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.

Queen’s award for MAST volunteers

2019-08-16T19:46:23+00:00 August 16th, 2019|News|

MAST – Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust receives UK’s top voluntary services award The Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST) was honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services during its sixth Irish Sea Tall Ship regatta. This is the UK’s top award for national voluntary services and it will be officially presented by the Lord Lieutenant [...]

Stentec Navigation’s new AIS

2019-08-16T19:15:21+00:00 August 16th, 2019|Go-To News|

See and be seen For your own safety and the safety of all skippers around you, installing AIS is definitely recommended. With an AIS system on board, other AIS vessels are visible on your chart and you are also visible to other ships. With the predicted trajectory you can immediately see if a ship is [...]

Sailing charity to host fourth gala dinner

2019-08-16T19:00:31+00:00 August 16th, 2019|News|

Wanna get togged up and raise some money to help injured Forces veterans through a sailing charity?  ' Course you do! Turn to Starboard is inviting friends, supporters and well-wishers to join them for its fourth annual Dining in Night on Saturday, 23 November. The charity (which does brilliant work) will host the black-tie event at [...]

Pip Hare defying the odds in the Fastnet

2019-08-16T18:46:03+00:00 August 16th, 2019|News|

This year’s Rolex Fastnet race held several surprises, not least how Poole-based round-the-world sailor Pip Hare pulled ahead of the rest of the IMOCA 60 fleet in the early stages of the race. On paper, her 20-year-old boat should have been towards the back of her class, but instead she led the westbound charge from [...]

Greta Thunberg sets sail from Plymouth

2019-08-19T10:15:42+00:00 August 14th, 2019|News|

Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old Swedish climate protection activist, set sail from Plymouth this afternoon bound for the New York United Nations Climate Change conference aboard the 60ft (18.28m) foiling high-tech racing yacht Malizia II.   Greta, who has never sailed offshore before, famously refuses to fly, citing carbon emmissions by jet aeroplane as one [...]

RNLI returns boat after two years adrift

2019-08-17T06:34:08+00:00 August 12th, 2019|News|

James Walker from Lancaster and co-owner Phil Smith were delighted when their boat, which had been missing at sea for nearly two years, was found and returned to them by the RNLI. Fleetwood RNLI launched to a call from a merchant vessel steaming out of Heysham, that a small rowing boat was seen adrift in [...]

Climate change pirates colour Falmouth in pink

2019-08-12T15:35:18+00:00 August 12th, 2019|News|

Falmouth Week wakes up to a call for Climate Change as 200 Pink Flags are placed on boats overnight Pirate Rebels brave Friday night’s wild weather warnings to board boats under cover of darkness and install 200 flags across Falmouth Harbour in Cornwall. Falmouth town awakens on Saturday to a harbour covered in pink flags [...]