Feb 3, 2010, 11:55 AM
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We were sailing in the 1963 North American Flying Dutchman Championship in Lavallette, New Jersey. It was a nice place to sail when New York City heated up and the heat bubble rose, sucking in the wind.
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One day the bubble over New York did not rise and we were sitting around the club waiting for the wind to come in. Entering the boat park, Skip Lennox (my crew) had picked up a large, discarded brassiere. He immediately went over and hoisted it up Buddy’s mast where it stayed as we waited until about 3:00 p.m. for the wind to come in.
When we were finally able to start racing, Buddy was first and I was second at the first weather mark in a fleet of over 60 boats. As we rounded, I notice that Melges and Billy Bentsen had stopped without launching their spinnaker. Instead, they just sat there looking back at us. This was the North American Championship, a serious ranking regatta, so we knew something was up.
“Up spinnaker!,” Skip barked as usual. And then Buddy broke up because sewn to the bottom of our spinnaker was the largest pair of silk bloomers you ever saw, with our number KC 41 neatly embroidered by Mother Melges, as we all affectionately called Buddy’s wife Gloria.