A New History of Yachting

August 2017
9 colour, 15 black and white illustrations
462 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS037030, HIS015000, SPO036000

A New History of Yachting

Mike Bender

eBook for Handhelds
An overview of the history of yachting in its social, cultural, political and economic contexts.
Shortlisted for the Maritime Foundation's Mountbatten Award 2018

This book, by a leading expert in the field, is the first major history of yachting for over a quarter of a century. Setting developments within political, social and economic changes, the book tells the story of yachting from Elizabethan times to the present day: the first uses of yachts, by monarchs, especially Charles II; yacht clubs and yacht racing in the eighteenth century; the early years of the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes and an analysis of the America Cup challenges; the pioneering developments in Ireland and the exporting of yachting to the colonies and trading outposts of the Empire; the expansion of yachting in Victorian times; the Golden Age of Yachting in the years before the First World War, when it was the sport of the crowned heads of Europe; the invention of the dinghy and the keelboat classes and, after the Second World War, the massive numbers of home-built dinghies; the breaking of new boundaries by risk-taking single-handers from the mid-1960s; the expansion of leisure sailing that came in the 1980s with the use of moulded plastic yachts; and current trends and pressures within the sport. Well-referenced yet highly readable, this book will be of interest both to the scholar and the sailing enthusiast.

MIKE BENDER is an experienced yachtsman and qualified Ocean Yachtmaster, with some forty thousand miles, mostly singlehanded, under the keel. He is an Honorary Research Fellow in History at the University of Exeter.

Table of Contents

Stirrings and Beginnings
Restoration Yachting and its Purposes
The Development of Yachting in the Eighteenth Century Part One: The Seaside Towns
The Development of Yachting in the Eighteenth Century Part Two: Yachting in Boom Time London
The Landed Gentry Take Up Yachting
The Slow Expansion of Yaching in Britain, 1815-1865
The Development of Yachting in Ireland and the Colonies
The Enthusiastic Adoption of Yachting by the Mercantile and Professional Classes after 1870 Part One: The New Men
The Enthusiastic Adoption of Yachting by the Mercantile and Professional Classes after 1870 Part Two: A Philosophy of Yachting for the New Men
The Golden Age of Yachting (1880-1900) Part One: The Rich
The Golden Age of Yaching (1880-1900) Part Two: Small Boats and Women Sailors
Between the Wars
1945-1965: Home-built Dinghies and Going Offshore
Yachting's Third 'Golden Period': Of Heroes and Heroines; Of Families and Marinas (1965-1990)
The Summer Before the Dark: Yachting in Post-Modern Times (1990-2007)
After the Crash
Epilogue: Fair Winds


Likely to remain a standard text on yachting for years to come. CULTURAL AND SOCIAL HISTORY

A comprehensive study..The breadth and depth of A New History of Yachting alone would convince a sceptic of the historical importance of a leisure activity which has previously been overlooked by historians. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MARITIME HISTORY A tremendously interesting and highly readable book - a marvellous addition to the bookshelf of any thinking sailor. ROYAL CRUISING CLUB NEWSLETTER

A must-read for all sailing enthusiasts! JULIAN STOCKWIN, novelist

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