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Sailing into summer
Fred R. Smith
May 11, 1959
Boating clothes by a lady sailor...The easy-living blends...A southern planter look in linens...What to wear with the two-piece bathing suit
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May 11, 1959

Sailing Into Summer

Boating clothes by a lady sailor...The easy-living blends...A southern planter look in linens...What to wear with the two-piece bathing suit

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The great U.S. boom in boating has brought on a boom in boating clothes that is big news. As some 5 million boats cast off this summer, the best-turned-out sportsmen yet will be aboard. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S summer preview therefore presents the best of both the newest and the tried-and-truest from which the sailor of a rowboat or a yacht can make a wise choice. The colorful New Orleanians shown on following pages and charging through the spray on page 63 are real sailors, and they are pretesting a fair-or-foul-weather collection of sailing clothes designed especially for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S women readers by Jane Ford (SI, Dec. 24, 1956) and manufactured by Sportmasters of California in Los Angeles. This collection is being launched with fashion shows this week at yacht clubs and department stores across the country. Other newsworthy offerings in sailing clothes, including new wind-and-water-repellent pullovers and parkas derived from ski wear, are also presented.

But you won't spend the summer in sailing clothes. Summer discoveries also include easy-livin' apparel: old fashioned seersuckers and calicoes, up-to-the-minute blends of Dacron and natural fibers for lighter-than-ever summer suits and southern planter elegance in linen and silks for summer evenings. All in all, the following preview of the coming season presents 75 items of choice. The spinnaker cloth used by Kenneth Watts, a sailmaker in Torrance, Calif., to-make spinnakers for America's Cup contenders, is the basis for Jane Ford's spanking new group of foul-weather clothes (page 56). This nylon fabric is strong, lightweight, water-repellent and yet porous enough to be comfortable in the steamiest summer storms. Jane also uses it for matching scarves which she, a sailor herself, finds to be the simplest and most functional headgear. Red, white or blue water-repellent poplins (Greenwood Mills) make up the balance of the collection: a middy, parkas, jackets, shirts and pants in every length from California-short to Newport-long. Jackets are windproofed with elasticized inner cuffs (or elastic at both wrist and upper arm for push-up sleeves) and drawstring necklines and hoods. Many pants have front pockets below jacket level.

Foul-weather suits of nylon spinnaker cloth are shown by Mrs. Joseph Killeen Jr. (in blue), Mrs. Alfred Brown Jr. (in red) and Mrs. William B. Rudolf (in yellow) as they run before the wind in Rutledge Delgado's Dragon, the Jubilee. Their sailing shoes are nonslip Sperry "Top-Siders."

Nylon sailcloth duffel bag, made by Kenneth Watts of Torrance, Calif., is for taking Jane Ford clothes aboard. It can be stenciled with the owner's name.

Three sailors in wind-and-water-repellent poplin are Louisette Brown (above right) in jacket with zip pocket, deck pants; Hayne Rudolf in hooded jacket, red shorts; and (below) Mrs. Miles P. Wynn in poplin shirt, pants, cotton-knit sweater ($3, Duofold), duck hat ($3, Abercrombie & Fitch), madras espadrilles ($6.50, "Baffeez").

A gallery of gear
Starting with the stripe-trimmed poplin middy ($16) and tapered pants ($10) worn by Connie Killeen, and-. proceeding clockwise, prices are: nylon sea bag, $12; 36-inch nylon spinnaker-cloth scarf, $4; poplin deck shirt, $12; short poplin shorts, $9; Jamaica-length shorts with front slash pockets, $9; spinnaker-cloth jacket, $26; matching pants, $19; hooded poplin coat, $33; sweat shirt, $5; poplin deck pants, $9; bias-zipped poplin Jamaica shorts, $9; Sperry "Top-Siders," $9. Zip-front poplin jacket in center, $19, the shirt $12. All poplins come in blue, red and white; the spinnaker cloth in red, yellow and blue; sweat shirt in white, yellow, red and navy. All are available at the following stores: J. P. Allen, Atlanta; L. S. Ayres & Co., Indianapolis; Bon Marche, Seattle; Dayton's-Schuneman, St. Paul; Filene's, Boston; G. Fox & Co., Hartford; Wm. Hengerer, Buffalo; Higbee Co., Cleveland; Joseph Home, Pittsburgh: Hutzler's, Baltimore; Kreeger's, New Orleans; Boston Store, Milwaukee; H. S. Pogue Co., Cincinnati; Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, New York, San Francisco, Skokie, Springfield, White Plains; Thalhimer's, Richmond .

From slopes to decks

In addition to Jane Ford's new collection of sailing clothes shown on the previous pages, there is more new nautical apparel this summer that has grown out of America's love affair with boats and life on the water. Here, photographed on more members of the Southern Yacht Club crew sailing Lake Pontchartrain, are the best of the rest. Particularly interesting are the madras parkas (below left). They are made by Eleanor Van Waveren, a lady from Vermont, who tested them on her state's ski slopes this spring and has carefully endowed them with the same sleek functional qualities that skiers demand of their parkas. Treated for wind-and water-repellency—as are most of the clothes shown here—and elasticized at waist and wrist, they'd be just as useful on a beach or in a car as on a deck. The other clothes were picked with the same standards in mind—no claptrap, no embroidered anchors, but real sailing clothes.

John Gary paints his boat in a terry cloth sailing pullover from Italy. It is blue with white trim, has square neckline ($15.50, Abercrombie & Fitch).

Alfred and Louisette Brown wear sailing parkas of wind-and-water-repellent Indian madras ($15, Van Waver en: Anson Newton, Morristown; Phelps-Terkel, Los Angeles; Top Drawer, New Orleans).

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