About Dan Houston

Dan Houston is the founding editor of Classic Sailor magazine. A lifelong sailor who worked on boats before he took up journalism, he has worked in newspapers and magazines since 1986.

Griff Rhys Jones and others in marathon reading of We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea

Griff Rhys Jones joins other celebrities and fans in a Marathon reading of We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea, tomorrow, Saturday October 21 at the Pin Mill Sailing Club. The reading, which starts at 9.00am and will take an estimated eight hours, is a free, open-to-the-public-event which features some famous readers. Joining Griff are [...]

By | 2017-10-20T15:57:54+00:00 October 20th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Rosslare lifeboat rescues 3 yachtsmen during Storm Ophelia after Mayday

FROM RNLI: Volunteer crew with Rosslare RNLI launched yesterday (Monday 16 October) responding to a Mayday request during Storm Ophelia to rescue three men onboard a 10m yacht. Link to video: HERE   The yacht crew had been trying to get to safety since the early hours and had attempted to gain entry to a [...]

By | 2017-10-17T06:59:45+00:00 October 17th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Ophelia – hurricane force gusts

It could be time to check the mooring lines today if you haven't already as hurricane Ophelia hits the southern Irish coast with gusts of 81mph - well into hurricane force in the Beaufort scale. The violent storm is set to bring strong winds and heavy rain which are due to hit southern and central [...]

By | 2017-10-16T13:36:13+00:00 October 16th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Latest issue of Classic Sailor is out

Our new issue is out, with all the latest from the sailing world and a slightly crazy story of young lovers who decided to sail across the North Atlantic to see if they would be compatible in marriage... Then there's a Drascombe sailor who, being descended from Vikings, took himself across the North Sea to [...]

By | 2017-10-16T12:54:55+00:00 October 6th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Classic Sailor Magazine Issue 18 – October-November 2017

In the 1926 drawing room play On Approval by Frederick Lonsdale, Maria, a wealthy widow, invites her long-time dinner companion Richard to spend a month at her house in Scotland. If she still likes him after a month together, they will marry... This issue of Classic Sailor features a similar tale, albeit under the travails of [...]

By | 2017-10-11T10:59:16+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Previous_editions|0 Comments

Vanishing Sail – a film of hope in the Caribbean

An extraordinary documentary about one man's battle to keep his local boatbuilding tradition alive is coming to Sussex. Vanishing Sail will be shown at the Kino Teatr, St Leonards on Sea, on Thursday October 12. The film is the story of the local wooden sloops of the Caribbean, most of which were built in Carriacou [...]

By | 2017-10-06T11:42:47+00:00 October 6th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Don’t forget Britain Afloat tonight

From BBC:    Britain Afloat - A history of the British people told through six of its best loved boats A six-part documentary series for BBC Two - Saturday 30 September BBC2   Mary Ann Ochota presents the series Mary-Ann Ochota travels the waterways of Britain, discovering how boats have shaped our lives. Britain [...]

By | 2017-09-29T16:28:37+00:00 September 29th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Raymarine’s software can be updated while underway

From Raymarine: One of the best ways to get the most out of any marine electronics is to update software when it becomes available. Make this a habit and you’re sure to stay on the cutting edge—all without any additional investment. For boaters and anglers using Raymarine Axiom units, the new LightHouse 3.2 operating software [...]

By | 2017-09-22T12:28:31+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Go-To News|0 Comments