carrying passengers.

BRANDARIS RACE 2014 extended edit CZ from Sailing Club on Vimeo.

Faversham Creek Trust’s appeal fund for a new swinging bridge reaches its target

Swing The Bridge Appeal Success

Just in case you haven’t heard the good news… So now we can expect the top end of the Creek to once again be open to vessels.

Read more here. Very well done Faversham Creek Trust folks – you’ve done something great for Faversham, but I also think you have given great heart to the people of port and waterside towns and villages around our coasts.

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