Sport: Comets

To most U. S. newspaper readers, yacht racing last week was as inconsequential as a split infinitive. But for the slow-stirring, world-apart folk on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Comet Class championship regatta, held on Chesapeake Bay, wrote the most exciting headlines of last weekend. For the Comet (originally christened Crab) is the family-tree-conscious Eastern Shore's own baby.

The Comet was conceived seven years ago, at lazy, old-world Oxford (port of entry for Maryland before Baltimore was even a village). Well-pedigreed Mrs. Elliott Wheeler, daughter of one of the founders of the exclusive Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, asked seafaring Lowndes Johnson, another native...

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