Sport: Two to Make Ready

As the time for this weekend's starting gun approached, the word in Newport was "Weatherly in four" in the best-of-seven competition for the America's Cup. Weatherly was ready. Well tuned by the trial races that made her the U.S. defender, she lay in the ways at Newport Shipyard undergoing final polishing, then was set in the water for minor ballast shifts. At week's end her crew arrived to pace out the dwindling days before the meeting with the Australian challenger Gretel. By contrast, the Australian 12-meter lay inert under the hurried tread of a dozen shipfitters who had come aboard for...

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