A retired Navy nurse meets her match when she's pitted in a sailing race against a distinguished retired admiral--in an ankle-deep romance by a former Sesame Street writer and Emmy Award winner. Peggy McCoy leads a happy if uneventful life in her small house on the coast of Maine, passing the time sailing every day and mooning over an ex-fiancÃ‰ killed during WW II. When her little boat is nearly capsized by a passing naval ship, she feels more outrage than romantic attraction for the retired admiral who so arrogantly gazes out from the bridge as he cruises past her. However, Admiral Deering is a handsome widower, and--in spite of both characters' crotchety attitudes and long-fostered eccentricities--the inevitable courtship begins. Then Peggy learns she's slated to compete with Deering in the annual sailing race, and she inexplicably insists on calling off the romance until the race is over. What follows is a painfully trite, predictable account of the preparations for the big race, during which the competitors grow increasingly irritable and unhappy, until the grand race arrives at last, and, through a miraculous twist of fate, neither really loses. Reunited, the two senior citizens beam at one another against a backdrop of July 4th fireworks and the crowd's hurrahs, planning to live happily ever after. Too simplistic for Sesame Street, this cartoon-like first novel is equally unlikely to appeal to literate adults.