Book Review: An AC34 Victory Lap

It didn’t take long for America’s Cup fans Diane Swintal, longtime cupinfo.com contributor Robert Kamins and photographer R. Steven Tsuchiya to put together their take on the 34th America’s Cup...
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It didn’t take long for America’s Cup fans Diane Swintal, longtime cupinfo.com contributor Robert Kamins and photographer R. Steven Tsuchiya to put together their take on the 34th America’s Cup, and the result—Winging It: Oracle Team USA’s Incredible Comeback to Defend the America’s Cup—is well worth the purchase price.

Despite being produced in a little over two months, the book is a treasure trove of information on everything from a detailed account of how Oracle Team USA managed the impossible to a comprehensive look at the physics of foiling. Better still it’s done from the perspective of a trio of “outsiders,” not beholden to Larry Ellison. As a result, the writing has a spark to it that was and is all too often missing from the forever-upbeat corporatized verbiage produced by the America’s Cup media machine.

As much fun as it was to watch the Cup itself, the pace of events—not to mention the secrecy surrounding the two camps throughout the competition—was such that it was impossible to get the complete picture. Winging It fills in those gaps and in the process also affords the reader a chance to enjoy the “greatest comeback in sports history” all over again. $24. International Marine, mhprofessional.com

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