|Abstract||The Mersea Sailing Club was founded in 1866 with Headquarters at The White Hart, then it was transferred to the
houseboat EVANDRA, but it went into abeyance during the First World War. There were still several members of the
original club living on the Island and it was decided to get it going again when we took over the Victory with
Headquarters there. Mr Arthur Hempstead, Mr J. Goodhart, Mr Willoughby J. Bean.
You could feel the wind of change, no longer spoke with the same voice, regarded themselves as a special branch of
the community. But the spark of dissention grew into a bonfire when Wyatt, Welham and Gowen put up for membership in
1926. K. Gowen was elected...
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At an Extraordinary General Meeting in the Victory 14 March 1926, the Mersea Sailing Club was renamed West Mersea Yacht Club. ]