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.

Antigua Classics the 30th edition

From ACYR:   The end of the ACYR is bittersweet. Yachts are casting off for ports near and far. Four Carriacou sloops and the 65’ Windward Island schooner Jambalaya, that took line honours on the Cannon Course, are heading to St Barths for the West Indies Regatta. Some will take part in the Antigua to Bermuda [...]

By |April 27th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

Watch the America’s Cup playoffs live from St Katherine Docks in June

London On-Water 2017 is bringing the America's Cup Challenger Playoffs 'Live' to Marble Quay at St Katharine Docks this June. With the BAR Challenge expected to be taking an active part in the Louis Vuitton Challenger Playoff races for the America's Cup, live images and reports via BT Sport will be screened on a large [...]

Sailing charity launches crew search for Round Britain Challenge 2017

Release from Turn to Starboard:     Turn to Starboard is launching a recruitment drive with a difference – to find adventure-seeking military veterans for another round-Britain sailing expedition on board a classic tall ship. Last summer the ‘Spirit of Falmouth’ set sail on the Turn to Starboard Round Britain Challenge 2016. The crew sailed anti-clockwise around the British [...]

New facilities for Cockwells

From Cockwells, Mylor Creek Boatyard, Cornwall We are delighted to announce that by the end of this month we will have appointed a contractor to transform our old world collection of sheds into a purpose-built, low environmental impact HQ. This will help us to compete for more global business, create more local jobs and increase [...]

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

Sea of masts at Antigua Classics

The first of Panerai’s Classic Yachts Challenge for 2017 got underway Wednesday on island time as final members of the fleet pulled in 15 minutes after the close of registration but with plenty of time to partake in Mount Gay’s infamous Red Hat Party. With a backdrop of spectacular vessels flanking Nelson’s Dockyard - their [...]

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

Wharram book sale

Fifty years ago James wrote his book - 'Two Girls, Two Catamarans' about his pioneering voyages with Ruth & Jutta across the Atlantic. The latest edition was published in Italy in 2001 and the books were in storage at the publishers for some years. Unfortunately, a few of the stacks of books got 'sun damaged' [...]

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

Sailing with whales – from an editorial: February 2017

Seeing whales at sea in their natural environment is awesome... and respectful   It was on a crossing of the Bay of Biscay on one of those days where a total lack of wind brings the sea down to a state of gently heaving glassy calm. The sky was similarly completely covered by a nondescript [...]

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

From MS Amlin: Follow award-winning filmmaker John Boyle on his new voyage of discovery NEW 5-Part VIDEO SERIES UNCOVERS CORNWALL’S COASTAL HERITAGE Award-winning filmmaker John Boyle is releasing his latest video series, sponsored by boat insurance specialists MS Amlin, on 7th April titled ‘Exploring Cornwall’s Historic Coastline’. There are 5 episodes in the new series [...]

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: Go-To News|Tags: , |

New laws in the Recreational Craft Directive

From British Marine (this applies to British marine businesses but consumers may find some of the annexes interesting): This is part 4 of the British marine guide to the changes within the new RCD, The Re-Certification of Products to RCD II. With the implementation of the new Directive all products in scope and placed on [...]

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: Go-To News|Tags: , |

Restore Joker

From Artisan Boatworks in Maine, USA:   JOKER | BAR HARBOR 31  — Artisan Boatworks is offering this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own and restore the 1903 Herreshoff Bar Harbor 31 JOKER. Once restored, she will debut as the only Bar Harbor 31 sailing with a gaff rig. Distinguished for speed and responsiveness, a Bar Harbor [...]

By |April 18th, 2017|Categories: Go-To News|Tags: , , |