1962 World Championship - Cascais, Portugal
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.
1962 WORLD'S CHAMPIONSHIP - CASCAIS, PORTUGAL No. Yacht Skipper Crew Fleet Daily Places Pts. 4241 Glider Richard Stearns Lynn Williams WH 4 3 4 6 6 347 3870 Faneca Duarte Bello Fernando Bello CP 3 5 1 12 10 339 4525 Shanty E. W. Etchells R. M. Allan III CLIS 16 9 11 2 1 331 4260 Frolic Bill Buchan Jr Douglas Knight PS 14 1 14 9 9 323 4545 Cyrano Joseph Burbeck Donald Dowd WLIS 2 2 30 5 14 317 4489 Big Daddy Don K. Edler Kent D. Edler NH 5 4 26 7 13 315 3925 Espadarte Joaquim Fiuza Jose Reis FdeL 7 12 3 11 22 315 3802 Tornado Timir Pinegin Feodor Shutkov Mosc 1 30 39 1 3 296 4589 Cirrus H. Lippincott W. Mason Shehan ES 11 8 41 8 7 295 3954 Ma' Lindo Mario Quina Francisco Quina Lag 35 10 23 15 2 285 4207 Dingo Ding SchoonmakerJohn Boyer BisB 29 14 31 13 4 279 4588 Razor R. Lippincott Robert Halperin WJ 9 31 35 3 17 275 4395 Illusion Paul Fischer Kai Krueger HF 6 38 34 17 8 267 4499 Mystere Edwin Bernet J. Peter Schmid Rap 8 40 6 26 24 266 4231 Gale Harry G. Nye John Lechner SLM 12 16 37 10 31 264 4161 Flying Star V Lars Berg Goran Tell Sand 22 19 2 35 30 262 4269 Vagspel Borge Larsson Goran Dahl ST 27 27 7 19 28 262 4420 North Star IV Lowell North Kim Fletcher SDB 15 11 10 wdr 12 248 4072 Tantrum Samuel S. Beard James Black GSB 21 25 wdr 4 11 235 4265 Evergreen II Bengt G. Elfvin Holger SundstromKat 30 42 15 18 32 233 4112 Flamingo IV Paul Woodbury Joseph Duplin CA 31 23 8 dsa 5 229 4597 Tijuca C. W. Lyon Jr Frank Lyon AH 41 29 25 27 21 227 3896 Brise Angelo Marino Arnaldo Panico FdiF 18 20 47 14 45 226 3332 Caprice Carlo Rolandi Alfonso Marino FdCA 39 32 12 47 20 220 3810 Merope III Franco Cavallo Vincenso Fania CPI 40 44 28 16 23 219 4295 Cam III Phil. Chancerel Michel Parent SGS 13 7 32 25 dsq 219 4602 Alvo II Charles H. Dole Everett Temme W 33 33 45 23 19 217 4484 Umberta V Luigi Croce Luigi Saidelli FdiG 19 52 16 31 41 211 4511 Pimm W. von HütschlerGerd Fisher RdJ 37 6 20 52 44 211 4225 Mechtild Josef Pankofer Eckart Wagner Chi 17 18 21 dsq 35 205 4325 Frip Georges Pisani Noel DesaubliauxFdAN 50 46 5 44 34 191 4196 Pakaria Robert J. Smith K. Mumford Pit 46 24 64 20 27 189 4195 Malabar Jorge Pontual Cid Nascimento VII 23 15 57 dnf 15 186 3365 Katia II Michel Gautier Fernand Thieck S 28 55 36 40 26 185 4236 Merry Erich Schrauder Gubi Leemann TB dsq 21 19 32 40 184 4070 Cetus Bonar Davis Charles RickardEB 45 34 27 42 43 179 4573 Petrea VII Peter Hansohm Duwald Dotzer KF 56 47 18 22 48 179 4378 Gipsy Lars-J. Nygren C-J. Fogelholm Fin 10 43 49 wdr 16 178 3070 Noni A. M. Correia Antonio Rocha XV 32 39 17 36 dsq 172 4215 Juvelen Hakan Carlsson Jan Good Ons 43 60 48 30 18 171 3372 Damoiselle II Andre Chaudoye D. de Rolland FdV 34 37 70 34 29 166 4348 Fram III Ernst Gauschi Emil Widmer Bod 42 