The Royal Yacht Squadron 1815-1985

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On 1 June 1815, a group of gentlemen met at the Thatched House Tavern in London's St James's Street and agreed to form a club for those interested in salt-water yachting. It was to be called the Yacht Club. From these modest beginning the band of gentlemen interested in yachting was to grow into the most famous yacht club in the world - the Royal Yacht Squadron. In this authoritative and sumptuously illustrated book, Ian Dear follows the history of the club through 170 colour years of adventure and change, from its infancy in Regency England to the present day. During Queen Victoria's reign, the club was to become a bastion of social exclusivity yet, while it was blackballing cabinet ministers and dukes, it was also establishing the rules of yacht racing and handicapping. The meeting place in its time for some of the greatest explorers and seamen of the century - including Captain Scott, who flew the club's burgee on his last, ill-fated expedition to the South Pole - the Squadron was to make an outstanding contribution to the defence of home waters in two world wars. Full of splendid characters, and with a narrative rich in incident and humour, this superb history of the world's premier yacht club can be enjoyed as a history of salt-water yachting itself.

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