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1965 World Championship - Newport Harbor, CA

1965 World Championship - Newport Harbor, CA

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.


No.   Yacht		Skipper	         Crew		Fleet		Daily Places		Pts.

4831  Mache		Donald Bever	C. Lewsadder	S. Lake Erie	 5   1   4   2   1	167

4749  Chatterbox		Malin Burnham	James Reynolds	San Diego Bay	 3   4   1   4   4	164

4913  Frolic		Bill Buchan Jr	Douglas Knight	Puget Sound	 1   3   5   3   7	161

4887  Turmoil		Gary Comer	William Bennett	S. L. Michigan	 2  11   3   9   2	153

4861  Ariel		Alan Holt	William Murray	Shilshole Bay	12  1O  12   1   6	139

4733  North Star		Lowell North	Robert Andre	Fifth District	10   2   9   6  17	136

4969  Scandale		J. Albrechtson	Goran Tell	Vinga		16   8   2  12   8	134

4489  Big Daddy		Donald Edler	William Twist	Newport Harbor	 4   5   6  31   3	131

4863  Pimm		W. von HütschlerArnaldo Lopes	Rio de Janeiro	 8  17  13   7  18	117

4862  Swingin' Star	Donald J. Trask	Donald Coleman	WSFB		 9  13  24   5  16	113

4859  Kutuka III		W. E. Richter	Roberto da Rosa	Guarapiranga	19   9  16  1O  14	112

4945  Blatt VIII		S. Wennerstrom	Jan Lybeck	Kattegatt	15  14  19  11  10	111

4875  Envy		Kevin Jaffe	Skip Allan	CLIS		11   7  22  14  15	111

4734  Tranquilizer	Pete Bennett	Lester Laddon	Mission Bay	21  12   7  18  21	101

4836  Star of the Sea	Fritz Riess	Joseph Duplin	Bayerisches Meer 6  dnf 11   8  19	100

4870  Tsunami		Anson Beard	Gilbert Kennedy	Great South Bay	17  23  1O  21  12	 97

4920  Nhycusa		Bill Ficker	Donald Wattson	Los Angeles Hbr	26  16  14  22   5	 97

4992  Paula		T. Tranfaglia	Gerard Donovan	Narragansett B.	13  24  15  25  11	 92

3870  Faneca		Duarte Bello	Fernando Bello	Cascais		dnf  6   8  16  26	 88

4922  Ninotchka		Peter D. SiemsenGastao Brun	Guanabara Bay	 7  28  17  16  25	 84

4949  Quasar		Watt Webb	Alfred Jaretzki	Ithaca		32  19  27  15  13	 74

4736  Glisten		William Burgess	Gerd Howaldt	English Bay	14  22  25  28  20	 71

4965  Bagace		C. W. Lyon Jr	Frank Lyon	Atlantic Hlds	23  dnf 20  23   9	 69

4847  Needle		Johm K. Todd	John Trinter	Eastern Shore	27  20  21  20  24	 68

4780  Conqueror		Wm. F. Gerard	Sheridah Gerard	S. Barbara Ch.	25  26  30  13  23	 63

4882  Illusion		Paul Fischer	Kai Krueger	Hamburg		18  25  26  26  30	 57

4557  Ballad		Robert H. Hall	John I. Straus	Richardson Bay	30  15  29  26  28	 52

4680  Caprice		W. Pickford	C. Rollins	Western Shore	24  27  31  17  32	 49

3130  October		Eugene McCarthy	Charles Kotovic	Jackson Park	20  31  32  27  22	 48

4802  Azulao		Harry W. Walker	J. R. Delgado	Sao Paulo	dnf 18  18  34  27	 47

4985  Magic		Robert Rodgers	Allan J. MacKay	Green Lake	28  21  23  30  34	 44

4046  Surprise		Jack T. Rickard	Stephen Martin	Lake Springfield22  29  28  33  33	 35

4858  Nausikaa IV	Carlos Braniff	Javier VelasquezAcapulco	29  30  33  32  31	 25

4504  Pacific		Kazuaki Kaido	Kenichi Suzuki	Tokyo Bay	31  32  34  29  dnf	 18

4817  Flim Flam		Patrick Flammia	George Yule	Coeur d'Alene	dnf 33  35  35  29	 12

1965 World's Championship - Newport Harbor
Report from the 1966 Star Class Log

Commodore Paul H. Smart reviews the shore activities:

Charles Lewsadder and Donald Bever, 1965 World's Champions

Not all the talent was concentrated in the 35 top-flight skippers at Newport Harbor, nor yet in their crews. Everywhere there was high-level organization and management. Commodore Mackel and his wife Jean and Mr. and Mrs. Cotton were everywhere, every day, always on hand when something had to be done. But it was all so smoothly done it sometimes went unnoticed. From early morning (8 a.m.) to early morning (1, 2 or 3 a.m.) they were arranging, doing, or preventing from happening a thousand things.

