Synopses & Reviews
Since 1983, the Louis Vuitton Cup has determined who qualifies to compete for the Americaandrsquo;s Cup competition, the worldandrsquo;s most prestigious yachting regatta. The involvement of the world-famous company in the race transformed the match from a friendly competition into an international, modern media event.
Louis Vuitton Cup tells the story of the Americaandrsquo;s Cup, which parallels Louis Vuittonandrsquo;s expansion from a company that specialized in building travel trunks to its presence as an internationally acclaimed luxury brand. The book traces the trajectory of the Cup, recounting stories of the individual races and victories, from the first in Newport, Rhode Island, to the most recent in Valencia, Spain. It includes profiles of the Cupandrsquo;s most prominent winners and pays tribute to the worldandrsquo;s most talented yachtsmen and the photographers who, passionate about the sea, helped forge the regattaandrsquo;s inimitable reputation.
Revised throughout and with 60 additional pages, the new edition covers all of the events that have occurred since the book's initial publication in 2008, presenting a fully up-to-date look at the exciting world of sailing competitions and the world's most coveted sailing trophy.
The first Little Americaandrsquo;s Cup, held in 1961 in Long Island, came about when the United States challenged Great Britain in a technical and sporting event, with the winner receiving a trophy engraved andldquo;The International Catamaran Challenge Trophy.andrdquo; Today, the Little Cup is officially called the International C-Class World Championship, and more than just a competition, it has become an applied-technology lab for small racing catamarans. Handsomely illustrated with over 100 photographs and diagrams, designs, and maps made by Franandccedil;ois Chevalier, the book describes, via the 26 championships held since 1961, not only the regattas themselves but also the sailors, the history of cutting-edge technological discoveries, as well as the architecture of the catamarans moving at the very fastest speeds.and#160;and#160;
About the Author
is a yacht designer, professor of naval architecture at the University of Nantes, and marine author and artist residing in Paris. His previous books include J Class
and the collectible America's Cup Yacht Designs
In the regatta circles, Bruno Troubland#233; is a unmistakable character. An Olympic-level athlete, he began competing for the Americaand#8217;s Cup on board the France I. He also competed in the 1980 and 1983 series. From 1983 until 2007, he was the chief organizer of the Louis Vuitton Cup.
John Edwin Bertrand is a legend in yachting, having skippered the Australia II to victory in the 1983 America's Cup, ending 132 years of American supremacy. Bertrand won the bronze medal in the Finn competition at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. He is a member of the Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Melbourne, Australia, and currently competes in Etchells Class boats. He wrote Born to Win about the 1983 America's Cup victory.