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Messing about in boats

Sibyl’s round-Britain cruise

2019-02-15T17:48:03+00:00 February 15th, 2019|Features, Life Afloat|

Sailing clockwise around the UK in a 1902 yacht Returning to where Sybil was built Visiting Barra, St Kilda and Scapa Flow The route... click on images to enlarge We took the Old Girl for a spin...    By Cornelius van Rijckevorsel We had planned this trip to attend the Fife Regatta, but [...]

Polly Agatha’s new master

2019-02-14T15:08:26+00:00 February 14th, 2019|Go-To News, Life Afloat|

It’s an exciting time to announce that the 45ft LOA Bristol Pilot Cutter, Polly Agatha, has passed into new hands with a new Master at the helm, writes Kim Hartley skipper and owner of the replica pilot cutter since her launch in 2007. Mark Boardman has now bought her and she will be based out [...]

Why buy a boat when you can just borrow one?

2019-01-29T18:39:38+00:00 January 23rd, 2019|Features, Life Afloat|

There's a cultural move towards sharing that is just beginning to take hold. The idea is that from quite soon, a decade some say, we won't own a car, but like bike racks in municipal spaces we'll track one down on our smart phone and unlock it, drive it and pay for it – all [...]

Lanzarote to St Kitts – race for Classic Sailors

2019-01-10T14:04:35+00:00 January 10th, 2019|Life Afloat|

Montage of photos and video taken in Lanzarote prior to the start of the 2019 Panerai Transat Classique, which started from off the marina at Arrecife on Janaury 8th and finishes in St Kitts. And yes, that is an original miss-spelling from 1936 on the end of Coch y Bondhu's boom. See more from our [...]

Look around a Shannon Class Lifeboat

2018-12-13T11:40:55+00:00 December 12th, 2018|Life Afloat|

The Shannon is the newest class of lifeboat developed by the RNLI.  Since 2013 14 (out of a planned 50) have been built with ten serving at stations and four in reserve. With a crew of six, the 44ft 7in (13.6m) LOA boats have a maximum capacity for 79 survivors and a 250 nautical mile [...]

Panerai ends sponsorship, except Cowes

2018-12-12T17:59:21+00:00 December 10th, 2018|Life Afloat, News|

Nine regattas lose sponsorship  Flagship Eilean will continue  Organisers working hard to find a new sponsor Organisers of classic sailing regattas are busy trying to find new sponsors after the Italian watch specialist Panerai announced it would cease sponsoring the classic yacht circuit in 2019. Panerai was the major sponsor for nine regattas in America [...]

Racing traditional outrigged Malay jong models

2018-12-06T09:56:52+00:00 December 6th, 2018|Life Afloat|

 The joy of tiny traditional model sailing boats With a traditional outrigger design and colurful sails the model  jongs have been raced For centuries by the Malays in South East Asia. Miniatures of the local outrigger canoes the sport for these wooden model yachts is becoming keen again after a period when it was dying [...]

A gaffer beating bermudans

2018-11-22T10:53:48+00:00 November 22nd, 2018|Editorials, Life Afloat|

It's been great to sail aboard the 1984 28ft Heard cutter Isabel in the Sussex Yacht Club pursuit series of races this year. Owner Aidan Tuckett, a former wooden boat sailor, recently bought the boat and has been enjoying the sometime novelty of being able to sail whenever he likes, with a well found GRP [...]