A bit of the credit also belongs to Gene's father, Eugene H. Walet Jr., who used to crew for his son and who advised him on strategy in the last two races. After Gene's victory the elder Walet remarked: "It took a lot of will power. Gene didn't sail his usual race. He took no chances of blowing it. And he won."
There's such a thing, though, as spreading the credit too thin. The other contestants agreed after the race that they had lost to the best skipper they ever had matched wits and tiller hands against. The Mallory Trophy, once the property of Admiral Lord Nelson, bears the Nelson motto which, freely translated from the Latin, reads: "Let the best man win." For two years running he has done just that.