The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 6, 1976 · Page 39
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 39

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Monday, December 6, 1976
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Palm Beach Post, Monday, December 6, 1976 D7 Rowan Sweeps Sandpiper Bay Sailing Regatta PORT ST. LUCIE - Dave Dickey had to stick his behind in the chilly waters of the St. Lucie. "He likes to hike out and sometimes that happens," his wife said. Bob Van Wagner had to finish the final leg of yesterday's Star Class sailing regatta at Sandpiper Bay with a gaping hole in the bow of his investment. "It appeared the other boat just took a port tack and burdened Van Wagner's boat," a committee official said.' - But, as the committee boat's name read Aita Pea Pea. That's Tahitian for "What the heck, there's always tomorrow." The morrow will be a fairly happy one for the skipper and crew that managed, to keep out of strange happenings such as the above. "It was my birthday yesterday," Hank Rowan of Rancocas, N.J., said. "I guess it's happy birthday to me." . Rowan, after winning the second of three races Saturday, his 53rd birthday, won yesterday's finale to take the winner's trophy for the three-day event. The businessman also won Friday's opener. By his own admission, he benefited a bit by the absence of last year's regatta and world champ in the Star Class Miami's James (Ding) Schoonmaker. Schoonmaker, who always creates a stir when he pulls up at races in his boat behind a silver Rolls Royce, did not make the regatta as expected. "I had rather poor starts all three times," Rowan said. "But I managed to get up front." "It keeps the pack close," Rowan said. "On a large course you can get separated by almost half a mile. Here there are some tight maneuvers." The collision involving Van Wagner's boat illustrated Rowan's point perfectly. Six to seven of the 22Va-foot boats converge of one of three markers that make up a triangular course. Each must cut around the marker and head to another marker in the outlined run. If the right moves aren't made . . . crunch. Often, even if direct contact is avoided, a boom swings close enough to whisk the hairs of one's nose. Increase the wind and that boom, among other things on the low-slung boats, moves a great deal faster. No matter for some. A sailing saying goes, "The wind is too strong when you're capsized." No matter for Rowan. "The harder it blows the more fun it is." Final Ovtrall Hank Rowan-Rick Burgess, 36 pts; Oave Oberg-NIck Wortgu, W. Collingswood, N.J., 32; Terry Rapp-Rick Tool, Riverton, N.J., 26, Russ Bogi-Rik Anderson, New Peltl, N Y., 26; Harry Walker-Dave Dickey, Vero Beach, 25; John Boy-er-Bill Beeman, Miami, 22; Bob Van Wagner-Dean Wenscolt, Lorain, Ohio, 14, Ralph OeLuca-Alt Laupheimer, Marblehead, Mass., 13; Bob Zeltzer-Robert Zech, Bellevue, Ohio, 12, Fred Dellenbaugh-Hudson Millar, Fort Pierce, 10; Pete Flnley-Bob Seeley, Vero Beach, 9, Dave Branch-Leigh Brandy, Miami, 6. Greg Forrer Sports Writer Yesterday, in cool, rainy and breezy weather, Rowan and his crew, Rick Burgess of. Patterson, N.J., fought off a strong challenge from Terry Rapp and his Night Train Express. Rapp finished second after leading Rowan most of the course sailed on the north fork of the St. Lucie River. His finish gave him third place overall with 28 points in back of Rowan's perfect 36. Dave Oberg's Eagle took second place overall with 32 points. "We were behind most of the way," Rowan said. "But we stayed close, enabling us to take advantage of some favorable shifts. We got into good position, tacked and we got them." Rowan prefers the waves and action ocean racing can provide, but he thought the close quarters of the St. Lucie provided for exciting moments. 1 CI ' y 0 Purdue Hires Young, LSU Cuts Contract In Coaching Parade (V) if l Tires mroodle by H.IF. oodlirklh) B.F. 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He was formerly an assistant coach at Miami of Ohio and was defensive coordinator under Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler for five years. Young led Arizona, which plays in the Western Athletic Conference, to a 44-13 record 6-5 this season. Young, 41, said he will probably bring four or five members of his staff with him to Purdue. Meanwhile, a curious situation arose at LSU where the school's board of supervisors lopped three years off coach Charles McClendon's contract Saturday, then amazingly called the act an "endorsement." McClendon's teams have fallen from the dizzying heights of a few years ago, when they had almost a reserve spot in the nation's Top 20. The board of supervisors met in a six-hour session Saturday, with McClendon and Athletic Director Carl Maddox both called into closed-door conference. They emerged to announce that McClendon's five-year contract had been rewritten and cut to two years. "It is at his request that we make this contract with him," claimed board member Carlos Spaht. McClendon would not comment on the board's action. "Do you really think I'd tell you?" was his only remark. And in Miami, former UM football coach Carl Selmer said yesterday divisiveness on his coaching staff contributed to the Hurricanes' losing season this year and to his dismissal Friday night. "The staff became divided. It became an offense versus defense thing," he said. "The trouble was we could not keep our problems to ourselves." The Hurricane defense, coached by Jim Walden, has been the team's strong point throughout the 3-8 season, despite being put in the hole frequently by offensive turnovers. Walden has been mentioned by several of the Hurricane players as a possible successor to Selmer and said Saturday he would consider actively seeking the job. Selmer, asked how he felt about criticism that he was not able to motivate his team, said that was not his sole responsibility. "I have to depend on a lot of people my offensive and defensive coordinators and the other coaches," he said. "I'm only as strong as the other coaches. I think it (motivation) is their job too." 33.50 33.50 35.50 35.50 H78-14 H78-15 J78-15 L78-15 E78-14 27.00 F78-14 31.50 G78-14 31.50 G78-15 31.50 Plus F.E.T. 1.82-3.14 Darrell Royal . . . philosophical He said his dismissal which came about 16 hours before the final game of the season could have been done better. "I feel the situation was not handled well," he said. "We were subjected to agonies we didn't need. "The circumstances did not give us the greatest chance to win the football game. It was a very difficult thing. One of my biggest fears was that some of our players might let down and get injured. The search for a successor to University of Pittsburgh coach Johnny Majors is underway and two top candidates already have been in Pittsburgh for talks. Officials from top-ranked, undefeated Pitt met with Navy Coach George Welsh, who flew in from Annapolis, Md., for a visit Saturday. Welsh declined comment on the meeting. Later, Pitt Athletic Director Casimir Myslinski accompanied Washington State coach Jackie Sher-rill, a Majors assistant until last year, to the Pitt-Virginia basketball game. Myslinski has said 10 persons are under consideration for the head football coach position and a choice would be made before Dec. 21. That's the day Pitt leaves for Bi-loxi, Miss., to prepare for a Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl contest with Georgia. After midnight Saturday, somebody handed Darrell Royal a cigar, he looked at it thoughtfully and said: "You know, I feel like I just had a boy." It was difficult for the post-midnight gathering to grasp that Royal had, indeed, really resigned after 21 years of coaching at the University of Texas. Sipping on a cool one, Royal said, "I think it would have been poor timing to stay until it wasn't fun at all. 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