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Mar 11, 1968

Boat ride? Yes, but don't go near the water

Since the first naval architect hollowed out the first log canoe, boats have been designed to move across water, but going on the water doesn't necessarily mean going in it. The point now is to go above the water

Jun 10, 1968

Killproof and maybe spillproof

She's not a winner yet, but the new 'Smirnoff' did well enough in Alabama to indicate that unlimited hydroplanes can be both fast and nonlethal

Jul 08, 1968

BERMUDA-BOUND MINUS BRENDA

Because of a fierce storm whipping the Atlantic, this year's entries had to wait a full 24 hours before lining up for their start off Brenton Reef, but once the race got going it was the easiest Bermuda ever

May 06, 1968

HEY HO AND UP SHE RISES

Nobody denies that a lot of hulls make for more excitement than one. But do they make for safety?

Jul 08, 1963

Only three knew where the wind blew

While the East Coast sweltered and a fleet of 85 boats searched in vain for a breeze, three others—'Jubilee,' 'Challenge' and the yawl shown above-sailed a race from Annapolis to Newport in their very own weather

Jul 13, 1964

Yo heave ho on a paying guest's chest

They had to shanghai crews in the old days, but the skipper shown at right makes his hands pay to work

Aug 02, 1965

THE RICH RUSH OF A RYBO

For the man who likes luxury and fresh fish at a few thousand dollars a pound, there is nothing that floats comparable to the sport-fishermen made in Florida by John Rybovich and sons

Jan 06, 1964

TO KEEP THE CUP, GET A MAN WHO KNOWS HOW

In an America's Cup year, U.S. yachtsmen turn first to Olin Stephens, whose racing fleet (deployed below) includes two successful cup defenders of the past

Jan 25, 1965

Like trees, boats should be wooden

So says a man who builds the best and wouldn't reach out for fiber glass if he were drowning

May 09, 1966

The winning way to Nassau is Wynne's way

Splashing up bow waves like white butterflies, most of the entries in the annual Miami-Nassau powerboat race faced rough going off the Bahamas, but the slickest driver of all beat the elements by outsmarting them

Jun 01, 1964

OVER, UNDER AND OVER AGAIN

What happened to 'Doubloon' in the midst of a wild Gulf Stream storm shouldn't happen to a yawl, and skeptical experts say it couldn't. But, according to those who were there, it could and did

Jun 28, 1965

CHAMPIONSHIPS MINUS THE CHAMP

Competition was tense on Onondaga Lake as underdog Navy won the IRA, but there was no competition at all on the Thames River. Harvard was there

Nov 07, 1966

WET RUN TO PAINSVILLE

Fog, seaweed, treacherous rocks and murderous seas were the enticements offered drivers in the 440-mile Long Beach-to-San Francisco ocean race. Bumps, bruises and lacerations were their reward

Oct 14, 1963

The hydros rolled snake eyes on a gambling man's lake

A wild windstorm beached the boats at the Lake Tahoe hydroplane championships, but the gamblers on the shore never felt a breeze

Dec 07, 1964

Two seagoing Bearcats beat the odds and the kids

The hopelessly confused start shown above, some old-fashioned sailing skill and several pieces of good fortune were the ingredients when

Mar 28, 1966

The meanest vamp at sea

The Cal-40 at left is a stock boat right off the dealer's shelf, but she beat out all the fancy custom jobs

Mar 30, 1964

IT WAS SNAKEBITE DAY AT SEBRING

Carroll Shelby's Ford Cobras could not catch the prototype Ferraris, but in their own Grand Touring class they put fangs deep into rival Ferrari GTs and helped refurbish Sebring's fading glamour

May 03, 1965

A race in king-size dinghies

Navy's 44-foot yawls (below) are really ocean racers, but they are enough alike to provide a brisk round-robin regatta for 10 college crews

Sep 19, 1966

Toughest chicken afloat

Czech refugee Mira Slovak may think himself timid. If so, his record as the nation's top hydroplane racer proves that he is the toughest chicken afloat