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.

Tally Ho in the 1927 Fastnet

From our story in the current issue of Tally Ho - her log from winning the 1927 Fastnet and details of the beginning of her restoration with Leo Goolden: "Wet manilla halyards and sheets swell and shorten when wet. Everything on Tally Hoʼs deck was wet after days of rain. The heavy canvas mainsail went [...]

By |August 21st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Classic Sailor Magazine Issue 17 – August September 2017

Two of our main news stories this month are the Cheeki Rafiki Trial and the sale of the International Sailing Craft Association boats by auction. Leading features are the overnight endurance race that is the Three Rivers on the Norfolk Broads, a blow by blow account of one man's experience of the storm-ridden OSTAR (yes [...]

Sailing backwards

“Every time I hoist a sail, I remember my dad.”  Son to sail his dad’s handcrafted boat backwards as a symbol of his journey with dementia At six years old, Matthew Thomas was taught how to sail by his father, Eric, in a boat he had built in his garage back in 1971. What started [...]

By |August 21st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

RCD update

From British Marine:   Technical Report 117 provides a summary of marine industry developments from the past three months. Edition 117 contains updates on the updated Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) and EU law, compliance and standards, Maritime & Coastguard Agency notices, updates from the Health & Safety Executive, and a whole lot more. It is essential [...]

By |August 21st, 2017|Categories: Go-To News|Tags: |

Legends Theatre at London Boatshow 2018

The London Boat Show is delighted to announce an exciting attraction at next year's Show - The Legends Theatre. Packed with sailing superstars from past and present, the Legends Theatre will be at the heart of the 2018 London Boat Show. Inspiring and exciting visitors to the Show and its two complementary events, the Boating [...]

By |August 21st, 2017|Categories: Go-To News|Tags: , |

270 internationally important boats go to auction

MAIN ONLINE AUCTION (Eyemouth, Cardiff & Lowestoft) Closing 12 Noon Wed 26th July 2017 ... But bids for the whole collection can be submitted up until Noon 21st July 2017 The entire contents of EISCA, Eyemouth International Sailing Craft Association Limited (Eisca), a Scottish registered Charity is for sale: It comprises 270 Boats of Internationally [...]

By |July 20th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Cowes Classics Week Day 3: Tight racing for vintage classes

Fun, if not sun, at the Cowes Classics as the Victorys rock up and tight racing see's Bojar's bowman getting knocked overboard... The Victory class sailed across the Solent today from their very own Portsmouth-based Victory Class Sailing Club which was established in 1934, the same year that the first yachts were built, to make [...]

By |July 20th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Solar & Electric Boat Challenge in Monaco

From Monaco Yacht Club (YCM) Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th July 2017 Principality of Monaco shines on Solar! 21 teams from seven nationalities took part in the 4th Monaco Solar & Electric Boat Challenge, organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco in partnership with UIM (International Powerboating Federation) from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th July [...]

By |July 16th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Cheeki Rafiki boss found guilty, but could face retrial

Douglas Innes, who managed the vessel Cheeki Rafiki has been found guilty of failing to ensure the safety of the yacht which capsized in the Atlantic with the loss of four lives in May 2014. In the trial which has lasted longer than a month at Winchester Crown Court his company Stormforce Coaching was also [...]

By |July 14th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Glandore festival and Peggy Bawn

See more from Don at our events page DON STREET'S STORIES OF CLASSIC BOATS PEGGY BAWN Fifty years ago, on the morning of Friday the 13 of May 1966, I arrived in Ireland. That afternoon I pushed an engagement ring on Trich Boucher's finger. She did not throw it on the floor and we are [...]

By |July 14th, 2017|Categories: Go-To News|Tags: , , |