Sport: Vim and Tomahawk

The world's most renowned regatta is the English yachting festival known as Cowes Week. Held on the Solent, between the chalk cliffs of the Isle of Wight and the wooded southern shore of the mainland, Cowes is to yachting what Wimbledon is to tennis, what Ascot is to horse racing, what Hurlingham is to polo, what Lord's is to cricket.

From the sacred lawn of the Royal Yacht Squadron, most venerable and exclusive yacht club in the world, six generations of Britons have watched the zigzag tacks of yachting history. It was there in 1851...

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