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With the RORC’s centenary year approaching in 2025, it is a good time to revisit pivotal figures who nursed the fragile young institution through its frequently tricky early years. RORC co-founder George Martin’s great-niece, yachting historian Clare McComb, recalls the vigorous and highly accomplished life of racing sailor Algernon Maudslay

There are some people whose names appear everywhere but never seem to have a chapter of their own. Such a one is Algernon Maudslay. While researching early yachtsmen I looked in vain for stories about this highly influential and famous sailor, who seemed to flit in and out of the history books yet never made the title page. He was always so close to the action, a new appraisal was clearly needed.

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