Rail down in a Bermuda blow (above), the crew of the sloop "Force Seven" tests John Morgan waterproofs, England's best foul-weather gear, available to U.S. deep-water sailors for the first time this America's Cup summer.
THE MORGAN WATERPROOFS
The sailing gear worn here by Bermuda Skipper Warren Brown and his crew is the best ever designed for ocean racing. This summer for the first time it is being brought across the ocean for U.S. yachtsmen. It is made by John Morgan and Sons of Cowes and Southampton, England, a firm founded in 1820 that holds a royal charter: it fitted out the crew of Prince Philip's yacht Bluebottle. The men of the two British contenders for the America's Cup—Kurrewa and Sovereign—wear Morgan waterproofs. Morgan gear is exceptional because it is made of tough, non snagging, coated nylon weighing four ounces to the yard, and it is as waterproof as man has ever made a woven fabric. The clothes fit snugly but comfortably about the neck, wrists and ankles, using such devices as adjustable snap fasteners and elastic bands. Pockets have deep flaps that fold over like envelopes and keep water out. Many are taped with strips of Velcro to keep them tightly sealed. Hefty, easy-to-pull zippers are made of noncorroding nylon, and the ones on jackets are covered by storm flaps. There are drawstrings at neck, waist and jacket bottom. The unique one-piece deck suit is designed for the comfort of the offshore sailor. Most waterproofs are available in royal blue, red, yellow or fluorescent orange. The last is the most visible color in the spectrum and is worn as a precaution by oceangoing sailors. Other Morgan specialties, such as dress blazers, white flannels, caps, oiled-wool sweaters and shirts made of terry toweling, are imported by Sailor and Shopkeeper Richard Sullivan of Oyster Bay on Long Island, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club harbor. Sullivan's firm, Bradford-Law, is the U.S. agent for the Morgan line. All the gear shown here is available in small, medium and large sizes, and can be ordered by mail. A small-size garment will fit a size-12 lady sailor.
UNHOOKING THE HEADSAIL, CREWMEN DON BARDGETT AND NEVILLE DIAS ARE HIGHLY VISIBLE IN BRIGHT GLOW OF THE MORGAN ONE-PIECE DECK SUIT ($45) AND PULLOVER ($25) WITH A COTTON-KNIT LINING.
STORM COAT ($38) AT TOP RIGHT HAS A NYLON ZIPPER, A BUTTON-OVER FLAP, A COTTON LINING, WATERTIGHT CUFFS.
YELLOW SLICKER ($45) WORN BY SKIPPER BROWN (LEFT) HAS A BLUE NYLON LINING AND VELCRO-SEALED POCKETS.
A NYLON HOODED BIB ($6) IS WORN BY HELMSMAN (RIGHT) TO ADD PROTECTION FROM WAVES THAT SWEEP A COCKPIT.