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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 fashion that would 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 striking. Cookman has performed his homework good and unfolds that tale web page by way of web page . . . the reader can with reference to suppose the icy lash of a North Atlantic swell crashing aboard because the huge crusing craft are pushed towards their vacation spot by way of women and men whose desires and ambitions (and even the satisfaction in their nations) dangle within the balance.'' –Peter Isler, America’s Cup veteran, writer of the bestselling crusing for Dummies, and Editor at huge for crusing global

''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 most important to unlocking America’s fiscal strength was once fast go back and forth around the Atlantic. Scott Cookman recounts in meticulous element the fanatical race for maritime supremacy. Scions and captains of took the problem by way 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, should be captivated via this notable seafaring tale. it's a ideal stability of heritage, intrigue, and interval personalities that might make your hands 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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Grenville Kane, the owner’s representative, took to sitting in the companionway, sheltered from wind and wash, to watch the men scrambling to shift sail. He found the spectacle enthralling. ” Though followed by “frantic apologies” from the mate, it served its purpose. It sent Kane scurrying below, “killed his ardor,” and rid the deck watch of an idler fouling the companionway. Henry Reuterdahl, the marine artist aboard, was soon sent packing as well. He’d arranged his “patent, collapsible easel” on deck to capture firsthand a picture of a line squall at sea.

The other six, encumbered in sou’westers and heavy sea boots, were gone in the dark. qxd 2/12/02 1:25 PM Page 30 30 AT L A N T I C Edwards, Fleetwing’s skipper, hove to under bare poles and scoured the black, raging seas for five hours. Not a trace of the missing men could be found. In this gallant but futile gesture, he knowingly abandoned any hope of winning the race. When the storm blew itself out, Vesta was leading the pack. In fact, she was fast pulling away, at times achieving an unheard-of speed of 14 knots.

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. In 1870, however, the club was formally challenged to a crossocean match by English railroad millionaire James Ashbury.

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