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Some time ago I read in an article about classic yachts that 'proper' yacht names should be seven letters long and end with a vowel. I have no idea why, but I have noticed a lot of early racing yachts did, it seems, hold to the tradition. Never been able to learn more about it. I wonder whether it was based on the names of Goddesses or something like that?
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Dang, missed it by one...

Does "Y" count as a vowel...?

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Some time ago I read in an article about classic yachts that 'proper' yacht names should be seven letters long and end with a vowel. I have no idea why, but I have noticed a lot of early racing yachts did, it seems, hold to the tradition. Never been able to learn more about it. I wonder whether it was based on the names of Goddesses or something like that?
probably something written by someone who's boat name fell into that.

Guess mine doesn't make it, but Rubber Ducky as more fun built into the name.

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Dang. Missed it by 1 letter. Got the vowel part correct, though.

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My "yacht's" name is "Makai", two letters short, but it ends in two vowels.
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Can anyone shed any light on the subject?
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Can you give some examples of the yacht names you are talking about?
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I may have found a clue. The first America's Cup champion was America sold to the Brits and renamed Camilla. Seven other A.C. boats including: Colonia, Cambria, Livonia, Genesta, Galatea, Thistle and Sceptre, although the last two don't seem to fit the theme. Then there is Suahili of R.K.Johnson and Lakemba of Harry Pidgeon.
Quite a few warships from Victory, Achille, Monarca, Niagara to Arizona and Revenge.
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The boat I sold this year was "Clarity". My Bristol 24 is "Harmony". My Bristol 19 is "Phoenix". Got the 7 letters right on all of them. And Y is a vowel, "sometimes".



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