This gorgeous photographic coffee table book reflects the entire history of Olympic sailing, with spectacular photographs celebrating heroes such as Paul Elvstrom and Ben Ainslie, fabulous locations, legendary classes - and the never-ending struggle of an Olympic sailor to make his mark.
- An overview of the three eras of Olympic sailing (early years and yachting; modern dinghy racing and Elvstrom; the new professional era and Ainslie)
- Origins - how sailing came to be in the Olympics
- The struggle - training, teamwork, trials, selection, hope and heart-aching near misses
- Legendary classes and boat designers - those that made an enduring impact
- The new era - including the 49er, Laser, 470 and Europe, enabling fast and furious sailing
- Fabulous locations - including Mexico, Montreal, Sydney, Athens and China
- Icons, gold and glory - celebrating great Olympians, whose titanic struggles, outstanding achievements and logic-defying victories live on in the popular memory and add to the 'draw' of the Olympic legacy
Featuring awe-inspiring images from the best sailing photographers in the world, each with an enlightening and entertaining commentary, this stunning book is a true celebration of this amazing sport through the years.
Mark Chisnell is a writer, broadcaster and professional racing sailor. He has published nine works of award winning fiction and non-fiction, written for some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and The Guardian, and blogged and commentated on everything from the Volvo Ocean Race to the World Match Racing Tour. On the way, he has also won three offshore sailing world championships, and sailed as navigator with five America's Cup teams.