56 42 29 38 163 3489 Aloha Roger Bourdon Simone Gallesio MO 24 63 22 53 47 161 4147 Clambambes Jurgen Adolff F. Inselkammer Sta 20 35 58 48 49 160 3042 Audaz A. de Menezes F. L. Bello VF 25 13 52 49 dnf 157 4460 Posillipo IV A. Cosentino M. Florenzano Pon 36 26 40 37 dnf 157 3831 Larico Joao M. Tito J. Crombrugghe Ben 51 50 24 38 51 156 4461 T. de Tarascon Urs Bucher Rolfe Amrein LUV 44 22 43 33 dnf 154 4253 Titila Roberto Mieres Eduardo Bruno SOL 63 28 56 41 39 143 4351 Gemini Richard Hahn J. E. Munroe LAH 65 17 51 21 dnf 142 4356 May Be Harald Musil Peter Schaup TR 26 53 9 dnf dnf 134 4084 Pasodoble Enrique Urrutia Emil Gurruchaga FdSS dsq 36 63 39 25 133 4262 Grola III Luigi Viacava Giorgio Falk Tig 49 45 60 45 53 118 3385 Lenou V Louis Mouret M. Gaubert Pro 58 54 29 dsa 37 118 3898 Astrid Chr. Buguel Arnold Mabille Tou 38 57 62 28 dnf 111 4503 Monique K. A. Rydqvist Sune Carlsson AR dnf dsq 13 24 dnf 111 4259 Rocinante G. de SouzaRamosPierre deMattos GuB 52 51 33 dnf 50 110 4599 Ali Baba Hans Bryner Fredy Portier LL 57 61 65 50 33 104 4606 Espuma del Mar Daniel Camejo Robert Bruce LMF 54 62 61 55 42 96 4323 Tifourki Francois Ecot Gisele Ecot NI 53 65 69 43 46 94 3342 Egir Jan Anderson Bo Wickstrom RS 47 41 46 dnf dnf 88 4592 Clambambes Peter Adolff Bernhard Frey ZuW 48 48 38 dsa dnf 88 4268 Rena Hannes Schwarz Fritz Kocourek And 64 58 59 54 54 81 4405 Zouz Andre Lillo Lars Lanke FdCAS 66 49 68 56 55 76 4490 Orsa II Mario Rivelli Neri Stella FdiI 60 dsq 44 46 dnf 72 4437 Ninotchka Peter D. SiemsenHenrique Hall Gua 59 64 66 dsq 36 71 4360 Whisky Jakob Itten Peter Erzberger Int dsq 59 53 51 dnf 59 4418 Disparate C. de Zubiria Luis Aguirre Bil 68 66 54 dnf 52 56 4350 Raja III Ulrich Pieschel Horst Krohne BF 62 67 50 dnf dns 43 3043 Luti Luiz Roboredo Joaquim FerreiraPor 61 dsq 67 dns dns 20 3227 Coringa II Cyril Milbourne C. V. Reade FD 55 dsa dns dns dns 19 2358 Mexilhao M. Ricciardi Miguel Castanha Set dsq dsq 55 dsa dns 19 2702 Flamingo II Ramon Canosa Adolfo NavaretteLar 67 68 dns dns dns 13
1962 WORLD'S CHAMPIONSHIP Cascais - Introduction by Paul H. Smart
Regatta Report From the 1963 Star Class Log
The air of excitement, which permeated the Star Class in the last week of August 1962, was particularly evident around Cascais as skippers and crews converged to Portugal from all points of the compass. Something great, something fantastic was happening, and something a little frightening. The record was not merely being broken - it was being shattered! First it had been bruited about that perhaps the 1956 record of 59 boats at Naples would fall. Then this was confirmed as 60 entries were in hand, and the list continued to grow. All over Europe, where the Executive President was travelling during the summer, the question asked in awed tones whenever we met Star people, "Can it be true?"
