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Winging It

A stirring America’s Cup

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Even the Cup traditionalists who turned up their noses at the 72-foot catamarans racing for sailing’s most prestigious trophy came away impressed with Oracle Team USA’s implausible comeback victory over Emirates Team New Zealand last summer on San Francisco Bay.

Writers Diane Swintal, R. Steven Tsuchiya and Robert Kamins have delivered a compelling recap in short order with “Winging It” (International Marine, $24; $14.89 Kindle). The book documents the events that led up to the America’s Cup final, including how a fatal capsize threw the storied tournament into doubt. Top sailors share their stories, among them the victorious Jimmy Spithill and defeated skipper Dean Barker. Naval architects and builders offer insights into the radical foil and wingsail designs that achieved amazing speeds and had critics questioning whether the boats were safe to race.

March 2014 issue