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  • Gulf Wars
  • Valenzia
  • Gordon Bennett and the First Yacht Race.
  • The Billionaire and the Mechanic. Paperback.
  • Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
  • Superdocious
  • Race Against Time
  • A Race Too Far
  • A Voyage for Madmen
  • The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
  • Left for Dead
  • A World of My Own
  • Fatal Storm - 10th Anniversary edition

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    GULF WARS. How We kept the Cup
    By Richard Gladwell. Softback, 270mm x 290mm, pages, 0.28kg. Colour Photographs. Published 2021
    A Pictorial souvenier record of EMIRATES TEAM NZ's win in the 2021 America's Cup.

    Beautiful photographs, details of the races , conditions and results from Day 1 until the final.

    Richard Gladwell is a world-renowned sailing journalist and photographer who lives in Auckland.
    He has covered International sailing events, including the America's Cups, Olympics and Volovo Ocean races for the past 30 years.

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    New Zealand's Thrilling battle for the 2007 Cup By Todd Niall. Softback, 0.30kgs, 195mm x 245mm, 72 pages, Colour photographs. Published 2007

    The Grant Dalton-led Team New Zealand went to Valencia to win back the America's Cup, and they did New Zealand proud. First they beat 10 other challengers to win the Louis Vuitton Cup and the right to challenge for the Cup in an unprecedented 5-0 final series.

    Then, in a thrilling encounter with Alinghi, they were beaten in the seventh race by just one second. In battling so magnificently to the end they showed what New Zealand sailors are made of.

    VALENZIA captures all the triumph and tragedy of their hard-fought campaign in the most fiercely contested America's Cup ever.

    (We have been fortunate to come across a limited number of Todd Niall's book, detailing the day by day battle, photographs and statistics, of this magnificent sporting event, which we are able to offer at a special price)

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    By Sam Jefferson. Paperback, 0.22kg, 128mm x 198mm, 282 pages, Black and white, and Colour Photographs. This edition published 2017.

    The story of the first ever offshore yacht race, and the notorious New York playboy who won it.

    The 1866 transatlantic yacht race was a match that saw three yachts battle their way across the Atlantic in the dead of winter in pursuit of a $90,000 prize. Six men died in the brutal and close-fought contest, and the event changed the perception of yachting from a slightly effete gentlemen's pursuit into something altogether more rugged and adventurous. The race also symbolized the beginning of America's 'gilded age', with its associated obscene wealth and largesse (the $90,000 prize put up by the three contestants is about $15 million in today's money), as well as the thawing of relations between the US and UK.

    The narrative focuses on the victorious yacht Henrietta and her owner James Gordon Bennett. Bennett was the son of the multimillionaire proprietor of the New York Herald, and a notorious playboy. His infamous stunts included driving his carriage through the streets of New York naked, tipping a railway porter $30,000, and turning up at his own engagement party blind drunk and mistaking the fire for a urinal, which led to the coining of the phrase 'Gordon Bennett!'. However, Bennett was also a serious yachtsman and had served with distinction during the civil war aboard Henrietta, and he was the only owner to be aboard his own boat during the race.

    Other characters include Bennett's captain Samuel Samuels (legendary clipper skipper, ex-convict and occasional vaudeville actor), financier Leonard Jerome, aboard Henrietta as race invigilator (he also happened to be grandfather to Winston Churchill) and Stephen Fisk, a journalist so desperate to cover the race that he evaded a summons to appear as a witness in court and instead smuggled himself aboard Henrietta in a crate of champagne.

    Using the framework of the race to discuss the various historical themes, there's ample drama, and the diverse and eccentric range of characters ensure that this is a book laced with plenty of human interest, scandal and adventure.

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    By Julian Guthrie. Paperback, 0.41kg, 138mm x 210mm, 415 pages, section with full colour photographs, Published 2014.
    This is the paperback edition of the previously released (2013) hardback. The cover is far superior, with a wonderful colour photograph of Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand. This edition has a lengthy new section on the 34th America's Cup.

    The America's Cup, first awarded in 1851, is the oldest trophy in international sports, and one of the most hotly contested. In 2000, Larry Ellison, cofounder and billionaire CEO of Oracle Corporation, decided he would mount a challenge for the Cup. But the Cup is contested between clubs, not individuals. And when negotiations between Oracle Racing and San Francisco' Tony St Francis Yacht Club fell apart, Larry was left without a sponsor.

    Down the road from the St. Francis is the Golden Gate Yacht Club, founded in 1939 as the blue-collar antidote to the blue-blooded St Francis. Norbert Bajurin, a car-radiator mechanic and former cop, had recently been named commodore, only to find that the Golden Gate was on the verge of bankruptcy and at risk of closing forever. When Norbert heard the news about Oracle Racing, he hit on a crazy idea: to sponsor Ellison's team in a bid for the America's Cup.

