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TIGERS, TRUNCHEONS AND DOG TEAMS
Slush ice is forming in the Bering Sea and in a few weeks it will be frozen over. We, the people of Nome, will be isolated for the rest of the winter and will have nothing much to do, so would welcome South Carolina's traditional football game in Nome.
We extend to Coach Enright and Coach Howard and the people of South Carolina an invitation to come to Nome. We will have the white carpet (which will be snow) out and dog teams for transportation. We will be able to furnish fur parkas for the cheer leaders but will have to substitute Eskimo ice cream for hamburgers and hot dogs. For entertainment between halves there will be Eskimo blanket tossing and dancing. For mothers and children we can arrange for Santa and his reindeer to be there on the 20th of December.
STARS AND SNIPES FOREVER
Success in the Star class presupposes an initial investment of approximately $4,000, required to purchase a top-flight Star boat with all the trimmings. To a majority of sailors this is an excessive, if not a prohibitive, expense. Even within the class this expense actually limits the field, for of the 3,683 Star boats in existence, no more than 500 could be rated top-flight boats. The fact is that owners who cannot afford custom-built Stars, trailers, haul-out equipment and annually new sails race at a distinct disadvantage that has nothing to do with their sailing ability. Star boats have in effect priced themselves out of most of the competition, and any exclusiveness that results depends as much on bank accounts as on racing skill.
Thus, success in the Star class has only limited validity as an index of sailing skill, and no validity as a basis for claims of superiority over other classes. Should Champion Cardenas care to discover where he really stands he might try some races without the high-priced help of Kurush V. My suggestion would be that he step from the Stars down to earth and some peasant dinghies, where the emphasis is on the sailors and the boats are all the same.
? Carlos de Cardenas, who calls Star sailing "an intellectual sport," just took his second world title, with son Carlos Jr. crewing and son Jorge the runner-up. Paul H. Smart, president of the International Star Class Racing Assn., with his son Hilary, winner of the 1948 Olympic competition, believes Mr. Hoyt's charge that the Star boats have "priced themselves out of most of the competition" is unjust. Mr. Smart estimates the maximum cost of a top-flight Star to be $3,100 with sails, and championship-caliber boats, like Skip Etchells' Old Greenwich Star, may be ordered for $2,750 finished, or $995 unfinished. Finally, the number of Stars has just jumped from 3,683 to 3,701, the Soviet Union has registered 15 of them, built by the Shipyard of Sporting Shipbuilding of the All-Union Central Soviet of the Trade Unions of Leningrad.—ED.
THE WICHITA WIZARD
?Theodore A. Wells, chief engineer of the Beech Aircraft Corporation, earned the title " Wichita Wizard" by winning numerous national and international Snipe championships. Twice the world champion Snipe sailor, Wells contributes his success to meticulous mean calculation, taking into account such minutiae as the wrinkles in his mainsail. Wells feels that Snipe competition is "much tougher" than Star boat racing because there are four times as many Snipe sailors and regattas. Furthermore, a Snipe skipper must survive regional and national competition before qualifying for the International, where each nation is allowed one boat. Wells's next important race will be the Mid-winter International Snipe Regatta at Clearwater, Florida early this March. "Competition," says Wells, "is the only thing that makes good sailors."—ED.
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