Sport: The Bluenose Way

The "saltbankers" that sailed out of the Maritime Provinces and Down-East ports half a century ago had to be capacious and beamy enough to hold their fish, yet fast enough to race competitors back to market. The 143-ft. Bluenose met both requirements. During the 1930s, she made maritime history against the Gertrude L. Thebaud in the International Schooner races. The tenth renewal of those briny contests last week proved that the boats have changed with the times—at least in size.

The U.S. challenger, Outward Bound, was a miniature: only 38 ft. overall, built 25 years ago as a pleasure boat on the...