The Yachtsman

Following on from the successful scanning of the entire Lloyd's Register of Yachts, AYH is currently undertaking the scanning of The Yachtsman Magazine from 1891 to 1939 - 91 volumes and 37,000 pages. It is hoped that this will be available for purchase in early 2019.

One of the problems that bedevils researchers is getting ready access to original and reliable source material. The Yachtsman Magazine certain fulfils that criteria. The standard of its journalism was very high, not only in terms of writing but also accuracy. It carried excellent reports from local yachting centres around the British Isles about vessels in build, naming both the builder and designer; cruisers visiting local ports; the buying or selling of individual yachts, etc, etc.

It contained very detailed reports on individual yacht races, including the America‚Äôs Cup; the rise of the big racing schooners; the growth of motor yachting, large and small; it provided reports by class on the results for the previous year; it had lively comment on the latest rating rules and the deficiencies that had become apparent in the then current rule. You name it - The Yachtsman covered it. Finally each weekly number carried not only a fine whole page image taken by the best marine photographers of the period, but its individual reports were often accompanied by photographs of vessels or yacht owners.

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

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