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The Royal Canadian Yacht Club ( RCYC ) is a private yacht club in Toronto , Ontario , Canada. [1] Founded in 1852, it is one of the world's older and larger yacht clubs. [3] Its summer home is on a trio of islands (RCYC Island, South Island and North Chippewa or Snug Island) in the Toronto Islands . Its winter home since 1984 has been a purpose-built clubhouse located at 141 St. George Street in Toronto (just north of Bloor Street ), which includes facilities for sports and social activities. In 2014, the club had approximately 4700 members, about 450 yachts (95% sail) and a number of dinghies, principally International 14s .

From founding to 1896

1896 to 1969, 1967 to present, olympic sailors, model collection, notable members, bibliography, external links.

The objects of the club are:

  • to encourage members to become proficient in the personal management, maintenance, control and handling of their yachts, in navigation, and in all matters pertaining to seamanship;
  • to promote yacht architecture, building and sailing in Canadian waters;
  • to promote excellence in competitive sailing; and
  • to promote such other sports and social activities as may be desirable in the interest of members generally.

At an informal meeting in 1850, eight local citizens laid the foundation for the Toronto Boat Club. The club was formally established in 1852. [4]

In 1853, the club revised its name to the Toronto Yacht Club. On the advice of its patron, Lord Elgin, the club changed its name to the Canadian Yacht Club later in 1853. That same year, the club petitioned the Crown for a Royal warrant. The petition was granted by Queen Victoria , [5] and the club became known as the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Although there is conflicting evidence about the reason behind the change in name from Toronto Yacht Club to Canadian Yacht Club, the most credible explanation is that the club wished to signify its regional rather than merely local significance. Since the City of Toronto was then located in the Canada West area of the Province of Canada , "Toronto" gave way to "Canadian" in the club's name. [6]

The first clubhouse was established in a building owned by Sir Casimir Gzowski , near the present site of Union Station . After a short tenancy, the club moved to a one-storey building erected on a scow moored just east of Simcoe Street. This served from 1853 until 1858, when it was replaced by the steamer Provincial . The Provincial provided shelter until the end of 1868, when it escaped its mooring, drifted away with the winter ice and was blown up as a hazard to navigation.

In 1869, the club built a clubhouse adjacent to the Parliament Buildings on Front Street. In 1881, a clubhouse by architect Frank Darling of Darling & Curry was completed on the Toronto Islands at the site of the present clubhouse, since "the increasing number of railway tracks had completely changed the character of the Esplanade … originally … flanked by handsome residences and the bright blue waters of the Bay." [7] [8] [9] To reach the new location, the club purchased the clipper-bowed steam launch Esperanza and secured landing rights at the foot of Yonge Street , which it held until 1953 (evolution of the waterfront led to further moves — to York Street until 1979, then to Parliament Street until 2011, when the present launch station was established on Cherry Street). The 1881 building burned in 1904; at that time, buildings, predominantly built of wood, were heated by coal stoves and lit by lanterns and gas lighting, thus fires were frequent and the building standard was founded on an expected average life of 20 years. [10]

While club buildings were rising up and burning down, the members were engaged in racing. The club challenged for the America's Cup in 1876, and while the Countess of Dufferin was unsuccessful on the water, her owner was more successful at the negotiating table, and weaned the New York Yacht Club from its habit of requiring the challenger to race against its entire fleet.

In 1878, the club's yachts were granted the privilege of wearing the Blue Ensign , defaced with a crown in the fly. This endured, with a break for both the First and Second World Wars, until the advent of the new maple leaf flag of Canada in 1965.

As the club's yachts grew increasingly sophisticated, members' tastes in designs diverged. Early examples hewed closely to the extreme British plank-on-edge style that relied on ballast, not hull-form, for stability. As the century wore on, Canadian designers such as Alexander Cuthbert and A. Cary Smith began to incorporate more of the features of American yachts, such as form-based stability and centreboards. Members were also looking back to Britain for well-rounded designs from such notables as George Lennox Watson and William Fife .

