The America's Cup is probably the most intense of all sailing competitions-the most fiercely contested, the most controversial, and certainly the most prestigious. In 1851, the trophy, then known as the Hundred Guineas Cup, was presented by the Royal Yacht Squadron to the winner of a race around the Isle of Wight: in this case, the America. The cup was then passed to the New York Yacht Club, where it remained until won by the Australians in 1983. The photographs in this book cover the history of the competition, from its first challenge in 1870 to its twenty-ninth in 1995, and will include the latest shots of the defenders' race scheduled for the late summer of 1999. Beyond a mere retrospective, these breathtaking images reveal not only the artistry of the craftsmen and designers who brought these yachts to life but also of the crews who sailed them and, last but not least, that of this legendary family of photographers, the Bekens.
This edition of The America's Cup joins A Hundred Years of Sail and Sailing Thoroughbreds on Harvill's illustrated sailing list.
175 Duotone Photographs Descriptions and measurements of yachts/Digest of match results/Bibliography of America's Cup