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by Fay Jordaens with Larry Zuk

Fay, the first American woman International Canoe sailor, along with her husband Frank, operated Grants Boat Club at City Island, in the Bronx, in New York City, from 1956-1989. Grant's Boat Club was the home port of the (decked) International Canoe sailors, the champions.

After the decked canoe racing era of Leo Friede and Uffa Fox, sailors of the16x30 canoes, Lou Whitman championed the IC racing during the 1940's and 1950's. This book beautifully presents the grand old days with photos, details of the races, and personal stories about the dedicated sailors.

These legendary sailors included Adolph Morse, Frank Jordaens, designer and leader Lou Whitman including his Manana II era, Steve Lysak, and the introduction of a young sailor named Steve Clark, designer, now a two-time World Champion.

The 8" x 10" book is blessed with contributions from Charles P. Murphy, North Shore Yacht Club Historian (formerly the NY Canoe Club), the daughters of Lou Whitman and Adolph Morse, as well as IC fleet builder Steve Clark.

Straight from the American Canoe Association historical records, Fay vividly brings to life the racing scene of the International Challenge Cup Races. This Cup has been raced for since it was donated in 1885. In 1933, the renowned British sailors Uffa Fox and Roger De Quincy won the Cup in New York. Fay gloriously recounts the trials and tribulations of subsequent challenges in 1948, 1952, 1955 and in 1959, with the British team Alan Emus and Bill Kempner at City Island.

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