The Americas Cup is the oldest international trophy in competitive sports, yet few know the inspirational story of the dedicated seamen behind the original historic race. In 1850 a brilliant young boat designer struck a terrible deal with the New York Yacht Club: he would build them the worlds fastest boat, but would receive no payment unless the vessel emerged victorious at the Great Exhibition in England. With its revolutionary design and striking beauty, the yacht America would have to beat 14 of the best boats that Britain could bring to the line. It seemed an impossible task. Yet Americas small, unlikely team of humble, hardworking men faced the might and arrogance not only of their British competitors, but also of their own backers, and achieved the unthinkable.
259 pages PB