The Classic Sailing Club

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The Classic Sailing Club preserves a collection of fabulous classic wooden sailing yachts that represents the work of the best designers of the last century. It raises the revenue required to maintain the boats by recruiting members who pay a reasonable subscription in return for sailing the yachts. Members enjoy sailing the boats, but without the responsibilities and risks, and it’s more flexible than conventional boat hire, not least because the boats are of various kinds and sizes, and are based at a variety of locations both in the UK, for example at Pin Mill and on the Solent, and in Greece.

Basic membership costs £50, but thereafter members buy blocks of points, starting from £500, which they exchange throughout the year for days aboard any of the club’s fleet of yachts.

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Three canoes: plans and instructions for under £8

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The Canoe Shop

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The Canoe Shop arms you with complete plans and step-by-step instructions for building three graceful and rugged touring canoes, including a 12-foot double-paddle canoe, a 14-foot solo, and a 16-foot tandem. You needn’t be an experienced boatbuilder to get the most out of this book. All that’s required are a few common tools and the most basic woodworking skills. The secret is Chris Kulczycki’s original LapStitch approach, which combines traditional lapstrake boatbuilding with the simplicity and ease of modern stitch-and-glue construction. With the help of 170 photos and illustrations, Chris walks you through the entire process for all three designs from reading the plans to painting or varnishing your new canoe.

And all for under £8, plus postage.

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Who can save Iwunda?

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A friend of a friend recently sent us these photos in the hope that they might just attract the attention of someone with the energy, vision and means to bring this famous old yacht back to spanking sailing health.

Iwunda was built in 1929 and is 34ft on deck and 40ft overall. Built for the East Coast and the Thames Estuary, she has a lifting keel, giving her a maximum draft of 6ft and a minimum draft of just 2ft. She’s the kind of boat that will attract attention anywhere, but she’s also well known as the yacht owned by Jack Cootes who wrote the book East Coast Rivers.

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