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Edited by Robert W. Creamer
June 29, 1987
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June 29, 1987


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?Men's and women's skiing—Amelia Island, Fla., that hotbed of Alpine and Nordic activity.

In addition, wrestling has been discussed in Marco Island, Fla., and women's gymnastics and Division III men's basketball were reviewed, respectively, on Cape Cod and in South Lake Tahoe, Nev. Hand also notes that the Southwest Conference, eight of whose nine schools are in economically depressed Texas, held its spring meeting at the Inn of the Mountain Gods near Ruidoso, N.Mex.

Britain's notorious train robber Ronnie Biggs, who has been living in Rio de Janeiro to avoid extradition, almost appeared in England recently—in a print advertisement for New Balance running shoes. The ad, which was to have been in the official program for England's soccer match against Brazil in London's Wembley Stadium, featured Biggs in a Brazilian soccer uniform and New Balance shoes, along with the message A STEAL AT ANY PRICE. "We thought the advert was a bit of a laugh," said Bob Runham, the adman who came up with the campaign. The humor, however, escaped Scotland Yard's retired detective chief superintendent Jack Slipper, who had tracked Biggs for years after the $7.3 million train robbery in 1963. "It should be banned," said Slipper. Indeed, in the interests of good taste, it was.


Within 10 days of each other, under the influence of a June moon, two Frenchmen—one on a sailboard and one in a rowboat—set out from the East Coast to cross 3,300 miles of Atlantic Ocean alone. Boardsailor Stephane Peyron, 26, is attempting the first solo transatlantic crossing on a sailboard. His 24'6" Crunch weighs 1,100 pounds and is hollow, with plenty of space belowdecks, including a full-length berth to sleep in. Last year Peyron warmed up for this challenge by sailing 2,400 miles from West Africa to the West Indies with a friend on a twin-sailed board. Now, alone, Peyron hopes to cover 75 miles a day and make the voyage in 45 days.

Rower Guy Lemonnier, 28, prepared for his effort—which is unrelated to Peyron's—by setting a record rowing across the English Channel. His sleek, 21-foot craft, called Jacquet Enterprise has a small cabin and is considered unsinkable. Lemonnier hopes to row to Cherbourg in 60 days, which would beat the existing record of 72 days, 23 hours.

Lemonnier has a computerized navigational system aboard, but no one is sure if he knows how to use it. Peyron is worried about illness and injury. And killer whales. Storms and sharks, however, do not concern him. During last year's tandem crossing, sharks sometimes nudged against his board, but when they got too bothersome, he fended them off by poking a knife at their snouts. Merchant ships could also be a problem for the sail-boarder, especially when he is sleeping, but Peyron figures the bow waves such ships create would push his little board aside before actual contact.

Bonne chance, mes amis.


Sherri Steinhauer, a 24-year-old pro on the LPGA tour, drove into the rough on the 6th hole of the first round of the McDonald's Championship at the Du Pont Country Club in Wilmington, Del. Suddenly, like a cranky neighbor, a fox darted out of the nearby woods, picked the ball up with its teeth, ran a few yards and dropped it into a bunker on the 7th hole. Somewhat stunned, Steinhauer asked for a ruling. With the wisdom of Solomon an LPGA official declared, "The fox is an outside agency, and since the ball was damaged. Sherri is allowed to replace it and then drop it in the rough on the 6th hole without penalty."

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