Originally Posted by GordMay
Where's the docks?
They have a nice jetty and pontoon. But used only for events
, as far as I can tell.
Lots of RYS boats live on the Hamble River, and there are a few in Cowes Yacht Haven, my boat's winter home.
The RYS is where yacht racing
started -- the Urheimat
of our sport. The original America's Cup race
was an RYS regatta
around the Isle of Wight.
It has even been claimed that World War I actually started at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes. According to Robert K. Massey. Because of the rivalry between Kaiser Wilhelm II and his cousins, who raced against each other every year at Cowes Week (and visited their grandmother Queen Victoria who also lived at Cowes). According to Massey, this rivalry lead to the infantile Wilhelm's starting the arms race
with Britain with his dreadnoughts.
Wilhelm can be discerned in the painting below of RYS members, which I pinched from the above-linked YW article.