Sailing at the U.S. Naval Academy

Sailing at the U.S. Naval Academy

An Illustrated History

Book - 1996
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This heavily illustrated book chronicles sailing's unique heritage at the Naval Academy from 1845 onward. It begins in the days of fighting sail, when the reputation of a naval officer depended principally on his ability to handle a square-rigged ship and when sailing was the central activity of the school. Sailing offers vivid descriptions of training aboard the grand old practice ships - Constitution, Constellation, and Macedonian - under master mariners like Stephen B. Luce, then moves to the 1930s, when some energetic midshipmen revived the sailing program by entering intercollegiate competition and offshore racing. By 1995 the program was the most popular midshipman activity; academy sailors won the Dinghy National Championship four times in five years and the top prize in the Newport-to-Bermuda Race - after fifty-four years of trying! Written by a well-known sailor and longtime ocean-racing coach at the Academy, the book is filled with dramatic stories of great races and adventurous cruising. And it records the history of the famous Luders yawls Fearless, Dandy, and Flirt, and the donated boats Vamarie, Highland Light, and Royono, among others, plus sixty years of intercollegiate small-boat racing. It also documents the academy's development of the Quick Stop man-overboard rescue maneuver and its Safety at Sea seminar program, both of which have been adopted nationwide. Admiral McNitt credits the contributions and support of the Fales Committee, the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, and other civilian groups who have provided invaluable support over many years. Appendixes list Dinghy National Championship winners, midshipman All-American sailors, the performance of academy boats inthe Bermuda race, and members of the Fales Committee.
Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 1996
ISBN: 9781557505736
155750573X
Characteristics: xii, 257 p. : ill. ; 29 cm

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