Lake Minnetonka sailor Brad Robinson believes in innovation. And though innovation that elevates the playing field is usually welcome in competitive sports Robinson's new book The Price of Victory and the Fear of Innovation exposes how a group of sailors rejected innovation to suppress competition in the sport of A Scow racing.
The Price of Victory chronicles Robinson's achievements and struggles: his desire to advance the world of competitive sailing by building a better A Scow sailboat as a gift to his fleet and the rejection and vilification he faced by members of the fleet he was trying to help. After having his A Scow design rejected Robinson then launched a new faster class of scows in 2007 - the carbon fiber V38.
The Price of Victory and the Fear of Innovation: Brad Robinson's Story is a testament to the value of innovation and what can happen when progress is rejected. It's also about one man's love for sailing and the magic that comes from having the right crew on the right boat.
A former attorney and planned giving fundraiser Linda Tedford is vice president of Lilja Communications focusing on business development writing and creative communication. The Price of Victory is one of several books she has written for clients which include ghost-written memoirs and business history books.
"Not since Born to Win John Bertrand's account of his lifelong efforts to innovate boat designs that eventually changed the outcome of America's Cup have I read a well written story of sailing history with so much intrigue &hellip Tedford's wonderful prose and the magnificent passion with which Brad Robinson pursued his dream kept me turning pages. The Price of Victory and the Fear of Innovation belongs in the pantheon of great sailing literature!" -Terry Kerber Co-Author Major Taylor: The Inspiring Story of a Black Cyclist and the Men Who Helped Him Achieve Worldwide Fame
"It's beyond me how the author distilled such an intertwined story into bite-sized chunks somehow managing to call it like they saw it without harshly trash-talking their adversaries &hellip The history and background about Brad and his sailing through the decades makes a great slice of history we all should know about. A great work." -Dallas Johnson Sailing Photographer