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Smile of champions
Mort Lund
November 17, 1958
All this summer, while the eyes of the sports-minded were focused on the drama of the America's Cup, the nation's small-boat skippers, class-boat enthusiasts like the smiling champions shown on these pages, carried on the busiest sailing season to date. Class boats are, by definition, boats of a kind, and wherever two or three boats of a class are gathered together, a sail-off will soon follow. Multiply this by several thousand and you have a national pattern of sail-offs that start early in the season to pick the best of the class in every yacht club, the best of the class in every district and, finally, the best sailor in each class in the country.
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November 17, 1958

Smile Of Champions

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WINNERS OF THE TOP CLASS-BOAT TITLES

Class

Championship

Winner

A SCOW

Inland Lake Regatta
Lake Winnebago, Wis.

Harry Melges Sr.
Zenda, Wis.

ATLANTIC

National
Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Harry Piatt
Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.

BEETLE CAT

National
Orleans, Mass.

George Kirk
Newton, Mass.

BLANCHARO

National
Lake Wash., Wash.

Morrie Rattray
Seattle

BLUE JAY

Div. I, Open
Mamaroneek, N.Y.

John Weidenhammer
Southport, Conn.

BLUE JAY

Div. II, Open
Mamaroneek, N.Y.

Enid Levine
Mamaroneek, N.Y.

COMET

International
Amaganset, N.Y.

Ed Ryan
Long Branch, N.J.

C SCOW

Inland Lake Regatta
Lake Winnebago, Wis.

C. B. (Cuppy) Goes
Lake Geneva, Wis.

DINGHIES

Intercollegiate
Newport Beach, Calif.

William S. Widnall
MIT

DRAGON

North American
Port Clinton, Ohio

Richard Krauss
Toledo

D SCOW

Inland Lake Regatta
Lake Winnebago, Wis.

Dick Backstrom
Minneapolis, Minn.

E SCOW

Inland Lake Regatta
Lake Winnebago, Wis.

Gordon Lindemann
Milwaukee

EL TORO

National
Lake Merritt, Calif.

Leonard Ruby
San Francisco

FINN MONO

North American
Marion, Mass.

Jack Knigts
Philadelphia

FIREFLY

North American
Winthrop, Mass.

Bjorn Sundby
Montreal

FISH

Thomas Lipton Trophy
St. Petersburg, Fla.

Biloxi YC
Biloxi, Miss.

5.5-METER

National
Galveston, Texas

Ernest Fay
Houston

5-0-5

North American
New Orleans

Dennis Posey
Larchmont, N.Y.

FLYING DUTCHMAN

North American
St. Michaels, Md.

Harry Sindle
Lavallette, N.J.

HAMPTON O-D

National
Annapolis, Md.

Robert A. Clemens
Annapolis, Md.

HIGHLANDER

International
Corpus Christi, Texas

Buck Bailey
Corpus Christi, Texas

IOD

Season Series
Long Island

Warner Willcox
New Rochelle, N.Y.

INTL. FLATTIE

World
Lake Wash., Wash.

Austin Peeples
Los Angeles

INTERNATIONAL 14

President's Trophy
Alamitos Bay, Calif.

George O'Day
Marblehead, Mass.

JET 14

National
Mansfield, Ohio

Max Culpepper
Toms River, N.J.

JOLLY BOAT

North American
Annapolis, Md.

Roger Saunders
Hollis, N.H.

K-38

National
Newport Beach, Calif.

Barney Flam
Los Angeles

L HMAN 10

National
Newport Beach, Calif.

Burke Sawyer
Newport Beach, Calif.

LIDO 14

National
Newport Beach, Calif.

Phelps Merickel
Newport Beach, Calif.

LIGHTNING

International
Little Egg Harbor, N.J.

Henry Cawthra
Grosse Pointe, Mich.

LUDERS 16

International
Chicago

Jack Vilas
Chicago

METCALF DINGHY

National
Santa Barbara, Calif.

Dick Blatterman
Newport Beach, Calif.

MOTH

International
Brant Beach, N.J.

Kenneth Klare
Miami

NOD

National
Long Beach, Calif.

Bill Siegrist
Long Beach, Calif.

110

International
Larchmont, N.Y.

Seth Corwin
Rye, N.Y.

PC

National
Newport Beach, Calif.

Dick Deaver
Newport Beach, Calif.

PELICAN

National
Miami

George Stieker
Coral Gables, Fla.

PENGUIN

National
Mantoloking, N.J.

Gardner Cox
Mantoloking, N.J.

RAVEN

National
Noroton, Conn.

Charles F. Kingsley
Oyster Bay, N.Y.

REBEL

National
Devil's Lake, Mich.

Bruce Goldsmith
Adrian, Mich.

RHODES BANTAM

National
Toledo

A. V. (Brud) Nicholson
Skaneateles, N.Y.

SABOT

National
Newport Beach, Calif.