In 1896, Lincoln Park Yacht Club of Chicago challenged the RCYC to a series of match races. Interest was such that several cities vied for the contest – Toledo, Ohio won with the offer of a large cash prize and a splendid trophy by Tiffany & Co. The RCYC yacht Canada , designed by William Fife and sailed under Æmilius Jarvis , defeated Vencedor and won the cash and cup. The Canada owners' syndicate then donated the cup to the club for perpetual cross-border competition, and the Canada's Cup has since then been "the Great Lakes' most prestigious trophy" and an emblem of the club's commitment to yacht racing. [11]

The 1881 clubhouse burned in 1904. A new building by Henry Sproatt was completed in 1906 but burned in 1918. The remains served until completion of the present building to a slightly modified version of Sproatt's design in 1922. [12]

By 1900, yacht design had progressed to the point that a new measurement rule was required. A lakes-specific rule and scantlings were published, but never built to. Eventually, Æmilius Jarvis in 1910 built the very successful Swamba , an R-class by George Owen that was the first vessel built to the new Universal Rule on Lake Ontario. [13] She was followed by Patricia , a P-Boat also designed to the new Rule by Owen. [14] [15]

Like most yacht clubs in Britain and the Empire, the club was conceived as an auxiliary to the Royal Navy (hence the naval titles and uniforms), a source of political support and if the need arose, of men familiar with boats. In the days when the Royal Navy fought under sail and yachting was a new idea, "in the building and racing of fast pleasure craft, the Navy… received the benefit of experience and experiment… not possible… under service conditions". [16] When the First World War came in 1914, the services were short of lead for weapons, and many members patriotically dismantled their boats and gave their keels to be melted. Canada disappeared at this time.

As elsewhere, there was a rush to enlist; at the peak, over 450 members were in the services. 59 of the club's members died in service. In commemoration, the club in 1926 installed a large granite, marble and bronze memorial, designed by Charles J. Gibson in the form of a ship's capstan on a low podium on the front lawn, to honour those who had not returned. [17] (The names of the 23 who did not return from the Second World War were added in 1952.) [18]

The club rebuilt its fleet at the First World War's end, first with the purchase of four P-Boats in 1919, which were then sold to members, then the acquisition of a number of one-design 25-footers known as the C-Boats. These one-design sloops, designed by TBF Benson, fostered close club and inter-club racing, raising everyone's skill and pleasure. [19] The Universal Rule's leaning toward large and costly boats, though, called out for a new approach. The first club boat to the new International Rule was the 6-Metre Merenneito . [20] The new Rule so impressed members that three 8-Metres were built to challenge for the Canada's Cup: Vision ( Camper & Nicholsons ); Quest (William Fife); and Norseman ( William Roué ). A fourth Eight, Invader II was built but was no more successful. [21] Star boats joined the fleet in 1935. At about that time, the 14-footer fleet, precursor to the International 14 , formed.

The club was quiet through the war years 1939 to 1945, but rebounded with peace (and generous fee rebates to those who had served). Expanding membership required expansion of the leasehold over the whole of South Island. In 1954, Venture II reclaimed the Canada's Cup, ending 51 years at the Rochester Yacht Club. [22] The same year, Hurricane Hazel badly damaged the Toronto waterfront; yachts were then moved from moorings in the harbour to docks in the lagoons between the islands.

