The dominance of the New York Yacht Club, in possession of the America's Cup between 1851 and 1983, has given Newport, Rhode Island, the status of yachting capital of the world. Seven of the most respected America's Cup defenders were built in Bristol, Rhode Island. The state's contribution to racing yacht technology began in Bristol, when N.G. Herreshoff designed and built the Vigilant in 1893. The Goetz Custom Sailboat Company continues the Bristol tradition of building superior sailing vessels, many of which have been challengers for the coveted America's Cup, beginning with the America 3 in 1992. In his sixth volume for the Images of America series, author Richard V. Simpson explores the allure of the America's Cup yachts and racing through more than 200 images from his own diverse collection. The photographs focus on the beauty and dignity of the yachts, the genius of engineering minds, and the handiwork of skilled crafters. Within these pages, view a variety of rare images captured by turn-of-the-century biograph and stereoscopic cameras, and experience the majestic dance of the yachts as they jockey for position, from the starting gun to the crossing of the finish line.
Author: Richard V. Simpson Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC) Published: 03/28/1999 Pages: 128 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.65lbs Size: 9.20h x 6.54w x 0.35d ISBN: 9780738500904
About the Author Simpson, Richard V.: - Through expanding media coverage of the America's Cup races, public interest in the sport of yachting has exploded, and spectators are continually enthralled by the spectacle of crews in action with their finely engineered crafts pealing through ocean waters. Richard V. Simpson's stunning array of photographs and compelling statistics guide his readers on a fascinating visual journey of Rhode Island's intimate connection to the America's Cup.