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Journal of the Association of Yachting Historians
The journal is published annually as a printed glossy magazine distributed free to our membership, and contains original articles and research news, reports on our group visits both in the UK and overseas, and details of recent publications by members. It is compiled and edited by Henrietta Smyth, who also keeps a small stock of spare printed copies available to members on request. 

To contact the editor:    journal@yachtinghistorians.org  
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2021 Journal  
2019-2020 Journal  
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Research Request – Bembridge Sailing Club Tillers

Bembridge Sailing Club on the Isle of Wight has an amazing collection of large yacht tillers dating back to the late 1800s. Other than knowing that some were presented to the Club by one of its founding members, Blair Cochrane, between 1900 and 1920, and the ‘rumour’ that the larger ones came from Portsmouth Dockyard in the 1930s, sadly little more information on the yachts that they came from is known. One of the large tillers has CZARINA carved on the stock.
BSC would love to know more about these tillers, so if you have any clever thoughts, then do please forward them to Mike Samuelson mikesam06@gmail.com . Many thanks.

Recent Publications by Members



Highland Cowes – A History of Sailing in Scotland through the lens of Hunter's Quay
by Euan Ross. Read more




The Motor Yacht Club of Ireland  
by Vincent Delany
This modest booklet describes the demise of steam engines to the arrival of the internal combustion engines, the coming of the outboard engine and the hydroplanes. The book is available for £16 including postage:  delanyvincent@gmail.com




People of the Sea
by James Wharram with Hanneke Boon. Read more



The Gift of a Sea – A Short History of Yachting in the Mediterranean
by Rod Heikell. Read more



Danycan – ou l'offensive des navigateurs francais
by Patrick Lamache. Read more
The history and restoration of a classic cruiser-racer set against the background of French yacht racing in the post war years. Read more here





A Very Happy Little World
by Mark Laity.
A well written, deeply researched book, full of fine images. Read more here

Honorary Members :
Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, KCB; Rear Admiral Roy Clare, CBE; Clare Francis, MBE; Rosemary Joy; Lt. Cdr. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, CBE, RD, RNR; John Rousmaniere; Mikkel Thommessen

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