Boys Club No More

Ladies of the yachting world rejoice, after nearly 200 years of male-only exclusivity, Britain’s Royal Yacht Squadron—billed as the most prestigious yacht club in the world (they’re club house is a freakin’ castle)—voted last week to change the club’s rules and allow women to be members. Founded in 1815 on the Isle of Wight, the Royal Yacht Squadron has never before allowed women to join—Queen Elizabeth II, the club’s patron, was denied membership, even though her husband the Duke of Edinburgh is the club’s Admiral (and even though she is, ya know, the Queen). “Ladies Night” has not yet been scheduled.  

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