Somebody's Knocking My Dreamboat

MARCEL MOCHET/AFP

Le Défi's crew goes through its paces in 2001

Even with the challenger series to decide who will race Team New Zealand for the big prize still four months away, a brouhaha surrounding French challenger Le Dfi and its main sponsor Areva, a nuclear energy company, already has the yachting world abuzz. Yachting purists complain that nuclear power and wind power go together about as well as oil and water. New Zealand sailors are particularly incensed because the America's Cup village in Auckland, where the competition is based, is just meters away from where French secret agents blew up Greenpeace's protest ship Rainbow Warrior in 1985. When Le Dfi tried...

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