    The Billioniare and the Mechanic tells the incredible story of the unexpected partnership - and friendship - between Larry and Norbert, and offers a gripping look at their runs for the Cup in 2003 and 2007 and their victory in 2010. With unparalleled access to Ellison and his team, Julian Guthrie takes readers behind the scenes with the fascinating billionaire, deep inside the design and building of these astonishing boats, including one with the largest wing ever built, and into the lives of the athletes who race them. She traces the bitter rivalries between teams, and throws readers into exhilirating races around the world. With new television technology and huge media coverage, the America's Cup is poised to be bigger than ever and The Billionaire and the Mechanic is essential for anyone interested in the Cup or the remarkable story of a pair of dreamers.

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    By Rob Mundle. Hardback, 160mm x 245mm, 410 pages, 0.75kg. Colour and B & W Photographs. Published 2019

    The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, a yacht race that is not only a sporting icon but one of the world's greatest sporting challenges, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Open tennis and the Boxing Day cricket test. No regular annual yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage or public interest as does the start on Sydney Harbour.

    One evening in May 1945, a small group of Sydney sailing enthusiasts decided that their planned post-Christmas cruise south to Hobart would be more enjoyable if they made it a race. And so began the story of a contest that quickly became ranked among the world's premier offshore racing events - a race that demands both immense physical and mental endurance of the individual sailor along with the coordinated effort of a close-knit team. It's a challenge where one mistake can lead to defeat, while success can deliver national and international acclaim.

    The 628-nautical mile course is often described as the most grueling long ocean race in the world. From the spectacular start in Sydney Harbour, the fleet sails through the Heads, down the south-east coast of mainland Australia, across the notoriously tempestuous Bass Strait, then down the east coast of Tasmania. At Tasman Island the fleet turns right into Storm Bay for the final sail up the Derwent River. The race is an around-the-clock challenge from the harbour to Hobart, and the whims of the winds, waves, tides and currents means that, for each crew, nothing is certain until the finish line is crossed.

    Now In its 75th year, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has become an icon of Australia's summer sport.

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    By Rodney Pattisson. Hardback. 0.41 kg, 160mm x 240mm, 184 pages, Black & white / Colour photographs. Published 2019
    Rodney Pattisson MBE, the three-time Olympic medallist and winner of fourteen world and European champtionships, is an iconic figure within the sailing world. A world champion in dinghies, multihulls and offshore, he has set race and speed records and with Lawrie Smith led Britain's challenge for the America's Cup in 1983. They were beaten in the finals by Alan Bond's eventual winner, Australia II.

    A perfectionist when it comes to preparation, and passionate about speed on the water, Rodney's successes stem from a selfless focus on the end goal, a ruthless desire to win and an unquenchable thirst to succeed in everything he does.

    His previously untold story not only charts his own trials and tribulations in becoming one of the best sailors in the world, but also reveals the double standards, deceit, political and sporting interference and outright cheating he faced along the way. Superdocious! is an explosive commentary, with a foreword by Sir Ben Ainslie, on a lifetime of remarkable achievements in an international sport that Rodney made his own.

    His story will shock, amaze and inspire not just today's young sailors looking to realise their own dreams, but every sportsman and woman around the world.

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    By Ellen MacArthur, Paperback, 130mm x 198mm, 287 pages, full colour photographs.
    On the night of 7th February 2005, Ellen MacArthur became the fastest person ever to sail solo round the world. The record had been held by a Frenchman who had slashed over twenty days off the previous time - a feat that many experts claimed would be almost impossible to emulate, let alone beat. But in a superhuman effort that saw her dig deeper into her reserves of courage and strength than ever before, Ellen triumphed and some claimed she was now the finest sailor Britain had ever produced.
    Drawing on personal logs, emails, audio and video diaries, this book is Ellen's own fully illustrated story, capturing the drama, excitement, danger, joy and tears of a truly extraordinary achievement.

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    By Chris Eakins, Paperback, 125mm x 198mm, 320 pages, 0.25kg. Black & White photographs. Published 2016
    In 1968, the Sunday Times organised the Golden Globe race–an incredible test of endurance never before attempted–a round the world yacht race that must be completed single-handed and non-stop.

    This remarkable challenge inspired those daring to enter–with or without sailing experience. A Race Too Far is the story of how the race unfolded, and how it became a tragedy for many involved.

    Of the nine sailors who started the race, four realised the madness of the undertaking and pulled out within weeks. The remaining five each have their own remarkable story. Chay Blyth, fresh from rowing the Atlantic with John Ridgway, had no sailing experience but managed to sail round the Cape of Good Hope before retiring. Nigel Tetley sank while in the lead with 1,100 nautical miles to go, surviving but dying in tragic circumstances two years later. Donald Crowhurst began showing signs of mental illness and tried to fake a round the world voyage. His boat was discovered adrift in an apparent suicide, but his body was never found. Bernard Moitessier abandoned the race and carried on to Tahiti, where he settled and fathered a child despite having a wife and family in Paris. Robin Knox-Johnston was the only one to complete the race.

    Chris Eakin recreates the drama of the epic race, talking to all those touched by the Golden Globe: the survivors, the widows and the children of those who died. It is a book that both evokes the primary wonder of the adventure itself and reflects on what it has come to mean to both those involved and the rest of us in the forty years since.

