Ranger; the Making of a Yachting Legend

 
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This is the first history to be published on the life of Lou Tercel, a working-class Auckland crane driver turned legendary yacht designer, and his best-known creation. Built in the backyard of the family home, Ranger dominated the A-class competition from her launch in 1938 until finally outclassed by the technological advances of the 1960s, and is credited with inspiring today's crop of successful Kiwi sailors, many of whom have made it to the pinnacle of world yacht racing. Yachtsmen from Chris Bouzaid and the late Peter Blake to Chris Dickson and Russell Coutts have credited Ranger on their path to success in the Whitbread, One Ton Cup and America's Cup. Lou Tercel's name is well known in the international yachting community, and was posthumously honoured when Ranger was selected to represent New Zealand and the America's Cup team at Cowes, England in 2001.

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Sandra Gorter (MA Hons English) is a freelance writer, trained at the London School of Journalism, who has been writing about New Zealand s fleet of historic yachts and the people who race them, since 1995. She has been published in a range of national and international periodicals and newspapers including Classic Boat UK, Wooden Boat, Sailfast, New Zealand s Boating World, Classic Yacht Quarterly, and the New Zealand Herald. Her work includes the books: Ranger, the Making of a New Zealand Yachting Legend Scout And editing and project management from conception to publication of historical books: The Murray Memoirs Yesteryears. She and her husband own the classic Logan yacht Iorangi, sailing and racing her whenever possible.

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Boating New Zealand: ...read it you must... The interviews have insight and authority... I don t know how these two diverse writers could have done a better job of telling the story of Lou Tercel and Ranger...the people march out of the pages to you... The book, as an artifact is a delight... a treasure for your bookshelf. (H Kidd) --Boating New Zealand

TradeABoat (NZ). A lucit insight into the history of one of New Zealand s most famous race yachts, this book is fascinating not only for research into Ranger, but also for its coverage of the community issues of the day... A Great read. --TradeABoat NZ

New Zealand Herald Besides recounting the history of one of Auckland s most successful yachts, the book reveals the amazing life and times of Ranger s designer and skipper, the truly legendary Lou Tercel... The book is a tribute to the research skills of co-authors Aroha Tercel and Sandra Gorter... A great read and well illustrated. --New Zealand Herald

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