July 13, 1959
July 13, 1959

Table of Contents
July 13, 1959

Invaders From Below The Equator
Wonderful World Of Sport
  • The Queen's Plate is a Canadian horse race first run 100 years ago in honor of Queen Victoria, who was not greatly amused at the time. Last week nobody at Toronto's Woodbine track watched with keener interest than Victoria's great-great-granddaughter

An Analysis in Depth
Race Track Business
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back


'Nobody knows me'

Now that the fleet in the Transpacific race, that long slide from Los Angeles to Honolulu, is well under way, it can be revealed that at the helm of the 75-foot schooner Constellation is a woman skipper who considers herself purely a rookie in ocean racing. "Everybody knows and fears the Constellation," says her owner-skipper Sally Ames. "She came in first in Class A and second over-all in the '55 race, but nobody knows anything about me. We've tried hard to keep my inexperience a secret."

This is an article from the July 13, 1959 issue Original Layout

Sally Ames, the only woman skipper in this year's race, is a buoyant, energetic 29-year-old Bostonian who has spent a good part of her life sailing small craft. Like many another small-boat sailor, she had the urge to try something larger, and this spring acquired Constellation "by twisting the owner's arm." Maxfield Smith, from whom Sally Ames bought her, is aboard to counsel Sally and her crew but, even so, the big Constellation, with one of the severest handicaps in the fleet, is not given much chance to win. "Never mind," says Sally. "The prospect of eventually gliding past Diamond Head will be satisfaction enough for me."