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DIXIE REVENGE

April 22, 1957
April 22, 1957

Table of Contents
April 22, 1957

Coming Events
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Events & Discoveries
Hope Of St. Louis
A Wilderness Explodes
Horse Racing
Tennis
  • By William F. Talbert

    Yesterday's champions again de-mothed their gear to test Pancho Gonzales in an event which now resembles A CLASS REUNION

Boating
Football
Golf
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

DIXIE REVENGE

It was the Yanks who came out like bush-league sailors in the Southern Circuit finals

The Southern Ocean Racing Circuit opened with a chorus of angry-shouts last winter when the leading southern contenders learned that certain northern yachtsmen were calling them bush leaguers (SI, Feb. 4). To a man, the Southerners denied the charge and then, in a season marked by different winds and different winners for every race, went out to prove once and for all that they were strictly big-league sailors.

This is an article from the April 22, 1957 issue Original Layout

In the season opener, the February 2 Lipton Cup, the fleet went off into an estimated 10 to 12 knots breeze. At the finish of the 31-mile triangular race there was not a northern boat in contention. Fred Guggenheimer's 67-foot cutter Mogu, flying the pennant of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, came across an easy winner. Second was Jack Price's Comanche, out of Miami. Third: Carleton Mitchell's defending SORC champion Finisterre, from the Nassau Yacht Club.

The results of the February 5-6 Miami-Nassau race were almost as conclusive. Finisterre won it, driving hard through choppy seas kicked up in the Gulf Stream by a 20-knot wind. Second was Windalier out of Corpus Christi; third, Criollo, skippered by Luis Vidaña of Havana. Three days later in the Nassau Cup it was Comanche, Finisterre and Mogu one-two-three.

If the Northerners were to retrieve anything at all from the season, it had to be in the St. Petersburg-Havana race. For a change, they did not have Finisterre to contend with, since Mitchell had quit for the year after the Nassau Cup, leading on total points but worn out from three seasons of hard racing. Besides, the northern fleet had a strong added entry in John Hertz's Ticonderoga, whose busy crew scrambled through three days of hoisting and mending (see photos at left) but finished, as did everyone else, well behind Criollo.

The season's wind-up, a 60-mile run from Havana to Varadero, seemed no more than a formality, since Vidaña's victory in the St. Petersburg race gave him the season's championship unless he sank on the way to Varadero. He didn't. The race was won by another southern boat, namely, the Winifred from Clearwater, Fla., and Criollo scraped through with a 12th-place finish that was good enough for the season's championship.

With that final defeat, the Yankee boats headed North to lick their wounds, while the southern skippers headed home to gloat over the total rout of the invaders. "Obviously," said Miami's Woodie Pirie, "whoever made that bush-league statement did not race down here—or if he did he's quiet now."

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PHOTOMENDING SAIL that ripped aboard Ticonderoga on first day out, Hank Hinkel (center) of Tampa, Fla. puzzles over sewing machine as Lee Hoge, Saratoga, N.Y., reads directions from pocket manual, and Carlisle Wilson shows where new seam should go.PHOTOUP THE MAST on Ticonderoga's main spreader, Crewman Vernon Lockhart scans horizon for glimpse of rival boats.PHOTOBOOSTING SPINNAKER POLE on a downwind run, Johnny Kountz, Toledo, gets lift from John Hertz, owner of Ticonderoga.

FINAL STANDINGS

BOAT

OWNER

POINTS

Criollo

Luis Vidaña

271.5

Comanche

Jack Price

264.6

Windalier

Ed Singer

248.6

Solution

Thor Ramsing

228.7

Hilaria

Hugh Schaddelee

202.4

Chance*

Horace Binney

197.5

Mogu

F. Guggenheimer

192.9

Malabar XIII

Sam Zorovich

186.7

Ciclon

Manuel Garcia

170.7

Merry Maiden

Wilfred McGuire

168.7

Flamingo

Dr. T. Edwards

168.7

Ca Va*

J. W. Hershey

154.9

Pipe Dream*

John A. Taylor

134.2

Finisterre*

Carleton Mitchell

130

Brisote*

Charles Morgan

122

Chance*

Henry Wise Jr.

119.6

Windward*

E. S. Bradford

102.7

Bonnie Amie*

Chas. Ernst Jr.

100.8

Revenoc*

Harvey Conover

94.8

Tahuna*

M. H. Hogan

90

Pimpernel*

Paul Schreck

87.2

Sinsonte*

C. D. Blanchard

77.5

Good Hope*

Bonnie Heath

76.8

Gulf Stream*

M. Hemmerdinger

74.5

Egret*

C. P. Schutt

62.6

Winifred*

John Hayward

62

Undina*

Roddie Williams

61.9

Ticonderoga*

John Hertz Jr.

56

Spray*

Dr. Wm. Piper

54.3

Teal*

S. C. Smith Jr.

53.5

Celia*

George Pearson Jr.

52.8

Water Witch*

John Rodstrom

43.9

Hoot Mon*

C. P. Holt

43.7

Ibis*

W. W. Jennings

39.8

Jen*

Carl Koch

31.6

Marelen III*

Lew McMasters Sr.

31

My Destiny*

Jack Frierson

29

Schussell Von Bremen*

Evans Ship Co.

27.9

Caribee*

Chidester Johnston

19.2

*failed to compete in all five races