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A year ago this month, Dan Strohmeier's 39-foot Concordia Yawl Malay lay heeled over in a swamp (left) at Nonquitt, Mass., her mast broken, rigging awry, engine ruined and portside stove in. Malay had slipped her mooring and been dashed over a causeway into the swamp by vicious winds and mountainous tides accompanying Hurricane Carol. Insurance investigators gave her up as a total loss, but Strohmeier, lifelong yachtsman and at 44 a vice president in charge of shipbuilding for Bethlehem Steel company, determined to rebuild Malay, which he had skippered to victory in the 1954 Bermuda Race. Repairs cost more than his purchase price, but Strohmeier saw Malay emerge from the shipyard this spring good as new (right). To prove it, he entered her in the rugged Manchester, Mass. to Halifax race last month. Serving in his usual dual role of skipper and navigator, Strohmeier triumphed on corrected time to climax Malay's return to big-boat racing.