Thomas J. Lipton’s America’s Cup Campaigns is the saga on one man’s three decade obsession with winning the America’s Cup. This is author Richard V. Simpson’s fifth title concerning the quest for the America’s Cup—the Blue Riband prize for the sport of large ocean racing yachts. In this book, Simpson relates brief stories of some of the most interesting of the early races for the Cup which lead up to the Lipton challenges. The narrative covers the development of the early sloops and schooners from wood, to metal and the challenges faced by designers.
For this narrative Simpson has searched century-old tabloids for early sport writers’ predictions and observation of the contestants; he has resurrected many long-forgotten contemporary accounts relative to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century yachts built especially as America’s Cup racers. This historical account of the Lipton and Herreshoff face-offs is a sterling read for professional, amateur, and armchair sailor.
Richard V. Simpson is a native Rhode Islander who has always lived within walking distance to Narragansett Bay; first in the Edgewood section of Cranston and in Bristol where he has lived since 1960. A graphic designer by trade, he worked in advertising, printing, display, and textile design studios. He designed and built parade boats for Kaiser Aluminum’s Bristol plant and the Navy in Newport; he painted large murals for Kaiser, Raytheon’s Submarine Signal Division, and outdoor billboards depicting U.S. Navy Supply Corps history for the Naval Supply Center in Newport. After retiring in 1996 from a 29-year Federal Civil Service career with the U.S. Navy Supply Center and Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, he began a second career as an author of books on subjects of historical interest in Rhode Island’s East Bay, with his principle focus on Bristol and Bristol-related subjects. This is Richard’s twenty-first published title, the fifth with the America's Cup as its subject. Richard became interested in the defence of the America's Cup during the 1962 races being sailed in Rhode Island Sound between the Australian challenger Gretel and the NYYC's Weatherly.
Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Extent: 176 pages
Illustrations: 30 colour illustrations