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The Beatles

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From the yachting clique of Hollywood's golden era to modern sailing icons, click through to see the stories behind some of the most iconic and glamorous images ever taken of life at sea...

The Beatles

Only in their early twenties and still adjusting to the perks of fame and fortune, the Beatles soak up every second of their time on board the 28.3 metre classic yacht Southern Trail in Miami. This picture was taken in 1964 during the height of Beatlemania and the Fab Four were celebrating their second successful appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show – a booking that garnered a television audience of over 70 million.

The boys were on board as guests of the yacht’s fourth owner, Bernard Castro (inventor of the sofa bed), and the band used the afternoon-long cruise as respite from the 21-strong entourage and hordes of fans awaiting them on shore.They swam in the ocean, lazed on deck and, as a thank you to their host, Paul McCartney played a few lines from their next single Can’t Buy Me Love at 
the yacht’s piano. When the band did eventually return to life back on land, the trip had given them a taste for the ocean and, after finishing their musical duties, they escaped to a private estate on Star Island in the back of a butcher’s truck to drive speedboats and water ski.

Two years later the Beatles went so far as to buy their own 38.6 metre sailing yacht Vagrant in an attempt to gain respite from superstardom.

It was then sold by the Apple music label in the early 1970s and operated as a restaurant in Madeira until 2013 when its licence ran out. A public dispute between the Madeiran government and the owner ensued over it use, but the yacht sank during a storm. And Southern Trail? She too later sank in Toronto but, at just 10 metres down, has now become one of the area’s most popular dive sites.

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