We here in the West would all appreciate it if Alice Higgins and her ilk would stay home and not bother us; we're quite happy not to be burdened with an Eastern Seaboard "megalopolis." We have primitive and wilderness areas in Montana and Wyoming where not even an Old Green Lizard is allowed. No mechanized vehicles. Yet even as I write this there are those in Washington who are lobbying for legislation to build roads into these last remaining areas of our country where a man can be self-reliant and alone with himself without having to trip over Coke bottles and beer cans. Let the poorly conditioned and the extroverts keep out!
ARMIN D. MEYER, M.D.
Dickinson, N. Dak.
It was with great interest that I read Bob Bavier's description of Constellation's triumph over Eagle in the fifth race of the try-outs for the America's Cup (The Race That Beat the Bird, Aug. 16).
It should be noted, however, that the caption of the drawing on page 37 slates that Constellation made her quick tack "after jibing around the third mark." It would seem from the text and from the wind and course arrows depicted in the drawing that she could not have jibed.
Constellation approached the mark on a broad reach on the port tack. In rounding the mark she simply hardened to the wind and then, when close-hauled, made her quick tack over to starboard.
JOHN J. TRASK JR.
New York City
?In the four hours, 26 minutes and five "seconds it took her to complete the fifth race, Constellation made 79 tacks and 8 jibes. SI went overboard with an extra jibe.—ED.