A well-built sailing vessel is a thing to behold, regarded for centuries - by both sailor and landlubber alike - as a sight so magnificent as to rival the light of the moon or the form of a beautiful woman. This book is a celebration of that beauty, beginning with a definition of exactly what a classic yacht is and explanations of the roles played by factors such as design, materials, vintage, size, and builder. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific boat, providing an indepth discussion of her provenance, construction, and sailing characteristics, with contextual framework given by comparisons to similar ships. Readers will discover how different countries - and different builders within them - developed their own unique solutions to common challenges to seaworthiness, speed, and maneuverability. Illustrated with photographs of the most gorgeous news-making vessels of the past century, the book features a lively text that conveys a real insider's knowledge of the fleet, with information about each yacht's construction, changes in ownership, America's Cup performances, and the rivalries and colourful personalities involved.
Jill Bobrow is Editor-At-Large for "Yachts International" magazine, and the former Editor-in-Chief of "ShowBoats International," founding Editor of "Boat International USA Magazine," and Editor of the "Megayachts USA" book series. She started Concepts Publishing with photographer Dana Jinkins in1980. Jill has coauthored more than a dozen high-end yachting-related titles, including "Classic Yacht Interiors "(Concepts Publishing); "The World's Most Extraordinary Yachts "(WW Norton); "Harbors of Enchantment "(Concepts Publishing); "Spirit of Tradition" (WW Norton); "St Vincent and the Grenadines "(WW Norton); "Antigua and Barbuda "(Concepts Publishing); and "Outrageous Yachts "(Vendome Press). She lives in Warren, VT, with her daughter.