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Dick Carter was one of the best known racing sailors of the 1960s and 1970s. He was seemingly everywhere and winning all the trophies in the hottest classes. He abruptly moved on to other pursuits but now, just as abruptly, he is back. Dick Carter lives in Falmouth, Massachusetts and the U.K.


Dick Carter, the "mystery man" of American yachting is back! Dick Carter, the champion and enfant terrible of ocean racing the in 1960s and 1970s, suddenly disappeared from top-level sailboat racing in 1975. Many of his colleagues thought he had died. Dick Carter has now reemerged with this definitive autobiography of sailboat racing in that period, one of the most productive and innovative eras of sailing. Carter designed and sailed such world-renowned boats as RABBIT, TINA, RED ROOSTER, and "the monster" 128-foot singlehander, VENDREDI TREIZE ("Friday the 13th ). Now here is Dick Carter with a great story of sailboats and sailing, thoroughly illustrated with photos and boat plans. Readers will also find out where he has been all these years!--John Rousmaniere, Author of "Fastnet Force 10" "Annapolis Book of Seamanship" and other sailing classics
"Timing is everything and fortunately for me, I was at the right place at the right time, by joining Dick in Holland for the launch of RABBIT and a summer of racing in and around the English Channel, and if all went well ending with the Fastnet Race! What more could a young New Englander, who had grown up racing a gaff rigged 12 1/2 on Buzzards Bay, dream of? It was a fantastic experience, which continued for three more summers of serious racing on three more of Dick's designs!"--Sandy Weld, "Ocean racer and frequent crew on Dick Carter's boats.
I was fortunate in 2017 to acquire RABBIT, Dick Carter's very first ground breaking design. Two boats in the 20th century changed the course of yacht design history: DORADE designed by Olin Stevens, winner if the 1931 Fastnet Race and RABBIT, designed by Dick Carter winner of the 1965 Fastnet. After RABBIT'S win, no yachts were built with traditional full keels. Rudders separated from the keels became the order of the day. It was an honor and a privilege to have restored RABBIT, a master work by Dick Carter, one of the greatest yacht designers of all time."--Francesco Gandolfi, Owner of "Rabbit"
"This has to be one of the very best books on yachts and yacht design I have ever read. It is beautifully illustrated with photos and technical drawings a fun book to read, as it takes you, step by step through the world of designing racing yachts at the highest level."--Bob Perry, Bob Perry is an internationally renowned yacht designer who worked with Dick Carter in early 70's, in his formative years. Bob Perry is responsible for many successful sailboat designs, including boats by Hans Christian, Islander, Esprit, Lafitte, Nordic Yachts, Norseman, and Valiant.

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