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.

Alex Thomson to open Gosport Marine Festival

Gosport’s star sailor Alex Thomson will officially open the Gosport Marine Festival on Saturday, May 27th. Alex says: ‘I’m delighted! I learned competitive sailing here and Gosport is the incubator for many of our finest ocean racers, men and women. With the Solent and the English Channel on our doorstep we are perfectly placed. If [...]

By |May 26th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Duke of Edinburgh loans Overall Trophy for the new Triple Crown Series at Cowes Week

Press release from the organisers:    Cowes Week Ltd, organisers of the world's best-known sailing regatta and highlight of the British Sporting Summer, is delighted to announce a new trophy for the new Sevenstar Triple Crown series at Cowes Week. The new trophy will be awarded to the overall winner of the Sevenstar Triple Crown. Loaned  [...]

By |May 25th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Henri Lloyd to sponsor Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week

From Henri Lloyd PR:   Premium British marine and lifestyle clothing brand, Henri Lloyd, are delighted to announce their partnership with the Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week. Henri Lloyd will join the family of day sponsors and also become the Official Technical Clothing Partner to this prestigious event. As part of the sponsorship, Henri Lloyd [...]

By |May 20th, 2017|Categories: Go-To News|Tags: |

Have your boat’s instrument data on your phone or tablet

New NMEA0183 to Wi-Fi Gateway Device launching on Kickstarter A NMEA0183 to Wi-Fi gateway device allows a boat's instrument data to be transmitted over Wi-Fi, for use by apps on phones and tablets, or software on PCs. This enables apps to use all of the boat's instrument data, rather than just the GPS built into [...]

By |May 20th, 2017|Categories: Go-To News|Tags: |

How a personal locator beacon helped a lone sailor get help

A solo sailor who set off his personal locator beacon (PLB) when he realised that he was becoming ill on board his yacht was located and airlifted by Coastguard helicopter to hospital this afternoon. The UK Coastguard received an alert from the PLB at 2.40 pm. Because the man had registered his beacon with the [...]

By |May 17th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual

Repair and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems - for the novice and experienced boat owner - this book takes you both minor and major repairs of electrical systems, engines, electronics, steering systems, generators, pumps, cookers, spars and rigging. Nigel Calder's manual was first published in 1990 and was hailed as the first truly DIY manual [...]

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

Staff buyout of IBI

In a management buyout by the existing editorial and publishing staff the UK's business to business magazine International Boat Industry has been acquired by Boating Communications Ltd from Time Inc (UK) Ltd. In February Time Inc. decided to close its business-to-business marine division. So, director Nick Hopkinson and three former members of the staff — [...]

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

Stigo electric bike price down

Electric folding bike specialist Stigo has revised their prices for the approaching summer season, taking €200 off the normal retail to make its suggested RRP at €1790 (VAT included). All reseller prices have been corrected correspondingly. Stigo's office comments: "We have seen that Stigo buyers are usually people who don’t buy regular ebikes, cycles or [...]

By |May 9th, 2017|Categories: Go-To News|Tags: |

Joining Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup challenge team

From Falmouth Marine School:    A man from Falmouth has sailed himself into Ben Ainslie’s America Cup team, as they challenge to become the first ever British outfit to lift the prestigious title. Ben Davis secured the position of wing manager for the Land Rover BAR team thanks to his expertise in boat technology and [...]

By |May 5th, 2017|Categories: Go-To News|Tags: |


Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has today (Tuesday, 2nd May 2017) confirmed two new appointments to the Board of Cowes Harbour Commissioners, Nick Elderfield and Ra Hennessy, and the re-appointment of Andrew Cooper as a Commissioner. Following an openly advertised recruitment programme that resulted in 11 strong applications, a short-list of candidates were assessed with the [...]

By |May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Go-To News|Tags: |