Washington attorney Berl Bernhard, the former president of the ill-fated Washington Federals football team, proved Tuesday that what he couldn't do with his football team he could with his sailboat. As captain of his cutter "Victus," with veteran sailor-writer Duncan Spencer navigating, Bernhard won the Annapolis-to-Newport yacht race, arriving first in class and first in fleet with a time of 71 hours, 50 minutes and 19 seconds. Bernhard, Spencer and the crew will be presented awards today at the Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport . . .
When Carla Frank, the assistant design director at The Washingtonian, changed jobs to become the design director of Washington Dossier, she didn't know she would be whisked off immediately to Stockholm. But she was in Stockholm her second day on the job, meeting with the Bonnier Magazine Group, owners of a significant portion of Dossier, to work a major redesign of the magazine. David Adler, the magazine's president and editorial director, said Washington's first look at the redesigned magazine, complete with new logo, will be the November issue . . .
He doesn't cause the kind of fuss Robert Redford does when he shows up on Capitol Hill, but F. Murray Abraham, who won an Academy Award this year for his role in "Amadeus," testified before the Senate subcommittee on education, arts and humanities chaired by Sen. Robert Stafford. Testifying on behalf of continued funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, Abraham said the arts shouldn't be left to local communities to fund . . .
Singer Lena Horne, who recently moved to Washington, was sitting at the counter of the King's Club restaurant in the downtown Woodies department store, having a bowl of soup after some strenuous shopping, when she was recognized. By the time she left the store she had signed more than 100 autographs. "All I wanted was some soup," Horne said as she left with two shopping bags, "but it certainly is nice to be back in Washington" . . .
Comedian Milton Berle continues to recover so well from heart surgery that he may be released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by the end of the week . . .
Charles Z. Wick has a way with the press release. He sent a two-page release this week to announce he had completed his fourth year as head of the United States Information Agency, adding that it marks the longest term served by any USIA director. If this kind of observation-of-job-anniversary press release catches on in government, there will be a national paper shortage . . .