And the ladies! As you entered the door on first arrival there was a whole phalanx ranged at long tables. Of course we expected cordiality from southern California, and their efficiency was no surprise, but what did impress us was that they were all there every day: nobody collapsed under the continual barrage of questions, frustrations and irritations, and they were as kind and pleasant and helpful on the last day as on the first.

A minor but typical detail indicates the thoroughness and imagination with which things were done. For the contestants there was a bountiful supply of California's fresh fruit, replenished as rapidly as it disappeared, and arranged by an interior decorator. Daily this arrangement, including the color scheme, was altered, reaching a climax on the final day as the World's Championship Trophy was heaped full and overflowing with fruit that can scarcely be obtained except by picking it where it grows.

At the final awards banquet each contestant was presented with a handsome full color photograph of his own boat taken during the series, through the courtesy of Eastman Kodak.

The international race committee was loaded with considerable brass. Bill Severance is a Gold Star crew, as is Dick Edwards. Former International President and World's Champion Charlie de Cardenas was a member, as was Commodore Smart, and President Frank Gordon was on hand for part of the series.

W. Glenn Waterhouse, who won the World's in 1933, and former Gold Star crews Mark Yorston and Jim Hill were among the spectators every day. There were seven Gold Star winners of the past out there on the course trying to prevent some newcomer from breaking into their exclusive club. ... They failed.

Not every entry can be a winner....
The writer of this loser's-eye view request that he remain "as anonymous now as we were during the series, just another boat back there somewhere"

We got home last Friday (the 3rd) in time to put the boat in the water for our final races over Labor Day weekend in order to win the season. ...

But California was another story. I could not at all cope with the sea or ever guess, which way shifts would come. We hit the beach in the 1st, 3rd and 4th races; nothing there. Only the last race was that the way to go - and naturally, that day we went out to sea. But I sailed like a real plumber and got just what I deserved. Had a wonderful time, as we expected; it sure is a great place for a series - except we could have used more wind.

I can't help much with your report, because we were always so far back that I have no idea who reached various marks first and when or how the lead changed. They posted all positions at every mark on a bulletin board at the club house by means of on-the-spot information received by radio, so that the people at the club were kept in touch and probably knew more about the race than we did while it was happening. But I did not take that information down. In fact we tried to forget the series, except that it was a great vacation!

Comment by the Champions - Donald Bever and Chuck Lewsadder 
We measured in two suits of sails but used the same sails every day because wind conditions were always the same, on the medium-light side. Maché is a quite standard Old Greenwich 1964 boat with a medium weight rig. I installed the fittings and a few gadgets myself, but I don't think they make the boat any faster, they only make life easier for me.

It was a good series for us, but I don't think we were going any faster than the top of the pack. From Comer's experience here in '59 and my own at San Diego in '61, we knew that the west coast boats would be very good off the wind. However, we seemed equally as good, as a result of considerable concentration on this phase all season; and that might have been the key, plus Lady Luck, of course, whom we always welcome aboard.

Chuck Lewsadder is a real World's Champion crew, and quite possibly I couldn't have won the series without him. Nevertheless I do regret that one of my previous crews couldn't have been along to enjoy the series and the tremendous welcome we received after winning; I've never experienced anything quite like it.

Special thanks go to Bill Ficker for his views on the series.

Regatta Report

Eight former World's Champions:
Left to right: Duplin, Burnham, Edler, North, von Hütschler, Buchan, de Cardenas, Ficker.

Whenever Stars gather for a big series we always hear that conditions "are not normal." The 1965 World's was no exception. The usual 8-12 knot westerly and accompanying current from the same quarter failed to materialize. The lack of current and southerly winds of 5 to 8 knots were a contrast to the standard conditions experienced at Newport in 1959.

