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An Absorbing Interest

The America's Cup A History - 1851 - 2003

Revised limited edition signed and numbered by the Author
by Bob Fisher

This beautifully designed 2-volume limited edition charts the history of sailing's most enigmatic and greatest prize. These two beautifully designed books, presented in a slip case, cover the dramas, designs, and personalities that lead to the sheer fascination of the America's Cup, from the first race around the Isle of Wight back in 1851 to 2003 in Auckland when Ernesto Bertarelli and his largely Kiwi renegade team stole the Cup away to Europe. Heavily illustrated with rare etchings, lithographs, line drawings, paintings and pictures, all chosen to compliment Bob Fisher's authoritive text, this collector's edition charts every Cup match in great detail and can rightly claim to be the definitive history.

The work contains full records of all races and is made up of 32 Chapters - one for each of the 31 challenges and one for the race around the Isle of Wight in 1851 for the One Hundred Pound Cup, presented by the Royal Yacht Squadron as a prize for the regatta. In addition, there are sidebar stories of the principal competitors and incidents that are part of the story of what has become the oldest international sporting event.

The true account of the Cup
History, traditionally, is written by the victors and produces a one-sided view. The America's Cup had for 132 years, only one victor and every major work on the subject reflected this. Since 1983 however, the Cup's progress has been of a more international nature but this too has only been recorded by the winning teams, again for their own glorification. An Absorbing Interest seeks to retrace the history from all aspects and correct those glaring errors that have arisen previously. It is carefully researched, using contemporary sources beyond those of the yacht clubs who have challenged for and defended the Cup

Author Bob Fisher is yachting correspondent for the Guardian and Observer newspapers and writes for sailing magazines worldwide. He is chairman of the Yachting Journalists Association and has been covering the America's Cup for many years. The perfect gift for all those fascinated by the Cup "This is the Bible of the America's Cup." Bruno Trouble, Louis Vuitton.

Priced £250.00 Sterling

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