National Geographic : 1939 Sep
Photograph byRobert F.Kniesche A JAM AT THE WEATHER MARK-JUNIOR SKIPPERS RACE IN "L. J." BOATS AT GIBSON ISLAND To qualify for the Junior Fleet, the five-to-fourteen-year-old youngsters must be able to swim fifty yards. They take their racing very seriously. Parents watch the races from large yachts anchored in the harbor and listen to the "seagoing" language passed back and forth between theyouthful captains. The 11-foot boats, designed by Lowndes Johnson, cannot sink. Skippers are trained to cling to their little ships until rescued should they turn over in thesudden squalls that occur ontheChesapeake.