Restructure, and the next issue

Classic Sailor magazine is going through a period of restructuring at the moment following the death of our chairman and benefactor David Walker earlier this summer. This means that we are not publishing a December-January issue, but we are working on the next issue which we expect to publish early in 2018. We apologise to [...]

By | 2017-12-11T10:08:15+00:00 December 11th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Tally Ho – restoration: Preparing to remove the deck

The latest from Leo as he prepares to remove Tally Ho's Deck and takes off her deck furniture, including her lovely old windlass, which looks original and her samson post. Oh and he thinks his Macaw Poncho is about to lay an egg! See the video here: http://sampsonboat.co.uk/deck-hatches-and-rollerskates/

By | 2017-12-01T15:54:57+00:00 December 1st, 2017|News|0 Comments

Famous classic yacht Dorade enters the Sydney Hobart

November 20:  Dorade, the 86 year old 52-foot Sparkman & Stephens classic yacht will debut at the Rolex Sydney Hobart, which starts on December 26, as her owners Matt Brooks and Pam Rorke Levy continue to campaign her hard in tough offshore races. The inboard yawl first became famous when she won the Transatlantic Race [...]

By | 2017-11-21T14:26:30+00:00 November 20th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Prince Philip’s famous Flying 15 Coweslip joins HMY Britannia

From the Classic Boat Museum in Cowes: We are pleased to report that Coweslip, is now on display alongside the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh. The 15 foot, two-person keelboat is on loan to the Royal Yacht Britannia Trust and is now on display in Edinburgh for visitors to enjoy. Designed and built by legendary sailor [...]

By | 2017-11-14T22:20:59+00:00 November 14th, 2017|News|0 Comments

£46K raised for Caribbean Hurricane fund

From Peta Stuart-Hunt - Sail Aid UK: The Trustees of Sail Aid UK, the organisation that is uniting the UK sailing community in a long-term fundraising drive to help the victims of the Caribbean Islands most severely impacted by the September hurricanes, are overjoyed with the results of their first big fundraising event, the Black [...]

By | 2017-11-14T17:24:08+00:00 November 14th, 2017|News|0 Comments

New Stargazing sites at Chichester

Three new Dark Sky Discovery Sites have been designated in Chichester Harbour. The sites were all identified as excellent places for stargazing due to their impressive levels of darkness, excellent lines of sight and good accessibility year round. The locations of the sites are north of the Lt. Col. John Q Davis foothpath in West [...]

By | 2017-11-03T17:59:26+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Film to raise money for Maid of the Loch

TV and film star Bill Paterson has joined forces with Celtic Music legends Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain in a new short film about the UK’s last paddle Steamship - Maid of the Loch – offering the public a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save the ship and see her sail again on the Bonnie Banks of [...]

By | 2017-11-03T17:25:30+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Rare Astrolabe find from Vasco da Gama’s 1502 voyage to India

A rare bronze astrolabe navigational instrument belonging to a shipreck from Vasco da Gama's 1502-1503 voyage of exploration to India has been identified by scientists from the University of Warwick. Astrolabes, the bronze graded discs used by renaissance mariners to determine their latitude, are extremely rare... until recently only 107 had been found in the [...]

By | 2017-10-24T11:57:18+00:00 October 24th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Griff Rhys Jones and others in marathon reading of We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea

Griff Rhys Jones joins other celebrities and fans in a Marathon reading of We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea, tomorrow, Saturday October 21 at the Pin Mill Sailing Club. The reading, which starts at 9.00am and will take an estimated eight hours, is a free, open-to-the-public-event which features some famous readers. Joining Griff are [...]

By | 2017-10-20T15:57:54+00:00 October 20th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Rosslare lifeboat rescues 3 yachtsmen during Storm Ophelia after Mayday

FROM RNLI: Volunteer crew with Rosslare RNLI launched yesterday (Monday 16 October) responding to a Mayday request during Storm Ophelia to rescue three men onboard a 10m yacht. Link to video: HERE   The yacht crew had been trying to get to safety since the early hours and had attempted to gain entry to a [...]

By | 2017-10-17T06:59:45+00:00 October 17th, 2017|News|0 Comments