In the 1926 drawing room play On Approval by Frederick Lonsdale, Maria, a wealthy widow, invites her long-time dinner companion Richard to spend a month at her house in Scotland. If she still likes him after a month together, they will marry… This issue of Classic Sailor features a similar tale, albeit under the travails of a north Atlantic crossing as Jessie and Luke borrow her father’s Pearson Invicta in a voyage of discovery of their compatibility.
It’s not the love of another person which dominates another feature this issue but that of one of Albert Strange’s early designs – Sheila. It’s a well written description of how restoring and sailing an old boat can be an affair of the heart! Elsewhere we have an update on the Lottery-funded Thames Sailing barge Cambria, and a cruise to Denmark in an open Drascombe with a sailor who wanted to trace his viking ancestry.
It’s a packed issue and there are several more great stories and features from our brilliant writers. We’re getting known for the quality of our writing, so obviously you should pick up a copy… you can buy it direct from us HERE.
Meanwhile here is the rest of the contents…
October-November magazine contents in full:
Editorial – Sailing a large modern boat. It was all great until the wind got up
Signals – The big boat collection sell off, fire at Faversham’s Iron Wharf, the Drascombes’ 50th, Southampton Show report
Association news – Thames Barge match, Orford 10s, OGA at 55 and Sutton Mariners
Around the yards – Gweek Quay gets new owners; latest from Luke Powell; a Folkboat in need of finishing; Maiden’s return
The Post – Letters from readers: Time to recycle Norway’s Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree?
Classic Coast and Smylie’s Boats – Helford River and Lochfyne skiffs
Andrew Bray – Are you receiving me?
Nardi’s nods – The Carter 33
The pre-nuptial Transat – For Jessie and Luke, what better way to prepare for
married life than a two-hander across the pond?
Richard Woodman – From Sea-Scout the Elder Brother of Trinity House
Nancy Blackett in Holland – Arthur Ransome’s boat retraces the voyage of the Goblin,
then stays on to explore Zeeland’s inland waters
Cambria – The last barge to trade under sail… but what happened to her sister?
By Drascombe to Denmark – Viking descendant David Jillings sets out from Pin Mill, in a Longboat, appropriately enough, to discover his ancestral home
Cross-Channel classics – Dartmouth to Lezardrieux, via Guernsey and Paimpol
and much food and music – it’s the Classic Channel Regatta
Lateen Lovers – Corfu – the regatta not to be missed in the Med
Rescuing Titania – But first, how this 1895 Colin Archer was sent to the bottom
Sheila: the long romance – A unique yacht, even by Albert Strange standards
This cruising life: Paradise with pros and cons – Gralian makes it to the Med – but it’s not all idyllic
Compass roses – Meet the cardinals, half cardinals, false points and by points…
A Flicka called Wookie – Part two of Chris Vassilou’s renovation diary
Rescue Wooden Boats – Robert Simper visits the North Norfolk restoration specialists
Laying a new teak deck… and why a plywood substrate is a bad idea
Joints – Making a dovetail halving joint
On Watch – Cordless electric drills
Off Watch – Oh no, not prosecco! Plus Books
Shoreside – In Anglesey, Rye and Mousehole
Artist of the Month – David Peduzzi
Big Blue Zoo – Sir David Attenborough on the sea plastics and seabirds; whales and sun flares
Calendar and Next Issue – Forthcoming events, and a glimpse at our planned contents
The last word: Navigating blind – Lucy L Ford with an unsighted skipper… what could possibly go wrong!?
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