Sport: Renaissance Man

In Britain, Cowes Week is to yachtsmen what Ascot is to the horsy set. Last week hundreds of sleek racing craft, white and scarlet sails shining in the sun, gathered on the Medina estuary at Cowes on the Isle of Wight for one of Britain's biggest regattas since King George V went there to sail in 1935. This time, too, there was racing royalty on hand. The sports-loving Duke of Edinburgh left his queen at home, and by helicopter hastened out to the royal yacht Britannia, happy to escape temporarily from Buckingham pomp and ceremony. At sundown on each racing day...

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