The greatest
sailor you’ve
never heard of
– Part II

Just one race away from winning the America’s Cup of 1920 onboard Shamrock IV, followed by a string of successful 6 and 12-Metres, at the same time finding time and energy to push forward improvements in the racing of sailboats from the largest keelboats to small development class dinghies. No wonder that at his passing in 1942 the committee of the Yacht Racing Association all stood in silent tribute. Clare McComb concludes her look at the packed life of champion yachtsman Sir William Parker Burton

Post 1918, servicemen came back to a very different world: The Yachtsman magazine declared that there was simply no longer enough sailing to justify publication. In February 1919 William Burton (now OBE) presided over the AGM of the Yacht Racing Association (YRA) where the main business seemed to be marking the names of the dead with due respect.

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