Sailing: Plucking at the Eagle

The final trials to pick a U.S. 12-meter for next month's America's Cup defense were hardly under way before half the contenders were gone. In the first four days off Newport, R.I., last week, those two hopeful veterans, Columbia and Nefertiti, each absorbed three more scrubbings from American Eagle and Constellation, the new girls in town. Officials of the New York Yacht Club Selection Committee decided to waste no more time. Hopping into a launch after the third defeat, they motored out to extend their thanks and regrets to Columbia's Skipper Walter Podolak and Nefertiti 's Ted Hood. That...

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