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.

Antibes: An unusual and stunning 25th edition

2020-09-24T18:15:27+01:00 September 24th, 2020|News|

 Les Voiles d'Antibes regatta 2020 (September 16 - 20) Besides having had to postpone the 25th edition from June until September due to COVID, Les Voiles d'Antibes last week also had to play with the whims of the weather. Unusual heat for this time of year meant a weak thermal breeze for the first two [...]

Dinghy Cruising on the Bristol Channel

2020-09-18T13:31:56+01:00 September 18th, 2020|Features|

A TRIP TO BRISTOL WITH MY DAUGHTER. Reproduced with permission from Imray, Laurie, Norie and Wilson Ltd. by Annabel Bowker-Dance Lydney Yacht Club, based in the Severn Estuary in Gloucestershire, run a 9-day Summer Cruise around the Bristol Channel.  For many years there have been a number of wayfarers in the fleet, and [...]

Council cancels Southampton Boat Show

2020-09-11T16:18:39+01:00 September 11th, 2020|News|

Giving organisers less than 12 hours notice Southampton Council stopped the BOATS 2020 alternative Boat Show going ahead on the eve of its opening day. Organisers British Marine announced the closure at 2126 last night, just a few hours after a press release announcing that 130 companies and 150 boats had arrived for the ten [...]

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard reopens

2020-08-19T14:37:54+01:00 August 19th, 2020|News|

From Portsmouth we have the good news that the heritage maritime sites are reopening on Monday August 24.  "We are delighted to announce that we will be reopening our sites in Portsmouth and Gosport next week. This follows on from the hugely successful reopening of Yeovilton last week, with Hartlepool all set to re-open in [...]

Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2021 cancelled

2020-09-09T10:31:19+01:00 August 19th, 2020|News|

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival planned for February 2021 will not be proceeding, the festival’s General Manager Mr Paul Stephanus announced today. Mr Stephanus said that considerable planning had already gone into next year’s festival and it is disappointing that it cannot proceed as planned. “Being such a large festival with an enviable international reputation [...]

Pilot Cutter enriches Charlestown

2020-08-18T20:28:38+01:00 August 18th, 2020|News|

Charlestown Harbour welcomes a new boat, Mascotte - the largest surviving Bristol Chanel Pilot Cutter - which also marks the launch of a new charitable sailing charity using Mascotte, called Rich’s Boat. The charity, named after Mascotte's longterm skipper Richard Clapham who tragically took his own life last year, seeks to make sailing more accessible and champion positive [...]

New berthing at Bembridge

2020-08-17T15:39:44+01:00 August 17th, 2020|News|

Duver Marina In the changed environment of social distancing, the impact of which is likely to be long-lasting, the management at Bembridge Harbour have taken the decision, as a direct result of Covid-19, to remodel the Duver visitors’ pontoon. Historically, the Harbour has been well known for boats “rafting out” on what was basically one [...]

Excelsior is back at sea

2020-08-17T15:28:29+01:00 August 17th, 2020|News|

East Anglia’s most historic ship takes to sea again Excelsior, the 99 year old traditional gaff rigged fishing ketch known as a ‘smack’ is allowed to leave harbour thanks to the lifting of Covid19 restrictions. Adapting to Covid19 means Excelsior, the iconic Lowestoft-built sailing smack at long last is able to take passengers out for [...]