It was true. At Cascais rumor became fact. From 19 nations of five continents 73 boats arrived. Far away Australia was there; the West Coast of Canada, and of the U.S.A., and the maximum allowable contingent from Brazil; and notably, for the first time there was a Russian entry in the World's. And such caliber World's Champions as far back as perennial Walter von Hütschler (1938-39), Harry Nye, Bob Lippincott, Skip Etchells, triple champion Lowell North and defending champion Bill Buchan, as well as current Olympic Gold Medalist Timir Pinegin. And not one of these won it. It was the old story: in the Star Class there is no king.
The previous week Portugal had hosted a record-breaking European Championship and Duarte and Faneca Bello had become national heroes by a dramatic win. Everyone was asking, "Would they make it a double?" And then there would be a shaking of heads; impossible with 73 boats; you just can't be on top of two such crowds of potential champions, certainly not in the same season. How nearly wrong we were!
But along with the excitement and the exhilaration was the sobering thought that perhaps it was too much and we couldn't carry it off, and that it might turn into a dreadful mess. No amount of discussion, no amount of planning, no amount of orders from officials could have done it-only the Star skippers and crews could do it.
And that was how it was done, and almost without exception done cheerfully. Understanding the problems involved, the skippers co-operated in the many solutions. Launching alone was a gigantic task. Getting out to the boats, and then to the starting line, staying out for double-headers, waiting during long postponements for wind or because of fog, late afternoon races, the cancellation of one race before the completion of the first leg-all this was accepted without untoward complaint.
In the European Championship they had turned marks to starboard because otherwise the triangular mark would be out in the open ocean where heavy winds and seas might make jibing hazardous. This same procedure was advocated (almost to the point of insistence) for the World's. The Race Committee was adamant, sticking to the regular Star course and procedure and relying on the skill of the contestants to handle the situation. The I.R.C. had not misjudged the ability of the competitors. There were no catastrophes, even with more than 70 boats in each race. Again, in the European there had been general recalls, in one race five of them.
The I.R.C. emphatically warned all and sundry not to expect anything of the sort. They announced that they were against general recalls and would go to extremes to avoid them. Only in the first race was it necessary to resort to this questionable practice, and this was because the fleet under-estimated the strength of the current sweeping them over the line. On the re-start a dozen boats were over which did not return.
The numbers of those disqualified for this reason were posted on the bulletin board (luckily for them the race was called off for fog), together with the warning that in the future they could expect this practice to be continued. This procedure was most salutary not a single general recall for the rest of the series. Here and there an individual boat was hailed back or returned from a premature start of its own accord. The starts were an unforgettable sight, many of them almost perfect and drawing exclamations of delight from the spectators.
Surprisingly, there were not very many close finishes. The I.R.C. had anticipated some difficulties, but never once were they presented with an insoluble finish. One of the nearest questions was the arrival of Shanty at the finish line to win the last race from Ma' Lindo by a scant few inches. Down through the fleet there were overlapped situations sometimes involving three or four boats, but in every case the judges at the line were able to spot the respective places.
Protests by contestants were outnumbered by protests initiated by the I.R.C. or its officials in the stake boats; but altogether these were not numerous considering how many boats were trying to be in the same place at the same time. Perhaps never before has such a high level of sailing competence been displayed in any yachting event. It should not come as a surprise that this was coupled with an equally high level of sportsmanship.