There was one other abnormal occurrence: for the first time since 1947 a west coast boat did not win in local waters. Stripped of local advantage, all were left to battle as best their sailing skills would permit.

Only two, Buchan and Burnham, both former Gold Star winners and strong favorites to pick up a second World's Championship, could match the outstanding performance of Don Bever, and then for only four races. Both Burnham and Buchan had earlier displayed their wares during Newport Harbor Race weekend and the tune-up race prior to the series. The winds were light; and when Bever showed well, those who were supposed to know attributed his showing to the light flukey conditions, unwilling to admit that the two Gold Star favorites would permit themselves to be displaced. But the weather that prevailed before the series continued, and Bever and crew Lewsadder also continued ...

In a series that provided the also-rans with lots of excuses about windshifts, holes, unpredictable currents or lack of same, it was interesting to see the same three boats finishing in the top five every day. Only Buchan's Frolic was relegated to 7th in the final race, and this was because Buchan was compelled to take chances in the final lap in a last-ditch attempt to catch the flying Maché. The only other boat that appeared capable of giving the Three B's trouble was Gary Comer's Turmoil, of Southern Fake Michigan. Gary seems to like west coast sailing; he only barely lost a heartbreaker at Newport in 1959 to Lowell North. North Star, the perennial boat to beat, did not display her usual speed, and although finishing 6th for the series, was only up in the money in one race for a daily second.

The defender Don Edler sailed a fine series if one counts only four races. However, the disastrous fourth race found Big Daddy in 31st place, obliterating all chances of a repeat performance. What was a disaster for Big Daddy was a day of jubilation for Alan Holt and Bill Murray of Shilshole Bay, Washington. Their Ariel won by more than four minutes, the biggest margin of the week. There was one other outsider in the top group, soon to gain fame by winning the North American Silver Star: Scandale, of Albrechtson and Tell, from Sweden. They came close to winning the third race, being nipped by Chatterbox just at the finish.

Meanwhile, as always, there was much tough racing going on throughout the fleet. The competition was keen, as gold, silver and blue stars were strewn far down the line, hoping to stay alive but slowly fading from the leaders' sight.

To detail each race would become repetitive. After all, how many ways can you spell Bever, Burnham and Buchan? It was Buchan at first, winning the Elder Memorial Trophy. By midweek Burnham led the other two, each separated by one point, to win the Vanderveer. At the end of the fourth race, the same three were tied for the lead. Now the Gold Star depended on one race! In the grand finale, these three all jumped off to excellent starts. Bever had the best, and perhaps this was the difference, Machéwas never headed. It was the necessary frosting to complete the cake. The World's Championship went to Bever and "Four Bar Charlie" Lewsadder in the midst of the shouting and whistle-tooting of hundreds of spectators.

Worthy of note were the constant capabilities of the top boats to come through, although at times being back in the ruck. The top boats had boat speed, an absolute "must" to win in this kind of competition. It is significant that, even though the Three B's were closely watching each other in the final race under the highest possible tension, while the others could sail as they chose, the Big Three still rounded the first mark ahead of all the rest.

One could observe differences in style of sailing. Maché always appeared to be strapped very flat and pointing high, although it didn't impair her speed. Possibly it helped them to be the lightest skipper and crew of the major contenders. Chatterbox appeared to be slightly eased and driving off, while Frolic was somewhere in between the two. Whereas the latest tendency seems to be toward straighter leaches with slightly more curve in the luff, Bever's sail had a bit more roach on the leach than the others. With the wind conditions as spotty as they were, it was difficult to observe any correlation between speed and boat weights. Sometimes the heaviest boats passed very light boats downwind. (Thirteen boats in the fleet weighed in lighter than Maché.)

It seemed to me that there was again a swing toward gadgets, reels, adjusting mechanisms and the like. Almost every boat was experimenting with some method or fitting for doing something better. But it is getting more and more difficult to make any breakthrough by means of superior equipment. In this regatta there did not appear to be any advantage due to the use of special equipment. The availability of excellent boats, rigs, sails and hardware has put the emphasis back where it belongs: on the skipper and crew. The overall quality of the boats was exceedingly high; there was not a slow boat in the fleet.

The races were excellently run by a competent committee headed by William Severance. Marks were accurately located, spectator boats were controlled, and the general conduct of the races was beyond criticism.

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