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Under Sail: Aboard the World's Finest Boatsby Simon Mcbride
Synopses & Reviews
The luxury yacht - that sublime marriage of form and function - is plush yet sleek, indulgent yet built for speed. The very finest, heralded here, range from rare old schooners and cutters built in the early decades of the twentieth century and lovingly restored to the new generation of high-tech yachts.
All share a gleaming perfection and infinite attention to detail both above and belowdecks. Burnished wooden staircases lead down to staterooms appointed with brass lamps and cozy reading nooks. Neatly organized galleys promise fine meals, while polished tables and armchairs - bolted the hull - provide a place to dine. Sunlight and moonlight filter in through portholes and hatches, illuminating the paintings and other works of art that decorate the walls. Outside, roomy cockpits sport comfortable pillows for lazy afternoons at anchor, but their careful designs keep the sailors dry during a close-hauled tack.
Under Sail beckons the reader to escape from land-locked life into an elemental existence governed by the open sea and the wind, with the clink of rigging and the flaps of sail overhead, and the warm timbers of teak underfoot. The glamour of the past and the tantalizing reality of contemporary living at sea come together in a visual celebration that, like the romance and mystery of sailing itself, exerts a powerful pull on the senses.
Book News Annotation:
Photos and text celebrate the luxury yacht, from rare old cutters and schooners approaching 100 years of age to the new generation of high- tech sailing vessels. Emphasizing the glamour of a self-contained floating world, the images depict details of life onboard—the polished brass fittings, powerful ropes, marquetry inlays decorating old oak cabinetry—as well as bigger views of sleek boats under sail. The yachts are the stars, and their sailors are conspicuously absent. Glenn, the writer, is a journalist who reports on racing and other matters for Yachting world. McBride, the photographer, works for publications including Architectural digest and . Oversize: 9.25x10<">.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Elegance afloat, above and belowdecks
The luxury sailing yacht--that sublime marriage of form and function--is plush yet sleek, indulgent yet built for speed. Thirteen of the very finest of these boats are displayed here, from lovingly restored schooners and cutters built in the early twentieth century to the new generation of high-tech yachts. The author, a sailor himself, discusses each boat's history and characteristics, above and belowdecks, including her origins, racing record, and more intricate explanations about her fittings and design elements. Lush photographs show the boats under sail, as well as details like the original fireplace in the nearly century-old, 147-foot Orion; the bronze blocks on Linnet's deck, re-created from designer Nathanael Herreshoff's 1904 drawings; and the Mariette's forward cockpit, resplendent with monogrammed cushions, designed to keep passengers dry during a close-hauled tack. Burnished wooden staircases leading to well-appointed cabins and orderly galleys stocked with specially inscribed silver and crockery epitomize elegance afloat.
About the Author
Simon McBride has been photographing gardens and interiors for over two decades, working regularly for Architectural Digest, Country Living, and House and Garden, among other magazines. His numerous book credits include Ski Style and Private Tuscany. He lives in Bath, England.
David Glenn, a yachtsman and journalist, covers the global super yacht scene for Yachting World. In addition to reporting on the growing classic race circuit in the Mediterranean and the world's boat shows, he races regularly aboard the newly restored J-Class racing yacht Velsheda. Glenn, who lives in Dorset, England, sails with his young family aboard his twenty-foot gaff sloop out of Poole.
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