Enough cannot be said for the fine co-operation and entertainment arranged by our hosts. Those who organized the series, those who helped in conducting it and the Club Navale and its officers and members made a success of a memorable and historic occasion which, with lesser ability, enthusiasm and tolerance, might have been- well, you guess. We only hope our hosts were not so worn out by it all that they will be unwilling to repeat when, in the course of events, this series rolls around to them again. Cascais already holds the record of hosting four World's Championships: 1948, 1952, 1954 and 1962. Those of us who were there last year are already awaiting another chance to return to Cascais.
It would not be fitting if we failed to mention the splendid performance of Duarte and Faneca Bello under the most trying circumstances, and the splendid loyalty to the Star Class that they displayed. Although little was said, there was deep appreciation of the manner in which they carried on, being helpful wherever possible, and while on the water racing their boat like the champions they are. The loss of their father on the eve of the series might have deterred or at least blunted the fine edge of lesser champions.
One cannot hope to cover in any detail a regatta of five races with 73 boats. The following is only a brief description of what seemed to be happening among some of the leaders.
The customary tension, which precedes a big series, was accentuated by the fact that a freighter carrying nine Stars from South and North America to Lisbon had failed to put in an appearance by the time the series was scheduled to start. It was decided to postpone the first race for one day only, on the wireless report that the ship would be in on Monday, and begin racing on Tuesday. All arrangements were made for speedy transportation of the boats from Lisbon to Cascais; the ship did arrive, the boats were hastily rigged and launched, and everything was in readiness for racing on Tuesday, everything, that is, except the wind. The big fleet drifted around all day in a flat calm and came home again without even having been able to attempt a start, and now the series was two days behind schedule instead of one.
On Wednesday the situation looked better: a fine breeze blew from the northwest, the direction, which was to prevail throughout the series. A start was made, only to be called back, and a second start was allowed to stand, as described above. Joe Burbeck's Cyrano worked into a nice lead half way up the windward leg as the fleet sailed into a fog bank so dense that there was actual danger of collision between boats approaching each other on opposite tacks. Needless to say everyone lost all track of the exact position of the weather mark. It was not long before the race was cancelled and the contestants squared off to return to where they thought the harbor might be. Was this series never to get started?
As the fleet neared the anchorage, the fog lifted and guns were fired from the committee boat. Although it was now late in the day, the weather appeared to have made up its mind to stay clear, and the I.R.C. decided to try again. This time, at last, the first race was successfully sailed.
In his description of the starting line President Smart, who chaired the Race Committee, modestly omitted the major part, which he played in getting the big fleet away so successfully day after day. As every racing man knows, good starts, with the fleet evenly spread Out across the whole line, mean one and only one thing: somebody has set excellent starting lines. Paul Smart's lines were long- long enough to accommodate 73 boats without crowding, and this means a four or five minute line, at least a quarter of a mile in length, usually longer. When so long a line is even slightly favorable to one end, a frightful jam occurs there.
That there were no jams is a tribute to the fact that Mr. Smart accomplished the impossible: he set five perfect lines. In order to do this, he canted the outboard or offshore end slightly to windward- just enough to offset the advantage gained by tacking shoreward from the in-shore end. The shore tack vas usually the one to take, for reasons of local wind and current; but there was that flag out there at the other end of the line, inviting you to start there because it was substantially to windward. The result was an even distribution of the fleet all along the line, with only a slight "sagging" to leeward in the middle due to uncertainty about being recalled.
Burbeck again took Cyrano away to windward in the first (completed) race, but was nicked by the Russian Pinegin at the weather mark as Cyrano overstood by a few yards. They rounded almost overlapped, but Pinegin kept Tornado in the lead the rest of the way around. After Cyrano came the Bellos in Faneca and then Stearns and Williams with Glider. The handwriting was already on the wall, but most people failed to interpret it.
The next day a double header was scheduled and completed, so that with three races accomplished and rest-day eliminated the series was back on schedule, and in fact it finished on time. Bill Buchan, the defending champion, had been 14th in the opener; but in the morning race of the double header he took Frolic away to a fine first start and led all the way. It was true that a start in the first rank was all-important; to get buried below the middle of the fleet was doom. It also happened that the boat, which got away to an early lead, usually went on to win. This speaks well for the steadiness of the wind in general. Although there were local small shifts, no major upsets were caused by windshifts, if one excepts the fact, well-known to all the contestants ahead of time, that the inshore tack was supposed to be heavily favored over the offshore tack.
