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Dick Carter: Yacht Designer By Dick Carter

Dick Carter: Yacht Designer by Dick Carter

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The fascinating autobiography of Dick Carter who won the Fastnet Race in his first go at boat design. This and his other highly innovative designs established a new look and ingenious technological concepts for racing yachts that seem routine today, such as separated rudders, trim tabs, internal mast halyards, oversize headsails and lifting keels.

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Dick Carter: Yacht Designer: In the Golden Age of Offshore Racing by Dick Carter

Not many 'amateur' yacht designers would dare to enter the first boat they had ever designed into the epic offshore Fastnet Race, let alone with the intention of winning it. But that is what Dick Carter did in 1964, beating all 151 other yachts, some sailed by the most notable sailors of the day. He repeated the feat 4 years later with another of his own designs (which also won the Admiral's Cup that year as top boat and top team), but by then he could certainly not be described as an 'amateur' yacht designer. His radical innovations created fast and comfortable boats which were much in demand in this, the golden age of offshore racing. They were commissioned by the top sailors and succeeded in winning the Admiral's Cup, Southern Cross Series, One Ton Cup, Two Ton Cup and many of the biggest races. He even went on to design the massive 128-foot Vendredi Treize for Jean-Yves Terlain to sail single-handed in the 1972 OSTAR (trans-Atlantic) race - the longest boat ever to have been raced single-handed. But after just a decade at the top of his game, he quit the world of sailing and moved on to other challenges. He hadn't been heard of for so long that sailors assumed he was dead. His surprise appearance at the funeral of Ted Hood gave rise to the suggestion that he wrote this book. It is beautifully produced with many fabulous photographs and boat plans and was first published in the US by Seapoint Books and is now published in the UK by Fernhurst Books. While his career as a yacht designer may have been brief, the impact of his innovations has lasted the test of time. Who today would think of an offshore yacht without internal halyards in the mast or that the rudder always had to be fixed to the keel? These concepts, and many more, were first introduced by Dick Carter.

Dick Carter: Yacht Designer Reviews

A fascinating account of his work by one man with a real 'eye for a boat'. (Julian Stockwin) An excellent book (Seahorse) An exceptionally attractive sailing book... an educative and admirable book. (Yachting Monthly) Both interesting and entertaining... handsome, beautifully illustrated hardback. In my opinion it is a purchase that will not be regretted, as it is a jewel of a book for anybody who loves boats and sailing... If I was going to buy just one sailing book this year, it would be this one. (Flying Fish)

About Dick Carter

Dick Carter began racing small boats on Cape Cod and came out of Yale's Corinthian Sailing Club as a champion. He raced International 14s and Fireflys before turning his hand to yacht design despite no formal training. He was highly successful and radically innovative - some of his ideas can be found on virtually every yacht today. After a decade of success, he left his yacht design career as suddenly as he had arrived. Many of his sailing contemporaries thought he was dead.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Prologue; Introduction; 1. Early Days: Summer Sailing on Cape Cod; 2. International 14 and Racing for Yale; 3. Firefly Racing; 4. Racing and Cruising the Medalist; 5. A New Approach to Offshore Yacht Design; 6. Campaigning RABBIT; 7. The 1965 Fastnet Race; 8. TINA; 9. International Offshore Rule; 10. OPTIMIST and RABBIT II; 11. The Tower; 12. RED ROOSTER and the Admiral's Cup; 13. The Carter 33; 14. Rothschild's GITANA V; 15. VENDREDI TREIZE; 16. One Ton Cup Competition; 17. Cruising with the Swing Keel; 18. The Carter 30 in Poland and Russia; 19. RABBIT's Legacy; Other Notable Boats; Epilogue; Honor Roll.

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Dick Carter: Yacht Designer: In the Golden Age of Offshore Racing by Dick Carter
Fernhurst Books Limited
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