Yacht sailors from Tysnes

The yacht sailor exhibition in Våge, Tysnes (on the west coast of Norway), tells the story of Tysnes emigrants to the USA who became professional crew members on American racing and leisure yachts between 1900 and 1940.

The Word jaat is the local word for ‘yacht’, pronounced like its English equivalent (in the rest of the country, however, the word is spelled as in English).

Winning America’s Cup was imperative for wealthy American ship owners. About 250 men from Tysnes were steadily employed in the American yacht fleet during the 1930s.

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