The Price of Victory
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Though innovation that elevates the playing field is usually welcome in competitive sports, 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 tells Robinson’s story: how he wanted to advance the world of competitive sailing by building a better A Scow sailboat – as a gift to the Inland Lake Yachting Association (ILYA) – only to be vilified by members of the fleet he was trying to help.
Robinson designed and built his A Scow sailboat, Victory, according to the rules of the ILYA. But when some members of the Inland A Fleet saw his Victory project as a threat to one boat builder’s monopoly on the building of A Scows, they changed the rules and refused to sail with his boat. The battle carried on for years, ending in a lawsuit.
After having his A Scow design rejected, Robinson then launched a new, faster class of scows in 2007 – the carbon fiber V38. Robinson asked Linda Tedford of Lilja Press to write The Price of Victory to shed light on his experience of having his most significant innovations rejected and to share his story with those both in and outside of the sailing community.
“It's my hope that we'll be able to once again bring innovation into scow sailing for the next generation of sailors and competitors,” said Robinson prior to his death.