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Messing about in boats

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 [...]

Tall Ship inspired by ice legend

2020-01-09T18:49:42+00:00 December 12th, 2019|Heritage, Life Afloat|

ACTIV OF LONDON Polar legend has it that the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen dreamt up the ideal Arctic ship by gazing at an olive stone. Pressed laterally, its curves would slide its body upwards. So, he thought, a vessel could escape ice by getting pushed up and floating above it. This was the principle behind [...]

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 [...]

Hamble Classics – flying high at the RAF Yacht Club

2019-12-15T11:53:10+00:00 October 2nd, 2019|Life Afloat|

Report by Jonty Sherwill, Photos by Rick Tomlinson.   The fourth Hamble Classics Regatta hosted this year by the Royal Air Force Yacht Club (20-22 September) was another major success with 68 entries across 10 classes and for the first time extended to three days to launch 'Big Classic Friday’, with extra racing for the larger yachts.  Lutine of Helford, [...]