At 34, Niña, was the third oldest boat in the 1962 race – Cotton Blossom IV and Chicane were build in 1926 – and she has rightfully earned the nickname of Grand Old Lady of ocean racing, just as her skipper, oldest in the race, is known as the Grand Old Man. In her youth, however, she was looked on in quite a different way. In his book "Ocean Racing" commenting on her entry in the 1928 race to Spain, Alf Loomis (who, incidentally has a longevity record to make Niña's look puny and was on his 15th Bermuda Race in 1962) has this to say. "For the first time in transatlantic racing, handicaps were allotted … and so it follows that for the first time, a boat was built to beat the rule." Later on, in writing of Niña's Fastnet victory, Alf states, "The effect of Niña's performance was profound. She was berated as a racing machine, and, in truth, with her double staysail rig she required a large crew and was anything but a comfortable cruising boat.