My Amer­ica’s Cup Jour­ney

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By Jimmy Sp­ithill with Rob Mun­dle Blooms­bury, $25 BMW Or­a­cle Rac­ing’s 2010 as­cent to Amer­ica’s Cup glory with Jimmy Sp­ithill at the helm may be one of the best-known tales in the an­nals of mod­ern sail­ing, but you haven’t heard it like this be­fore. Sp­ithill’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Chas­ing the Cup, is a must-read for any­one fol­low­ing their own dream. It be­gins poignantly with an an­gry 12-year-old boy in a sur­geon’s of­fice be­ing told he will never be any good at sports—a re­fresh­ingly hum­ble and hu­man mo­ment in a life later de­fined by high-tech speed machines. Sp­ithill main­tains he is not spe­cially gifted (and, in­deed, he seemed to have the deck stacked against him from the be­gin­ning as the hand­i­capped child of work­ing class parents). How­ever, he takes read­ers along for the ride, through a few in­stances of spec­tac­u­larly good luck fol­lowed by sig­nif­i­cantly more in­stances of hard work and long hours, to earn a place in Amer­ica’s Cup his­tory. Full of heart and seem­ingly un­sur­mount­able ob­sta­cles, Sp­ithill’s jour­ney is not one read­ers will soon for­get. His book is an en­ter­tain­ing, fast-paced read that is es­pe­cially rel­e­vant to any young sailor with a dream.— Ly­dia Mul­lan

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