Larry s Ellison s America s Cup team was down 1 8 New Zealand needed just one win Oracle ultimately beat back the odds in what s been called the greatest comeback in sport But was it G Bruce Knecht set out to investigate how Oracle turned things around and, most particularly, the source of extra horsepower that seemed to come from nowhere during the final races What he discovered was that the team was using a sailing technique that was prohibited under the rules The Comeback is a pulse pounding account of Oracle s desperate stop at nothing campaign.G Bruce Knecht, a former staff reporter and foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, is the author of three books, including The Proving Ground The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race Larry Ellison was a major character in that book as well and it explains how his experience in the race led to his pursuit of the America s Cup A sailor himself, Knecht raced across the Atlantic in 2005 on the yacht that broke the 100 year old transatlantic race record.Cover design by Charles Rue Woods....
|Title||:||The Comeback: How Larry Ellison's Team Won the America's Cup (Kindle Single) (English Edition)|
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|Number of Pages||:||279 Pages|
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The Comeback: How Larry Ellison's Team Won the America's Cup (Kindle Single) (English Edition) Reviews
It was a real comeback, but i didn't expect, that it was based on a technique of sail pumping normally illegal among serious sailors. And it seems they are going to legalize this tecnique for the nex Amecira's cup edition!I am glad I could read this book and get the answers I don't like.
I followed the America's Cup races from day 1. The thrill of it all was captivating. The legal wrangling, the technology, the crew politics...all of it leading up to the greatest technology innovation in all of sailing history was captivating. I thought I knew it all...until I read Bruce's book.The behind the scenes battle back from a hopeless last place puts the competition into real perspective. I, like everyone watched in amazement as Oracle battled back, little did I know that "pumping" was the secret sauce. Being able to in effect generate wind and thus create boat speed was, according to Bruce, the deciding factor in the march to victory. Who knew? Clearly not the on water judges or the Kiwis.In this right to the point book, Bruce really lays out the team's frustrations and resulting radical plan Oracle used to such great affect. He gives the reader just enough background to put it all in perspective.His profiles of the key players; Larry Ellison, Dean Barker, Russell Coutts, Jimmy Spithill and Ben Ainslie are vivid and help you understand the personalities behind the competition.Bruce raises some very key questions about the legitimacy of the Oracle win. Questions that need answers. I understand that there will be both an online and a printed addendum to "The Comeback" covering this.Anyone who is interested in the worlds oldest trophy competition should read "The Comeback" and gain insight into this race. The next one in Bermuda in 2017, with a slightly different cast and crew promises to be equally interesting...so reading this backstory will make the next AC event more understandable.
I read The Comeback as a fan of Bruce Knecht's writing, but with little knowledge of sailing and the American Cup. The book is clearly groundbreaking within the sport, as it reveals tactics, legitimate or otherwise, to which only an insider could gain access. I commend Knecht for the research and bravery that went into writing The Comeback, but for me the book read like a well-plotted work of fiction with a fascinating setting, page-turning suspense, and a host of memorable characters. I recommend it to anyone looking for an exciting, fast read...maybe too fast! Will there be more?
Bruce Knecht is a great writer and he uses all his skills in this short recounting of the America's Cup to brink perspective and excitement to a fascinating story. I learned so much about a topic that I previously did not have a lot of interest in and was fascinated by every page. Great human, technical and sports story about how a team comes together for victory.
Everyone in my family read The Comeback and we all read it in one sitting - we just couldn't put it down. During the America's Cup, we were riveted to the race coverage - with the always-sailing-upwind speeds of the new boats, the dramatic near-capsize, the on-deck cameras showing real-time action, and of course, the comeback by Larry Ellison's team. Diving back into the action with "The Comeback" was a dream come true.I particularly appreciated that Bruce Knecht has known Larry since interviewing him for his prior book, "The Proving Ground", and that Bruce had real access behind the scenes to the team's operations and tactics. The lengths to which the Ellison team went to to win the Cup are extraordinary!Even if you are not a sailor or know little of racing terminology, "The Comeback" is thrilling and totally engrossing. Reading it, you will feel like you are in San Fransisco with the boats as they compete head to head for the most prestigious sailing trophy in the world.
I loved the book. It is short, but it provides insights to the greatest comeback. I was there for many of the races, and the one described in the book Oracle USA was beaten in light winds and it could have been New Zealand's Cup but time ran out. Both squad were not aware of the 45 minute limit. If you like sailing you can read it on the ferry.