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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.
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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 . 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 is a modest booklet but it does describe an interesting period of yachting history from the demise of steam engines to the arrival of relatively reliable internal combustion engines which were often put into yachts which had completed their racing life. The book describes the coming of the outboard engine and the hydroplanes which exploited the potential of outboard engines. In many places in Ireland hydroplanes appeared before electricity.
If any members would like a copy of the book it is available from the author at for £16 including postage.

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

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

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