Tom Nute
Mission Bay, Calif.

SAILFISH

Invitational Regatta
Pultneyville, N.Y.

Wayne Koch
Seneca Falls, N.Y.

SIX-METER

North American
Victoria, B.C.

Harry McGuane
Seattle

SNIPE

National
Jamestown, N.Y.

John Walcott
Bridgeport, Conn.

SNOWBIRD

National
Newport Beach, Calif.

Tommy Schock
Newport Beach, Calif.

STAR

International
San Diego

Bill Ficker
Newport Harbor, Calif.

THISTLE

National
Mobile, Ala.

John Jennings
St. Petersburg, Fla.

TURNABOUT

National Senior
Winchester, Mass.

Theodore W. Shidler Jr.
Winchester, Mass.

TURNABOUT

National Junior
Squantum, Mass.

Kerry Foy
Squantum, Mass.

210

International
Rye, N.Y.

Richard Sullivan
Cohasset, Mass.

WOODPUSSY

National
Red Bank, N.J.

Borden (Brub) Hance
Fairhaven, N.J.

Y-FLYER

National
Charleston, S.C.

Billy Kee
Charleston, S.C.

ZEPHYR

National
Clear Lake, Calif.

Lea Fisher
Berkeley, Calif.

All this summer, while the eyes of the sports-minded were focused on the drama of the America's Cup, the nation's small-boat skippers, class-boat enthusiasts like the smiling champions shown on these pages, carried on the busiest sailing season to date. Class boats are, by definition, boats of a kind, and wherever two or three boats of a class are gathered together, a sail-off will soon follow. Multiply this by several thousand and you have a national pattern of sail-offs that start early in the season to pick the best of the class in every yacht club, the best of the class in every district and, finally, the best sailor in each class in the country.

Their portraits show that for class-boat sailors the final victory brings a fine elation: they have all spent more money than they like to think about to get designers to make that ultimate, ideal boat which has no peer, and more time than they can afford on strenuous racing circuits where giving up weekends is only a beginning. And they do it on the chance of becoming that single, smiling sailor, the champion of the class—or, even more happily—an over-all North American champion.

As a salute to the class-boat skippers, whose appetite for competition gives the U.S. a deep, continuing reserve of some of the finest sailors in competition anywhere, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED presents its gallery of sailing champions—and a handsome gallery it is—together with a roundup of U.S. winners in the major classes (see opposite), a coast-to-coast honor roll of American skippers.

BEST OF THE WOMEN
Nancy Meade, 35, housewife sailor of the Rye, N.Y. American Yacht Club, lost in five previous finals ("It was getting to be a little embarrassing") before she won this year's North American Women's Championship off Chicago Yacht Club and with it the cherished Adams Cup plus cheers from husband John Meade and three children, aged 7, 5 and one.

CHAMPION OF TWO THOUSAND SNIPES
John Wolcott, 25, computer engineer from Bridgeport, Conn. (Quassapaug Yacht Club), while he was a Cornell undergraduate laid out full-size Snipe in his fraternity room, finished hull off in rented loft, graduated and then sailed the hull to victory against a fleet representing 2,000 U.S. Snipes. Now he's building himself an ocean sailboat.

BEST OF THE MEN
Bob Mosbacher, 31, independent oil producer of Houston (Texas Corinthian Yacht Club), and brother to Bus Mosbacher, famed skipper of America's Cup contender Vim, added more silverware to family shelf by challenging and toppling best U.S. men in Mallory Cup competitions at American Yacht Club.

BEST OF THE YOUNGSTERS
Kevin Jaffé, 16, of Darien, Conn. (Noroton Yacht Club), was top junior sailor on the Atlantic Coast, went on to Vancouver, B.C. and won three of eight races, enough to bring Sears Cup Junior North American Championship back East. His crew included one 16-year-old girl "good at setting spinnakers."

GOLD CUP CHAMPION
Ernest Fay, 44, shipyard owner from Houston, kept leathery Texas grip on Scandinavian Gold Cup world championship won last year by fellow Corinthian YC member Bob Mosbacher.

BEST OF THE SIX-METER MEN
Harry McGuane, 40, wood veneer distributor of Seattle (Seattle Yacht Club), left ocean racing two years ago to crew on his first six-meter. With two friends he bought a 20-year-old hull (it sank when first launched), picked up a hot crew and learned so much so fast that at Victoria, B.C., in spite of three terrible starts (last each time), he ran off a first and two seconds against newer hulls to win the North American six-meter championship.

WORLD'S BEST IN THE STAR CLASS
Bill Ficker, 30, house designer from Newport Harbor, Calif. and a career Star boat sailor, known for his ability to put satin-smooth paint finish on a boat, vainly hauled his shiny hulls to championships at Seattle, Chicago and Havana over long succession of years, finally made experience pay off this year when he sailed off with the prized gold star of the world Star champion at San Diego regatta, practically in Ficker's own backyard.

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