Jolie Brise returned to Teignmouth yesterday – the first time she's paid harbour dues in some 90 years. A healthy flotilla of boats welcomed the 56ft (LOA) gaff rigged pilot cutter into the harbour, crowds lined the shores as you'll see in this video.
Slowly, Antigua Yacht Club Marina began to fill with beautiful wooden classics and Panerai flags in preparation for the 2016 Regatta. The event was to feature light winds, sun burnt faces and a week-long closing party, marking the end of the Caribbean sailing season for those concerned with classic lines. Watch the video here –
David Aisher, owner of classic yacht Thalia and descendant of the famous ocean racing family and, Kristi Roger invite you to watch the 'hatching' of two duckling dinghies. 'Swallow' and 'Amazon' were recently acquired for their daughters Sophie and Penny. A short naming and christening ceremony took place on 9th April at the Elephant Boatyard, near the Hamble (UK).
Forget spending winter months watching Attenborough's Blue Planet. We should all be on a J Class soaking up rays and waves in the Caribbean! With the only downfall of devising what fancy dress outfit we'll wear mid-Atlantic... AND we could all be as lucky as to have Orcas breaching alongside the beauty of a J - just like Velsheda!
Anne Emmanuelle Marpeau's dioramas are boxes that contain complex scenes of horror and fables of the sea from years gone by. They are stories of calamities, the misadventures of commerce and trade, tragedy at sea and portrayals of communities, dependent upon the ocean's offerings.
Trading sail area for waterline length - the mysterious design now launched as 'J8, Topaz' races for the first time today at the Saint Barths Bucket against Velsheda & Ranger.
This short film shows china clay extraction in St Austell and exportation from the port of Charlestown, Cornwall, where tall ships – topsail schooners and ketches – once hailed from, laden with clay destined for the ports of Liverpool or London. It reflects on a dying sail cargo trade, and shows new steam craft taking the place of wind power. Beautiful scenes of industry and passages at sea are illustrated in colour film by Humphrey Jennings - Britain's most celebrated documentary film maker.
Seen here in this video owner Sue Taylor helms Bladder Adder at the Suffolk Yacht Harbour Classic Regatta in 2015. Footage courtesy of Emily Harris.
‘Thekla’ – a 1958 built cargo ship who’s legacy has lent itself to Bristol’s world-famous underground music.
Quite possibly a tedious link, between a German ship and the city of Bristol who’s people and music has greatly influenced Britain’s culture. This is probably not going to interest you unless you knew the cargo ship the ‘Thekla’ or if you despise electronic music; post-punk, dub, grime, or trip-hop. But, this is a great story that celebrates ships being reincarnated into cultural hubs. Classic Yacht TV recommends that while you read this article, listen to the catalyst for this article - a BBC 6 Music Gilles Peterson programme on 'The History of Bristol's Musical Underground' that mentions this ship's story!
Cowes boatyard fire causes classics to be lost.
The first in a series of features showcasing emerging figures in the classic boat world, people who share a passion for classics and lend their professional skills to our community. Watch this film 'Timber to Tide' on Ben Harris, a boat builder based in Gweek, Cornwall.
Watch artist James Dodds working on a 20ft painting of a fishing Smack in this film. The artist has been making head-way in producing a vast new collection of paintings in light of his latest solo exhibition at First Site Gallery, UK.