National Geographic : 1971 Jul
By the seat of their pants, doughty sailors hike mightily to keep their wind jostled Soling-class craft upright during Bermuda's International Race Week, held each spring. Another sailing event, unique to Ber muda, features the islands' famed fitted dinghies, top-heavy 14-foot-long boats with masts towering 40 feet high. To lighten ship for added speed, crew mem bers sometimes leap overboard. Premier nautical event on the islands is the renowned Newport-to-Bermuda race, a blue-water classic staged in early summer every other year. Result board (right)proclaims the unhappy fate of six entrants that failed to finish in 1970.