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.

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 [...]

Association of Cape Horners’ New President

2020-07-01T10:41:44+01:00 July 1st, 2020|News|

30 JUNE 2020 - PORTSMOUTH UK.  THE EARL OF PORTSMOUTH IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CAPE HORNERS The International Association of Cape Horners whose Patron is HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, has a new President - The Earl of Portsmouth DL. As Quentin Wallop, he rounded the Horn during the Second [...]

New repair kit from WEST

2020-06-25T12:03:43+01:00 June 25th, 2020|Business News|

Wessex Resins says it has improved and updated the WEST SYSTEM® 105-K Glass Fibre Boat Repair Kit. The kit comprises everything needed to fix minor cracks, holes and punctures as well as refit and replace hardware on a boat. The WEST SYSTEM 105-K Glass Fibre Boat Repair Kit contains: ·         250g WEST SYSTEM 105 Epoxy [...]

Voiles de Saint-Tropez extends to two weeks

2020-06-25T12:03:01+01:00 June 25th, 2020|News|

News from Maguelonne Turcat, SNST: Confirmed from Saturday, September 26th to Friday, October 9th, the new format of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez offers an event spread over two weeks, for the modern and classic yachts.  The programme differs according to boat category with the aim to optimise registration, organisation of start zones – which will [...]

Cruising in the EU post 31 December 2020

2020-06-25T11:53:34+01:00 June 24th, 2020|News|

The Cruising Association commences a lobbying campaign to extend 90 days cruising allowance An issue that has been bubbling away for some time is the change in access rules for UK citizens travelling in the EU after the completion of our exit scheduled for the end of this year. At present, the UK is offering [...]

Shrimper Caught by Poole Chain Ferry

2020-06-25T11:54:29+01:00 June 23rd, 2020|News|

  Two Poole lifeboats were launched on Sunday Afternoon, 21 June after a 24ft Cornish Shrimper gaff rigged yacht was pinned against the chain ferry at the entrance of Poole Harbour in Dorset. The Shrimper, with two crew, had become entangled with the chain ferry on the inside of the harbour entrance as [...]

Bored schoolboy finds 4,000 year old boat

2020-06-25T11:52:48+01:00 June 21st, 2020|News|

Schoolboy Cathal gets a hands-on history lesson A bored schoolboy who abandoned his homework to go paddling in a lake uncovered an ancient boat that could be more than 4,000 years old. The 17ft longboat was lodged in the mud in the lake at the back of 12-year-old Cathal McDonagh's home in Lisacul, Castlerea, Co [...]

Gill’s offshore jacket

2020-06-17T12:33:23+01:00 June 17th, 2020|Business News|

Popular offshore jacket has constantly evolved to remain the best in class since 2000 Gill Marine has a proud heritage of product innovation and customer satisfaction going back to its inception in 1975 when Nick Gill set out with a singular vision to make better sailing apparel without compromising on quality. He was not afraid [...]