Gilles Martin-Raget

Gilles Martin-Raget

Gilles Martin-Raget is a journalist and professional photographer who has raced in international sailing competitions. He is a regular contributor to numerous sailing magazines and the author/photographer of Abbeville’s Legendary Yachts and Legendary Yacht Races.

Classic Yachts

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Striking photographs of fourteen classic sailing yachts capture the spirit and beauty of a glorious tradition.

Tuiga, Mariquita, Cambria, Shamrock, Eleonora, Zaca, Moonbeam, Lulworth, Sunshine, Partridge, Altair, Nan, Marilee, and Bona Fide: these are the sailing yachts of legend. Restored in the last ten years, the original splendor of these superb boats is now profiled on the pages of Classic Yachts. A testimony to maritime history, this book tells each sailing vessel’s story through arresting photographs, an informative text, and architectural diagrams.

Author François Chevalier recounts the entertaining history of these boats, covering everything from their construction and restoration to anecdotal tales of regattas won and lost. Gary Jobson, America’s preeminent sailing ambassador, provides a foreword and lively captions, which underscore the contemporary significance of these traditional yachts. Double-page spreads and a unique, oversized oblong format feature Martin-Raget’s brilliant photographs—readers feel as if they are on deck with the crew. While outdoor photography captures the excitement on board, images of the boats’ interiors offer a peak at their luxurious accommodations. In addition, illustrator François Chevalier’s detailed diagrams of each vessel provide the reader an overview of each boat’s architecture. Capturing the spirit of sailing on an open sea, Classic Yachts offers a breathtaking survey of an epic sport.

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Legendary Yacht Races

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A thrilling portrayal of the world's classic yachting regattas and events.

Legendary Yacht Races is an invitation to become immersed in the world of sailing, to experience the passion of the sailors and yachtsmen, and to discover the prestigious world of the great regattas and classic yachts.

For two decades Gilles Martin-Raget, one of the best-known sailing photographers, has covered the most important international competitions, including the latest America's Cup, The Race, the Vendee Globe, and the Rum Route. As the official photographer for many of these events, he has amassed an enormous archive, and this book brings together more than 200 of his greatest photographs. Viewing these stunning images, you will sail the seas of the world, following in the wake of the biggest, fastest, and most beautiful boats, meet the men who sail them, and stop off in exotic, far-flung places.

Martin-Raget's photographs provide a first-hand view of the heart of the major races and an insider's look at the world of the great classic yachts as they and their crew encounter the challenges and perils of the sea, wind, and waves. Accompanying the pictures are lively, anecdotal captions that set the scene and provide details of the action depicted. This glorious hymn to the sea also celebrates the joy of being under sail.

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Legendary Yachts

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A tribute to the great racing yachts of the past, their current renaissance, and today's new enthusiasm for the classic regatta.

Every summer, as international classic yacht regattas pass through Monaco, Porto Cervo, Cannes, and other harbors, the public imagination is seized by elegant wooden boats, majestic vessels of gleaming brass, honed teak decks, and brightly varnished hulls. Under their expansive canvas sails, the yachts evoke a vanished era when the waves were broken only by the power of the wind. Vibrantly illustrated in full color, Legendary Yachts offers a definitive exploration of the glorious age of sailing as well as a celebration of the modern enthusiasm for the classic yacht regatta.

This handsome book features such renowned yachts as Pen Duick, Shenandoah, Avel, and Creole, admirably captured by exterior and interior photographs. Whether twisting furiously in the heat of a race, coasting serenely on the sea, or docked in a picturesque Mediterranean port, the yachts are displayed with astonishing clarity. The unique charm and personality of each yacht are readily apparent.With an engaging text that illuminates five different regattas and delves into the histories of over a dozen classic boats, Legendary Yachts recounts the lore and mystique of the regatta.

It also details the rather recent phenomenon of restoring these wooden boats, some of which are over a century old! Indeed, yacht restoration is almost as great a passion as sailing. The book describes the care and craftsmanship that go into bringing the boats back to life and uses ninety precise drawings from a variety of perspectives to reveal the structure of each vessel. A tribute to the past of the wooden yacht as well as its current resurgence, Legendary Yachts will appeal to sailing enthusiasts, sports fans, sea lovers, and anyone with an interest in the world of classic yachts.

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