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Book of the Brest Festival

2020-07-22T12:38:50+01:00 June 12th, 2020|Books, Features|

Celebrating Traditional Boats – Glorious Brest: the world's largest maritime festival in photographs by Nigel Pert & Dan Houston with a foreword by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Pub: Sea Vista Books, 2020, £17.80, softback, 100pp, 297 x 210mm, This is a book for anyone who likes old boats and the traditions of the sea. And of [...]

Sailing aboard Mariquita

2020-05-16T08:26:42+01:00 January 31st, 2020|Life Afloat, Seamanship|

The story of sailing aboard Mariquita - a big class yacht built in 1911 to the 19-M rule       Update: Mariquita was sold in February 2020 at auction. See report: HERE Transcript Take a look at this boat… she’s one of the most beautiful boats ever built… She’s Mariquita launched in 1911 [...]

James Lawrence: a sailorman in stitches

2020-02-08T13:07:56+00:00 January 9th, 2020|Life Afloat|

When the last six working Thames sailing barges doused their canvas for the final time in 1963 it was the end of an era, but Jim Lawrence survived. Dan Houston first met him in 1999 and this interview mostly dates from that period. But while Jim had retired as a sailmaker, handing over the famous [...]

Arthur, Nancy… and me

2020-01-09T22:45:17+00:00 December 15th, 2019|Heritage, Snugberth Cinema|

The boat that inspired Arthur Ransome. Peter Willis talks to Dan Houston about his lifelong passion for the children's author Arthur Ransome and his 1931 Hillyard cutter Nancy Blackett. Peter was recognised in the 2019 Royal Yachting Association Volunteer Awards with a Lifetime Commitment Award for his 22 years with the Nancy Blackett Trust, [...]

Irish boats at Dragonflies’ 70th

2019-12-15T11:50:11+00:00 November 26th, 2019|Heritage, Life Afloat|

Waldringfield Sailing Club, River Deben, Suffolk By Julia Jones.   The weekend of September 5th-7th 2019 saw Waldringfield Sailing Club celebrating 70 years of its 14ft (4.3m) one- design ‘Dragonfly’ class (1949). And in a return match for when Waldringfield boats attended the Irish Dinghy Racing Association's 70th celebrations at Clontarf in 2016, there were three [...]

The Fully-Rigged Ship

2019-11-26T12:46:16+00:00 November 5th, 2019|Heritage, Seamanship|

The fully-rigged ship was an excellent example of early industrial standardisation, writes Dan Houston. With the trade of the sailor being international there was a need to rig ships in the same way, so that when new crew came aboard they needed little time to familiarise themselves; all the rigging, sheets, buntlines, haliards, lifts and [...]