Sport: Chichester's Albatross

He was, they said, too old (70) and too ill (suffering from what had been vaguely described as a blood disease) to take part in last month's singlehanded transatlantic sailboat race. But Globe Girdler Sir Francis Chichester sailed off anyway, was reported missing for several days, and became the object of extensive air and sea searches before he was located and helped back to port. Stung by continuing criticism, the aging mariner has now clearly identified his albatross—cancer of the spine—and attempted to justify his entry in the race.

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