In 1903, Reliance, the largest America's Cup racer ever built, represented the most sophisticated piece of naval and aeronautical engineering in the world. This ship, 143 feet long and carrying 16,160 square feet of sail, was the most powerful lift-driven craft ever produced. The naval architect Nathanael Herreshoff, who, Pastore writes, shattered the paradigms of naval architecture developing the graceful arching bow and stern overhangs now emblematic of classic yachts. By designing such fast vessels he attracted the world's most powerful clientele including the Morgans Vanderbilts and Rockefellers as well as the rapidly expanding U.S. Navy. Pastore recounts the yacht's sea trials its final preparations the race itself and the victory.