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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

NAVY TYPE
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AMERICA'S CUP FINALS:
Time Limitation Halts Columbia-Sceptre Contes

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CAMPUS BOOTERY

By GUS MILLER
Special to the Daily
NEWPORT, R.I.-Columbia, the
American defender walked away
with the first race for the Ameri-
can Cup and when time ran out
was leading in the second race.
However don't discount Sceptre.
During both races, especially dur-
ing the second, there were mo-
ments when she began to shine.
Yesterday, the British asked for a
day of rest in order to haul their
yacht and polish her bottom--the
second race will be sailed again
tomorrow.
Columbia Wins
Even though Columbia won the
first race, the result must be called
inconclusive. The start was in light
breezes just strong enough to fill
the sails. This is definitely not

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Sceptres weather as she is listed
11,200 pounds heavier than Colum-
bia and therefore is much more
boat to push through the water.
At the start of the windward-
leeward of the. course, Columbia
was ahead with the wind flowing
off her sails into the backside of
her opponent. Sceptre soon
changed course to the opposite
tack in order to clear her wind,
but Columbia followed suit.
The wind shifted and set Colum-
bia out ahead by 100 yards with
Sceptre dead in her wind shadow.
From here Columbia walked away
from Sceptre in the shifting wind
and rounded the outer mark seven
minutes-40 seconds in the lead.
Both crews immediately set
spinnakers, Sceptre's being larger
and more colorful. A wind shift
allowed Sceptre to carry her spin-
naker on the opposite side than
Columbia and Sceptre began to
move. With some expert sail han-
dling, she cut what had been a
three quarter mile lead to less
than 300 yards before the wind
died.
Light Sail Drill
At this point both boats held
a session of light sail drill with
spinnakers and jibs going up one
after the other with each shift in
wind. Finally Columbia picked up
a breeze while Sceptre was left
dead-this new breeze turned what
had been a windward - leeward
course into a reaching course, far
less tricky to sail.
From here on, Columbia slowly
pulled away and won the race by
almost the margin of her original
lead.
The second race was over a tri-

COLUMBIA LEADS-The American ship Columbia (right) takes the lead over the British sloop
Sceptre (left) in the first of the America's Cup Races. The Columbia finished a half-mile ahead
to win the first of the best-of-seven series.

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