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THE FAIR SEX AND THE SEA

Sept. 07, 1959
Sept. 07, 1959

Table of Contents
Sept. 7, 1959

Cover
Coming Events
Olmedo The Enigma
Spectacle
  • The sea's soft edge belongs to the young, and the only way they lose their place in that shining, protean realm between the tides is by growing up

Events & Discoveries
Admiral Gallery
Food
Horse Racing
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

THE FAIR SEX AND THE SEA

Once each year the fairest women sailors in the land vie with each other for the Adams Cup, to decide who sails fairest and fastest of them all. This year it proved to be Allegra Mertz (right) of Rye, N.Y.'s American Yacht Club, where the racing took place. (Allegra thus added to a reputation fully as formidable among women sailors as that of her brother Arthur Knapp is among the men.) The girls came from Florida, Maine, Virginia, Massachusetts, Illinois, New York and Washington. Before Allegra won the Adams Cup (it was her third) the big 210 hulls had to slice through 53 miles of race course. Races started at 9 and finished at 5, and included all the usual mishaps (see below). What with the 210s cutting up the water outside American Y.C. all day, there was very little room left for nautical meandering by male species of any kind. But at least one daring and presumably male 5½-foot shark got in the way of the Seattle girls' boat and was promptly rammed. He disappeared and left Long Island Sound to the girls.

This is an article from the Sept. 7, 1959 issue Original Layout

Smiling Seattlites share joke while waiting on lawn of yacht club for race-committee official launch to take them out to their boats.

Florida Quartet, led by Skipper Pat Duane (left), were runners-up to team from American after three days' racing.

PHOTOHANS KNOPFSKIPPER MERTZ WON FIRST NORTH AMERICAN TITLE IN 1950PHOTOHANS KNOPFFLORIDA CREW ANXIOUSLY LOWERS COSTLY MAINSAIL TO CHECK DAMAGED BATTEN POCKETS BEFORE START OF THE FIRST RACEPHOTOHANS KNOPFMAINE'S SUE WALBRIDGE CATCHES A CATNAP IN THE SUN ON BOAT'S FOREDECK DURING A BREAK BETWEEN ADAMS CUP RACESPHOTOHANS KNOPFSKIPPERS AND CREWS PARADE DOWN GANGPLANK IN EARLY MORNING, CARRYING THEIR SAILS WITH THEM TO THE RACING HULLSTWO PHOTOSHANS KNOPF