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Gordon Bennett and the First Yacht Race Across the Atlantic


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The story of the first ever offshore yacht race, and the notorious New York playboy who won it.

Table of Contents

1 The birth of transatlantic yacht racing 2 The first of the international playboys 3 Captain Samuels: The hired gun 4 Stick, twist or bust? 5 Wild times off the Grand Banks 6 Riders on the storm 7 Stranger than fiction 8 A stab in the back 9 The race is won 10 What happened afterwards 11 The fate of our heroes

About the Author

Sam Jefferson is a journalist and maritime historian, and is one of the leading authorities on the clipper ship era. He is a former Deputy Editor of Sailing Today, and writes regularly for Classic Boat, Sailing Today and Traditional Boats and Tall Ships. He is the author of Clipper Ships and the Golden Age of Sail and Sea Fever, both published by Bloomsbury.


The story is engagingly told by distinguished journalist and maritime historian, Sam Jefferson. * Gentleman's Journal *
Sam Jefferson's story is written with style, colour and wit. A cracking yarn. * Boat International *
Entertaining * Daily Mail *
a jaunty and surprise-packed retelling of a wonderful story, which leaves readers with an abundance of good yarns to recount on their next night watch * Times Literary Supplement *
entertaining tale of yachting history and sybaritic excess * Guardian *
Sailors in particular will enjoy this harrowing story * Sailing (US) *
It's hard not to love a seas story that seems too outrageous to be true and such is the case with Gordon Bennett * Soundings (US) *
Biographer Sam Jefferson paints a colourful picture of James Gordon Bennett, as playboy, bon viveur and ardent yachtsman whose drinking gets him into a host of scrapes. * Yachting Monthly *
A breathtaking survey of the 1866 transatlantic yacht race. * Vanity Fair *

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