Blossoming into a giant flower, 18 intrepid skydivers locked hands in a great circle over the San Francisco Bay Area this summer and claimed a world record for formation jumping. The divers, who call their pastime "relative work," began relating at 13,500 feet when they bailed out of three small, close-flying aircraft at five-second intervals. The earliest flattened out to slow their descent, the last dove head first at 180 mph to catch up at 4,500. They held together for five seconds (about 1,000 feet) as two barely missed widening the circle of friends, two more went astray and Photographer Ray Cottingham—who jumped, too—snapped away with a camera mounted on his helmet. Remarkably, all 23 landed softly within a few hundred feet of each other in a targeted plowed field.
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Aug. 17, 1970
On the eve of decisive America's Cup trials, foreign and domestic, the grandeur of the sea and charisma of Newport intermingle with the contenders' stark concern over huge investments. Big business outsails romance; so far "Intrepid" has sailed best
- By Robert F. Jones
A gathering of young and old gaffers searched the seas off Hawaii for the wife of the world's biggest marlin. She got away, naturally, but the fishermen hooked a record catch along the way
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