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Book of the Week- Sailing Gold

by Mark Chisnell on 13 May 2012
Might be the time to read Olympic sailing history SW

With the Olympics approaching in Britain, maybe this is the time to indulge your interest - or that of a loved one - in the place of sailing in the Olympics over time.

It's a gorgeous photographic coffee table book reflecting the entire history of Olympic sailing, with spectacular photographs celebrating heroes such as Paul Elvstrom and Ben Ainslie, fabulous locations, legendary classes - and the never-ending struggle of an Olympic sailor to make his mark.


Sections cover:
- An overview of the three eras of Olympic sailing (early years and yachting; modern dinghy racing and Elvstrom
- The new professional era and Ainslie)
- Origins
- How sailing came to be in the Olympics
- The struggle - training, teamwork, trials, selection, hope and heart-aching near misses
- Legendary classes and boat designers - those that made an enduring impact
- The new era - including the 49er, Laser, 470 and Europe, enabling fast and furious sailing
- Fabulous locations - including Mexico, Montreal, Sydney, Athens and China
- Icons, gold and glory
- Celebrating great Olympians, whose titanic struggles, outstanding achievements and logic-defying victories live on in the popular memory and add to the 'draw' of the Olympic legacy.

The book features awe-inspiring images from the best sailing photographers in the world, each with an enlightening and entertaining commentary.

This stunning book is a true celebration of this amazing sport through the years.

If you can't find it in your local bookshop, it is published by Adlard Coles, and can be purchased http://www.amazon.com/Sailing-Gold-Moments-Olympic-History/dp/1408146479!online.

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