Atlantic: The Last Great Race of Princes by Scott Cookman

By Scott Cookman

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''Atlantic is a stirring tale that illuminates a mystical interval in our maritime background. Scott Cookman weaves the compelling plot in a way that may fascinate either the landlubber and the sailor alike. The schooner Atlantic’s transatlantic racing checklist has remained unbeaten for almost a century–and the tale at the back of the race makes that success much more outstanding. Cookman has performed his homework good and unfolds that tale web page through web page . . . the reader can on the subject of suppose the icy lash of a North Atlantic swell crashing aboard because the monstrous crusing craft are pushed towards their vacation spot by way of women and men whose goals and pursuits (and even the satisfaction in their nations) dangle within the balance.'' –Peter Isler, America’s Cup veteran, writer of the bestselling crusing for Dummies, and Editor at huge for crusing international

''Outstanding. Cookman is both adept at depicting the gut-wrenching rigidity of ocean racing; the politics, intrigues, and skullduggery of billionaires, society snobs, and sailors who make Captain Ahab look the version of restraint; and a gilded, vanished period lower than the collection typhoon clouds of war.'' –Neil Hanson, writer of The customized of the ocean

''In 1905, the major to unlocking America’s financial capability used to be fast trip around the Atlantic. Scott Cookman recounts in meticulous element the fanatical race for maritime supremacy. Scions and captains of took the problem via racing around the ocean.'' –Gary Jobson, America’s Cup—winning tactician on Ted Turner’s brave (1977) and ESPN crusing analyst

''Anyone who has ever been to sea, or dreamed of a crusing experience, can be captivated via this impressive seafaring tale. it's a ideal stability of historical past, intrigue, and interval personalities that would make your arms sweat as you rush headlong via typhoon and fog to the finish.'' –Rockwell B. Harwood, Commodore, Stamford Yacht membership (1999—2001)

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Prior to the Cup race, however, he wanted a “go” at the club’s defending yacht in a race across the Atlantic and then around Long Island. qxd 2/12/02 1:29 PM Page 36 36 AT L A N T I C wasn’t an intraclub affair, but an international one; not a matter of wagers, but prestige. Ashbury offered a prize cup worth £250 (roughly $19,000 today). Though the memory of the 1866 race was still fresh, the New York Yacht Club could do nothing but accept. Jamie Bennett, now the club’s vice commodore, took on the challenge himself.

Yachtsmen tend to be a conservative bunch. The sea makes certain of that. Inshore races, the portto-port matches the New York Yacht Club so enjoyed during its annual summer cruise, were all well and good. Ocean racing, as Bennett himself had demonstrated, was another sport entirely. Win or lose, it wrecked fine yachts, incurring thousands of dollars in damages. Even for millionaires, it cost dearly to send a boat to the Continent and bring it back. Not to mention the fact that it meant being without a boat for the festivities and entertainments of the summer cruise.

Stevenson saw plainly what was going on and brought it to Miller’s attention. Miller admitted no conspiracy, merely that painting on deck while racing wasn’t a good idea. qxd 2/12/02 1:30 PM Page 44 44 AT L A N T I C at the man,” he said as Reuterdahl frantically tried to save his canvas, brushes, and oils from washing over the rail. The artist retreated below to the saloon. Stevenson took the hint. He was cold, tired, and hungry. Ailsa had logged 192 miles that day at an average speed of 8 knots—an admirable performance in foul weather and confused winds, but nowhere near a racing mark.

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