The history of Ratsey & Lapthorn is synonymous with that of yachting. The firm's first sail lost preceded the establishment of yachting and for over two hundred years the world's leading yachts have set the firm's canvas. From its origins in Cowes and early involvement with the Royal Yacht Squadron, the firm grew to establish lofts on the British main land and in New York. For a hundred years Ratsey & Lapthorn were the sailmakers of choice for yachts competing for the America's Cup. Members of the Ratsey & Lapthorn families sailed on the greatest yachts and liaised with a client base that included Kings, Emperors and tycoons.
The fascinating history of this highly personal business has been researched from a myriad of archive sources by Dr William Collier. This first book on the history of sail making fills a void in our knowledge of yachting's history.
Classic Sails: The Ratsey & Lapthorn Story by William Collier. Published by Ratsey & Lapthorn 1998. 159pp. Hardback with dust jacket. Dust jacket condition: Very Good - minimal wear to extremes of jacket and slight mark to rear, largely a nice bright copy. Book condition: Very Good - clean covers, tightly bound, clean throughout.
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