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1954 World Championship - Cascais, Portugal

1954 World Championship - Cascais, Portugal

The following results are from George Elder's book "Forty Years Among The Stars". In common with the early Logs it is interesting to note that in his results Elder does not give the yacht numbers of the boats which participated in the World's, but only just their names. It was not until the 1950 Log that yacht numbers were included in the results. From 1950 through 1976 both yacht numbers and names were given, but starting with 1977 frequently only yacht numbers were given. The last time both yacht numbers and yacht names were given was 1989.

In later years sometimes fleet designations were omitted. In these cases some of the more obvious fleet designations were supplied. Also from time to time only last names were supplied. First names, where known, were added.

Abbreviations etc: Dsa - Disabled. Dsq - Disqualified. Dns - Did Not Start. Wdr - Withdrew.


Skipper		Crew		Yacht		Fleet			Daily Finish		Pts.

C. de Cardenas	de Cardenas Jr	Kurush V	Habana			 1   1   1   2   1	169

D. Knowles	S. Farrington	Gem II		Nassau			 6   5   2   3   4	155

A. Straulino	N. Rode		Merope II	*Se-Ve-Taranto		 2   4   4  10   5	150

C. W. Lyon Jr	O. P. Merrill	Vega IV		Barnegat Bay		 8   2   6   4   7	148

A. de Cardenas	J. de Cardenas	Kurush IV	Marianao		 5   3  11   5   3	148

D. Bello	J. Tito		Fanece		Cascais			 3  16   3   1  12	146

W. Parks	R. Halperin	Citation	S. Lake Michigan		15   9   5   8   2	136

T. Nordio	L. Sangulin	Asterope	Trieste			 9   6   7  14  11	128

J. Fiuza	J. Gorinho	Espedarte II	Lisbon			 7   8   8  11  16	126

P. Fischer	Baron v.Stempel	Paka VI		Hambury			16  10  13   9  10	117

P. Chancerel	M. Parent	Gam II		Seine			 4  Wdr  9   7   6	116

D. Salats	G. Barnao	Nuvola Rossa	Lario			19  19  12  13   8	104

M. Rivelli	R. Camardella	Faneca		Formia			12  11  21  12  17	102

J. Pontual	A. Torres	Xodo IV		Guanabara		Dsq 22  16   6   9	 87

F. Mercier	G. Pisani	Vega VII	Villefranche		23  23  14  24  13	 78

M. J. Gautier	J. L. Domerc	Katia II	Safi			17  26  20  15  19	 78

J. Peytel	G. deMontebello	Myra II		Paris			20  20  19  17  23	 76

S. Carlsson	O. Carlsson	Mari		Rasta			28  Dsq 15  16  14	 67

Y. Lorion	J. Hanin	Aloha VI	Algiers			13  12  17   -   -	 63

C. Ulmer	C. R. Ulmer	Scylla		East River		14  21  27  Wdr 15	 63

L. Roboredo	D. Roboredo	Luti		Porto			18  21  24  21  25	 62

A. Cosentino	N. Stella	Merope		Ischia			11   7  26  Dsq Wdr	 61

C. Boselli	D. Massa	Anna I		Alto Lario		21  28  29  18  18	 61

P. Hansohm	D. Dotzer	Petrea II	Kiel			22  15  10  Wdr Dns	 58

P. H. Smart	P. G. Smart	Melody		C. Long Island Sound	29  13  Wdr 20  22	 56

E. Mendonca	E. Cruz		Candide		Vila Franca		10  17  22  Wdr  -	 56

S. H. N. Tay	Y. Aillou	Gamm		Casablanca		25  18  Wdr 22  21	 54

J. Mitchell	Mrs. Mitchell	Twinkle		Solent			24  27  30  19  24	 51

M. Neiva	V. Demaison	Rig II		Rio de Janeiro		26  24  23  Dsq 20	 47

Lotar deDruet	A. Ravazano	Pilantra	D. Federal		30  14  18  Wdr Wdr	 43

Roux-Delimal	A. deBokay	Damoiselle II	Arcachon		27  29  28  23  27	 41

Prince Bira	G. Dagonnot	Tichiboo	Cannes			33  Wdr 25  Wdr 26	 21

C. Metral	Mme. F. Thieck	Itrane		Rabat			31  Wdr Wdr 25   -	 14

R. Taylor	O. Ricupero	Frisette	S. Olivos		32  Wdr  -   -   -	  3


Winning yacht No. 3376. B - Old Greenwich Boat Works, 1953.
Ch. Meeting - Paul Smart. Ch. I.R.C. - Beppe Croce.

Regatta Report

The World's Championship having been held in Europe for three consecutive years, it had to leave the continent after 1954. Habana and Nassau were practically tied on aggregate points, or to be more exact, de Cardenas and Knowles were tied. An entry from the U.S. might take it with an outright win, but that seemed unlikely. Lippincott took quite a beating in '52 and the best U.S. entry only placed eleventh in '53. That an African, Australian or South American skipper could win outright was not even considered.

What actually happened, and I guess everyone knows it by now, was that Charlie de Cardenas at long last achieved his life's ambition and won a gold Star. Charlie competed in his first World's Championship twenty-five years ago. He has not entered every year during that quarter of a century, but he has been in more World's Championships than any other Star member. Sharing the honors, of course, was his oldest boy, Carlos, Jr. The latter made his debut as crew in the event twelve years ago, when he was only knee high to a marlin spike.

Charlie had no intention of messing around with any aggregate point nonsense. He just went out and did it up brown with four firsts and one second, coming within a single point of a perfect score. And there indeed you do have a record, for no one has ever done it before. Our international president's victory was without a doubt the most popular of all victories. It was also one of the greatest things that could have happened for the class. Fair, fat and over fifty, Charlie proved that the younger element can be beaten. It should lift the morale of many an old timer, who was becoming discouraged. Furthermore Charlie is a Simon pure. It will stop all that nonsensical talk about only those being connected in the sail or boat building business being able to win. Charlie was wined and dined all over Europe and if he ever survives the reception planned by Habana it will be a wonder.

Before I forget, Durward Knowles was runner-up and Agostino Straulino placed third. I have been told by President Smart that the courses could not have been better and the races were run perfectly. Our European brothers outdid themselves for three years in efficient management and lavish entertainment. Those fellows came to the U.S.A. for many years. They probably felt that the odds were overwhelmingly against them because there were so many American fleets entered. It was high time that they held the World's Championship for the time limit allowed by the rules. The event was much more international in character than in the past, because of the many fleets from countries that were within a reasonable distance.

The record breaking entry of 1951 was not approached, but that is unimportant. There was no longer the feeling that two fleet entries from a given country should team up and help each other. Nothing in my humble opinion could have been more beneficial for the Star class than those three years. This brings us up-to-date, with fabulous Habana to look forward to in 1955 and with a greater fraternal feeling existing throughout the I.S.C.Y.R.A. than ever before.

- Report by George Elder

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