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A new gig

A first view of the new Harker's Yard gig - built in glassfibre by apprentices with the Pioneer Trust in Brightlingsea.     The new gig is the same as the well known wooden ones, and was being tested for buoyancy. Nina Crouchman  and the Pioneer Trust’s founder and chairman Rupert Marks were [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

50 years of the Centaur

Classic Sailor talked to David Selby about the Westerly Centaurs' 50th anniversary bash at Bembridge, Isle of Wight, where more than 50 boats attended, from July 3 to 7. And Dave goes on to make the case for many boats like this which offer an affordable way of getting afloat. The Centaur impresses because it [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

Harker’s Yard Gigs

Racing to keep up with demand – by Julia Jones How the restoration of Pioneer produced a training scheme for apprentices which has led to a whole new interest in competitive rowing. Apprentice Jake Anderson showing part of Moliette's backbone (stem, apron, forward knee) Sandwiched between two examples of traditional boatbuilding craft at [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

190 boats at Falmouth Classics 2019

The English Braids Falmouth Classics 2019 on Friday 14th - Sunday 16th June was hugely popular, with 190 classic boats taking part. Entries came from far and wide, including France, the Bristol Channel, West Wales, Essex, the Thames, the Solent and other parts of the South West. The marvellous Quay Punt Curlew in the [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

Historic Swansea boat is back at sea

 An historic Swansea Council-owned boat has got a thrilling new lease of life The 110-year-old Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Olga will provide potentially life-changing sailing voyages to people from all backgrounds. She will also spread knowledge of her own rich history and that of Swansea’s seafaring heritage as she sails around the UK. Her new [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

Falmouth school to build new gig

Boatbuilding history is being ‘reenergised’ with a new Cornish gig To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the building of the Pilot Gig Energy, the Cornish Pilot Gig Association (CPGA) has commissioned Falmouth Marine School to build a new Cornish Pilot Gig. To be named Energy 2 the build will begin in September and will be [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

Shipwreck in the Azores

Bob Cooke built his own ferro cement boat and then lost her in the Azores. Now he sails the Atlantic in a 22-footer, as he told Mervyn Maggs Sitting in Ramsgate harbour waiting for a brisk NW wind to drop before crossing the Thames Estuary, I noticed a small gaffer turn into the next berth. [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

Anchoring Under Sail

It’s something we should all practice – just in case the engine does not start. So how do we prepare to anchor under sail?   By Trevor David Clifton Rolling white horses were thumping into the port bow sending showers of salty spray across the cockpit and down our necks. But it was summer with the [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

Brill conditions for Round the Island Race

With a weather forecast for easterly winds (F3 or F4) and brilliant sunshine, the spectacle for the Round the Island race tomorrow morning should be quite a sight as boats cross the start line with their spinnakers set. The annual 5onM race – anti-clockwise around the Isle of Wight is one of the most popular [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

Bucklers Hard to quadruple moorings

Major £2m investment for Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour on the Beaulieu River   Award-winning Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour is planning a major new investment to extend the Beaulieu River marina while preserving the unique character which makes it so special. The £2m redevelopment will secure the marina’s future as one of the most desired locations, [...] This post was originally sourced from Classic Sailor and can be directly viewed here.

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