The President in Presenting Cup to Winner of German-American Sonder Class Yacht Race
I am very glad to have a part in this pleasant and interesting international function, and you see, I have taken pains to be backed by the Secretary of State so that I may make no diplomatic blunder. I think that one of the most delightful things about modern sport is that it brings the men of different countries together, and I hope that the German representatives present will not consider it an international discourtesy on our part that the American boat won. We are proud and have always been proud of our sailors, ––our professional sailors and our amateur sailors. I think one of the most interesting features of this contest is that it is confined to amateurs, and is confined to inexpensive boats, which amateurs can own and take pride in as handled exclusively by themselves. I wish that all the things I had to do as President were as pleasant as this and involved so much of international good feeling and of personal friendship and intercourse. I am very glad indeed to be the instrument in conveying this cup to Mr. Curtis, and I appreciate very much the opportunity to do it.THE END.