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 paranormal interval in our maritime historical past. Scott Cookman weaves the compelling plot in a fashion 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 in the back of the race makes that success much more notable. Cookman has performed his homework good and unfolds that tale web page through web page . . . the reader can with regards to believe the icy lash of a North Atlantic swell crashing aboard because the large crusing craft are pushed towards their vacation spot via women and men whose goals and targets (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 look the version of restraint; and a gilded, vanished period lower than the collection hurricane clouds of war.'' –Neil Hanson, writer of The customized of the ocean

''In 1905, the foremost to unlocking America’s financial capability was once quick trip around the Atlantic. Scott Cookman recounts in meticulous aspect the fanatical race for maritime supremacy. Scions and captains of took the problem via 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, may be captivated by means of this notable seafaring tale. it's a ideal stability of historical past, intrigue, and interval personalities that may make your fingers 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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The temptation to race across the Atlantic one last time—and win—was too much for the old man. He moved his gear into the captain’s cabin aboard Dauntless. Colly Colt took up residence in the opulent owner’s stateroom, filled four staterooms with guests, a wine cellar, with vintage champagne, and brought along two stewards and two cooks. Rufus T. Bush embarked four guests, one of New York’s most celebrated chefs, and veteran passagemaker Captain C. T. Crosby to take Coronet to the finish line for him.

Never embark a woman [it makes the sea angry]. A naked woman in the form of a ship’s figurehead, however, calms high winds and gales. —Superstitions of sailors No one at the New York Yacht Club was anxious for another transatlantic race after the first. The weather conditions and death toll had been appalling enough. Its members were content to race one another in New York Harbor or offshore New Jersey and take their annual summer cruise out Long Island and Rhode Island Sounds to fashionable Newport.

Diplomatically, Wilhelm could never hope to escape the overwhelming reputation of Chancellor Otto von Bismarck (he would shortly fire him), and routinely and dismally failed every time he did. But none of them had ever looked to the sea. None of them had tested themselves upon it. None of them had won anything on the waves. Technology, as his naval attachés were almost certainly telling him, had dealt everyone a new hand—indeed, a whole new deck. The majority of Britain’s vaunted navy was obsolete and no better than his own.

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