Solo to the new world – great issue of Classic Boat October

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The October issue features David Sycamore’s solo transat to the new world – on a heavy, wooden gaffer. To buy a copy or to subscribe see the link at the end of the post.

David SycamoreSally B with David on board – taken by Stefan Wendl

It must be one of our best covers yet – featuring sailor David Sycamore on his 12-ton bawley yacht en route for the Americas. And what a story: from a near-death moment to ultimate triumph, David shows how it can be done “the hard way”.

Siesta, with the Robbe and Berking commuter launch alongside. Photo c/o Robbe & BerkingSiesta, with the Robbe and Berking commuter launch alongside. Photo c/o Robbe & Berking

And finally, a story we’ve had to wait nearly a century for – the build of the new, wooden 12-M yacht Siesta, designed by master yacht designer Johan Anker. Design 434 was his 12-M swansong, designed on the eve of the Second World War, and the culmination of all his knowledge, but the boat had to wait until now to be built, by Robbe and Berking of Flensburg, Germany. But she was worth the wait.

Bich, Henri ThibaultLaurence II, photo by Henri Thibault

Faster still – much faster – is the V8-powered 1950s wooden runabout once owned by Baron Bich – known the world over to this day for the Bic range of lighters and biros.

Lady of Hamford shortly after her re-launch. Photo by Emily HarrisLady of Hamford shortly after her re-launch. Photo by Emily Harris

Dick Durham is on the East Coast, with the story of the fabulous Lady Of Hamford, a 1960s-built 40ft Buchanan-designed sloop, sistership to the famous Vashti.

Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK - 19 July 2016 - Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2016 British Classic Week 2016 Clarionet Ph: Guido Cantini / Panerai /

Clarionet – photo by Guido Cantini, c/o Panerai

BrestBrest festival participants en route to Douarnenez. Photo by Sam Fortescue Copyright Jake SugdenWinnifred, one of the smallest yachts at Cowes Classic Week. Photo by Jake Sugden

We’re out and about at Cowes Classics Week, Panerai British Classic Week (BCYC) and the biggest circus in the world – Brest Festival.

"Although not really a drinking man, Nico now upturned a rum bottle to his lips in classic pose" Tom Cunliffe. Illustration by Claudia Myatt“Although not really a drinking man, Nico now upturned a rum bottle to his lips in classic pose” Tom Cunliffe. Illustration by Claudia Myatt

Tom Cunliffe remembers the tow from hell when the towing helm opened a bottle of rum!

Britannia agroundBritannia aground

And Dick Durham recalls the day when the King’s yacht Britannia went aground

The Solent Sunbeam, Alfred Westmacott's masterpieceThe Solent Sunbeam, Alfred Westmacott’s masterpiece

Our technical editor Theo Rye appraises that jewel of the Solent – the Sunbeam

Barney Sandeman on board 'Laughing Gull' in Poole Harbour, Dorset. P By: Geoff Moore/ Dorset Media Service Tel: 07815 100648Barney Sandeman on board Laughing Gull in Poole Harbour, Dorset. Photo by Geoff Moore/ Dorset Media

Broker Barney Sandeman tells us about his life matching lovely classics to prospective owners.

And finally, there’s a radical new sloop in build at Brooklin Boatyard in Maine. She’s just shy of 85ft long and sports a deep, lifting bulb keel and transferrable water ballast. Oh – and a sheerline. But does that make her a classic, we wonder…


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