Book of the Week: Sailing Gold

Might be the time to read Olympic sailing history
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Sailing Gold
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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.