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Be well fed—and be fast

William T. Snaith of Georgetown, Conn., the grizzled gentleman holding up a cherry pie, is both skipper and chef of the racing yawl Figaro, and his grin reflects the fact that he has just baked a pie in mid-Atlantic. Figaro, Snaith and a crew of eight were halfway between Bermuda and Sweden in this summer's eastbound, 3,500-mile transatlantic ocean race. Reads the log: "A well-fed ship is a fast ship."

The 47-foot Figaro won in corrected time of under 17 days, with Skipper Snaith cracking on all sail. In one stretch of five days, Figaro covered 980 miles. "If you can make her run in a straight line," says Snaith, "you can hang out canvas until it blows to shreds and then put up more."