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Winging It: ORACLE TEAM USA's Incredible Comeback to Defend the America's Cup
     

Winging It: ORACLE TEAM USA's Incredible Comeback to Defend the America's Cup

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by Diane Swintal, R. Steven Tsuchiya, Robert Kamins
 

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"The design and tactical battles that led to the most exciting America’s Cup in history are laid out in meticulous detail in Winging It: Oracle Team USA’s Incredible Comeback to Defend The America’s Cup. Written by three veteran sailing journalists, Winging It provides an insider’s look at the professional sailing business and

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"The design and tactical battles that led to the most exciting America’s Cup in history are laid out in meticulous detail in Winging It: Oracle Team USA’s Incredible Comeback to Defend The America’s Cup. Written by three veteran sailing journalists, Winging It provides an insider’s look at the professional sailing business and the America’s Cup, from how the 72-foot cats became the boat of choice — one early requirement: They had to be able to be disassembled and transported in standard shipping containers — to the design modifications Oracle made in the later stages of the series to bounce back from an 8:1 deficit and retain the Cup (not much besides some minor tinkering with the rudder)."
-Forbes

"Whether you are a casual fan or a die-hard America's Cup follower, you're likely to enjoy Winging It. The three authors-all accredited journalists who spent many, many hours in the America's Cup Media Center-will take you from the origins of the America's Cup in 1851 all the way through Oracle Team USA's incredible comeback in San Francisco in September 2013."
-CupExperience.com

"Winging It holds a place on my bookshelf that is within easy reach. It has become the go-to book on the 34th America’s Cup as a means of quickly checking a fact, or time sequence or some aspect of the Cup that has become a little fuzzy even after this short passage of time. It should have a place in everyone's laptop kitbag, either as a quick read in a spare moment, or as a serious reference."
-Sail-World.com

A miracle on the water

Millions of sailing enthusiasts and casual fans alike watched the America’s Cup in awe as the ORACLE TEAM USA trailing one point to New Zealand’s eight, was first to the finish line in eight consecutive races. This miracle triumph left many wondering "How did they do it?"

The answers come together in Winging It, with insights from naval architects and builders on their radical boat designs, the consequences of racing these untested boats, and explanations of how the foils and wingsails—rarely seen on boats before—work. The book explores the impact of events that led up to the Cup, including how a sudden capsize threw the entire event into doubt before the 2013 America’s Cup ultimately delivered an epic finale. Top sailors share their stories, including the victorious Jimmy Spithill on USA 17 and the shockingly defeated ETNZ skipper Dean Barker.

This is the story of an historic win that goes beyond the emotions of the day to explain how the many months of innovation, research, trials, and failures helped secure the Cup in the final race on September 25.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071834469
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date:
12/19/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
31 MB
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Meet the Author

Diane Swintal has written about yacht racing as well as auto racing for 25 years, covering the America's Cup, the IndyCar series and sports car racing. A sailor and an avid golfer, Swintal resides in Southern California with her husband, motorsports artist Jim Swintal.
R. Steven Tsuchiya is a historian and freelance photographer of the Americas Cup. Steve is a contributor to Sailing World magazine and other yachting publications. He is a member of the Selection Committee of the Americas Cup Hall of Fame.
Robert Kamins analyzed the America’s Cup for the OLN television channel and has been a contributor to CupInfo.com for the past ten years.

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Winging It: Oracle Team USA's Incredible Comeback to Defend the America's Cup 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
How did they do it? In this book, the design and tactical battles that led to the most exciting America's Cup in history are laid our in meticulous detail. Written by three veteran sailing journalists, "Winging It" provides an insider's look at the professional sailing business and the America's Cup. While some readers might find this book to be too detailed, it provides a more sophisticated look at how this Cup came together than Julian Guthrie's "The Billionaire and the Mechanic," which benefited from exclusive interviews with Ellison but suffered from the author's relative lack of knowledge about high-performance sailing. Readers hoping for an expose on Larry's dirty tricks will come away disappointed. The authors say Oracle's come-from-behind victory was mostly due to improving crew work and tactics, although fellow reviewers point the finger at the foils. Since reading the 40-Knot Sailoboat about the Aerohydrofoil, I have a much better understanding of these boat mechanics, and would agree that foils possess a veritable power.