    This true story of the tragic round-the-world yacht race is now the subject of a major film 'The Mercy'

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    By Peter Nichols. Pbk, 134mm x 204mm, 298 pages.
    In 1968, nine sailors set off on the most daring race ever held: to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe nonstop. It was a feat that had never been accomplished and one that would forever change the face of sailing. Ten months later, only one of the nine men would cross the finish line and earn fame, wealth, and glory. For the others, the reward was madness, failure, and death.
    In this extraordinary book, Peter Nichols chronicles a contest of the individual against the sea, waged at a time before cell phones, satellite dishes, and electronic positioning systems. A Voyage for Madmen is a tale of sailors driven by their own dreams and demons, of horrific storms in the Southern Ocean, and of those riveting moments when a split-second decision means the difference between life and death.

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    By Nicholas Tomalin & Ron Hall. Paperback, 0.18kg, 130mm x 198mm, 248 pages, black & white images. (This edition published 2016).
    In the autumn of 1968, Donald Crowhurst set out from England in an improbable-looking plywood trimarans to compete in the first singlehanded nonstop round-the-world sailboat race. Although his previous sailing experience was limited, his boat unready, and the electronic gadgetry of his own design unfinished and untested, Crowhurst had managed to persuade first and affluent backer, then the contest judges, and, finally England’s media to regard him as a serious contender. Sailing south through the Atlantic, he radioed reports of record-breaking sailing performances. In the South Atlantic he announced that low battery power would require him to maintain radio silence through the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Eleven weeks later he broke his silence to tell the world he had rounded Cape Horn and was sailing north for England, the elapsed-time leader of the race. Then tragedy struck. Eight months after his departure, Crowhurst’s Teigmouth Electron was discovered adrift in an eerie mid-Atlantic calm, intact but without the skipper.

    In this tour de force of investigative journalism, Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Hall tell the story of Donald Crowhurst’s ill-fated voyage. Working from Crowhurst’s recovered logs and diaries, the authors reconstruct the events leading up to his disappearance: his first few weeks at sea and his growing distrust of his boat; his attempts to come to grips with imminent failure; his decision to hide out mid-ocean in the South Atlantic, away from shipping lanes, faking a round-the-world journey; and his final, desperate escape from discovery as the would-be perpetrator of one of the biggest hoaxes in sailing history.

    From in-depth interviews with Crowhurst’s family and friends and telling excerpts from his logbooks, Tomalin and Hall develop a tale of tragic self-delusion and public deception, a haunting portrait of a complex, deeply troubled man and his journey into the heart of darkness.

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    By Nick Ward with Sinead O'Brien. Pbk, 127mm x 197mm, 290 pages, black & white and colour photographs.
    Sailing in the Fastnet Race on the yacht Grimalkin had been a dream come true for Nick, but the dream turned to a nightmare when, in the midst of colossal waves and unremitting winds, Grimalkin was capsized again and again. The skipper was lost overboard, and after hours of exhausting struggle three of the crew abandoned the boat for the life raft. Nick and his fellow crewmemeber Gerry, both injured and unconscious, were left on the beleaguered yacht, presumed dead.
    In the middle of the deadliest storm in the history of modern sailing, Nick Ward somehow managed to live to tell his tale. The world famous Fastnet Race of 1979 began in near perfect weather, but within 48 hours was struck by a horrific storm. By the time it has passed, it had mercilessly taken the lives of 15 sailors.
    This is Nick Ward's moving and inspirational account of his survival - against all odds - a story that has remained untold for 27 years, until now.

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    By Robin Knox-Johnson. Pbk, 137mm x 216mm, 244 pages. Reissued 2020
    On Friday 14 June 1968 Suhaili, a tiny ketch, slipped almost unnoticed out of Falmouth harbour with a solitary figure at her helm; the modest, likeable, 29-year old merchant navy officer, Robin Knox-Johnston. Ten and a half months later Suhaili, paintwork peeling and rust streaked, her once white sails weathered and brown, sailed triumphantly back to Falmouth to a fantastic reception for the laughing young Englishman who had become the first man to sail round the world non-stop single-handed.
    It was an incredible adventure, and every temptation to abandon the voyage came Robin's way; his water tanks were polluted, a storm put his radio out of action, his self-steering gear disintegrated, his main boom collapsed, his tiller sheered off, but he refused to give up.
    A World of My Own is Robin Knox-Johnston's enthralling and inspiring account of one of the greatest sea adventures of our time.

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    FATAL STORM, The 54th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
    By Rob Mundle. Pbk, 130mm x 200mm, 380 pages, colour photographs.
    This deals with the same topic as Proving Ground above. The Sydney to Hobart yacht race is one of the world's major sporting events. In 1998 it became one of the world's major sporting disasters. Six sailors tragically lost their lives and countless others suffered injuries, and numerous yachts sank or were badly damaged. The subsequent search and rescue operation was one of the most phenomenally accomplished peacetime efforts the world has ever seen.
    In this fully updated edition to mark the 10th anniversary of the tumultuous race, Rob Mundle, one of Australia’s leading journalists and yachtsmen, tells this story of challenge and survival with compassion, vigour and understanding.

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