The second objective of the club is to "promote yacht architecture, building and sailing…" In the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, the club's greatest contribution was through the continuing development of the Fourteen class by TBF Benson, Charlie Bourke, and Fred Buller , making a significant contribution to the present International 14. Buller, who was head of aeronautical design at de Havilland Canada deserves special mention, having realized that the tell-tales used to analyze airflow over aircraft could be used to advantage on sails. Buller is credited with originating and popularizing their use, initially in the 14 class, but the idea spread rapidly. [23]

In 1967, Perry Connolly , a club member asked another member, George Cuthbertson , and his partner, George Cassian , to design "the meanest, hungriest 40-footer afloat." Fibreglass was displacing wood as the material of choice by that time, but hulls and decks were solid glass, thus heavy. The new boat, Red Jacket , was designed and built with a hull and deck cored with balsa, a first in North America; light weight combined with a fin keel and all-movable rudder made her faster and handier than her contemporaries. [24] In her first year on the lake, the new boat took 11 of 13 events entered. In her second year, she took top spot at Florida's Southern Ocean Racing Circuit. The prestige of this and other high-visibility conquests, such as Manitou ' s defence of the Canada's Cup was a springboard for a new partnership of designers and builders under the name C&C Yachts . C&C, at one time the largest yacht builder in the world, used balsa core in all of its many models, validating cored-laminate technology that is now used in most yachts, racing or cruising. Yachting use of cored laminates arguably led to aviation's re-discovery of the concept; after a decades-long hiatus, cored composites are now used in most aircraft. [25] Club members retained a close relationship with the company until the sale of its name to US interests.

In the late 1970s, a group of members engaged designer Mark Ellis and builder George Hinterhoeller to make six 30-foot (9.1 metres) cruising yachts that could comfortably be sailed by one person. The Nonsuch series (named for Henry Hudson 's vessel) had the beamy looks of a traditional U.S. East Coast cat-boat, the underbody of a modern cruising yacht, much sail and the accommodations of a much larger yacht. Eventually, nearly a thousand were built, from 22 to 36 feet (6.8 to 10.9 metres).

During the first half of the 1980s, the club's International 14 fleet championed the development of a series of designs by member Jay Cross . Powerful and readily planed, Cross designs dominated the North American 14 fleet.

Sailing wing-sail catamarans designed by former C&C Yachts designer Steve Killing, club member Fred Eaton won the International C-Class Catamaran Championship , sailed at RCYC in 2007 and at New York Yacht Club , Newport, Rhode Island, USA in 2010. [26] Early development included foiling vessels that were unsuccessful against immersed hulls in light Lake Ontario airs. Eaton's team's development progress and the direct participation or observation by AC team members in the 2010 event significantly influenced the decision to sail the 2013 America's Cup in wing-sail catamarans. [27]

In the summer of 2015, the club hosted sailing events for the 2015 Pan American Games .

Forty-eight RCYC members have qualified for the Olympics; one-third of Canadian Olympic qualifiers have come from the club. Members have gained medals for Canada in four events and for Norway in one event.

In summer, the club occupies three islands in the chain that forms the south side of Toronto harbour. The island clubhouse with its porticoed verandahs, Toronto's largest wooden building, houses a ballroom, dining rooms and other social spaces. Other buildings house the sailing management offices, the junior club, lockers and workspace for the club's mechanics, riggers, woodworkers and marine yard workers. Island activities include sailing lessons for juniors and adults, sailing in club-owned boats, tennis, swimming and lawn bowling. [28] . There is an extensive chef’s garden cared for by about 25 volunteers as well as an extensive rose garden which dates back to the early 1940s

The island clubhouse is linked to the city by a launch service operated by two notable launches, both over a century old and built for the club. The Hiawatha [29] built in 1895 and the Kwasind built in 1912 [30] which sail from a dock on the Ship Channel of the Toronto Harbour where it meets Cherry Street. [28] [31]

With its merger with the Carlton Club in 1974, the club gained a winter home in the city (and the addition of racquet sports to its attractions). [32] Ten years later in 1984, the new city clubhouse, opened at 141 St. George St. in the Annex. It is an all-year facility, and provides dining and social spaces, squash and badminton courts, fitness and other facilities. [28]

RCYC possesses one of the finest collections of yacht models in North America, in spite of clubhouse fires in 1896, 1904 and 1918 that consumed many valuable examples. [33] The model of Minota was deliberately preserved with the marks of the 1918 fire. [34]

The collection now includes over 170 models, about half displayed in the City Clubhouse Model Room with the remainder elsewhere in the City Clubhouse or in the Island Clubhouse. The Island's Flagship Room displays some three dozen models of past Commodores' yachts while the Eight-Metre Room shows a dozen of the type. Fifteen Fourteen-footer and International 14 models in the City Club bar provide the most comprehensive available guide to the class's development over a 100-year span.

