Your article has accomplished no purpose whatever except to thoughtlessly harm the tourist business in Maine.
SHERMAN K. CROCKETT
South Casco, Me.
SAFETY AT SEA
Your report on the transatlantic race (Rough Ride on a Sea of Troubles, Aug. 5) gave a vivid picture of the tragicomic temperament required to win yacht races, and the description of the race itself was just brief enough to prevent mal de mer by suggestion. However, I am curious about the two opening pictures of Jim Ivins at the helm, which show him wearing what looks like a window washer's belt. Admitted, Ondine in mid-Atlantic looks immaculate, but surely this is no time for dressing ship.
?Ivins actually is wearing two safety belts. While at the helm he is attached to a line fixed to the mizzen mast. The second belt he wears at all times. It has lines at either side, terminating in snap hooks that he can clip to any fixed object on deck (or even in his berth). The belt also contains a whistle, a waterproof flashlight, a dye marker and a self-inflating life preserver.—ED.