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1960 World Championship - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1960 World Championship - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The following results are from the Star Logs. In common with the early Logs 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.

1960 WORLD'S CHAMPIONSHIP - RIO DE JANIERO

No.   Yacht		Skipper	         Crew		Fleet		Daily Places		Pts.

3877  North Star III	Lowell North	Thomas Skahill	Mis		 1   1   9   1   5	218

4039  Deacon		Donald K. Edler	Kent Edler      NH		 4   4   1   6   4	216

4258  Fierce		Rob. Lippincott	Frank Hogg    	WJ		 5  12   6   4  10	198

4207  Dingo		Ding SchoonmakerRead Ruggles	Bis 		17   2   5   5   9	197

4241  Glider		Richard Stearns	Robert Halperin	WH		 3  18  14   7   3	190

4115  Esquire		Richard G. Hahn	Ted Munroe     	LB		11   6   8   9  13	188

3981  Chatterbox		Malin Burnham	Peter Peckham	SDB		 9   5   7  11  20	183

4077  Pimm		W. von HütschlerJorge Carneiro	RdJ		 6  10  16  13   7	183

3954  Ma' Lindo		Mario Quina	Jose Quina	Lag		14   9   2  17  18	175

3740  Malihini		Anson Beard	Samuel Beard   	GSB		20  11  19  10   1	174

4195  Illusion		Paul E. Fischer	Daniel Schwartz	HF		26   3  17  15   6	168

3870  Faneca		Duarte Bello	Oliveir		Cas		21   7  21  14  12	160

3911  Ninotchka		Jorge Pontual	Cid Nascimento	Gua		13  15  13  19  16	159

3089  Ouija		J. Scarborough	Frank Caraher	Ric		10  23  25   8  15	154

3910  Clementine		Harry H. Adler	Luis Ramos   	Sal		12  dnf  3   3  19	151

4164  Ta Fatt V		Jacob Engwall	Arne Akerson	Gef		15  19  28  18  11	144

3913  Lindoya		C. W. Lyon Jr	Frank Lyon    	AH		19  13  11  26  23	143

4125  Shandon		E. W. Etchells	Mary Etchells	CLIS    	 2  40  dnf  2   2	142

4147  Clambambes V	Peter Adolff	Jurgen Adolff	Sta		16  20  15  16  27	141

3867  Creepy II		Foster Clarke	David Kelly   	N		27  14  10  20  26	138

3925  Espadarte		Joaquim Finza	Manuel RicciardiFdeL   		7  22  33  21  22	130

4259  Crocus		H. Lippincott	Kitchenman   	ER		18  26  18  31  14	128

4253  Twinkle		Roberto Mieres	Victor Fragola	SOL		31  16  22  23  21	122

3869  Sirene		Kenneth Smith	Gerald Swanton	HB		 8   8  39  22  dnf	111

3680  Bu		Roberto Bueno	Carlos Cairo	Cop		24  43   4  25  28	111

4225  Mechtild		Joseph Pankofer	Franz Heilmeier	Chi		dnf 29  24  27   8	100

3401  Nuvola Rossa	Dario Salata	Luigi Croce    	Lar		23  24  26  32  33	 97

4173  Hokunani		Harry C. Uhler	Robert Hiatt	KH		25  35  20  28  32	 95

4254  Susan II		Dieter Laubmann	Karli Laubmann	Teg		29  21  27  36  29	 93

3365  Xodo	    	Michel Gautier	Fernand Thieck	S		dsq 30  12  12  dnf	 87

4097  Fram III		Ernst Gautschi	Christa GautschiBod		28  33  36  30  24	 84

4112  Flamingo IV	Paul Woodbury	Axel Schmidt	CA		dnf 25  dnf 24  17	 75

4294  Chamakina		Carlos Braniff	Antonio RecamierPM		30  32  34  34  30	 75

3430  Pukki III		F de Andrade	Carlos de BrittoSet		33  31  23  40  34	 74

4167  No Izquierdo	Charles H. Dole	Ric Carpenter	W		dsa 34  29  29  25	 71

3070  Noni	     	A. Correia    	Henrique Hall	VF		22  17  dsa dsq 31	 71

3822  Gamine		Edmund Daser	Pauline Daser	LL		dnf 28  32  37  35	 56

4298  Mariang		Hector Schenone	A. Pekelharing	OL		36  38  31  39  dsa	 44

4213  March Hare		James O. Jones	T. de Paula    	MS		dnf 27  30  dnf dsa	 37

4192  Nippe		Jan Dellborg	Gernard Hobohm	Kat		34  36  35  dsq dns	 36

4051  Arrayan III	Jose Zambruni	Rob. Travesaro	Ros		32  41  41  42  dsa	 32

4094  Covunco IV		Ovidio Lagos	Jorge Curutchet	BA		dnf 39  38  35  dns	 29

4292  Spook		Herb Witte	 Gerd Schroeder	Tig		35  44  dsq 33  dnf	 29

3228  Malabar		Henr. Fischer	Barborsich     	SP		dnf 37  37  38  dnf	 29

3472  Cordobes		A. Macchiavelli	Carlos Terragno	LSR		dnf 42  40  dsa dns	 12

3931  Greta II		N. S. Pexider	Joao J. Anger	GA		dsq 45  dsq 41  dns	  8

1960 World Championship Regatta Report
