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"Wait a minute," protested his wife. "I learned how to sail. I don't pretend to be as good as he is but I know pretty much about it. I used to be chef on board...."
"Actors are frowned upon in certain yacht clubs," Bogart put in thoughtfully. "They're there for wild parties instead of the business of sailing...."
"Bogie has been admitted to membership in any yacht club he cared about joining," Mrs. Bogart interrupted. "He's considered to be a man who knows as much about sailing as anyone, and he's accepted in the club as a sailor who's as good as any sailor there...."
"I'll tell you," said Bogie suddenly, "I do the same things sailing a boat as I would do if racing an automobile. The trick is to use your sails correctly and be sure you're going in the right direction.
"My handicap is 41.9. But I need a lot of wind just to get my boat to live up to its handicap, I'm so under-rigged. But I've won my share. We do all right."
Was there ever a temptation to cheat on the rules during a race?
"Cheating doesn't enter into it," said Bogart flatly. "A liberal interpretation of the rules can enter into it. I've never been protested against in my life. I've protested...."
"Naturally," cut in his wife, dryly.
"The Ensenada Race is not the kind of race that lends itself to any of that. It's more of a trip than a race. It's not long enough really. Fact is, most races are won at night. A lot of fellas relax and go to sleep or party. The guy who keeps sailing all night long wins. I change sails all night long! I change sail at midnight or 2 a.m. or 4 a.m. or any time the wind conditions call for it."