Inaugurating a new policy towards getting its members afloat on the turbulent waters of the Charles, the Yacht Club this year plans to give a shore school course in the elements of sailing, and will require that all members of the organization, whether they have taken the course or not, pass an examination before they are turned loose at the helm of any of the dinghies available at the M. I. T. pavilion.
The planned series of lectures is similar to the policy employed at Tech in the handling of their sailing recruits, and the talks will be held in Harvard 3 from 6:45 to 7:45 o'clock starting this evening and continuing through April 23. Topics to be covered include the theory of sailing, knots, splices, cordages, blocks and tackle, longshore piloting, and rules of the road.
Roger Willcox, Commodore, George Nichols, Rear Commodore, and John Newman, a Freshman, will probably conduct most of the classes with other members of the Yacht Club filling in from time to time.
Busy Season Ahead
Weakend by the loss of such crack helmsmen as Jim Rousmaniere and Arty Page, the Club-faces a stiff spring schedule, which starts in this weekend in the Quadrangular meet on the Charles, at which Harvard, M. I. T., Dartmouth, Brown, Navy, Coast Guard and possibly Williams and Princeton will be represented. There follow a series of meets some at Brown, some at Dartmouth, and a good number on the Basin, at which at least one and generally several Crimson crews will be represented.
The objectives meet of the season are the elimination races for the coveted McMillan trophy, emblematic of college yachting supremacy. Unlike the other races, this will be sailed in boats bigger than dinghies. At Annapolis, where the Harvard crews are entered on May 24 and 25, the boats used will be 18 footers, and the finals will be run off at Marblehead after New London in the M-B class sloops.
May Race Navy Yawls
At the present time plans are being made to continue the policy set last year when a Crimson crew competed at Annapolis in a 30-mile race in the training yawls which the Navy received last year. Plans for this are still in a formative stage, however.
Willcox heads the returning sailors, but Dave Noyes, Nichols, and Johnny Page are all talented skippers who will probably see considerable competition. Frank Cunningham, Arthur Besse, Bob Sherwood, Dave Prince, Ted McNitt, and Dick Rouse are all slated to see action at one time or another.