  • Edward Blake PC KC - Premier of Ontario [35]
  • Edward Roper Curzon Clarkson - founding partner of accounting firm Clarkson Gordon
  • George Harding Cuthbertson - yacht builder and designer [36]
  • Fredrik Stefan Eaton - businessman and philanthropist [37]
  • Sir John Craig Eaton - businessman and philanthropist [38]
  • Jim Flaherty PC MSC - Finance Minister of Canada [39]
  • Sir Joseph Flavelle - Industrialist and Baronet [40]
  • George Horace Gooderham - distillery owner and politician [41]
  • Sir Casimir Gzowski - Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
  • Paul Henderson - Olympic sailor [42]
  • Edward Æmilius Jarvis - business magnate [43]
  • Allan Lamport - Mayor of Toronto [44]
  • Sir John A. Macdonald GCB PC QC - Prime Minister of Canada
  • Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Godfrey Peuchen - Titanic survivor and military officer [45] [46]
  • Paul James Phelan - Chairman of Cara Foods Inc. [47]
  • James Henry Plummer - Financier - [48]
  • Douglas Tyndall Wright OC - President Emeritus University of Waterloo
  • Venues of the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games
  • Snider, C. H. J., Ovens, Frank Annals of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club Volume I, 1852-1937: Volume 2, 1938-1954 ; Ovens, Frank, Cuthbertson, G., Mallion, A., Caldwell, C. Annals of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club Volume 3, 1955-2000 (published in a slipcased set) Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 2000
  • Snider, C. H. J., Hyland, J. A., Wade, T. K., Bourke, C. W., Kimber, H. A., Sorsoleil, E. G., Reid, G., Standing, H., Wood, S. C., 1852-1952 The Royal Canadian Yacht Club , Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 1952
  • Daniel Spurr Heart of Glass - Fiberglass Boats And The Men Who Made Them , International Marine Publishing/McGraw-Hill, 2000

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The Royal Canadian Yacht Club

The province's first sailing association, the Toronto Boat Club, was formed in 1852 and two years later became the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Dedicated to the promotion of yachting and naval interests, it initiated competitions which stimulated widespread interest in sailing and yacht design, and in 1860 instituted the Prince of Wales Cup, freshwater racing's oldest trophy. The Club was housed on Toronto's waterfront until 1881 when it moved to Toronto Island. This moved facilitated the club's continued growth. The R.C.Y.C. figured prominently in the formation of the Lake Yacht Racing Association (1884) for the establishment of uniform rules. The achievements of numerous members in competitive yacht racing have brought the Royal Canadian Yacht Club international recognition.

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When King Charles handed over a senior military title to Prince William the other day, it was more than a symbolic passing on of a role.

As the Prince of Wales became colonel-in-chief of the Army Air Corps, it was also a personal moment rife with symbolism for the monarch and his heir, and hinted at the family dynamics at play right now in the House of Windsor.

Such transitions are routine from one generation to the next, although there is a sense that for Charles and William, they are unfolding at a faster pace. 

"We're seeing some of the kinds of transitional activities that we associate with the last decade of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II … happening quite quickly during the reign of Charles III," Toronto-based royal author and historian Carolyn Harris said in an interview. 

For Charles, Harris suggested, there is a sense his reign is a period of transition between the long reign of his mother and the next one of his son.

"Especially with King Charles III's health, his cancer diagnosis, even though [he] has been determined to remain in the public eye as much as possible, there has been a lot of looking to the future," said Harris.

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Seeing Charles and William together as they were at the Army Aviation Centre in Hampshire, southwest of London, was unusual.

