Lake Minnetonka sailor Brad Robinson believes in innovation. And though innovation that elevates the playing field is usually welcome in competitive sports, Robinson's new book, The Price of Victory and the Fear of Innovation, exposes how a group of sailors rejected innovation to suppress competition in the sport of A Scow racing.
The Price of Victory chronicles Robinson's achievements and struggles: his desire to advance the world of competitive sailing by building a better A Scow sailboat as a gift to his fleet, and the rejection and vilification he faced by members of the fleet he was trying to help. After having his A Scow design rejected, Robinson then launched a new, faster class of scows in 2007 — the carbon fiber V38.
The Price of Victory and the Fear of Innovation: Brad Robinson's Story is a testament to the value of innovation and what can happen when progress is rejected. It's also about one man's love for sailing and the magic that comes from having the right crew on the right boat.