by Anson Beard, 1961 Star Class Log

If anyone thought that a trip to remote Rio de Janeiro might prove to be an easy route to some gold awards, he was very much mistaken. The 1960 World's Championship collected 46 contestants representing 11 countries, and among them were many fine pedigrees: five previous Gold Star winners, seven continental champions and numerous other chevron holders.

The annual meeting was held on the Saturday before the series started, on the beautiful outdoor dance floor of the yacht club (spelled Iate Clube and pronounced Yatee Cloobie), later to be the scene of far more frivolous nocturnal activities. Besides the usual transaction of business, a well-wishing cable from Moscow signed by our Olympic champion was read, and a motion was passed to wire former International President Charles de Cardenas in expression of our unanimous regrets that circumstances prevented his presence. With the meeting adjourned, the flags raised, the boats rigged and in some cases waxed with "classified" formulas, the stage was set for the series to begin.

But first a word about Guanabara Bay. For one who sails out of the Great South Bay on Long Island, N.Y., this body of water was Utopia, and sailors of diverse origins shared these sentiments. The southern extreme of the bay is punctuated by famed Sugar Loaf and Corcovado, the city of Rio lies along the western shore, and the harbor is studded with ships waiting to unload. After a six-mile tow to the starting line, mandated daily by the southeast wind direction, the Bay provided plenty of room and excellent racing conditions.

First Race
The first race began in about 15 knots of wind, which increased somewhat the second time around, and, as those of us who showed the misjudgment to go offshore the first time soon discovered, a strong flood tide. The majority who went directly toward the shore came out well ahead. The race was won by the defending champion, Lowell North, closely followed by two other familiar craft, Shandon and Glidcr.

Monday the wind was less enthusiastic- we raced mostly from inside the cockpit. North and Schoonmaker, who for most of the first leg appeared safely ahead, led the inshore boats. However, Paul Fischer in his German built Illusion, after what turned out to be one of the best starts of the week, had a good lead on the group that was re-challenging the tide. Ken Smith was there too, deftly tacking on headers; and when the wind took one of its rare lasting headers, they appeared in the lead. This put Schoonmaker fourth, and in consternation he tacked to go farther inshore.

Yesterday's lesson paid off, and Ding found that fresh wind which proved to be a permanent easterly shift at the top third of the weather leg every time. Flying in rail down, Dingo just managed to nip North Star at the mark, followed by Fischer and Edler. Order at the front end remained unchanged except for one slight inevitability: North slid downhill just a little, but just enough, faster than Schoonmaker to gain the lead, which he then managed ably to protect.

Second Race
Two firsts and impressive speed made the blue-sailed incumbent everyone's favorite. However, another Californian, heretofore unmentioned, Don Edler, was not giving points away. Don did nothing flashy in the first two races: he showed a pair of fours; but as everyone knows, in a hot fleet of 46, that pace generally wins.

Third Race
One of the peculiar qualities of the wind in Guanabara Bay was its ability to change velocity rather abruptly without changing direction. Before the start conditions were similar to the first day, with the air moving at about 15 knots. With 15 minutes left to the start, it abated to about half that velocity; a few people had the wrong sail up! Tactical strategy took the same pattern again, and almost everyone raced for shore.

