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Life on The ocean wave

Working on yachts runs in David Frost’s blood and it may well be in your DNA too if you had mariner or fishermen ancestors. Here he explains how to spot a yachtsman in your family and learn about Their lives at sea


Sir Thomas Lipton steers The Shamrock and David’s ancestor Syc (Capt Sycamore) can be seen kneeling on his left
Hector Frost, c1920. He was a crew member of The 19-metre Corona whose owner belonged to The Royal Thames Yacht Club

If you have seafaring ancestors some of Them may have worked as yacht crews, maybe without you being aware of it. Yachting has a long history but until The 1960s was strictly for The better off. Charles II and his broTher The Duke of York, later James II, started The sport by importing yachts from Holland. It began to gaTher popularity after The Napoleonic Wars and The Royal Yacht Squadron was founded in 1815, although The Royal Thames Yacht Club is older. FurTher clubs, many with a Royal prefix, were to follow.

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