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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


A miracle on the water

“When it’s very difficult and challenging, that’s when it’s the most rewarding. You have to play the cards you’re dealt. We’re not going to make excuses; we’re going to work hard...We’re sailors, we’re athletes...Life’s not fair sometimes but the beauty of the sport is that you can win if you go win the race. We can win this Cup if we can win the next few races. We control our own destiny.”
Jimmy Spithill, Helmsman and Skipper, ORACLE TEAM USA

Boston Red Sox and the 2004 World Series. The Buffalo Bills and the NFL’s biggest come-from-behind win ever. Michael Jordan and Game 6 of the 1992 NBA finals. And now added to this list of amazing sports comebacks is ORACLE TEAM USA’s triumph in the 2013 America’s Cup. Millions of sailing enthusiasts and casual fans alike watched in awe as the team, trailing one point to New Zealand’s eight, was first to the finish line in eight consecutive races. This miracle triumph left many wondering "How did they do it?"

The answers come together in Winging It, with insights from naval architects and builders on their radical boat designs, the consequences of racing these untested boats, and explanations of how the foils and wingsails―rarely seen on boats before―work. The book explores the impact of events that led up to the Cup, including how a sudden capsize threw the entire event into doubt before the 2013 America’s Cup ultimately delivered an epic finale. Top sailors share their stories, including the victorious Jimmy Spithill on USA 17 and the shockingly defeated ETNZ skipper Dean Barker.

This is the story of an historic win that goes beyond the emotions of the day to explain how the many months of innovation, research, trials, and failures helped secure the Cup in the final race on September 25.

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Winging it deserves six stars. 17. Dezember 2013
Von Charles F. Lantz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I've been a huge fan of the America's Cup since I was a kid, reading just about every book ever written about the event. Even though I've followed it, and understood it, for years, the 2013 34th Defense was, by far, the most complex of all previous America's Cup events. Vastly different boats, sails, rules, courses and techniques came into play that even the sailors themselves were discovering during the races themselves.

To say the 2013 event was confusing is an understatement, even considering that I had the good fortune to be as close to the event in San Francisco as one can get without actually being on a team. I was hoping that someone would write and publish a book about the event that could clarify what we were all seeing, without the guesswork that we were getting from the TV broadcasts, newspaper and most internet coverage, as well as the super-secretive "don't dare give anything away!" info that was doled out on the official news websites.

Winging It is definitely "that book."

It covers everything a fan, or even the casual observer, could want in an event-specific re-telling of a very complicated story, written in language that doesn't confuse with buzzwords or puzzling insider lingo - something which sailboat racing chronicles are far too often guilty.

Even though for much of the event I was right there, close enough to touch the boats while working as a photographer for a sailing website, Winging It explains it all in a way that - literally - gave me goosebumps in the opening paragraphs, not only providing new information on the 2013 event itself, but including some of the best historical references to earlier Defenses of the America's Cup I have ever read, and I've read lots of AC history. Since the book primarily deals with the 2013 Defense, the history section is limited to those previous America's Cup events that were germane to the 2013 event. In other words, a "this is what led to that" type of thing, which is a style of historical writing I've always enjoyed.

One huge advantage Winging It has over other books on the subject that will surely follow is that it was written by three people who have been closely involved in reporting on the America's Cup online for a number of years. Their work on a self-supporting America's Cup website called CupInfo.com is legendary amongst both avid and casual fans, as well as AC insiders. The style and substance at CupInfo.com has always been to report and not condemn, in the true spirit of neutral journalists, and that style is evident, and very welcome, in Winging It.

The politics, legal skirmishes and finger-pointing associated with the event are well-known, and in many instances over-reported. But the authors of Winging it skillfully, and wisely, avoid taking sides, allowing the reader to make their own decisions.

There are enough easily-understood and important graphs and charts to keep the tech-wonks happy, without being too technical. And, as mentioned, the concise AC "history-as-it-relates-to-2013" section is a bonus, filled with enough novel and well-researched tidbits to make the purchase worthwhile for that alone. The individual 2013 races themselves, including the prelude Louis Vuitton Cup events, are all presented in easy-to-understand, well-researched fashion, with plenty of interviews with designers, crews and insiders to give the narrative both drama and veracity.

My only disappointment is a minor and unavoidable one. Since Winging It is paperback, the original color photographs by official event photographers, including Gilles-Martin Raget and others, had to be reproduced in grey-scale, due to the difficulty of printing color on non-glossy paper. But even in black-and-white, they are still outstanding photos.

Until now, my all-time favorite book on the subject has been Upset, which detailed the 1983 America's Cup loss by Dennis Conner to the Australians. Winging It is definitely that book's equal in my estimation, and in many ways surpasses it. If there's anyone on your Christmas list who is even slightly interested in the 2013 America's Cup, this is THE gift to give. And if there are ardent AC fans on that list, giving it is an absolute no-brainer.
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If you have ever raced a sailboat, this is the book for you 10. Mai 2014
Von Frederic C. Towers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Wonderful history go the America's Cup and brilliant descriptions of the tactics, teamwork and designs of the 72-foot, 40-knot catamarans raced in the 2013 regatta in San Francisco. A great read! Highly recommended.
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How did they do it? 28. April 2014
Von Steve Proctor - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
In this book, the design and tactical battles that led to the most exciting America's Cup in history are laid our in meticulous detail. Written by three veteran sailing journalists, "Winging It" provides an insider's look at the professional sailing business and the America's Cup. While some readers might find this book to be too detailed, it provides a more sophisticated look at how this Cup came together than Julian Guthrie's "The Billionaire and the Mechanic," which benefited from exclusive interviews with Ellison but suffered from the author's relative lack of knowledge about high-performance sailing.

Readers hoping for an expose on Larry's dirty tricks will come away disappointed. The authors say Oracle's come-from-behind victory was mostly due to improving crew work and tactics, although fellow reviewers point the finger at the foils. Since reading the The Forty-Knot Sailboat: Introducing the Aerohydrofoil, I have a much better understanding of these boat mechanics, and would agree that foils possess a veritable power.
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I always felt uninformed and like I wasn't quite understanding the whole story 17. Juli 2014
Von Nicholas Fry - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Winging It is a must read for any fan of the America's Cup! Although the race coverage was okay while watching the last America's Cup, I always felt uninformed and like I wasn't quite understanding the whole story. It was fun to watch the races, but now after reading Winging It I finally really get what is going on with the America's Cup. I was so excited about the America's Cup and the incredible Team USA defeat of the Kiwis that after reading this book that I went to YouTube and watched every race over again start to finish, back to back in less than a week. Even though I knew the outcome, understanding the history of the America's Cup, the pre-races, the boats, the teams and all the race strategy made watching the races over again seem like I was watching the America's Cup for the first time. It made watching the races much more interesting and exciting.

I recommend Winging It to anybody regardless of your expertise in sailing and the America's Cup. You will get a whole new understanding of the America's Cup, what led up to the 2013 race and especially details about Team USA's incredible come from behind defeat of New Zealand.
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One of the First 9. April 2014
Von Dave - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This was one of the first books out on the 2013 America's Cup and is relatively short and not too comprehensive. No doubt this is a result of the rush to publish and the secretiveness of the teams. Having said that, it is well worth the read if for no other reason then to relive that incredible race; probably the most exciting race of any type for all time. The early chapters on the history of the cup are a good short primer on the subject as is the section on the feeder races and the LV Cup. The section at the end evaluating what changes OTUSA made to the boat, tactics, crew performance, etc. provided new information giving insight into how the comeback miracle was performed.
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