For years we have been trying to tell people what winter sailing is like. We greatly enjoy the sport but have found it hard to express our enjoyment to the disbelievers. Now, with Jeannette Bruce's fine story for quotes and Francis Golden's beautiful watercolor prints as visual examples (A Tonic of Wind and Water, Feb. 13), we can adequately tell others of our feelings.
Rear Commodore, University of Cincinnati Sailing Club
Miss Bruce's story on frostbiting is most factual and the pictures are beautiful. However, while some of the dinghies now racing are 11 � feet with 72 square feet of sail, most are smaller. There are about 300 of our Dyer Dhows (7 feet 11 inches and 9 feet) and 10-foot Dyer Dinks racing all winter at the western end of Long Island Sound. Most of those boats pictured are Dhows.
Incidentally, the dinghy used by Martin Baker in that New Year's Day challenge of 1932 was our first one. It was built after Colin Ratsey's father kidded us because we were towing an English tender behind our Dutch boat. We are most grateful for your splendid coverage.
Mrs. WILLIAM J. H. DYER
President, The Anchorage, Inc.
Re your article about Italian basketball (Pallacanestro Is the Rage, Feb. 13), I have a few comments to make. Before coming to the U.S. I was a member of the A. P. Partenope team of Naples, Italy—or Jupiter, as Jack Olsen calls it—and I think the article is unfair. A lot of the purported U.S. stars who are over there would not even make the second team of a second-rate school here. Sure, compared to some of the local players they look good, but then, if a second-rate soccer player from Europe were to come here, he, too, would look very good.
I have just finished my first season of European basketball playing for the Oxaco Basketball Club in Antwerp, Belgium, in a league similar to Italy's. Doug Moe need not feel like he is a Lone Ranger. It's the same in Belgium. There are approximately 15 American players beating their heads against the wall due to local rule interpretation and player-coach, coach-owner, owner-newspaper-writer and team-team feuds.
It is a shame to see a country's players held back just because their playing ability is 10 years ahead of the officiating, coaching techniques and spectator conduct. Until these problems are rectified big-time basketball will never truly materialize in Italy, Belgium or anywhere else in Western Europe.
8th Infantry Division
Thanks for the terrific article on Bob Seagren (He Sizzles with a Swizzle Stick, Feb. 20). Everyone knows that Bob is the greatest vaulter in the world, and somewhere he is going to break 18 feet.
I also have a tip for Bob: Score hair cream works just as well as hair spray for holding the hair in place going over the bar.
JOHN KOOISTRA III
Little Rock, Ark.
I can see the trainer's inventory list now:
Adhesive tape—500 miles
Hair spray—12 bombs.
BACK TO BEAVER
I was truly delighted to read Bil Gilbert's excellent story on wolf hunting on Michigan's Beaver Island (Diving for Wolves in Ice Water, Feb. 20). Having spent the last 10 summers there, I can assure you that Mr. Gilbert truly captured the atmosphere that makes Beaver Island what it is—a place where commercialism has not come. Mr. Gilbert's description of Archie La Freniere and The Shamrock Bar was also excellent.