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

Yachting historian Clare McComb revisits the life and times and the extraordinarily wide-ranging achievements of Sir William Parker Burton

He was one of the greatest British yachtsmen in our history, whose stellar racing career spanned over half a century. Sir William Parker Burton, who died in 1942, left the yachting world forever changed by his utter commitment to the sport itself, and the national and international organisations that underpin it. He was not just a legislator and driver of innovations, but the most brilliant Corinthian helmsman of his age. His obituary stated that he had owned and built more racers than any yachtsman of that time.


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