Sailing: Connie to the Defense

Day after day in the final America's Cup trials, only the lightest of breezes rippled Rhode Island Sound, and day after day Constellation gently wafted to victory on the 7-and 8-knot whispers. "Ah, but wait for the heavy weather," smiled American Eagle fans.

One afternoon last week the wind kicked up to 15 knots—hardly a roaring nor'easter but plenty stiff for Eagle to show what she had. And that was not enough. Constellation boomed out ahead after the start, tucked Eagle neatly into her backwind, was 43 sec. ahead rounding the first mark, and wound up clobbering Eagle by 4 min....

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