Classic Sailor: A magazine for sailors, by sailorsWe launched with our first issue in September 2015...
Classic Sailor began as a 100 page magazine about seamanship in seaworthy boats: GRP, wood and other materials. We were still a start-up company when our founder David Walker died in the summer of 2017 and from December 2017 we have been publishing news and features online. Ours is a broad approach aimed at sailors who enjoy some of the traditions of sailing and we cover a wide range of boating activities, from rowing to Tall Ships, yachts and workboats, events, news and maritime culture.
We welcome new writing especially if it inspires us and our readers to make the best of our boats! So your cruising stories are very welcome! We also welcome news of the many brilliant events and festivals or features passing on the skills and experience that characterise and differentiate the classic sailor. So we love good practical stories or how-to features as well.
How to use this site: The news is carried on our front page; keep scrolling down to see more news. Go-to-News is from our friends in industry and can be found on the front page and in ourGo-to Guide directory. The directory is divided in categories and by area and is specialised for yachtsmen, boaters, boat restorers and marine art.
We run a range of features – Our Stories which can also be found using the Our stories button on the navigation bar, or clicking the porthole on the front page.
Events are also found on the navigation bar and we try to keep up with a lot ofEvents so we welcome submissions – be it a boat jumble or a regatta. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also see a synopsis of all the magazines in our archive on this link: CS ARCHIVE
You can buy single paper copies of our past issues from this website. Just click on the Shop button on our homepage.
Fair winds! Dan Houston – Editor
The Editorial Team
Dan Houston edited Classic Boat magazine between 2000 and 2015. A print journalist on newspapers and magazines since 1986, he also taught night school navigation from 1993 to 2006 and instructed on practical courses. He is a world class authority on classic craft. Classic Sailor gives him editorial freedom and a broader brief for his readership.
Peter WillisSub Editor
Peter Willis is our very experienced and knowledgeable sub. Peter is known for all his work with the Nancy Blackett Trust, and now lives in Woodbridge in walking distance of the Deben.
Guy VenablesContributing editor
Guy Venables has had a varied career. He was a reporter and cartoonist for Classic Boat and has also worked for Private Eye, The Spectator and Punch for 25 years. He spent ten years as a stand up comedian and is now writing comedy for Radio 4 and TV. He has a passion for cocktails and other peoples’ wine cellars and is the only journalist on our team who has had death threats from ISIS. He has been pronounced dead twice.
Andrew Bray sails his 26ft (8m) fusion classic gaff yawl Maggie May out of Chichester and has become a firm fan of the gaff rig. A lifetime sailor, he is well known as the ex-editor of both Yachting Monthly and Yachting World. Andrew will have a regular column which will be entertaining and informative.
Gael Pawson describes herself on her Twitter page as a lifelong sailing addict, owner of Creating Waves, writer, editor, designer, consultant specialising in marine publications, spaniel-runner, cake-baker and toddler-mum. Gael edited Yachts & Yachting magazine from 2001 to 2014. As the daughter of Des Pawson she is also steeped in maritime heritage. She is our eyes and ears in the Solent area.
Ex IT consultant Nick Beck packed up life in the City to commission and skipper the new Pilot Cutter Amelie Rose, which he has run as a successful charter vessel since 2009. Nick and his co-skipper Diggory Rose will be writing about the practical aspects of running a traditional boat – telling it how it is, from the deck and the dock.
Chris Partridge has been rowing for fun since he was a small child helping to row the family skiff down the Thames for picnic breakfasts. He decided not to grow up and to become a journalist instead, writing about technology and fancy houses for most of the broadsheets, but mainly The Times. Today he rows three days a week on Chichester Harbour and around the Solent, with frequent forays to more distant waters. He blogs at rowingforpleasure.blogspot.com.
Sam Llewellyn is a maritime author of 17 novels and 14 children’s books whose style has been described as Patrick O’Brian meets Daphne Du Maurier!
His writing is informed by his own sailing experiences, especially in small gaffers like his Cornish Shrimper which he has cruised to several out-of-the-way places.
His latest novel Black Fish, is a thriller set around the fishing industry where illegal quotas can mean big money.
He also edits and runs the Marine Quarterly – a digest on maritime affairs
The Sales Team
Jean CampSales - National
Jean has been involved in advertising and promotions with newspapers and magazines for decades including several maritime publications. She has a wealth of experience in standing at exhibitions, and can tackle most things to do with media, including photography and journalism.
You can call Jean on +44 7870 727747
Art and Layout
Steve PhilpArt Editor
Currently based in Auckland, New Zealand, Steve is the former designer of Boat International, Classic Boat and Yachting Monthly (not to mention Penthouse) and owner of a NZ built Yachting Monthly Senior plying Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.