Our April issue has a cover story on Cleone – the claim is that she is Britain’s oldest, or one Britain’s oldest yachts… so naturally we look into that. Beautiful boat nonetheless!

Nigel Irens is a naval architect who has designed the fastest power and sailing craft in the world. He is also known for re-interpreting traditional designs and giving them a modern twist. One of his main influences were the lug rigged open boats of Shetland. We profile him.

Here is the April issue in full:
News: help us fill the British Village at the Brest Festival; Portsmouth Boathouse 4 open to visitors; Mylne restored at Bristol; Brown boat redeck; MITEC closes; Herreshoff Fish Class for Rhode Island; Classics class for Ramsgate week; St Ayles in Oz; Hurley plaque plannedClassic Coast: Portsmouth Point: with Rowlandson, Wyllie and… Herman Melville!

Smylie’s boats: If it’s April it’s the Barking Trawler, an improbable and short-lived design

Andrew Bray: So what’s the best type of anchor?

Guest column: Chris Museler on how it feels to sail a well-thought-out boat

Nardi’s nods: The smallest Hallberg Rassy that will take you anywhere

Cowes Classics Week: The little regatta that grew… and grew

History of the Argo Gold Cup: How come Bermuda’s hosting next year’s America’s Cup?

NEW SERIES It’s life, not a holiday; an inspirational series about cruising around Europe

Dutch cruise pt3: Hellevotsluis to Harwich; the 21ft Victoria faces challenging seas on her homeward trip

DIY design: a 14ft dinghy, designed with disability in mind.

Young sailors: Scouts restore an abandoned GRP Longboat hull to sail on Ullswater

On Watch: latest kit plus Shipwreck beer!

Shoreside: places and pubs to tickle your imagination

Instructor’s tales: where our man has trained that dog to helm the boat

Navigation: Tides go from side to side as well as up and down

Polish up your hull: All you need: gunk in bottles, whizzy machines and how to use them

Knots: quick release hitches – with Des Pawson

Seagulls: Your guide to the ever-reliable (yes, really) British outboard

Artist of the Month: Thomas Somerscales

All that for £3.95!

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