Sport: Marblehead Marvel

When the tried and true blue-water racers of the New York Yacht Club set out fortnight ago for their annual series of races off the New England coast, a lean, shy sailor out of Marblehead, Mass, tagged along with his new sloop to see what she could do. Last week the fleet was marveling at the record of the 40-ft., plump-breasted Robin and young (32) Designer-Owner Frederick Emart Hood: four wins in seven races and an overall first-season record of eight wins in twelve races.

Ted Hood's record was roughly equivalent to a rookie batting...

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