Carleton Mitchell's coverage of the defense of the America's Cup (In 20 Fatal Minutes, Australia's Try Was Doomed, Sept. 25) should be ranked as a masterpiece of its kind. I am no yachtsman, yet I read the article with intense interest. Through it I got a better view of the races and a better understanding of the merits of the two yachts, their designers, their crews and the strategies they used than if I had been off Newport in one of the observation boats.
New York City
Like many other fair-minded Americans, I am an infracaninophile—a friend of the underdog. I think that it would be good for the sport if someone else won the America's Cup for once. When the Yankee dynasty in baseball ended I think it fair to say that many Americans were relieved; and now we have the fantastic battle for the 1967 pennant in the American League.
Nevertheless, Carleton Mitchell revealed a spirit of sportsmanship in his fine article, which was charitable without condescension and fair-minded without being falsely sympathetic. He gives the devil his due and the Australians credit for their fine and commendable effort.
WARREN E. TURNER
On a visit to Montreal and Expo 67 on September 20 I saw a sign displayed in the Australian Pavilion. It said: "Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to display the America's Cup." Congratulations to worthy challengers and good sports.
HUGH D. BLACK, M.D.
GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
Congratulations are in order for Paul Gallico's excellent article concerning crew (Tale of an Ancient Mariner, Sept. 25). Being an oarsman, I know only too well the excitement and pain described so vividly by Mr. Gallico.
We oarsmen at Marist College practice daily on the old Regatta course, amid the old boathouses and painted cliffs. We are trying to rebuild the tradition and honor that crew once had both in the Hudson Valley and on campus, and we are rapidly gaining prominence in the small-college category.
I'm sure this article was enjoyed by oarsmen everywhere, and more coverage of this sport would surely be appreciated.
Captain, Marist crew
Thank you for giving us oldsters this tale of the past. Having had fraternity brothers who were members of Syracuse University's crews during that time, I could appreciate it.
Collegiate rowing has a lot of merit and it is growing, as shown by the many crews at the Intercollegiates and other regattas. At the same time few persons realize just how much downright hard work crewmen go through. Paul Gallico told about some of it as only a master storyteller can.
LYNN D. HEPINSTALL
Your September 25 SCORECARD article on the white-winged dove ("La Paloma, Prestige Bird") warrants some correction. You state that there is but one place in the U.S.—viz. Texas—where the white-winged dove may be hunted and that the season there is open for little more than 24 hours, from 1 p.m. to sundown on each of two Saturdays and Sundays.