To be honest, we on Malihini were so far out of it that we never did find out the details of the race. However, we did see Edler in the lead, and from about 25th we could see Lowell maybe nine boats ahead of us at the first weather mark. Instead of using this as a condolence, we decided to follow him and witnessed his second round recovery, somewhat to our advantage, of course.

Probably the most difficult task on each weather leg was to know when the lay line had been reached. The temptation was always to continue inshore, seeking ever more breeze and a greater lift from the new slant at the top. Few sailors of this fleet's caliber should overstand marks: but this maneuver was so difficult that, even though the mark was clearly in sight, a number of boats had to ease sheets to reach off each time.

By calling the lay line, shift included, to within five lengths on the short side, Lowell maximized use of his speed and nailed down a respectable ninth place in this race. This was not enough to win the Vanderveer Trophy, however. Don Edler, by taking first, boosted his daily average to third and moved into the series lead, two points ahead of North. Another Californian, Malin Burnham, spent rest day in series third position.

For many, rest day proved to be the most tiring of all. It followed an unforgettable evening, including a fantastic buffet (with a shrimp tree, for instance), a floorshow, and a captivating dance to the beat of Latin drums. The contestants divided their day among a variety of activities that ranged from ascending Sugar Loaf or Corcovado to shopping, wandering around tourist style with cameras, taking in the Footchi-Ball game (soccer), at famed Maracana Stadium, or just sitting around capitalizing on an easy liquor situation (beer was 50 per cent cheaper than water). At any rate, little activity was seen around the hoist.

Fourth Race
The wind was still from the southeast, ranging this time around 10 knots. For the first time, however, the tide was ebbing, and there was much conjecture as to whether or not port tack might be the way to go for a change. As it turned out, there was less difference, but there still seemed to be enough extra wind on the starboard tack side to give those boats the advantage. The race evolved into a speed contest among three very fast boats. Harry Adler, from the local host fleet, gave both North and Etchells a real battle before settling for third, well ahead of Bob Lippincott in fourth place. By capturing her third victory North Star entered the final race with a three-point lead over Deacon, who stayed alive by finishing sixth.

Mañana
As we towed out for the final race, nature decided to take her turn at "reacting to local conditions" by blasting in with some puffs upward of 25 knots. Sails were difficult to hoist. One U.S. West Coaster, obviously unaccustomed to such conditions, was heard to query the race committee: "You're not going to start us in this stuff?" But of course they did.

As we started, boats at the committee end heard two recall shots fired, but everyone continued to race on. After perhaps a five-minute organization period, the patrol boats were coordinated to corral us back to re-start the race. In the ensuing quarter-hour there were two significant occurrences. First, Lowell North rearranged his rigging, and by using backstay number 5 or 6 as a headstay was able adequately to replace a broken juniper strut and prevent his boat from floundering as she had before. Second, the wind abated to about 18 knots.

Starting again, with everyone behind the line this time, most boats went inshore to seek shelter from the waves. At the first mark, Walter von Hütschler in Pimm nosed out the Beards in Malihini, closely followed by Lippincott's Fierce. Pimm couldn't hang on downwind and dropped back to third at the next mark. At the end of the first round Edler had enough boats between him and North to win the series for Deacon; but the wind was lightening all the time.

With several personal duels taking place for series positions the second time up, we managed to increase Malihini's lead and went on to win. Skip Etchells also avoided tacking duels and moved up to a healthy second - his third one of the week. However, not far behind the leaders, North again displayed his ability to recover by catching up to Edler and, by finishing fifth just behind him, managed to win his second straight World's Championship, his third in four years.

Almost as interesting was the fight for series third between Schoonmaker and Bob Lippincott. On the last run, after many luffs, Ding managed to pass Bob, but failed by one foot to put the necessary boat between them, so that third went to Lippy.

To sum up: Lowell North continued to demonstrate his supremacy over the Class; the Californians showed outstanding speed, filling four of the first seven positions, all of which went to American (U.S.) entries; and most important, the Brazilian hosts provided excellent facilities and a wonderful place to sail, and outdid themselves in hospitality.