National Geographic : 1939 Apr
U IN ational tjeographic society aoaacnrome rnotograpn Dyvvliara J.Luiver SKIPPERS TRIM SAIL WHILE CREWS STAND BY WITH TURNING POLES IN A MINIATURE YACHT RACE ATPORT WASHINGTON Models are so well rigged that often they point into the wind as closely as the finest full-sized racer. Cleverly arranged rubber bands, wire, and string compensate for the absence of a human touch at the tiller. Races are usually run the length of this 1,000-foot by200-foot tidal basin. The little yachts tack or zigzag against the wind in one direction, round a mark, and then return to the starting point. As aboat approaches theshore, thecaptain deftly turns it around with his pole and starts it across the pond to the other side, where the "mate" sends itback again.