Sport: All for Pride

It was like a tag-team fight. For two weeks on the fickle waters of Rhode Island Sound, the four best twelve-meter yachts in the U.S. had at each other in a series of two-boat races that went on through light winds and lashing gales. In not one of the dozen races did the sailors concede anything—except a generous serving of backwind. The only thing officially at stake was pride, but for pride's sake, U.S. deepwater sailors put on a display of tenacity and tactics that had not been seen in a seadog's age.

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