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.

The Brits at Brest

This time last year we were preparing to attend the massive festival at Brest, where so many classic sailors go for the four-yearly jamboree. With Mike Smylie we coordinated the British Village with craftsmanship on show and shantymen a-singin' (occasionally) plus the welcome racket of the Falmouth Marine band. While there we met some great [...]

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

Lionheart Crew Wins America’s Cup J Class Regatta

With a dramatic, high stakes final race which was laden with tension until the final run to the finish on a tight and compact race course off Bermuda's Saint Georges, Lionheart clinched first at this first America's Cup J Class Regatta. Carrying a one point lead and with the regatta title in their grasp, they [...]

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

Queen Mary 2 to race modern trimarans across Atlantic

On Sunday 25th June, the 345 metre Cunard flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 will race some of the world’s fastest multihull yachts from France to America. To celebrate the centenary of the American landing - supported by the Mission du Centenaire under the patronage of Jean Yves le Drian – the Queen Mary 2 [...]

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

America’s Cup J Class Regatta First Race cancelled

America's Cup J Class Regatta Race 1 Falls Victim to Light Airs Historic Seven J Class Exhibition Race is America's Cup Prelude Next Best Place To Be. Kiwi Seven Time Cup Campaigner Tony Rae Reflects From J Class Association:  Despite a huge spectator fleet mustered off NE Bermuda's north shore ready and waiting attentively to [...]

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

Tally Ho has a new owner

The famous Albert Strange yacht Tally Ho, which won the Fastnet in 1927, but which has languished ashore for many years at last has a new owner. Leo Goolden – boatbuilder and yachtsman, bought the beleaguered yacht for a dollar at the end of May and put her on a truck yesterday.  Leo restored his Nordic [...]

By |June 15th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Discovery acquire Southerly

From British Marine:   Discovery Yachts Group, has announced the acquisition of the Southerly range of swing keel sailing yachts. The investment is seen as a logical move for the MBO team at the Discovery Group, who are aiming to become one of the UK’s leading sailboat builders with a versatile range of quality cruising yachts [...]

By |June 15th, 2017|Categories: Go-To News|Tags: |

NZ to face USA in 35th America’s Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand defeated Sweden's Artemis Racing 5-2 at Bermuda yesterday to win the right to challenge Team Oracle USA in the 35th America's Cup. In some spectacular racing, including 31-year-old Artemis Racing skipper Nathan Outteridge falling into the water while crossing the boat in the third race on Saturday, leading to Artemis eventually [...]

By |June 13th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Classic Sailor Magazine Issue 16 – June-July 2017

We have some great stories this month. Our coverline: Boats on a budget reflects the amazing bargains that can be snapped up at present - particularly some of the superb seaworthy glassfibre classics from the 1970s/80s... can a sailor, we asked, buy a cabin boat for less than £4K and then run it for under [...]

Tres Hombres towed to safety by RNLI

The engineless trading Tall Ship Tres Hombres had to be towed into North Shields on the Tyne on Sunday June 4 after the engine on her launch broke down. There was no immediate danger to life or the 128 tonne 32 m brigantine herself but with strong winds forecast the skipper called the coastguard for [...]

By |June 7th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Rowing and sculling come to Falmouth Classics

A new rowing and sculling event has been added to Falmouth's classic boat regatta schedule The Tilley Endurables Falmouth Classics returns for its 30th anniversary in a few weeks, with a new event designed to encourage even more people to get involved with the regatta. Saturday 17th June will see the first Rowing and Sculling [...]

By |June 1st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |