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Don't lower the boom, just move the mast
Hugh Whall
August 26, 1968
For a gadget that might not even work and failed its first test, those floppers still managed to create a new flap as the 5.5-meter men launched their Olympic race trials in the customary air of controversy
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August 26, 1968

Don't Lower The Boom, Just Move The Mast

For a gadget that might not even work and failed its first test, those floppers still managed to create a new flap as the 5.5-meter men launched their Olympic race trials in the customary air of controversy

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Ahead of all of them lay six more grueling races on the route to selecting one of the boats to represent the U.S. in Mexico, and there was every chance that the competition, when it settled down, would get tougher.

For all the sunshine and ideal conditions it was hard for some experts on the scene to shake a faint feeling of gloom. Consider Dr. Britton Chance, father of the young designer, who won a gold medal in the 5.5s in 1952. A man whose whole metabolism seems to depend on the existence of the class, he watched the regatta start and observed philosophically, "Well, the 5.5 was born an Olympic boat. It may as well die an Olympic boat." Which it very probably will.

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