Competed in Atlantic
With brother Joe
sailing other boat
won McMillan Trophy
(Eastern Intercollegiate Championship)
Sailed for Harvard.
As the record shows, the President-elect is not only an enthusiastic helmsman but a successful one. Like the other members of his large, vigorous and fiercely competitive family, he is a savage contestant, at 43, whether sailing, swimming, skin-diving, golfing or playing touch football. All the Kennedys have an intense interest in sports, and where-ever the family has lived—from Boston to London, from Palm Beach to Hyannisport—its always rough, usually noisy contests have impressed and awed neighbors. As a minor, if provocative, footnote to history, Jacqueline Kennedy will be the first First Lady who ever broke an ankle playing football. It happened during a Kennedy clan game of touch football at Hyannisport.
Kennedy is a powerful swimmer and was a member of the swimming team at Harvard. If it had not been for his skill as a swimmer and for a hardiness of body and toughness of spirit developed through rough-and-tumble games, he probably would not be alive today. His gallant role in rescuing crewmen after his PT boat was splintered by a ramming Japanese destroyer in the Solomons is one of the fine stories of courage in World War II.
Though injured himself, he led the roundup of others in the water. He made land after swimming for five hours—towing a crewmate behind him.