Whether or not you follow boating as a sport, you've likely caught the news that history was made this week when the America's Cup was awarded to American billionaire Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA. The 19-day match (the longest in the competition's 162 years) ended in a 9-8 win against New Zealand, marking a stunning comeback for Oracle, who won 8 straight races to overcome a 1-8 score.
Why are we book people so excited about a sports story?
In May this year, San Francisco Chronicle staff writer Julian Guthrie published The Billionaire and the Mechanic, the story of how Ellison found an unlikely partner in car mechanic Norbert Bajurin and together they prepared for exactly this moment in time.
The timing was perfect; the book came out just in time for this year's competition. But, of course, now there's so much more of the story to tell... and Guthrie intends to tell it. The paperback and Kindle editions of The Billionaire and the Mechanic, due out the end of November, will include two new chapters covering this extraordinary development.
The paperback edition is already available to preorder here. And, in the spirit of the moment, we've rounded up three more books that boating fans might enjoy.
by G. Bruce Knect
|Sailing on the Edge|
by Bob Fischer
by Cali Gilbert