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1 Heckstall-Smith, B "All Hands On The Main-Sheet!" : A Book for Yachtsmen and Sportsmen
Grant Richards Ltd., London 1921 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Hardcover 
311 pages (complete). A resonant copy. An inscription on the frontispage that this copy came off the legendary, indomitable Racing Schooner "Westward", at Cowes in 1930. A picture of "Westward" from August 1930, at Cowes, can be found here: https://www.1stdibs.com/art/photography/black-white-photography/frank-beken-classic-sailing-yacht-westward-august-1930/id-a_1626233/ . "Westward" is known not only for not giving way to the Kaiser in the Emperor's Cup (for which the then owner received an apology from the German Admiralty), but also for her extraordinary successes at Cowes. In 1935 she raced such celebrated competitors as Bluenose, Britannia (the King's boat), and Shamrock V, and on August 5 she beat every other vessel in the Royal Yacht Squadron's Regatta, including a clutch of J-boats. Such is her esteem that the RYS created the "Westward Cup" in 2010 in her honour. Her glory years were with her new owner T B Davis (who SIGNED the frontispage). Davis, a multi-millionaire friend and rival of the King (George V) and philanthropist had earlier donated the ship that became the South African Training Ship General Botha (the first and only training ship in the Southern Hemisphere). "Westward" was later sunk according to Davis' will. A pleasingly contented copy. The blue boards are placid with very light shelving wear to edges and seams. The gilt titling gleams. The boards are steady, sound. The paper trims are foxed. The frontis and later pages are also foxed. However, the contents are benign, benevolent, clean, clear, thick, assured, mild-mannered, companionable. fk 
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