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Glénat : Olivier Le Carrer : A History of Sailing


The prodigious development of leisure sailing seen through a hundred key images.

No, yachting was not invented by rich idlers anxious to impress their contemporaries. The endless clichés of extravagant boats and caped billionaires hide an infinitely more complex, more feminine, more adventurous story, the most beautiful episodes of which were written by discreet and passionate anonymous people, unconditional of path less travelled.

They are the ones who will guide us through these pages in the company of often unexpected images – paintings by painters in love with the sea, old advertisements or little-known photos delighted to finally come out of the archives. It did not take less to illustrate the countless facets of sailing for leisure which still hesitates to define itself after more than two centuries of evolution: sport, art of living, space of freedom, or shortcut to paradise? All at the same time, no doubt.

A History of Sailing is part of the same collection as A History of Skiing (2019), A History of Mountain Rescue (2018) and A Brief History of Surfing (2017).


Writer and navigator, former editor-in-chief of Bateaux magazine, Olivier Le Carrer has been traveling the seas of the world for forty years. He is the author of numerous books on the history of boats and the art of navigation, including Le Rêve d´une île (Glénat, 2010), La Mer explained aux terrens and Yachting! Le Rêve d’une île (Glénat, 2010), La Mer expliquée aux terriens et Yachting ! (Glénat, 2012), Atlas des lieux maudits (Arthaud, 2013), Trouver le nord (Delachaux et Niestlé, 2016), 69, année héroïque (Paulsen, 2017), Océans de papier (Glénat, 2017), Beauté Mer (National Geographic, 2018) et Partir autour du monde (Glénat, 2019). Passionate about maps and member of the Geographical Society, he resides in Brittany where he explores the coasts, rivers and canals by sail or kayak as often as possible.


Une Histoire de la Voile

The art of sailing for pleasure

Posted by Glénat

Author (s): Olivier Le Carrer

192 pages.

Format: 17.5 x 24.8 cm

Shaping: Soft.

Public price including VAT in France: 25.00 euros


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