This history of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is really two stories inextricably linked. One is that of the Club’s struggles from humble beginnings to a position of prominence in the world of ocean racing. The other is the experience of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the lessons learned that propelled the club into the vanguard of safety in ocean racing, where it remains today. This brief history captures the spirit of the club, and the emotion, drive and determination of the characters who have made the club what it is. 248 pages HB.