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Yachting's top 7 celebrity sailors

Yachting's top 7 celebrity sailors

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Larry Ellison

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Larry Ellison

He may have made his millions in Silicon Valley as the CEO of tech company Oracle but for Larry Ellison the sea is his real home. Owner of 88 metre FeadshipMusashi (and previous owner of Rising Sun), Ellison also helped America’s Cup Oracle Team USA to victory in 2010 in his yacht USA 17. The team then went on to win the 34th America’s Cup in 2013 and will hope to continue their victorious streak in Bermuda in 2017.

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Humphrey Bogart

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Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart was one of the best known celebrity sailors of his time and, along with his famous friends, graced some of the most beautiful restored yachts once owned by Hollywood stars. However, his true passion was day boat racing with his wife Lauren Bacall. He often competed in a regatta from Newport to Catalina Island, which has now been renamed the Bogart Series in his honour.

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John Lennon

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John Lennon

Even one of history’s greatest musicians occasionally suffered writer’s block and where better to look for inspiration than a beautiful yacht? In 1980 John Lennon (pictured above with his Beatles bandmates) took a 600-mile journey from Rhode Island to Bermuda aboard a 13.4 metre schooner called Megan Jaye. Hours after setting off the boat ran into a ferocious storm and, with the entire crew falling ill, it was left to Lennon to steer the ship to safety. This, it seems, was a powerful enough experience to help the former Beatle produce his final solo album Double Fantasy.

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