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Atlantic : the last great race of princes
Cookman, Scott, 1952-
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Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley & Sons, [2002]

Physical Description:
vi, 298 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The great ocean race -- The world of 1905 -- Land fading in the West -- Death race -- Third day at sea -- Sore hearts and heads -- Fourth day at sea -- Another kind of race -- The man nobody liked -- Fifth day at sea -- Spoiled sports -- Clubs and kings -- Sixth day at sea -- Contests of will -- The Germans -- The British -- Crown princes of capitalism -- Hired guns -- Greatest of all yacht captains -- Too many cooks -- A world in waiting -- Starting gun -- In for a fight -- You hired me to win -- Are we first? -- The empty Cup -- End of an age.
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Advance praise for ATLANTIC

"Atlantic is a stirring story that illuminates a magical period in our maritime history. Scott Cookman weaves the compelling plot in a manner that will fascinate both the landlubber and the sailor alike. The schooner Atlantic's transatlantic racing record has remained unbeaten for nearly a century-and the story behind the race makes that achievement even more impressive. Cookman has done his homework well and unfolds that story page by page . . . the reader can just about feel the icy lash of a North Atlantic swell crashing aboard as the massive sailing craft are driven toward their destination by men and women whose dreams and goals (and even the pride of their countries) hang in the balance."
-Peter Isler, America's Cup veteran, author of the bestselling Sailing for Dummies, and Editor at Large for Sailing World

"Outstanding. Cookman is equally adept at depicting the gut-wrenching tension of ocean racing; the politics, intrigues, and skullduggery of billionaires, society snobs, and sailors who make Captain Ahab seem the model of restraint; and a gilded, vanished era under the gathering storm clouds of war."
-Neil Hanson, author of The Custom of the Sea

"In 1905, the key to unlocking America's economic potential was swift travel across the Atlantic. Scott Cookman recounts in meticulous detail the fanatical race for maritime supremacy. Scions and captains of industry took the challenge by racing across the ocean."
-Gary Jobson, America's Cup--winning tactician on Ted Turner's Courageous (1977) and ESPN sailing analyst

"Anyone who has ever been to sea, or dreamed of a sailing adventure, will be captivated by this extraordinary seafaring story. It is a perfect balance of history, intrigue, and period personalities that will make your palms sweat as you rush headlong through storm and fog to the finish."
-Rockwell B. Harwood, Commodore, Stamford Yacht Club (1999--2001)

Author Notes

Author Scott Cookman was born in 1952. He wrote two outdoor adventure histories and wrote both cooking features and how-to advice articles for Field and Stream magazine. He died in 2007.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. v
1 The Great Ocean Racep. 1
2 The World of 1905p. 3
3 Land Fading in the Westp. 5
4 Death Racep. 14
5 Third Day at Seap. 32
6 Sore Hearts and Headsp. 35
7 Fourth Day at Seap. 42
8 Another Kind of Racep. 45
9 The Man Nobody Likedp. 52
10 Fifth Day at Seap. 63
11 Spoiled Sportsp. 67
12 Clubs and Kingsp. 79
13 Sixth Day at Seap. 90
14 Contests of Willp. 96
15 The Germansp. 108
16 The Britishp. 112
17 Crown Princes of Capitalismp. 124
18 Hired Gunsp. 143
19 Greatest of All Yacht Captainsp. 154
20 Too Many Cooksp. 169
21 A World in Waitingp. 180
22 Starting Gunp. 203
23 In for a Fightp. 220
24 "You Hired Me to Win"p. 239
25 "Are We First?"p. 250
26 The Empty Cupp. 263
27 End of an Agep. 269
Appendix I Entries: 1905 Kaiser's Cup Transatlantic Racep. 275
Appendix II Summary: 1905 Kaiser's Cup Transatlantic Racep. 277
Appendix III Winning Finishes: Transatlantic Races 1866-1905p. 278
Notes and Sourcesp. 279
Creditsp. 288
Indexp. 289