"It's relatively rare to have joint engagements with members of the Royal Family," said Craig Prescott, a constitutional expert and lecturer in law at Royal Holloway, University of London, in an interview.

"It is even rarer to have the King and the Prince of Wales together, because normally they fan out and do their own engagements."

There is also a feeling that the engagement reflected a closeness between the two that perhaps has grown in recent years.

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"It shows the strength of their relationship and that this was something they genuinely wanted to do together," said Prescott. "It also shows perhaps a bit of common interest between the two."

It's something of a change from headlines of a few years ago, when attention focused, among other things, on how much time William seemed to be spending with his in-laws, and that they saw more of their grandchildren than Charles did.

As much as Charles and William may have grown closer, there is no public sense the rift with Prince Harry has lessened in any way. 

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"It seems that Harry is very much out on his own," said Prescott.

The rift was brought into further media relief in recent days when headlines focused on how father and son did not meet while Harry was in London May 8 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games , the sporting event he founded for wounded and sick service members and veterans. A spokesman for Harry said it was because of Charles's "full program," and that he hopes to see him soon.

Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, stepped back from official duties four years ago and are living in California with their two children.

"Harry's withdrawal from his role as a senior member of the Royal Family not only seems to have brought Charles and William closer together, but it's contributed to the public perception that Charles and William are closer together, as Harry is constantly talking about them as though they are a unit and he is on the outside," said Harris.

Harris sees "a lot of moving parts" at play behind the fact that Harry and Charles did not meet, including that royal schedules are set months in advance, and Charles has always placed a high priority on keeping to his official diary. 

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Harry's life is not scheduled months in advance, Harris said, and it's clear he would like to have the kind of relationship where he could just drop in on his father.

"We see two very different approaches before we even address the question of what their relationship is like at this time. Are they particularly interested in seeing each other or prefer to keep a distance? Is each one hoping the other one will make the overture in order to reconcile?"

After Harry's time in London, he and Meghan spent three days in Nigeria, taking part in events connected to the Invictus Games.

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"For those who just casually follow the monarchy, this is something that might look like a royal tour, though very clearly it isn't," said Harris.

"For those who follow the Royal Family more closely, looking at this tour might perhaps bring up memories of past years."

Could, for example, the change in role for Harry and Meghan within the Royal Family have been handled differently? 

"I think the [trip to Nigeria] does raise questions of roads that were not taken five years ago that perhaps would have made things easier for the monarchy today. We don't know whether choosing a different road would have simply delayed the rift or whether a full rift could have been averted entirely."

Something to talk about

Two men in blue suits stand in front of a red-hued portrait of King Charles III.

To say the reviews are mixed is an understatement.

The first official portrait of King Charles to be unveiled since his coronation drew praise and pique after the red-hued work by British artist Jonathan Yeo was revealed at Buckingham Palace this week.

Some reviews were scathing. "A formulaic bit of facile flattery," read the headline on the one-star review in The Guardian . The reviewer in the San Francisco Chronicle was more welcoming of the painting, which features Charles in the red uniform of the Welsh Guards with a butterfly hovering over his right shoulder. The portrait "is slightly terrifying, and I love it," the headline read.

Art is subjective and can carry a multitude of messages — both from the artist, and in the case of portraiture, from the subject of the work. Interpretations of those messages can be as varied as those who view the works. 

Royal portraiture has its own history and purpose, dating back centuries. 

"In the past, if a portrait painter was commissioned to paint a Royal Family member, it was to keep their likeness in memory, to archive their likeness and to present their likeness to the public … painting them in their riches, with their wealth around them, this kind of thing that was kind of like a propaganda tool," said Ilene Sova, an associate professor of drawing and painting at OCAD University in Toronto, in an interview.

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Then came a change in how an image could be captured.

"After the camera was invented, portrait painters really had to be different or better than the camera, be more human than the camera," Sova said.

"So when you're commissioning a portrait in 2024, you want the artist's ideas, the artist's concepts, the artist's feelings about a person."

