The Author Anthony Churchill, yachtsman and publisher, retired to the Isle of Wight. He noticed the 140th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s parents’ first meeting at a Royal Gala party off Cowes fell in 2013. To commemorate he invited Winston’s descendants and twenty visited for several days to renew the family’s close ties with the Island.
His research then found numerous important connections between Winston, his family and the island. His important original discoveries are in this book.
Anthony was a scholar at Cambridge University in history, and early jobs included financial journalism. He founded a publishing company with titles including Ski, Tennis, Subaqua Scene, and publications on horses, powerboats, canoeing, windsurfing, mountains, films, and plays. His own sport was ocean racing and the magazine ‘Seahorse’ is even today that sport’s bible.
Studying at Cambridge he attended Moscow and its University defending the Open Market, as Chair of the University Explorers and Travellers Club, and representative of the Ballet Club. He was captain of College Squash. He visits St Petersburg and Chopin Festivals in Poland.
Trustee of Dimbola Museum, and the World Ship Trust, he chaired the ASTO Cowes Race meant for handicapped and young who have not sailed before, and holds events for Shakespeare, Omar Khayyam, Burns, Betjeman and Elgar. He started the Ventnor Piano Fund, and is Trustee of Island Concerts, and helped fund the Sea Scout’s RIB ‘Grom’ (named after the destroyer, sister to the Cowes-built ‘Blyskawica’, renowned for ‘saving’ Cowes from enemy bombing in the war).
Anthony initiated the world’s first true Round the World Race, the Whitbread – now Volvo – race, and others such as the Financial Times Clipper Race. Racing for UK, Swiss, and Hong Kong teams, he sailed with many Olympic medallists. He helped finance an America’s Cup bid, and raced a decade on Sir Edward Heath’s Morning Clouds, winning the Sydney Hobart yacht race as navigator. He now lives on ‘the far south’ of the Island at Ventnor “where seas are splendidly rough or beautifully calm.”