Sport: The Frostbitten

To a cult of hardy sailors in the New York City area, the winter weekend is counted a happy one when the thermometer crouches in the low 20s and a breath-catching wind sweeps snow across the grey waters of Long Island Sound. This is prime sailing weather, and down to the Sound they go, heavily bundled and goggled against the cold, to race one another in frisky, flippy, 11½-foot frostbite dinghies.

Among the frostbiters are some of the greatest sailors in the U.S. Perennial winner is 53-year-old Arthur Knapp Jr., a Manhattan stockbroker who has won more ocean races than he can...

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