Sixteen Dragon Class sailboats have been competing this week in trials to determine which will represent the United States at the Olympic competition in Kiol.
Sixteen Dragon Class sailboats have been competing this week in trials to determine which will represent the United States at the Olympic competition in Kiol. West Germany later this summer.
The boats have been racing on a triangular course laid out in San Francisco Bay. The Dragon Class boats are twenty-nine feet in length, the largest of the classes competing in the Olympics, and are manned by a crew of three.
Among the competitors was the 1968 Olympic winner Buddy Fredericks who is trying to again be the captain chosen to race at Kiel.
SYNOPSIS: Twenty-nine sailboats from all over the United States have been at San Francisco Bay this week to compete in trials to determine which will represent the U.S. at the Olympics in Kiel, West Germany later this summer.... The boats are in the Dragon Class, the largest in Olympic competition. They are twenty-nine feet long and are manned by a crew of three.
Buddy Fredericks, a past U.S. medal winner, is again trying for selection, Another competitor, Bob Mossbecher, commented on the conditions on the course.
The yachts are competing on a triangular course that tests their speed under all conditions. The boats are required to be of almost identical construction but minor differences such as the type of paint can make a difference in speed. And of course the command of the captain and the efficiency of his crew are decisive factors.
To be a yacht racer is quite an expensive undertaking, unlike most of the other amateur sports of the Olympics. Each of the Dragon Class costs about ten-thousand dollars (four-thousand Sterling) outfitted for racing. Upkeep and transportation costs make this more than just an expensive sport. ...This week trial races will be the last formal test for the captain chosen, before he meats the international competition of the Olympic Games.