This splendid book is a tribute to the regatta yachts that have made sailing history and it celebrates them right up to the winner of the 2007 AmericaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cup with up-to-the-minute photographs.
The author writes with a technical expertise and perspective that only an architect and yacht designer Ã¢â‚¬â€œ as well as an enthusiastic sailor Ã¢â‚¬â€œ can offer. This magnificent volume documents the most important boats and races in the history of regatta yachts. It tells the story of the prototypes and the great creativity that underlie todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most luxurious and technological racing craft. The book includes a detailed photographic report on the 32nd AmericaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cup held in Valencia, in which 11 teams challenged the defender, illustrating the most important moments of the races and the excitement of the final regatta. The History and Evolution of Sailing Yachts also features a wealth of technical drawings and extremely detailed diagrams, historical documents and graphic designs, which allow the reader to understand different sailing techniques. The worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most famous regattas are described in a lively and comprehensive text, commencing with the impromptu races on the Thames in London staged during the 17th century right through to the ultra-technological challenges of the 21st century, with detailed information on the crews. Hundreds of magnificent color photographs allow the reader to enjoy the evocative experience of the blinding sunlight glinting on the deck, as the bows of the boat cut through the water and convey the excitement and thrills of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most famous sailing races. 328 pages HB.