Atlantic: The Last Great Race of Princes by Scott Cookman

By Scott Cookman

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''Atlantic is a stirring tale that illuminates a mystical interval in our maritime background. Scott Cookman weaves the compelling plot in a way that might fascinate either the landlubber and the sailor alike. The schooner Atlantic’s transatlantic racing checklist has remained unbeaten for almost a century–and the tale at the back of the race makes that fulfillment much more notable. Cookman has performed his homework good and unfolds that tale web page by means of web page . . . the reader can on the subject of consider the icy lash of a North Atlantic swell crashing aboard because the enormous crusing craft are pushed towards their vacation spot by means of women and men whose desires and objectives (and even the satisfaction in their nations) cling within the balance.'' –Peter Isler, America’s Cup veteran, writer of the bestselling crusing for Dummies, and Editor at huge for crusing international

''Outstanding. Cookman is both adept at depicting the gut-wrenching stress of ocean racing; the politics, intrigues, and skullduggery of billionaires, society snobs, and sailors who make Captain Ahab appear the version of restraint; and a gilded, vanished period less than the collection typhoon clouds of war.'' –Neil Hanson, writer of The customized of the ocean

''In 1905, the main to unlocking America’s financial strength used to be speedy trip around the Atlantic. Scott Cookman recounts in meticulous aspect the fanatical race for maritime supremacy. Scions and captains of took the problem by means of racing around the ocean.'' –Gary Jobson, America’s Cup—winning tactician on Ted Turner’s brave (1977) and ESPN crusing analyst

''Anyone who has ever been to sea, or dreamed of a crusing experience, could be captivated via this striking seafaring tale. it's a excellent stability of background, intrigue, and interval personalities that would make your arms sweat as you rush headlong via typhoon and fog to the finish.'' –Rockwell B. Harwood, Commodore, Stamford Yacht membership (1999—2001)

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In the end, however, Rufus Bush’s winning Coronet was dealt a rough justice. In 1905 she was sold as worthless and ended her days as a so-called gospel ship, floating missionary, of the Holy Ghost and Us Society, cruising the coast of Maine. Perhaps that penance was her salvation. She is now the chief project and one of the key attractions of the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, Rhode Island. Unlike previous transatlantic races, the 1887 contest had been spared death, but made odious by sabotage.

The ship’s carpenter was screaming that the ship had opened up forward and the Atlantic was filling her. Where Bennett was during all this is anyone’s guess. Probably below in his cabin, thrown headlong from his berth despite its leeboard, plunged into darkness, and as disoriented and panicked as everyone else. If he was thinking clearly, he was thinking about drowning—all thoughts about races and wagers forgotten. Only Bully Samuels kept his head. He ignored the carpenter. Getting the ship on her keel again was what mattered.

He was sitting in the cockpit marveling at the “cobalt sky . . ” Running before a “splendid flashing breeze . . under every kite with which a racing yacht can be smothered,” the yawl was ripping along at 12 knots (almost 14 miles per hour). ” Captain Miller was finally racing—full out. He had been since shortly after midnight when, in addition to the frightening spread of sail already aloft, he set Ailsa’s massive spinnaker. The wind and the weather were too good to waste. He was determined to put as many miles between him, Charlie Barr and Atlantic, and any other competitors as conditions allowed.

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