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.

Beds on Board becomes the world’s leading provider of boat accommodation.

From Press release:  Beds on Board    A strategic acquisition by UK-based Beds on Board has secured its position as the world's leading provider of boat accommodation. The sharing economy platform, established in 2015 on the Airbnb model, has acquired French competitor Boatyng to accelerate the brand’s global growth by adding thousands of new beds to [...]

By |May 31st, 2017|Categories: Go-To News|Tags: |

Celebrating World Oceans Day – June 8

Development, security and the oceans A networking event to celebrate World Oceans Day has been organised by Cardiff University. The University’s Crime and Security Research Institute has teamed up with the Sustainable Places Research Institute to host an afternoon event sponsored by the British Academy’s Sustainable Development Programme on Thursday June 8 - World Oceans [...]

By |May 31st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

Pride of Baltimore II: 40 and going strong, despite the odd knockdown

St Georges, Bermuda: Not the America's Cup...   The Pride of Baltimore II - the Baltimore Clipper that represents the State of Baltimore, is celebrating her 40th year afloat in 2017. Somewhat spectacularly she suffered a knockdown in last week's race from Charleston to Bermuda. This is how Captain Jordan Smith reported it in his blog: [...]

By |May 30th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

John Noakes, Blue Peter presenter, sailor, dare devil dies aged 83

Eight bells for John Noakes who has passed away aged 83 in hospital in Palma Mallorca following a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Noakes gained a reputation as an action man presenting daring occupations and stunts on Blue Peter from 1965 to 1978; he is the show's longest serving presenter. He was a keen sailor who [...]

By |May 29th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

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: |