Nights at Brest
Classic Sailor
by Dan Houston
5d ago
Late at night at the Brest festival... a short photo essay by Nigel Pert to the music of Alan Špiljak (Stars above – from the Silverlight album)         The photos are from the bilingual book CELEBRATING TRADITIONAL BOATS / LES FÊTES MARITIMES DE BREST by Nigel Pert with captions and ..read more
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Rendezvous Brest
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by Dan Houston
5d ago
A photo essay of the book on Brest. It covers 30 years of the Brest Festival which held every four years (but not 2020) since 1992 in Brittany. Some 2,000 vessels – from canoes to Tall Ships take part bringing 10,000 crew into this operational naval port. The organisers expect anything from 750,000 to 1m ..read more
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RIP James Lawrence: a sailorman in stitches
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by Admin
2M ago
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 ..read more
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Our digital archive
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by Admin
1y ago
All our back issues are now digitised and can be downloaded (for a modest sum) from our online Shop. They were free on issuu for a while but the site became commercial and we couldn't afford to do it that way. See more of these - full contents etc in our ARCHIVE   section. Some ..read more
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Small boats trading by sail
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by Dan Houston
1y ago
By Mike Smylie IMAGINE A FLEET OF SMALL EX-FISHING BOATS TRADING BY SAIL AROUND THE PORTS OF WALES, BRINGING IN GOODS FROM NORTHERN FRANCE & THE IBERIAN PENINSULA... That sounds like a dream but dreams have a habit of turning into reality and the first steps to achieving this goal have already started. Elwy Working ..read more
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All the old boats – our photo book
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by Admin
1y ago
Tall Ships, Small Ships, craftsmanship, classic boat sailors – all brought alive in photos and captions that capture the revival of old and vintage boats during the decades since the first Brest Festival in 1992 ..read more
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More than 60 boats expected at Uffa Fox 50 Regatta
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by Dan Houston
2y ago
More than 60 boats have now entered the Uffa Fox 50 Celebration Regatta which is taking place between the 18th - 21st August. With boats ranging from his famous series of Atalanta cruising designs down to the humble Firefly dinghy, this promises to be a feast of nostalgia and some great sailing. A relaxed ..read more
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Vigilant – Uffa’s game changing keelboat design
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by Admin
2y ago
Important boat for sale after owner dies Uffa 50 celebrations in Cowes Coweslip returns to the Isle of Wight by Lynne East Phil Thomas on Vigilant As the 37th America’s Cup campaign gains momentum, we are reminded of the legacy of the classic boat designers by August’s celebration of Uffa Fox, a man ..read more
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The Essex Connection – with Captain Jim Thom
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by Dan Houston
2y ago
There's to be a talk by Jim Thom for Sea-Change at Maldon Town Hall on Saturday 29th January 2022 at 1930. There will be a bar which will open a bit earlier and Den Phillips will exhibit pictures in the foyer. All are welcome to join; tickets are £10 and organisers would be grateful if ..read more
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WoodenBoat magazine bought by publisher and editor
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by Dan Houston
2y ago
Matt Murphy, Editor of WoodenBoat magazine and publisher Andrew Breece have taken over WoodenBoat Publications, buying it from Jon Wilson who founded the business in 1974. At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, Matt Murphy, longtime editor of WoodenBoat magazine, and Andrew Breece, publisher of the company’s magazine division, became the company’s new ..read more
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