David W. Shaw
America's Victory: The Heroic Story Of A Team Of Ordinary Americans, And How They Won The Greatest Yacht Race Ever
March 04, 2019 Comments.. 250
America s Victory The Heroic Story Of A Team Of Ordinary Americans And How They Won The Greatest Yacht Race Ever The Heroic Story of a Team of Ordinary Americans and How They Won the Greatest Yacht Race EverSet against the backdrop of the first world s fair in London America s Victory takes readers into a world
  • Title: America's Victory: The Heroic Story Of A Team Of Ordinary Americans, And How They Won The Greatest Yacht Race Ever
  • Author: David W. Shaw
  • ISBN: 9780743235167
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Heroic Story of a Team of Ordinary Americans and How They Won the Greatest Yacht Race EverSet against the backdrop of the first world s fair in London, America s Victory takes readers into a world rich in adventure and history an unforgettable story of skill, daring, and honor at the heart of our national identity.The America s Cup is the oldest international tThe Heroic Story of a Team of Ordinary Americans and How They Won the Greatest Yacht Race EverSet against the backdrop of the first world s fair in London, America s Victory takes readers into a world rich in adventure and history an unforgettable story of skill, daring, and honor at the heart of our national identity.The America s Cup is the oldest international trophy in competitive sports, yet few know the inspirational story of the dedicated seamen behind the original historic race The story begins in 1850 with a terrible deal struck between the New York Yacht Club and a brilliant young boat designer A boat would have to be built that would be the fastest in the world, and the designer would not be paid his fee unless the yacht beat all comers at The Great Exhibition in England With a revolutionary design and striking beauty, yacht America set sail the following year from New York on what most experts nevertheless thought was an impossible mission It had already cost over half a million dollars in today s currency Now, America would have to beat fourteen of the best yachts the world s greatest maritime nation could bring to the line It was a race Britain thought it couldn t lose.Yet America s small, unlikely team including Captain Brown, a Sandy Hook Pilot first mate Nelson Comstock, whose family were early settlers of New London in Connecticut and the brilliant designer George Steers achieved the almost un thinkable These humble, hard working men faced the might and arrogance not only of their British competitors, but also their own backers, such as millionaire John Cox Stevens of the New York Yacht Club, who wagered they would win, butharassed and belittled them throughout the campaign.In the course of his research, David Shaw found letters and notes recounting the experience of the crew that provide a vivid historical realism for his compelling narrative No one has previously told the story of the race from the perspective of the men who designed and sailed the plucky boat America Shaw places readers on board as the lone American yacht in the field crosses the finish line first, while Queen Victoria and Prince Albert look on amid cheering crowds.This is an account of an amazing feat accomplished long ago at the turning point in the growth of a young nation s confidence, but it is also the tale of a victory of the American spirit that bravely lives on today.
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    1. Eric says:

      Let me start by saying I know nothing about sailing I started reading the book primarily because I like history and was looking for details on what the yacht and race meant to the relationship between Great Britain and the US While there was some of this, it wasnt the primary focus 3 4 of the book is about the building of the yacht and sailing it from NY to the English Channel The last quarter was devoted to the race itself and the historical perspective I was originally seeking A sailing enthus [...]

    2. Jim Lyons says:

      I enjoyed the book but my favorite parts were in the first 100 pages The history of the pilot ships, the old New York characterization, and the tie in to the London Exposition of 1851 are all very memorable.

    3. Stephen Noble says:

      Had no idea about the history of the America s Cup and this book not only filled in the details but provided a ground look view with great detail Hard to put down once you start reading Very captivating.

    4. Linda says:

      Well written and very interesting book about the boat that the America s Cup is named for I always thought I knew the story of the Americas cup, turned out I really did not know it at all

    5. Len Roberto says:

      great atory of the how the America s Cup got it s name builder, a captain and a stunning new schooner design that shocked the world in August 1851.

    6. Leo says:

      A good read before the next contest for the America s Cup

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