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IntroductionA Cup Like No OtherChapter One Challengers and Defenders: A Brief History of the America's Cup Chapter Two Defending the 34th America's CupChapter Three Finalizing the Vision for the 34th America's Cup-Boats, Teams, and VenuesChapter FourAmerica's Cup World Series-Sailing the AC45sChapter FiveOracle's AC72sChapter SixArtemis Capsize and the Loss of Andrew SimpsonChapter Seven Louis Vuitton Cup Racing BeginsChapter EightSailing the AC72--Foiling Chapter NineOracle Team USA's PenaltyChapter TenLouis Vuitton Cup FinalsChapter Eleven A Team of Rivals--Oracle Trains with Two BoatsChapter TwelveAmerica's Cup Match: The 34th Defense of the America's CupEpilogueThe Next America's CupAppendices AC 72 Lines Plans; CupSpeakIndex

About the Author

Diane Swintal has written about yacht racing as well as auto racing for 25 years, covering the America's Cup, the IndyCar series and sports car racing. A sailor and an avid golfer, Swintal resides in Southern California with her husband, motorsports artist Jim Swintal.
R. Steven Tsuchiya is a historian and freelance photographer of the Americas Cup. Steve is a contributor to Sailing World magazine and other yachting publications. He is a member of the Selection Committee of the Americas Cup Hall of Fame.
Robert Kamins analyzed the America's Cup for the OLN television channel and has been a contributor to for the past ten years.


The book is a treasure trove of information on everything from a detailed account of how Oracle Team USA managed the impossible to a comprehensive look at the physics of foiling. Better still it's done from the perspective of a trio of 'outsiders,' not beholden to Larry Ellison. As a result, the writing has a spark to it that was and is all too often missing from the forever-upbeat corporatized verbiage produced by the America's Cup media machine.As much fun as it was to watch the Cup itself, the pace of events-not to mention the secrecy surrounding the two camps throughout the competition-was such that it was impossible to get the complete picture. Winging It fills in those gaps and in the process also affords the reader a chance to enjoy 'the greatest comeback in sports history' all over again. Sail 20140129 "The design and tactical battles that led to the most exciting America's Cup in history are laid out in meticulous detail in Winging It: Oracle Team USA's Incredible Comeback to Defend The America's Cup. Written by three veteran sailing journalists, Winging It provides an insider's look at the professional sailing business and the America's Cup, from how the 72-foot cats became the boat of choice - one early requirement: They had to be able to be disassembled and transported in standard shipping containers - to the design modifications Oracle made in the later stages of the series to bounce back from an 8:1 deficit and retain the Cup (not much besides some minor tinkering with the rudder). Forbes 20131223

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