Burbeck's Cyrano was again second in the morning race and Glider third. Pinegin went somewhere and got lost, and Tornadocame in 30th. Even though Dick Stearns never finished above third, it already was becoming apparent that Glider was one of the two or three potentially best contenders there.
The third race was won by the Bellos, transferring the series lead from Cyrano to Faneca. As the fleet sailed home wearily after four attempted and three completed races in two clays, all eyes were turned toward Duarte Bello in amazement and admiration. Was he really going to accomplish the "impossible"? He already held the coveted Vanderveer Trophy, which goes to the series leader at the end of the third race. Could he stand the pace for the remaining two?
Stearns was only two points back in Glider. Cyrano had hit the skids for a 30th in the third race, and Edler's Big Daddy, a strong contender till then, likewise with a 26th. Etchells' Shanty had an undistinguished showing so far and did not look like a serious threat. Etchells had other ideas, which he proved in the last two races. Joaquim Fiuza's Espadarte actually stood third at this point, but she was 13 points behind Faneca, so that it looked like a possible battle to the end between Stearns and Bello.
Second place in that third race went to Lars Berg's Flying Star from Sweden, a relative outsider to World's Championship competition but well known as one of the foremost skippers of Scandinavia. Third was Fiuza, which combined with a 7th and 12th gave him the standing mentioned above.
In the fourth race, the wind struck harder, and so did the Tornado. It must fairly be said, without detracting in the least from the magnificent showing of the new World's Champion, that Timir Pinegin was the flash skipper of the two weeks' racing if one combines the records he piled up in the European and World's Championships. In the ten races he took four firsts, yet he placed only eighth in the World's and tenth in the European. That tells the story; in series like these you have to be consistent and brilliant to come out on top.
Incidentally it is interesting to note that Tornado and Faneca were in their sixth year of racing; that two-thirds of their competitors were sailing in newer boats did not seem to bother Messrs. Pinegin and Bello. Pinegin likes heavy weather, and Tornado won the fourth race in a breeze that varied from 20 to as much as 30 or more knots at times. But some other skippers like air too - among them E. W. Etchells, who came to life for it close second in this race, and Bob Lippincott, whose third was by far his best showing of the week in Razor.
Sam Beard's Tantrum also put in an appearance for the first time, to finish fourth. But by taking sixth, Stearns and Williams nailed down a four point lead over the Bellos- not enough, perhaps, for a secure night's sleep on the eve of the last race, but still something to be thankful for. Furthermore they now held a 16-point lead over the third boat, Espadarte.
A fog greeted the fleet on the last day, causing a three-hour postponement. Oddly enough the wind blew very hard despite the fog, then at times lightened. When the fog finally lifted, the wind steadied off to somewhere around Force 5, plenty to handle in the open ocean. After four days of conservative starts, Dick Stearns hit the line on the gun in the last race and was able to keep Faneca under cover all the way around the course for a final eight-point lead in the series. Fiuza forfeited his place with a 22nd. Just to show that they had not been lucky yesterday, Etchells and Allan won the race, with Mario Quina alongside for second and Timir Pinegin a short distance back in third place.
Dick Stearns received a victor's welcome at the yacht club, and another one in Chicago when he arrived home. Sonic 150 friends and admirers greeted him at O'Hare International Airport with a brass band and banners.
A summary of Stearns' racing record would fill many paragraphs and would doubtless be embarrassing to him. There is not a major event of the Fourth District, which he has not won, most of them many times. He has won four Silver Stars in two years, a feat accomplished by no one else in the Class. He has raced in many World's Championships and done well every time, his closest previous bid being in 1951 when he lost the Gold Star by a scant one point.