As Sova sees it, Yeo's portrait of Charles is "trying to bring concepts and ideas into the composition in a way that the camera can't."

"Having this frenetic brush stroke, having these deep, passionate reds and pinks, putting this butterfly on the shoulder, having him kind of emerge from this background — they're all strategies of contemporary portraiture to make you feel, to make you think, to make you have a emotional response that you wouldn't get from a photograph."

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Sova thinks that through his painting, Yeo is trying to say something about someone emerging from a history and trying to create his own legacy, but that the legacy is not yet clear. That's why, she said, the edges are blurry.

"I read one quote from Jonathan Yeo that he saw the King himself as a butterfly, that he's emerging from a cocoon, that he's becoming what he has been trained to become since he was a young boy. And this is kind of his moment in history."

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Judith Rowbotham, a social and cultural scholar and visiting research professor at the University of Plymouth in southwestern England, doesn't think the portrait readily fits within traditional royal iconography. 

"And possibly, reading between the lines of Yeo's comments, this was intentional — as part of an enterprise to make the monarchy seem more modern," she said via email.

"It also started as a portrait of the heir to the throne and ended as the portrait of the King. So the direction was set several years ago."

During Elizabeth's reign, Rowbotham said, a number of non-traditional portraits were painted of her and other royals.

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"This is recognizably the King and facially it's actually rather good as well, with the depiction of the face having depth and complexity. In that sense you could argue that this is in line with a more modern tradition of royal portraits and is even rather better than most."

The mixed reactions to the painting are "pretty predictable," Rowbotham said, and the portrait is doing its intended job: "making the King and the monarchy a topic for discussion."

"What could be worse for the individual monarch and the institution than not to be noticed or talked about?" 

Striking a royal rapport

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The nerves were jangling as Pippa Blake sat on her horse, waiting with other riders to show Princess Anne their equestrian skills.

They were welcoming Anne, an avid equestrian herself, to the Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association during her recent three-day working visit to British Columbia.

Therapeutic riding has been a strong support to Blake, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair. 

When Anne approached Blake, 73, after the riders went through their demonstration, any nervousness in anticipation of meeting King Charles's sister quickly evaporated.

"She … gave everybody lots of time. And then she got to me and … you know what? It was just normal and natural and very nice indeed," Blake said in an interview.

"She asked a little bit about my riding history. She said to me … 'How's your balance when you're not in your wheelchair?' And I said my balance is actually really shaky, dodgy, not good. 

"And she said the good thing about sitting on a horse is it's a great equalizer. And I thought, that is so good. It's so thoughtful and it's so true."

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Blake cherishes the moments she had chatting with Anne, and also sees significance in her visit for the association.

"It's a memory I will treasure … forever….  And it was huge for our therapeutic riding group."

Liz Gagel, acting executive director of the association, said the visit went really well.

"I'm still pinching myself. I can't believe it happened."

Gagel's favourite moment came at the end of the visit, when Anne stopped to speak to a participant who has a visual impairment.

"She was leaving, and she knew that this young man hadn't gotten the experience everybody else had gotten because he didn't get to individually meet her. He was only watching, but because he was visually impaired, he couldn't see her. So she introduced herself to him, and it was just so touching."

Gagel also welcomes the impact the visit could have on the organization, through international media coverage and the potential to bolster donations.

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"We're hoping to capture this and keep the ball rolling and to try to really push some things out and get some more media and social media and just reach as far as we can to help as many people as we can connect to our programs."

The visit to the therapeutic riding association came at the end of a jam-packed visit for Anne that included a commissioning ceremony in Vancouver for HMCS Max Bernays in her role as commodore-in-chief for Canadian Fleet Pacific.

While on Vancouver Island, she also visited a military family resource centre, an urban agriculture project, and the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, which was founded with an initial donation from her late father, Prince Philip.

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At the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Oak Bay, Anne met honourary life members, delved into club history and awarded prizes to young sailors.

