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.

Winter berthing at Bembridge

From Bembridge Harbour: Duver Pontoon Winter Berthing - only £375 to £525!! 1st October 2017 -31st March 2018 It’s never too early to plan ahead! We are pleased to hold our 2016 price of £375 for boats up to 8m. Boats 8 - 12m will be £425 / 12 - 16m £475 / 16 - [...]

By |July 10th, 2017|Categories: Go-To News|Tags: |

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: , , |