Magazine 1933 Worlds Report - Published February 13, 1933
championship for star boats—slim, 22-ft. sloops with tall
Marconi mainsails and
cockpits just big enough for two—started smoothly enough off
Long Beach, Calif,
last week. Young Eddie Fink of Long Beach, the defending champion, won
first race in his Movie Star II. Adrian Iselin II, the Bacardi Cup
had brought his Ace, his crinkly smile, his old sailing hat and his
Willis from Port Washington. L. I., snooped out most of the light
the second. Fink won the third race and seemed to be on the last tack
his championship when the race committee reached a highly controversial
decision: to disqualify Fink in the second race, in which he had
sixth, for fouling Paul Shields's Gull. Shields had lodged no protest;
boats had not collided. Nonetheless, the committee said that Fink had
Shields at a marker and forced him to luff.
When Fink skimmed
first in the fourth race, the Coast Guard cutters and yachts along the
line greeted him with an uproar of foghorns and whistles but it still
though the eleven points the committee had taken away from him would
his title. Starting the fifth and last race. Glenn Waterhouse of San
had 51 points and Fink would have to finish four places ahead of his
Two and two places ahead of Edwin Thome's Mist to win. Still embroiled
committee. Fink was ordered to haul Movie Star II out of the water for
remeasurement. He refused to do so until the race was over.
starting line heeling in a brisk wind and it turned out to be the most
race of the series. Nereid II of Galveston rammed La Tortue, a French
causing Nereid II to be disqualified and Mrs. Judith Bailey-Balken.
La Tortue, to flop into the water. Sparkler II of New Orleans lost its
the Cene, of Seattle, a mainsail halyard parted and the crew repaired
in time to reach the finish line at sundown. That a skipper in home
an immense advantage, any small-boat sailor knows. Nonetheless, when
sailed across the finish line first once more, for the fourth time in
series, it was an unprecedented achievement. But it did not win him the
He was disqualified once more, this time without question, for fouling
windward mark on the 10½-mi. course. The title went to
Waterhouse, who won the
last race by finishing three seconds behind Movie Star II. A handsome,
mustachioed San Francisco captain, Waterhouse had kept well up among
leaders in the earlier races, built up a point total of 67 for the
careful racing of which the cardinal rule was to let his opponents make
blunders. Like his crew, Woodbridge Metcalfe, he works in the State
office at San Francisco.
Magazine 1941 Worlds Report - Published September 1, 1941
Angeles harbor, 13 crack skippers last week matched wits for one of the
most coveted of yachting prizes: the Star Class world championship.
Star boats (22-footers costing anywhere from $700 to $2,000) are not
the most popular sailboats in the U.S.* But they are the most
cosmopolitan—a one-design class that boasts fleets in 40
Last week's regatta, the 20th in the history of the International Star
Class Yacht Racing Association, had no European entries. Only foreign
boat was the Cuban Kurush, owned by Havana's Dr. Carlos de Cardenas.
Brightest of the Cuban fleet, Kurush proved no shining star in the
Pacific. Neither did Manhattan Undertaker Frank E. Campbell's black
Rascal, the flying ghost that had doomed all rival Stars on Long Island
Sound this summer. Even Sailmaker Harry Nye Jr.'s Gale, from Lake
Michigan, the boat that won this year's Bacardi Cup at Havana, took a
lot of wake last week.
In four of the five races, a Californian finished first. Myron Lehman's
Scout won the first, second and fifth races, would have sailed off with
the championship had he not been disqualified in the fourth race when
his sail touched a windward mark. Winner of the series—with a
total point score of 58—was Wench, skippered by George
Fleitz, a 25-year-old Los Angeles yacht broker.
At the victory ball, Champion Fleitz, like his 19 predecessors,
received a big silver cup, the "Blue Ribbon of the Seven Seas." But
this year's rendezvous seemed strange to many an oldtimer. Absent for
the first time was the Stars' founder, patron saint and Commodore,
George A.' ("Pop") Corry of Port Washington, L.I.
Pop Corry, now crowding 79, is the
Grand Old Man of sailing. In his
battered Little Dipper, one of the original 22 Stars that were built on
Long Island 30 years ago, he competed in New York's Larchmont Regatta
this summer (for the 43rd straight year), finished 24th in a field of
33. With a slick new sloop like Wench, the story might have been
different. But the Commodore would no sooner part with his Little
Dipper than the 480 trophies she won for him. In 1912, the year after
the Stars were born, he won 20 firsts and five seconds in 26
races—a feat never since equaled by any Star skipper.
When sailing, Pop wears a stiff wing collar, smokes a pipe. "The pipe
is my wind gauge," he says. "On a mild day, a change of wind may be
barely perceptible but when the smoke changes on the old pipe, I can
trim her in and save perhaps 50 feet. To get the benefit of every
little breeze on a mild day, I smoke until my throat is sore."
Last week, while fellow sailors
breezed around Los Angeles, Commodore
Corry was at home—not because he was too feeble but because
his wife was ailing. For a septuagenarian, Pop Corry is unusually spry,
still walks four or five miles a day—just as he has for the
past 50 years—selling petticoats to Manhattan stores. His
spryness he attributes to his daily practice of standing on his head
for five minutes before breakfast. "Keeps me limber," says he.
* Most popular, racing class is the Snipe (15 ft.) costing from $200 to