Dale Gann, the club's vice-commodore, was particularly struck by the rapport Anne, an avid sailor, had with the young sailors.

"She was very, very connected to them," Gann said in an interview. "She made them feel comfortable and they had a good conversation that I think is going to be a memory for them for a very long time and a motivation for them for a very long time."

Royally quotable

"The great thing is he's a very good pilot indeed."

—  King Charles, speaking as he handed over the role of colonel-in-chief of the Army Air Corps to Prince William.  Charles, whose treatment for cancer is ongoing, also spoke to a veteran at the event who had undergone chemotherapy for cancer, and they appeared to discuss losing the sense of taste.

Royal reads 

New $20 bills featuring the face of King Charles won't be in circulation for another few years , the Bank of Canada says. [CBC]

Judges on a freedom of information tribunal in the United Kingdom have ruled that the cost of protecting members of the Royal Family cannot be revealed to the public . [The Guardian]

A nine-year-old boy who has been re-invited to Buckingham Palace after missing a garden party due to traffic said he "just wants to see if the King is OK." [BBC]

An animal rights group has welcomed a commitment from Queen Camilla that she will buy no new fur products . [BBC]

Prince Harry and Meghan visited a secondary school in Lagos on the last full day of their Nigeria tour . Harry heard about the work of a charity that organizes basketball camps for children in Africa, and played a game with students. [BBC]

Previously unseen photographs of the Royal Family — including a picture marking the birth of four royal babies in 1964 — are on display in a new exhibition. The curator has defended the practice of retouching images despite controversy over a Mother's Day photo of Catherine, Princess of Wales, and her three children. [Daily Mail]

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Homework—love it or hate it, it’s a universal experience for most teachers (and students). And while both sides of the homework debate have merit, why not just accept it and have a good laugh? Here, 17 of our favorite homework memes.

1. Dang, they’re on to us.

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2. Pulling. Hair. Out.

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3. Life is hard.

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4. Listen to Yoda.

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5. The REAL reason teachers give homework.


6. Can I get a witness?

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7. Homework as dirty word?

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8. Making a clean getaway.

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9. Teacher reality.

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10. Oh yeah, we know that look.

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11. Help me understand.

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12. If they ask me one more time…

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13. Another teacher reality.

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14. Umm, umm, umm.

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Do you ever feel like doing your homework is a waste of time? Well, you’re not alone. Plenty of people feel that way, including me. I used to dread homework and would even go to the library after school to try to get them done before heading home but I just hated it! Now, that I think about it, homework memes could have been just what I needed to improve my mood.

If you’re looking for a good laugh (or just some validation that you’re not the only one who hates homework), then check out these 37 hilarious homework memes. Take a break from studying and get a much-needed laugh, you’ll be glad you did. Enjoy!

Let the homework memes begin!

1) “A degree is called a degree because at the end, your total grade is made up of 360 credits. I’m baffled. I should be at university.”

"A degree is called a degree because at the end, your total grade is made up of 360 credits. I'm baffled. I should be at university."

2) “Ay you people, why don’t you do your homework?”

"Ay you people, why don't you do your homework?"

3) “Brace yourself, homework is coming.”

"Brace yourself, homework is coming."

4) “A day may come when I start my assignments but it is not this day.”

"A day may come when I start my assignments but it is not this day."

5) “Did you just swear? I could’ve sworn I heard the word homework.”

"Did you just swear? I could've sworn I heard the word homework."

6) “Do your homework now.”

"Do your homework now."

7) “Doing homework at 4:00 am.”

"Doing homework at 4:00 am."

8) “Even if homework for a class only counts for ten percent of your overall grade, do it. If you make a mistake on a test your grade can still be pretty good.”

"Even if homework for a class only counts for ten percent of your overall grade, do it. If you make a mistake on a test your grade can still be pretty good."

9) “Expects you to have all your homework in on time. Takes weeks to grade it.”

"Expects you to have all your homework in on time. Takes weeks to grade it."

10) “Finds all answers to homework on Google.”

