Star sailors verily do come down from the Stars to earth. Some people might consider they also go up (which of course no Star sailor would concede). Witness Arthur Knapp, International One-Design class champion for years as well as dinghy champion at Larchmont Yacht Club—Woody Pirie, former Star class world's champion, famous for cleaning up the southern circuit of ocean racing with Hoot Mon, assisted by Star crews such as Charlie Ulmer—Luis Vida�a, Star skipper in Havana and prominent ocean racer—Harry Nye, former world's champion in the Star class, many times winner of the Chicago Mackinac Race and now just elected Commodore of the Star class—ad infinitum.
PAUL H. SMART
Class Yacht Racing Assn.
I would like to take issue with Messrs. Garry Hoyt, Dexter Thede and John Rose who presumably feel the strength of the Snipe class sailor's superiority is by virtue of their numbers and lower investment per boat (19TH HOLE, Dec. 12). However, size of class is not necessarily indicative of the quality of the skippers. The only positive way to prove relative superiority is by comparison of skippers sailing in similar boats. That is why we have the Mallory Cup Series for the North American sailing championship which you covered very well (SI, Sept. 19). This series is open to sailors in every class of sailboat in the U.S. Entries must work up through a fair series of regional eliminations so that no one class of sailors is favored. Oddly enough, out of the 10,000 Snipe sailors none have shown up well in the finals. The present champion of the Mallory Cup happens to be 20-year-old Bill Buchan Jr. of Seattle who could place no higher than 15th in the Star class North American championship at Rock-port, Mass. in 1954. Incidentally, Buchan and his father built their own Star boat which probably cost them about $1,500 with sails and not $4,000.
It may be of interest to note that in the Star class world championship in Havana, Cuba this year there were three ex-Comet class national champions who had each won this title at least two times and as many as four times. The Comet class numbers more boats than the Star class and is much younger. Howard Lippincott, four-time Comet title holder, was only able to place 10th while the other two Comet sailors placed 16th and 35th in a fleet of 37 boats.
These facts should help to prove that the Star sailors have plenty of competition to offer in their class. The Star class is also one of the few classes of sailboats which will race in the Olympics in Australia next year.
JOHN K. TODD
WHAT A MEET!
In SI, Dec. 12, you brought forth the challenge of the Monza, Italy racing director, to the Indianapolis racing fraternity.
I am very much interested in seeing this challenge become a reality. What a race this would be! It also would tend to settle the arguments as to the superiority of either the American or European racing cars.
However, in my estimation, Indianapolis would come out second best, even with their 275-cubic-inch engines compared to the 152.5-cubic-inch unblown, engine limit in force for Formula I, Grand Prix cars, under FIA ruling. And if Mercedes-Benz would re-enter racing for this one, what a meet. Fangio, Moss, Trintignant, Hawthorn, Gonzales, Taruff, Behra, et al. on such cars as Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Lancia and Maserati against the best drivers of America on the best that Meyer and Drake can put into a Kurtis-Kraft chassis.
Please keep me and the many other readers of SI, who are racing fans, advised on the outcome of this very interesting challenge.
JONATHAN L. JOHNSON JR.
Master Sergeant, U.S. Army
INVITATION TO THE WOODS
When I read your Dec. 5 issue I had just returned from a week and a half in the Michigan north woods where I had been deer hunting. I was getting the usual enjoyment from the 19TH HOLE until I read a letter from Mr. D. L. Stofle of Palo Alto, California. When he made the statement that no reasonable man can argue that hunting is a sport I started a slow burn. Particularly when he referred to deer hunting.
Let us look at the deer hunter and the deer. On one hand we have the hunter, who, at most, gets two weeks of hunting every year. He is completely out of his natural element in the heavy woods, thick swamps, hills and mountains. His only previous training is his hunting trips of the years past. He has only his own initiative, stamina, quick thinking and sense of sight to rely on. I am assuming that he is a real hunter who tries to match wits and skills with the deer by tracking and stalking, not by sitting in a blind or letting other hunters drive the deer to him.