This book is an account of the design and construction of Elseli IV, a 35ft wooden sloop. The goal was to compete in the 1957 Fastnet Race. Indeed the last part of the book recounts the fierce battle that took place to be the winner in class 3, with Elseli IV competing with Adlard Coles’ Cohoe III. The race itself was one of the fiercest that had happened until then. 48 boats started, and only 12 finished. The overall winner, was the Class 1 Carina II, a lovely American yawl, but she lifted the deck beams off the stringers. in the process.
I learned a lot from this book, and it fired my desire to get a seagoing yacht. A good read
The book is in fair condition, but the dust jacket has long since disappeared.