Sport: Jet on the Water

The sun hung in a cloudless sky over England's Lake District. A failing breeze made halfhearted ripples on the sleek surface of Ullswater. Then, just before noon, the word came: "Conditions favorable.'' Donald Campbell, 34, quit his chess game and raced to the lakeside boathouse. where his jet-propelled Bluebird floated like a great, shiny bullet on twin pontoons. If luck rode with him and the Bluebird held together, Don Campbell was on his way to get back the speed record once held by his father, the late Sir Malcolm Campbell (141.74 m.p.h.), and won in 1952 by Seattle's Stanley Sayres and...

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