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A YOUNG MAN FROM SEATTLE WITH THE LOOKS OF A TRABERT AND THE SKILL OF A MASTER IS THE NEW AMERICAN SMALL-BOAT CHAMPION
Robert N. Bavier Jr.
September 19, 1955
If Young Bill Buchan Jr., the Seattle skipper who piloted a Luders 16 to a clear-cut victory in the annual North American Sailing championships, remains anything close to the coolheaded, calm-browed competitor he was this last week at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, it is going to take some doing to beat him in future races.
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September 19, 1955

A Young Man From Seattle With The Looks Of A Trabert And The Skill Of A Master Is The New American Small-boat Champion

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It was in judgment, however, that Buchan shone. In last year's Mallory finals he had finished a distant fourth, sailing fast and sometimes well but often recklessly. This year he had as much nerve but when he went off on a long tack it was based on good judgment, not wishful thinking. When behind, he was content to whittle away at the boats ahead rather than gamble.

Inevitably, part of the credit for Buchan's triumph must go to his father, an amateur boat builder and designer with as large and tough a pair of hands as ever handled a spinnaker. Buchan Sr.'s spinnaker was drawing almost as soon as the windward mark was passed and was never doused until the bow reached the leeward one.

"It takes a crew of five carrying it to the mark," said Bill Sr. after the race, but anyone who had watched knew better. It took three.

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