As it Was provides historical insight, for example, into the Chinese navigator Admiral Zheng He (1371 to 1433) and his sailing chart
of the Hong Kong coast; the Piri Reis map discovered in Topkapi Palace in 1929 that was drawn on a deerskin in 1513; the metamorphosis from the early Mediterranean sailing directions ('caping the ship' it was called) of the 14th and 15th centuries to the adoption of Dutch chart-building, and the book introduces one of the most celebrated chartmakers of all time; Lucas Janszoon Waghnaer who, in 1583, printed his maritime atlas--the celebrated Spieghel der Zeevaerdt (Mirror of the Sea).
They feature a full sailing chart
of the harbour and a wealth of useful nuggets like the names of the best pubs or the availability of toilets.
On his arrival in Hobart on 29 December, Ingvall, now an Australian resident, announced he would be teaming up with his YuuZoo co-skipper David Witt, one of Australia's most experienced skiff sailors and ocean racers, to put Australia back on the world sailing charts
, including an assault on the America's Cup.