Evening Outlook Race trophies won by Topanga Yacht Club

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Evening Outlook Race trophies won by Topanga Yacht Club


Fifteen sailors finished the first Evening Outlook Trophy Race, on Sunday, September 2, 1934. Seven were members of the Topanga Yacht Club (names in bold below). The winner was presented a bronze trophy by "beach beauty" Marilyn Connon. Others received plates engraved with "H. G. R. Trophy" from chairman Henry Goodwin Robinson. The race went from the Santa Monica Pier to Topanga Beach and back.


3:05:35 - Goat, Cliff Caldares, starlet
3:05:36 - Elf, Bob Hilts, starlet
3:05:50 - Felix, Les Storrs, cat
3:05:55 - Native, Bill Bryant, snipe
3:07:00 - Manulee, Art Huffsmith, snipe
3:07:10 - Swan, Harry Eastman, sloop
3:07:57 - Sea Horse, Jack Streeton, starlet
3:10:39 - Fey, Vesey O’Davoren, starlet
3:11:48 - Clem, Clyde Lambie, snipe
3:12:05 - Petrel, Vic King, snipe
3:12:38 - Imp, Oakie Stewart [Oka Stewart], starlet
3:13:16 - Tam O’Shanter, Bob Doran, snipe
3:14:50 - Betsy Ross, Frank Ross, skimmer
3:14:55 - Carmen, Al Bertholf, snipe
3:18:44 - Vagabond, Emmett Harvey, snipe


Twenty-six small sailboats yesterday provided an estimated 100,000 spectators with as close and exciting a contest as ever has been held in Santa Monica waters, in the first annual Evening Outlook Trophy Race. The race ended in a drifting match, with the first six boats crossing the finish line of the 10-mile test with only approximately 100 feet separating them. Despite the fact that the wind had dropped to a mere breath, and that the boats barely had headway, only 15 seconds separated the first three craft, and the finish gun boomed in one-two-three tempo.

Bob Hilts’ starlet, Elf, led the fleet almost from the start, but was nosed 10 feet from the finish line by Goat, another starlet, owned and sailed by Cliff Caldares, who had been within striking distance for six or seven miles. Elf crossed the line second, followed closely by Les Storrs’ catboat, Felix, which, aided for a short time by the fair breeze which it needed, had moved up from 10th place, despite difficulty in keeping its heavy weight canvas drawing. Two snipe class boats, carrying only their standard sails, finished close behind Felix, Bill Bryant’s Native taking fourth and Art Huffsmtth’s Manulee fifth.

Goat and Elf both broke out extra sail for the event, which was unrestricted, and the fact that they came in far ahead of the others of their class was proof of the efficiency of the augmented rig. Hilts rigged a jib topsail, which took him to the windward mark out in front, and both Hilts and Caldares set small spinnakers or reaching jibs on the run. Several other starlets set large spinnakers for the long run home, but apparently encountered serious difficulty in handling them.

Crowds of spectators lined all points from the municipal pier to Topanga Canyon, many automobiles following the progress of the racers as they ran down the five miles from Topanga to the finish line within clear sight of the shore.

The race was featured by the good sportsmanship of all skippers, in view of a close jam at the starting line and various minor mishaps among the closely bunched contestants. No protests of any nature were filed, neither did any boat foul a marker or commit some other breach to cause its disqualification. The race committee of the Santa Monica Sailing club, with H. G. Robinson, chairman, in charge, was widely commended for the efficiency with which its duties were performed and the courtesy with which it greeted visiting yachtsmen, who came from all parts of the metropolitan area to enter the event, limited to boats under 17 feet long.






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Charlene Stewart
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