In 1952, Le Hederman and his all female crew aged from 21-27 on his 40' schooner, Tropicair, were ready to sail in the St. Petersburg to Havana Regatta, but were rejected to participate by the R/C after he and his crew of seven had made a name for themselves as a salacious event in the previous year's race. Officially denied from participating by the Race Committee, Tropicair sailed anyway and then got "lost" in the Gulf of Mexico for three days before "limping back" to Florida. The story also had a weird touch with the crew coming across a boat manned by mutes and they were bedeviled in their attempts to get directions back to Florida. The national media had made hay out of one man vanishing at sea with seven single women for three days. In 1952, the Tropicair's registration was again denied by the Race Committee as they reportedly considered the all female crew to still not have enough "sailing experience," but the skipper and crew were determined to redeem themselves and attempt the race again - as a registered participant or not - and eventually completed the regatta.