"Finds all answers to homework on Google."

11) “Finish homework over the weekend? I’ll just relax on Saturday and do the rest on Sunday .”

"Finish homework over the weekend? I'll just relax on Saturday and do the rest on Sunday."

12) “Getting back an essay after being marked: Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.”

"Getting back an essay after being marked: Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear."

13) “Me handing in my essays: Started making it. Had a breakdown. Bon appetite.”

"Me handing in my essays: Started making it. Had a breakdown. Bon appetite."

14) “Homework? Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

"Homework? Ain't nobody got time for that."

15) “How to start an essay: Buckle your seat belts, [censored], because in eight short pages I am going to learn u a thing that I only learned myself about two hours ago, so sit down, shut up, and enjoy the experience of my 4-am-RedBull-induced-self-hatred-fuelled-writing-extravaganza.

"How to start an essay: Buckle your seat belts, [censored], because in eight short pages I am going to learn u a thing that I only learned myself about two hours ago, so sit down, shut up, and enjoy the experience of my 4-am-RedBull-induced-self-hatred-fuelled-writing-extravaganza.

16) “I leave homework to the last day because I’ll be older and therefore wiser.”

"I leave homework to the last day because I'll be older and therefore wiser."

17) “Imagine a world with no homework.”

"Imagine a world with no homework."

Funny and clean memes when you just want to sleep!

18) “Just me when I finally finish my homework at 3 am.”

"Just me when I finally finish my homework at 3 am."

19) “Keep calm and do your homework.”

"Keep calm and do your homework."

20) “When you know you did a bad job but you’re just proud you finished your assignment.”

"When you know you did a bad job but you're just proud you finished your assignment."

21) “Me writing an essay like…The. Break time!”

"Me writing an essay like...The. Break time!"

22) “My anxieties have anxieties.”

"My anxieties have anxieties."

23) “Oh ‘You didn’t have time to do your homework?’ Tell me again about the 3 hours you spent on your phone.”

"Oh 'You didn't have time to do your homework?' Tell me again about the 3 hours you spent on your phone."

24) “Okay, I absolutely have to do this assignment.”

"Okay, I absolutely have to do this assignment."

25) “Please tell me more about why you did not have time to finish your two-minute homework during your 48-hour weekend.”

"Please tell me more about why you did not have time to finish your two-minute homework during your 48-hour weekend."

26) “‘I’m so glad my holiday is over so I can work long hours and stay up late to check homework.’ Said no teacher ever.”

"'I'm so glad my holiday is over so I can work long hours and stay up late to check homework.' Said no teacher ever."

27) “Study. Sleep.”

"Study. Sleep."

28) “Teacher: Finish homework. Me: Must get it done.”

"Teacher: Finish homework. Me: Must get it done."

29) “That face you make when you realize you have homework.”

"That face you make when you realize you have homework."

30) “You want to be wise? Do your homework!”

"You want to be wise? Do your homework!"

31) “Homework: The teachers’ way of knowing how smart the parent is.”

"Homework: The teachers' way of knowing how smart the parent is."

32) “What if I told you it doesn’t matter how many points this is worth.”

"What if I told you it doesn't matter how many points this is worth."

33) “When the bell rings and the teacher forgot to mention the homework.”

"When the bell rings and the teacher forgot to mention the homework."

34) “Why is this me: Me thinking about my dream job. Me studying for my dream job.”

"Why is this me: Me thinking about my dream job. Me studying for my dream job."

35) “Writing an essay the night before it’s due: I’m going to type every word I know! Rectangle. America. Megaphone. Monday. Butthole.”

"Writing an essay the night before it's due: I'm going to type every word I know! Rectangle. America. Megaphone. Monday. Butthole."

36) “You have to do homework? Your life must be so hard.”

"You have to do homework? Your life must be so hard."

37) “If it’s called ‘homework’ what would it be called if you live in an apartment?”

"If it's called 'homework' what would it be called if you live in an apartment?"

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