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.

Young man falls to his death on Dar Mlodziezy

2020-07-22T18:40:06+01:00 July 22nd, 2020|News|

A young student has fallen to his death while on a training day with the Polish Tall Ship Dar Młodzieży. The 387ft ship, sailing out of her home port of Gdynia had around 150 people on board including students from the West Pomeranian Centre for Maritime Education and Polytechnic Education in Szczecin during a series [...]

Popular ICOM radios

2020-07-22T13:23:58+01:00 July 22nd, 2020|Business News|

IC-M423G and IC-M400BB Fixed Marine VHF radios, Back by Popular Demand The IC-M423GE (formerly the IC-M423G) and the IC-M400BBE (formerly the IC-M400BB) slot back into Icom’s fixed marine VHF line up. Both models are almost identical to their predecessors except that they now feature an integrated GPS and an external GPS antenna to meet the [...]

Chichester Harbour Welcomes BBC Countryfile

2020-07-22T12:37:16+01:00 July 22nd, 2020|News|

Chichester Harbour Conservancy has welcomed the BBC Countryfile team, for an episode which will broadcast on Sunday 26th July. Filming focused on the unique features of Chichester Harbour as well as some of the key projects taking place in the area, notably habitat restoration, scientific research into microplastics and wildlife success. Matt Baker and Anita [...]

Oyster recruits 100

2020-07-22T08:45:55+01:00 July 21st, 2020|Business News|

Oyster Yachts has announced that it is recruiting over 100 new staff. With facilities in Southampton, Wroxham and Ashmanhaugh, and offices in Palma and the US, the company will soon be 400 strong. The company is looking for experienced laminators, joiners, finishers, electricians and engineers. There are opportunities for a number of apprentices. Becky Bridgen, [...]

Southampton Boat Show postponed to 2021

2020-07-22T12:41:52+01:00 July 6th, 2020|News|

From the organisers: Following the COVID-19 guidelines regarding large scale gatherings, British Marine will be postponing the 52nd edition of the Southampton International Boat Show until September 2021. However, with today’s (July 3rd) government announcement stating that a timetable for events will be revealed next week, British Marine will be continuing to explore the options to run an alternative, smaller scale outdoor event. Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine said, “The world is in an unprecedented [...]

A cautious return to cruising

2020-07-01T22:11:59+01:00 July 1st, 2020|News|

From Peta Stuart Hunt, of the Cruising Association. The CA's COVID-19 map updated on 30 June 2020 Over the past few months, the Cruising Association's RATS (Regulations and Technical Services) group has been hard at work researching, collating and compiling weekly updates covering the UK, Europe and the Mediterranean, since the outbreak of [...]