Vencedor: The Story of a Great Yacht and an Unsung Herreshoff Hero in the Golden Age of Yachting
A fascinating account not just of a racing sailboat storied for its exploits and victories, but of the man who built it: Danish-American naval engineer Thorvald Julius Schougaard Poekel. Vencedor would distinguish itself in a series of highly competitive races between the United States and Canada on what has been called "the great unsalted sea"--the Great Lakes--that led to the creation of "Canada's Cup," one of the most prestigious yachting events in the world.
About the Author
Charles Axel Poekel Jr. is a graduate of the George Washington University and Washington College of Law of American University. He is a former member of the New Jersey State Historical Commission and is chairman of the Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society of New York City. He is a member of the National Maritime Historical Society, the Association of Yachting Historians, the Sippican Historical Society, and the Sailing Museum of Newport, Rhode Island. His other books are West Essex and Babe & The Kid: The Legendary Story of Babe Ruth and Johnny Sylvester. Together with his wife, Lynn, and flame point Himalayan Mr. Whiskers, he alternates his time between Marion, Massachusetts, and Palm Beach, Florida. He is the great-grandson of Thorvald Julius Schougaard Poekel. Visit him online at www.charlesaxelpoekel.com.