Until this year the things a person wore boating were mostly regulation—denim, khaki or iust old clothes—depending on what part of the world he boated in. There were a few anchor-embroidered middies, but they were strictly for the landlubbers. Now the number of recreational boats in use adds up to 7.5 million. There are 3.5 million American families afloat, and the boat makers are confident they will sell another 300,000 this year. As a consequence, there is an explosion of style that parallels the colorful revolution in ski wear eight years ago. Shown here and on the following pages are new boating togs that range from sturdy parkas like those worn aboard Weatherly in the America's Cup races to colorful Polynesian print cover-ups, suitable for an uncomplicated cruise on a catamaran. The new look is international—at the left, for example, Okky Offerhaus comes into Rio de Janeiro harbor in a water-repellent, lightweight nylon ciré parka from Malmo of Sweden and basic sleeveless turtle-neck and shorts by White Stag of Portland.
The yachtsman in the cockpit of an ocean racer needs a lightweight, water-repellent parka that will keep him warm from ears to knees, with a hood that can be tucked into the collar and watertight zipped pockets. The one at the left, of Reevair-coaled cotton duck with interlining of foam and brushed nylon, was made by Jules Andre of New York to the specifications of the parka worn by Bus Mosbachcr, skipper of the America's Cup defender. Here it is worn over Duofold's new zipped-turtleneck pullover. The fair-weather cruisers off the California coast (right) are wearing lightweight water-repellent nylon parkas. Judy Garwood's is from Dior Sport; her cotton twill St. Tropez hip-riders and bare-midriff top arc from Evan-Picone Juniors. Actor-Sailor John Holland's parka, by Sportcaster, has a hidden hood, Nyldri coating and mesh underarm ventilation.
Hawaii, the first landfall to the west of these California waters, was the inspiration for the Polynesian flora blooming on this new fair-weather sailing suit. The sun-shielding cotton parka and pants, designed by Vicki Cooper for Ulla, are worn on a catamaran cruise by Judy Garwood. At right, John Holland prepares to change headsails of the 50-foot racing sloop Legend, which will be headed for Honolulu during this July's transpacific race, skippered by its owner, Charles Ullman of Balboa. Holland's water-repellent nylon jersey parka, a new bright red, was designed by Ernst Engel. His chill-weather sailing pants are extra-heavy wool broadcloth.
Crew of the Hu Ka Makani, a 58-foot catamaran, cruises San Pedro Bay in colors borrowed from the playing fields of England. Cotton-knit shirts are team pullovers of British Rugby teams, a new hit all across America for beach and boating.
WHERE TO BUY: Page 40: Malmo parka ($40), imported by Marianne Ohm, New York. Page 42: Parka ($49.50), Jules Andre, New York; The Ship's Wheel, Grosse Pointe Woods. Michigan. Duofold pullover ($8). Page 43: Dior parka ($90), Neiman-Marcus; Saks Fifth Avenue. Evan-Picone pants ($13), top ($8), Famous-Barr. St. Louis; Kaufmann's. Pittsburgh. Sportcaster parka ($15). Bryant's Marina. Seattle; Kerr's, Beverly Hills. Page 44: Ulla parka ($18) and pants ($16). Bonwit Teller, New York; Bullock's, Santa Ana and San Fernando; Joseph Magnin, San Francisco; Neiman-Marcus. Page 45: Engel parka ($30), Saks Fifth Avenue; navy wool sailing pants ($27.50), Phelps-Terkel, Los Angeles. Page 46: Berkley Cravats Rugby shirts ($9), Phelps-Terkel; Paul Stuart, New York; Scruggs-Vandervoort-Barney, St. Louis; Jas. K. Wilson, Dallas.