MEMO from the publisher

Oct. 03, 1960
Oct. 03, 1960

Table of Contents
Oct. 3, 1960

World Series
Surf Fishing
  • Neither rain nor sleet nor dark threats from his wife can stay the dogged surf fisherman from the slow completion of his appointed—and often fruitless—rounds. Buffeted by the waves, perplexed by the weather, baffled by the fish, he plods nightly to the sea, full of hope and neuroses

College Football
  • By Robert Boyle

    Northwestern's experienced backs and green line led the Big Ten back to the top, a Texas halfback straightened out and Lehigh's engineers turned the pressure on Delaware

Pro Football
Harness Racing
Baseball Music
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

MEMO from the publisher

Last July 21 a 39-foot sloop named Gipsy Moth III sailed past the Ambrose Lightship and set a record as remarkable as any in a year remarkable for records. Francis Chichester, an English chartmaker, had sailed the Atlantic alone from east to west, had defeated four other rivals in the first transatlantic single-handed sailing race and had beaten by 16 days the previous westbound solo sailing record (SI, Aug. 1).

This is an article from the Oct. 3, 1960 issue

The story is one which SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has followed with rising interest ever since the announcement of the plans for the race more than two years ago (SI, June 2, 1958). Sponsored by the Royal Western Yacht Club and the Slocum Society, the race proposed a serious, responsible and (to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED) admirable twofold object: "(a) sport, and (b) the development of suitable boats, gear and techniques for single-handed ocean crossing under sail."

"If we didn't have such serious objectives," the Slocum Society's secretary, Richard McCloskey, said then, "the race would be like going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, just a lot of damn foolishness."

Only five men raced. With the purposefulness of skilled mariners, each accepted the long challenge of loneliness, weariness and primeval elements. All met the challenge well; all finished. Francis Chichester finished first and won the sporting object of the race. But he achieved something else, which was not in the prospectus. He wrote during his voyage one of the rare and authentic documents of adventure.

Later he said, "You may wonder how I managed to do this when I complained continually of being overworked. Daily after breakfast, when I had come through the night and was feeling rather pleased and optimistic, I used to settle down, get out my blue book and imagine I was talking to a friend. I used to look forward to starting my little prattle."

Prattle, to no one's surprise (except possibly that of the captain and the crew of Gipsy Moth III), it is not. " Next week SPORTS ILLUSTRATED presents Francis Chichester's story of solitary seamanship, written as he sailed it—"a most noteworthy and enduring contribution," Editor Robert Cantwell says, "to the literature of men against the elements."