try it in International One-Designs and Six-Meters. I personally feel inclined
to start over again with a new cup rather than let the America's Cup be raced
for by Six-Meters."
Stephens, a member of the yacht designing and brokerage firm of Sparkman &
Stephens, Inc.: "The cup should be raced for only by the biggest boats.
Maybe they could draw up plans for a new class to combine the ocean racer with
the J-Boat, so that a cup boat could be kept as a useful cruising vessel like
Baruna or Bolero."
Against the fact
that the 73-foot, ocean-cruising Bolero is currently for sale because no one
wants to bear the expense of racing her, Stephens had this to say: "If it
was announced that the cup would be run by ocean racers of Bolero's size, she
would be sold before sundown."
THE LONG, LONG
The equal ease
with which Jimmy Carter could win or lose the lightweight championship of the
world was one of boxing's great marvels until the other night in Cincinnati
when it was overshadowed by the longest count boxing has seen since Tunney beat
Dempsey at Chicago.
Carter lost a
decision to Champion Wallace (Bud) Smith. Whether it was a unanimous decision
or split remains, however, in doubt. Two of the three Cincinnati judges scored
it for Smith, who thus retained his championship. What made the fight more
weird than Carter's in-and-out record (he had won and lost this same
championship three times) was the dissenting opinion of Judge Joe Blink, a
stubborn, gray-haired man of perhaps limited clerical aptitude. Judge Blink,
struggling with the task of totting up two columns of 15 numbers apiece, was
the last to turn in his card. He handed it up to Referee Tony Warndorf, who
looked at it, snickered and handed it back. Judge Blink's arithmetic gave 94
points to Carter, 90 to Smith. That would have seemed reasonable enough in a
10-round bout but this was a championship, 15-round affair and, under the
10-points-per-round system, a higher total was indicated.
hunched his shoulders over the task again, while a national TV audience waited
It took six
additional minutes for Judge Blink to come up with a new addition, this one
announced as 140-140, or draw. Television winked out hastily on the scene.
Millions went to bed believing that two judges had voted for Smith, while the
third, Blink, had scored it a draw.
cheerfully accepting this split decision when Commissioner Paul D. Cain broke
the news that someone had thought to check Judge Blink's addition. Just to be
absolutely certain. And it came out, Cain said, that the figures actually added
up to 144 for Smith, 140 for Carter. Thus, he held, the decision was unanimous
for Smith. The card was checked again and it did add up to a unanimous victory
for Smith but by a score of 143-139. Or thereabouts.
apprised of this, snorted.