DUEL ON THE WIND: A Novel of the America's Cup Challenge by Richard Duprey

DUEL ON THE WIND: A Novel of the America's Cup Challenge

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Bouncy fluff with a millionairess nympho chasing a racing skipper. Challengers from England, France, Australia, America, and Saudi Arabia are engaged in perfecting yachts to win the 1977 America's Cup off Newport. Shank Shanahan, a hotshot young designer, creating the Trident, a superboat financed by a Howard Hughes-type multimillionaire, can't keep his eyes off his employer's daughter, man-chewing Nita, who can't keep her hands off skipper Paul Normandin (although she's quite up to screwing three men a night), who is only interested in Andrea, a nurse. This roundrobin of boats and bedventures strives to suggest the world of yacht clubs and Eastern wealth and the camaraderie of the spray, but all it shows is pillow talk, stereotypes, little tension, and a romantic blur desperately in need of hard focus and real voices.

Pub Date: Nov. 30th, 1976
Publisher: St. Martin's Press